Florida State (12-7, 2-5) led almost the entire game. From 13:40 minutes left in the first half up until Jamel Artis’s clutch three pointer gave Pittsburgh (16-3, 5-2) the lead with 33 seconds left to play. The Seminoles, who were up by 10 points at one point, allowed the Panthers come back into the game.
Coach Jamie Dixon’s technical foul with 16 seconds left wasn’t answered as Florida State missed the lone free throw. However, Xavier Rathan-Mayes made a three pointer to make it a two point game. After the Seminoles finally fouled them with 6 seconds left, Pittsburgh made both free throws to put them up by 4 points.
Rathan-Mayes made a layup with time expiring, but it didn’t matter. Pittsburgh won the game 74-72.
Despite shooting 57% from the field and winning the rebounding battle, the Seminoles still could not pull out the win. Offensive rebounds and second chance points by the Panthers down the stretch killed the Seminoles. Malik Beasley finished with 16 points and Rathan-Mayes added 14 points, but it wasn’t enough as Pittsburgh made ten three-pointers throughout the game while the Seminoles only had six.
Now, Florida State has fallen to 2-5 in conference play, which is eleventh place. However, close games like this will be good for the younger players later in the season.
Rathan-Mayes had a fantastic performance in his return from being benched by Coach Leonard Hamilton. Devon Bookert, 10 points, and Terrance Mann, 9 points, played well in the game as well.
You couldn’t ask for a better effort by this team, but they just couldn’t finish the game off strong enough.
The Seminoles next game is Tuesday at Boston College at 7:00 pm ET. They come back to Tallahassee next Saturday in a rematch against Clemson, which they lost last time.
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