FSU avenges last year's loss against Xavier, 75-70

FSU avenges last year's loss against Xavier, 75-70

Florida State rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to knock off Xavier 75-70 on Sunday night and earn its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2011. And Florida State took control.

The game seemed to turn late in the first half. "In the following minutes, Xavier had cracked open a 12-point lead midway through the second half behind back-to-back buckets by the Musketeers" game-leading scorer senior guard J.P. Mascura, who had fouled out of the game with 17 points on a 6-8 shooting effort.

"Our guys were dialed in tonight", FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The Noles would hold Xavier without a field goal for over seven minutes to take the lead 32-29 with just over two minutes remaining.

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Rewind to exactly a year from the day and FSU suffered one of its worst losses of the season to Xavier, a unit that had made a deep run into the Elite 8 last season. Trent Forrest added 13 points and four steals. Savoy concluded the evening with 11 points, making more than half of his three-point attempts. FSU shot 43 percent to Xavier's 47 from the field, but forced 18 turnovers in the win. Xavier got off to a quiet start with Macura and Kanter scoring the team's first 14 points before opening up a nine-point lead.

Florida State may have been looking for a bit of revenge as the Seminoles were the No. 3 seed in last year's tournament, but were blown out by 11th-seeded Xavier in the second round.

The Seminoles will take on Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday. Angola's 3 on the other end was off and Christ Koumadje was called for an offensive foul on Bluiett - the replay didn't show much contact at all - and the Xavier senior made both free throws on the other end to give Xavier a 34-32 lead at the break.

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