No. 19 Florida State looked to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten as it took on Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla. on Saturday. The Cowboys, though, had other ideas.
Oklahoma State’s Mitchell Solomon had a tip-in with 6 seconds left to lift his team to a 71-70 win. The Seminoles actually had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but CJ Walker’s charge turned it back over to the Cowboys to end the game.
One thing that the Seminoles will look back on is their missed opportunities from the free throw line. They finished the game 16-of-24 with the result likely different if they would have been able to sink a few more. It wasn’t so much the misses, but rather it was the fact that they came at such critical times.
Another red mark for Florida State: the number of turnovers. It committed 22 on the afternoon, and in some ways, it was only fitting that Walker’s charge – with the Seminoles looking for a win in the final seconds – effectively ended the game.
The loss spoiled fine efforts from Phil Cofer and Terance Mann. Cofer finished with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting, going 5-for-7 from three point range. Mann was 9-for-15 from the field for 20 points, adding a game-high 14 rebounds for a double-double.
While the Seminoles would like to have this one back, there are certainly worse teams to lose to than Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are now 8-2, with its only losses coming to nationally-ranked Texas A&M and Wichita State.
Oklahoma State is a nice team. Not a terrible loss by any stretch. But FSU blew that one with TOs and tired defensive lapses.
— Corey Clark (@Corey_Clark) December 16, 2017
The Seminoles get a little bit of a breather as they return to the Tucker Center on Monday evening to face Charleston Southern. Tipoff for that one is set for 7:00 pm ET.
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