Xavier vs Florida State

No. 11 Xavier upsets No. 3 FSU, 91-66, in second round

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Xavier Musketeers didn't have the regular season they hoped to have. They are making up for it now.

The 11th-seeded Musketeers dominated third-seeded Florida State 91-66 during Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their second upset in the West Region put them back into the regional semifinal round for the second time in two years and eighth time in program history.

''I'm so excited for the guys next to me and the guys in the locker room. They earned it,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said from the post-game podium. ''Our team's gone through a lot of adversity this year, and we stayed the course.''

But the Musketeers (23-13) found little adversity Saturday as they dominated the bigger and more athletic Seminoles throughout the game. Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 29 points while Kaiser Gates came off the bench to add 14.

Xavier, which knocked off No. 6 Maryland in the first round, hit big shots on perimeter and then forced FSU to try to shoot long range by sitting in a 2-3 zone much of the game. Led by Gates' four 3-pointers, the Musketeers converted 11 of 17 from beyond the arc, nearly 65 percent shooting.

The Seminoles, meanwhile, hit just 4 of 21 3-point attempts as they struggled to make up ground.

''We've been a very inconsistent 3-point shooting team this year, and obviously they knew that, and they packed it in,'' said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team finished second in the ACC this season. ''We determined that if we were going to win the game we were going to have to hit from the perimeter, and they did a good job of denying.''

Xavier knew the Seminoles like to slash to the basket and get out on fast breaks in transition. The Musketeers made it difficult for FSU to get into its comfort zone by playing zone and also by limiting their turnovers to just nine to force the Seminoles to have to play half-court offense.

Dwayne Bacon led FSU with 20 points but he was 0 for 5 from 3-point range. Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the only Seminoles starter to convert a 3-pointer.

The Musketeers, meanwhile, got production on the perimeter from several different areas with Bluiett also knocking down three 3s. But Xavier also dominated inside, outscoring the Florida State 27-17 in the paint with Sean O'Mara coming off the bench to contribute 11 points.

Xavier's bench outscored the Seminoles' 27-17.

''That's the great thing about his team is we've got a lot of guys who can play,'' said J.P. Macura, who had 10 points and five assists. ''If somebody is not stepping up, another person is.''

DOMINANT FIRST HALF

After leading by as many as 15 points in the first half, Xavier went into halftime with a 44-34 lead over the Seminoles.

The Musketeers knocked down five 3-pointers during the first half compared to just one by FSU, but the biggest difference was their success inside against a much taller opponent.

SLOW START

The Seminoles didn't get the production they expected from their bigs during the first half. Michael Ojo didn't take a shot and had two rebounds and no blocks for the game and Christ Koumadje had no points and no blocks for the game.

UP NEXT

Xavier will take on the winner of Saint Mary's-Arizona game in the regional semifinals in the West.

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Scoreboard
Xavier (23-13) «444791
Florida State #16 (26-9)343266
XAVIER:T. Bluiett 29 Pts
XAVIER:T. Bluiett 6 Reb
XAVIER:J. Macura 5 Ast
FSU:D. Bacon 20 Pts
FSU:J. Isaac 12 Reb
FSU:X. Rathan-Mayes 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
XavierFlorida State
XAVIER
Trevon Bluiett
FSU
Dwayne Bacon
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
29632053
Xavier Musketeers
T. Bluiett, G368-1410-1463329
Q. Goodin, G342-81-31546
J. Macura, G304-100-025210
M. Bernard, G252-31-15136
T. Jones, F176-71-141313
K. Gates, F305-60-052114
S. O'Mara, F/C212-27-753211
R. Gaston, F21-20-00022
T. Stainbrook, F10-10-00000
A. Bergen, G10-00-01000
C. Barr, F10-00-00000
C. Peterson, G/F10-00-00000
L. Schrand, G10-10-00000
Totals 30-5420-2629202091
 55.6%76.9% 
Florida State Seminoles
D. Bacon, G349-182-253220
X. Rathan-Mayes, G337-151-373416
J. Isaac, F334-70-112158
T. Mann, G200-21-20121
M. Ojo, C150-04-42014
P. Savoy, G142-54-500210
B. Angola-Rodas, G111-52-21025
P. Cofer, F90-10-02020
T. Forrest, G90-30-00200
C. Walker, G90-30-00010
J. Smith, F71-10-02022
C. Koumadje, C40-00-00010
B. Allen, F20-00-00000
M. Kabengele, F00-00-00000
T. Light, G00-00-00000
W. Miles, F00-00-00000
Totals 24-6014-1931102466
 40.0%73.7% 
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Villanova5-118-12
Xavier6-218-33
Providence5-214-636
Creighton5-315-535
Seton Hall4-315-518
Marquette4-313-647
Butler4-414-731
Georgetown3-513-6154
DePaul1-68-11187
St. Johns0-810-1081

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia7-018-14
Louisville5-115-414
Duke5-217-21
Clemson5-216-36
N. Carolina5-316-55
Miami (Fla.)3-314-420
Georgia Tech3-310-9144
Florida St.3-414-541
Va. Tech3-414-682
Boston College3-413-766
NC State3-413-787
Notre Dame3-413-762
Syracuse2-413-643
Wake Forest1-68-11129
Pittsburgh0-78-12161
 
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