The Florida State basketball season is over, as eleven-seed Xavier blew past the third-seeded Seminoles 91-66 on Saturday night to advance to the Sweet 16.
Xavier proved to be too much for the Seminoles from the three-point line, nailing 11 three-pointers to set the pace in this game. After Florida State led 5-4 early, the Muskateers began a first half run and never looked back. Xavier led 44-34 at halftime and really started to sizzle as the second half progressed.
Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 29 points, including nailing three 3-pointers while grabbing six rebounds. The second half saw Xavier continue to dominate from the three-point line, as Kaiser Gates led the way with four made three-point shots in this game, and in what seemed like a blink a double-figure Muskateer lead was transformed into a 20-point lead down the stretch of this game. Florida State was limited to just 4-of-21 from long distance, while Xavier used an 11-of-17 performance to build the 25-point win.
Dwayne Bacon led the Florida State cause with 20 points as Florida State concluded their first NCAA appearance since 2012. The Seminoles had been targeting their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2011 - instead it was the Muskateers advancing to their second Sweet 16 in the past three seasons.
The Seminoles end their season with a 26-9 record. Xavier advanced to face the winner of Arizona-St. Mary's with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line.