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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Hoops Beats Two Power 5 Teams at Home

Mike Olivella/Florida State athletics

It was a big week for Florida State basketball, but it was a good one.

The 20th-ranked Seminoles improved to 3-0 on the young season with a pair of non-conference wins over Power 5 teams this week. After beating Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night, FSU notched its seventh straight victory over rival Florida on Saturday.

FSU needed overtime to top the Hoosiers on Wednesday night, 69-67. After hitting the tying 3-pointer earlier in the extra period, freshman Scottie Barnes banked home the game-winner with 1.8 seconds remaining.

M.J. Walker paced FSU with 19 points while RaiQuan Gray and Balsa Koprivica each tallied 12. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis had game-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds.

On Saturday, FSU ran away from rival Florida, 83-71. The Seminoles trailed by nine early, but closed the first half on a 31-12 run and never looked back. In the second half, Florida State led by as many as 18 points and never by less than nine.

A scary moment came in the first half where Florida’s Keyontae Johnson collapsed while walking onto the court following a timeout. Johnson was taken to a local hospital where he was reportedly in critical but stable condition.

Barnes and Walker each scored 17 points to pace FSU. It was a career-high for Barnes, who also led the Seminoles with five assists. Anthony Polite finished 3-for-4 from deep with 14 points for FSU.

Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann tallied 19 and 17 points, respectively, for the Gators in the loss. FSU will now open up ACC play on Tuesday night against Georgia Tech.


Record: 3-6 (2-6 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-0), beat Duke, 56-35
Upcoming: at Wake Forest (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: Patrick Payton, 4-star LB (No. 330 overall)*
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 34 nationally, eighth in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: For the first time in four weeks, FSU played a football game on Saturday. The Seminoles had their most dominating performance of the season.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 3-0
Ranking: No. 20 AP; No. 21 Amway Coaches
Past Week: (2-0), beat Indiana, 69-67 (overtime, ACC/Big Ten Challenge), beat Florida, 83-71
Upcoming: vs. Georgia Tech (Tuesday), vs. UCF (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 2 nationally, first in ACC (four total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU hoops had a very nice week with two solid non-conference victories. It looks very much like a contender to repeat in the ACC.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 1-0
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-0), contest with Austin Peay for last Sunday was postponed.
Upcoming: vs. Virginia (Sunday), at Clemson (Thursday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: COVID-19 issues at other schools have held the Seminoles to just one game so far. FSU will open ACC play with a pair of contests this week.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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