Bacon Named ACC Player of the Week
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (seminoles.com) -- Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon, who averaged 26.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals and hit the game-winning 3-point shot with 2 seconds remaining to lift No. 20 Florida State past No. 11 Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday, has been named the ACC Player of the Week by the conference office. It marks the first time in his career that he has earned ACC Player of the Week honors after earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors a school-record five times as a freshman in 2016.
Florida State’s victory over Virginia capped off a perfect week for the Seminoles who also earned a victory over Wake Forest. Bacon has led the Seminoles to a No. 12 ranking by the Associated Press, a 14-1 record and a 2-0 start in ACC play for only the third time in school history. The Seminoles’ 14-1 start ties the school record for best start after 15 games.
Bacon scored 23 points in leading Florida State over Wake Forest and followed that performance with a career-high 29-point performance in the Seminoles’ thrilling win at Virginia. The Seminoles’ victory over Virginia marked just the second time in the last 37 games that the Cavaliers had lost a conference game at home. For the week, Bacon shot .576 from the field (19 of 33) and .500 from the 3-point line (seven of 14). Bacon was at his best in the second half of both of the Seminoles’ ACC wins as he averaged 15 second half points while shooting .696 from the field (16 of 23). Bacon was five of seven from the 3-point line (.714) in the second half against Virginia with his most important 3-point shot of the game coming with two seconds remaining to give the Seminoles the 60-58 win.
Bacon was brilliant in the second half of the Seminoles’ victory in Charlottesville. He scored 26 of the Seminoles’ 37 second half points (70 percent) and nearly outscored the Cavaliers by himself. In the second half Bacon scored 26 points while Virginia scored 28 as a team. Bacon was five of seven from the 3-point line in the second half with two of his three shots from distance giving Florida State the lead. He gave the Seminoles a 56-51 lead with a 3-pointer at the 2:56 mark of the second half but saved his best for his second career-game winning shot. Only seconds after Virginia’s Kyle Guy gave the Cavaliers a 58-57 lead on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, Bacon’s heroics gave the Seminoles the 60-58 win on a well-contested left-elbow 3-point shot with only two seconds left to be played.
Bacon made a career-high six of nine 3-point shots in the Seminoles victory over Virginia.
Bacon was also sensational in the second half of Florida State’s ACC season-opening victory over Wake Forest. He totaled 14 of his game-high tying 23 points in the second half as the Seminoles rallied from a halftime deficit for the second time this season. Bacon was eight of 10 from the field (.800 percent) from the field in the second half of the Seminoles’ 88-72 win.
Bacon’s second-half shooting performance (eight of 10) helped the Seminoles shoot .615 from the field and outscored the Demon Deacons by a 49-32 margin to take the win.
Bacon enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech with a 24-game double figure scoring streak, and a career-high 18.1 points per game scoring average. He has scored in double figures in each of Florida State’s last 24 games dating to Feb. 17, 2016 against Georgia Tech.