Florida State advances past Missouri, 67-54

Aaron Brown
March 19, 2018

Florida State advances to play No. 1-seed Xavier on Sunday at 8:40 p.m. ET.

Oklahoma State 84, Syracuse 57: Freshman Jaden Hobbs scored a career-high 27 points, Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen added 19 and Oklahoma State beat Syracuse.

Martin said overall he's happy with strides his program made this season and hinted at greater things to come. "We knew they were a little short on the bench, so we needed to attack them, get them in foul trouble, minimize their bench and stay aggressive".

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But after a dream of a first half in their NCAA tournament game against Missouri, the Seminoles found themselves on the brink of a nightmare. "That's what we need every game".

Central Michigan 78, LSU 69: Tinara Moore scored 25 points to help 11th-seeded Central Michigan get its first women's NCAA Tournament win. However, Porter Jr. looked exhausted, too slow for the game, and even unmotivated at times.

That's when Florida State woke up.

FSU was buoyed by contributions from forward P.J. Savoy (12 points) and guard Braian Angola (8 points and three assists) as 10 Seminoles scored while wearing down Mizzou. Florida State went into intermission up 42-20, and all 10 Seminoles who played scored.

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Maybe we had something to do with that with how we played late. "We've been wanting this matchup ever since the bracket came out". The Jacks were down 10 points, but three back-to-back 3-pointers, SDSU cut the deficit to 70-66 with 3:11 left.

Porter, who is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft if he declares, amassed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Florida State trailed 7-1 to begin the game before countering with a 20-4 run midway in the first half sparked by Forrest and Cofer.

"We went through a few possessions where they scored like, bang, bang, bang, and it was right back to 13", Jontay Porter said. "We just kept our poise, amped our energy up on the defensive end and it created our offense". That matched the 54 points Florida State held Kentucky to in 1972 when the Seminoles advanced to the Final Four.

But Florida Gulf Coast was going to figure out the Tigers' plan eventually, and with about a minute left in the first half, the Eagles stole the ball from Cunningham just as she caught it inside the paint. Leading scorer and rebounder Terance Mann did leave the game after slipping to the floor in the second half and did not return. They came into the game sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 52.6 points per game.

"Probably, but I don't care", Porter Jr. said regarding the idea he might be criticized for how he played. They got the deficit down to six before FSU took the game back over for good. Porter said the team took its coach's message to heart.

"That's just what it is, when you're coming off of injuries, getting the rust off your body, getting the flow of games, getting the flow of situations", Martin said.

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 02: Missouri Tigers guard Sophie Cunningham (3) screams as she runs down the court after making a big three point shot against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second period between the Georgia Lady Bulldogs and the Missouri Tigers in a SEC Women's Tournament game on March 2, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

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