Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FSU Seminoles lose 77-68 to Minnesota

TALLAHASSEE — Leonard Hamilton's eyes said it before his lips even moved. Reality, the dark pupils suggested, had finally sunk in: This was going to be a challenging year for his young Florida State Seminoles.

That realization had long been rattling around inside Hamilton's head, but Sunday afternoon, as the coach prepared for a midweek game against the surging Minnesota Golden Gophers, he said it for the first time.

Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center, his players may have begun sensing the same thing.

Losing to No. 21 Minnesota 77-68, the Seminoles came up short in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge meeting for the fifth straight time. They are now 6-8 all time in the Challenge and 2-2 against Minnesota during it.

The loss ended FSU's four-game winning streak.

"Minnesota played with a lot more fire," Hamilton said. "They were a lot more aggressive. I thought that we would have been the team that would be extremely aggressive. We've been inconsistent with it."

Poor shooting helped do in the Seminoles. They shot 38 percent from the field. In the first half alone, they made only 7 of 20 shots they took from inside the 3-point arc.

"To come into Tallahassee here, on the road, against a very tough team, we knew we'd have to play well," Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. "I thought we showed that we had competed against some good competition. (Tuesday night) we took another step in the right direction."

FSU trailed from the opening tip.

It wasn't until the second half when FSU's shooting improved, particularly outside the arc. The Seminoles made three 3s in the half, one by guard Michael Snaer, who scored 12, and two by guard Terry Whisnant.

Whisnant's 3s kicked off a 12-7 run that lasted for about five minutes in the middle of the second half. About 60 seconds after it, freshman guard Montay Brandon drove near the elbow, spun quickly on a foot and lofted a one-handed short-range jumper over his defender.

That scoring flurry melted away with about six minutes left in the game when Minnesota began dialing in again. Center Trevor Mbakwe started the Gophers' resurgence when he hit two free throws that stalled the Seminoles' momentum.

"You've got to give Minnesota credit," Hamilton said. "They did the things they had to do to keep us at bay."

FSU Seminoles lose 77-68 to Minnesota 11/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Baker cautious on Pride politics


    Rick and Joyce Baker strode down Central Avenue Sunday amid rainbow flags, corporate booths, and blaring music of the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    Mayoral candidate Rick Baker talk with people during a Pride event in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Baker is running for his old seat as Mayor of St. Petersburg.
  2. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.
  3. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

  4. Senate leaders try to appease members as support for health bill slips


    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill, even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is one of the five Republican senators who announced they cannot support the health care bill as drafted.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 26-July 2.


    Vans Warped Tour: The festival returns Saturday to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, featuring shock-metal icons Gwar, hardcore punks Sick Of It All, ska band Save Ferris and indie-pop group Never Shout Never ($39.50-$49.50). vanswarpedtour. …

    Crowd for the Motionless in White band at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, Friday, July 25, 2014.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times