NCAAB Game Recap - Western Carolina at Florida State
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

GASt
63
Duke
74
F
Monm
57
Kansas
112
F
GWebb
61
UNC
77
F
Gonz
79
TexAM
49
F
NCAT
54
UtSt
81
F
MOSt
56
Xav
59
F
CSNor
70
Aub
116
F
TxSt
63
Baylor
72
F
(N/A)
66
BGSU
88
F
Ida
68
VMI
67
F
(N/A)
51
CSBak
91
F
How
65
RobM
85
F
Dart
55
(N/A)
46
F
MTSt
59
App
56
F
(N/A)
69
Hof
111
F
TexPA
70
NDSt
76
F
S Wes
61
Furm
83
F
(N/A)
42
BethC
100
F
Jacksn
80
UMassL
78
F
Marsh
64
ND
74
F
TNTec
30
UNCG
64
F
Lipsco
36
Duques
58
F
Copp
69
NIU
81
F
W MI
58
Miss
85
F
LynSt
67
Bry
116
F
(N/A)
53
Longw
78
F
Hamp
65
W&M
78
F
SthAL
72
Chat
90
F
Clev
63
SCar
90
F
WVU
68
Pitt
53
F
Elon
50
Mich
70
F
DelSt
66
UGA
100
F
Radf
73
GaSo
76
F
WCU
74
FlaSt
79
F
W Ky
79
E KY
71
F
NCC
47
Akr
57
F
Alab
79
URI
93
F
FlGlf
68
Mercer
84
F
TXSo
69
SDak
88
F
(N/A)
32
NoAZ
105
F
UMKC
52
WIMil
61
F
PVAM
56
Tex
70
F
YSU
61
ULLa
73
F
MtStM
61
Lamar
76
F
Oral
74
Iowa
87
F
UtVal
66
UAB
55
F
UCDav
67
ArkSt
80
F
Stony
68
TXAMC
63
F
BYU
72
Hou
71
F
Minn
69
Utah
73
F
(N/A)
57
UTEP
71
F
UCIrv
69
Bois
60
F
SDSt
73
Nebras
90
F
(N/A)
45
CAPoly
89
F
CBap
62
Cal
82
F
UCRiv
49
Sac
62
F
UNLV
54
UCLA
71
F
PorSt
75
HI
83
F

Nov 15, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Western Carolina (2-2)

43

31

74

Florida State (2-1)

36

43

79

Williams, Walker carry Florida State past W. Carolina 79-74
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:47 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State dug quite the hole for itself, falling behind by 17 points early.

But the Seminoles also had plenty in the tank to claw out of the massive deficit.

Freshman Patrick Williams and junior M.J. Walker each scored 18 points and Florida State rallied to slip past Western Carolina 79-74 on Friday in the Seminoles' home opener.

"Showing resiliency," senior Trent Forrest said. "Young guys getting the chance to play in that moment was big for us."

And there were none bigger than Williams, a 6-foot-8 forward who shot 5 of 8 from the floor and was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line to help the Seminoles come back.

"Pat is obviously becoming more and more comfortable," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He had the composure to go to the free-throw line and go 7 for 7. Each one of those free throws, we needed. He's maturing and he's adjusting to playing at this particular level."

Forrest had 16 points for the Seminoles (2-1), who trailed 41-24 with 3:41 to halftime. Florida State gradually chipped away at the lead, going ahead for good with 45 seconds left in the second half as Williams made a layup.

Mason Faulkner scored 21 points, including 12 in the first half, as WCU (2-2) took a commanding early lead. The Catamounts made 7 of 14 3-pointers in the first half but cooled off and was just 2 of 9 in the second half.

As they missed shots, the Seminoles were able to push the ball up the court and find high-percentage shots.

"They really, really, really started to play faster in the second half," WCU coach Mark Prosser said. "They transitioned from defense to offense quicker and took advantage of us in that way. They really attacked the paint and they got downhill."

Kameron Gibson scored 15 points and Carlos Dotson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Catamounts, but they lost control of the lead down the stretch.

After Williams made a pair of free throws to give Florida State a 77-74 lead, Faulkner missed a long jumper with 3 seconds left as he hoped to make the shot and draw the foul in an attempt to tie it up and send the game to overtime.

Devin Vassell had 10 points for Florida State, which shot 25 of 55 (45.5%) from the floor

The Catamounts shot 27 of 60 (45%) from the floor, but 16 of those made field-goal attempts came in the first 20 minutes.

"Their shooting in the first half was tremendous," Hamilton said. "I thought we lacked discipline defensively."

HOME RUN CONTINUES

Florida State won its home opener, securing a 34th straight nonconference victory at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles haven't lost at home since Dec. 6, 2014.

ALMOST VS. ACC

WCU had not beaten an ACC school since a 79-69 victory over Florida State on Dec. 8, 2001 in Tallahassee. That was the last season for the Seminoles under Steve Robinson, before Hamilton was hired as coach.

UP NEXT

Western Carolina: The Catamounts are at Jacksonville (Fla.) on Sunday.

Florida State: The Seminoles host Chattanooga on Nov. 20.

Leaders

Western Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Myers 0 0 0 3 0 0
T. Harris 0 0 0 1 0 0
Florida State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Olejniczak 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Wilkes 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

WCU FlaSt
Points For 74 79
Field Goals 27/60-45% 25/55-45%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 6/20-30%
Free Throws 11/14-79% 23/28-82%
Offensive Rebounds 10 9
Defensive Rebounds 21 23
Rebounds 36 34
Blocks 1 6
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 14 14
Personal Fouls 22 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - FlaSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 15 WCU 74 @ FlaSt 79 A. Sledd 2 A. Polite 3

Game Information

Stadium: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida
Attendance: 9,490
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