Fla St drops 3rd straight in 72-47 loss to Gators
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knew there would be a lot
of questions surrounding his team this season trying to replace six
key players from the defending Atlantic Coast Conference
After Wednesday night’s 72-47 loss to No. 6 Florida, Hamilton is
getting a bit more desperate in his search for answers.
”Late in the game, I turned to my assistants and said, `Can we
really be this bad?'” Hamilton related.
And with one of the most highly recruited prep prospects in the
country, Andrew Wiggins, watching the game courtside along with his
parents, former Seminole Mitch Wiggins and his wife, Marita Payne
Wiggins, a Seminole track star and former Olympian.
Other than chanting, ”We want Wiggins,” at halftime there was
little for Florida State fans to cheer.
It took the Gators just 5 minutes to run off a 12-2 lead on the
way to a 35-15 halftime cushion. Kenny Boynton’s layup with 8:57
left gave Florida its largest lead, 62-25.
The Seminoles (4-4) have dropped three straight on their home
court, losing last week to Mercer and No. 14 Minnesota.
But the bashing by Florida is certain to create more heartburn
for Hamilton, who is hoping to replace his departed players with
four freshmen and two junior college transfers. They didn’t have a
shot Wednesday, dropping their fourth straight to the Gators.
”It was very tough when you’re turning the ball over,” junior
forward Okaro White said. ”You can’t get into a good offensive
The Seminoles had 22 turnovers and shot 34.8 percent.
Michael Snaer led Florida State with 10 points, all in the
second half. White was 2 of 8 from the field and finished with nine
points and six rebounds.
”We’ve got to find that magic level to play up to our
potential,” Hamilton said.
Florida, which came into the game ranked second nationally in
scoring defense, had the Seminoles baffled from the outset, forcing
13 turnovers in the first half and outrebounding them 21-11.
Florida (7-0) has held five opponents to less than 50 points
this season while taking its fourth straight win over the
Seminoles, who have lost three straight home games after their most
lopsided defeat to Florida since a 96-61 loss in 1999.
Florida State shot 25 percent in the opening half and managed
just three points over the final 8:54.
Boynton and Mike Rosario both scored 14 points to lead