Florida downs ETSU in first round of NCAA Tournament

College basketball: FGCU trails Florida State by four at half

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The sophomore shooting guard scored a team-high 25 points and added nine rebounds to lead No. 3 seed Florida State to a 86-80 win over No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night in Orlando's Amway Center.

No. 14 seeds aren't supposed to feel like one got away.

"We played really well for the most part", Goodwin said. "I never thought that my phone would be able to get that many notifications, that many text messages and missed phone calls and stuff like that".

Significantly outsized versus one of the tallest teams in the nation, the Eagles fought with FSU until the bitter end, twice cutting double-digit leads down to two-possession games.

Unfortunately, that disadvantage was exacerbated when the Eagles lost Demetris Morant.

In the second half, though, Florida State did enough to send the Eagles home.

"To our guys' defense, it's hard to simulate what they do", Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley said.

Moments later, a pair of teammates brought Morant back to the locker room. Zach Johnson chipped in 17 points, five assists and four rebounds.

"We've talked about that since Sunday", FSU assistant Stan Jones said.

But they kept fighting. The 'Noles only hit 2 of 13, while FGCU hit 8 of 28 (not a good percentage, but it's a +18 margin from deep).

Isaac showcased the abilities that make him a potential lottery pick in the National Basketball Association draft with a comprehensive line of 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to go with two steals and three blocks on the defensive end.

"It's hard to simulate what they do", Dooley said. One of the big things we can not let Florida do is get second chances.

The biggest storyline for FSU in the second half was getting to the free-throw line.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton used every scholarship player during the March Madness opener.

Kevarrius Hayes had seven points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, but his signature stat on the day was steals.

Indeed, they do. The Seminoles upped their season dunk total to 180, ahead of second-place Kentucky (164) and Gulf Coast (164).

He finished the game with 28 points in an impressive effort that came just shy of making things interesting at the end.

FGCU trimmed a double-figure deficit to just four, 64-60, with less than 10 minutes to play, but a 7-0 spurt by the Seminoles (26-8) pushed their edge to 11 and FGCU got no closer than the final margin. Fortunately, FSU still went into the half up 40-36 compliments of Dwayne Bacon.

We showed what we can do. "This is who I'm representing, so I'm going with the Eagles tonight", Roberson said. Trailing by eight, 71-63 with six and a half minutes to go, both Goodwin and Terrell watched as shots from each corner circled the rim completely before falling out - on the same possession. That's always been one of Duke's keys, and I think they've been successful over the years. "He made good decisions with the ball, and we're going to need more of that for him as we move through the remainder of the tournament".

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