The Florida State men's basketball team gets a big 81-71 win against Georgia Tech Sunday night as March begins and the NCAA Tournament field starts to take shape
Florida State falls at home to North Carolina despite a combined 56 points from its trio of guards Ian Miller, Aaron Thomas and Montay Brandon
NCAA Tournament hopes hinge on strong finish, which begins with UNC visit
The Florida State men's basketball team gets a much needed win at Wake Forest Saturday night
Aaron Thomas is emerging as one of the ACC's top scorers
Florida State vs. North Carolina (USATSI)
Florida State vs. Wake Forest (USATSI)
Florida State vs. Maryland - USATSI
FSU's last second 76-74 victory at home
Feature:Brandon Steps Up
Feature:Brandon Plays Through The Pain
Feature: Brandon Continues Learning
Feature:Brrandon Learning In First Yr
ON BRANDON: His extensive playing time for the Seminoles as a freshman has made him a very valuable player for Florida State during his upcoming sophomore season and for the remaining three seasons of his career...earned 22 starts at the point guard position and played in 33 of the Seminoles' 34 games during the 2012-13 season...made the switch to the point guard position for the majority of his freshman season at Florida State after playing the shooting guard position during the majority of his high school career...his size (6-7) and diverse abilities creates match-up problems in the Seminoles favor on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court...a key to the Seminoles' chemistry because of his desire to play wherever the Seminole coaches need him to play...his desire to be a team player was illustrated during his freshman season as he started 22 games at the point guard position, saw his playing time decrease, continued to work hard in practice and was rewarded with increased playing time late in the season...averaged 23.2 minutes played per game in the final five games of the season after averaging only 8.6 minutes played per game after moving into a reserve role in mid-February...averaged 21.4 minutes played per game in the first 23 games of the season, 8.6 minutes in the next five games and 23.2 minutes in the final five games of the season...can do a variety of things on the court and do them all well - run the point, bring the ball up the court, play defense on and off the ball, rebound and score the basketball...also displayed his incredible ability to play the two-guard position because of his length, athleticism and desire to play Florida State defense...proved his defensive ability late in the season as he was assigned to guard the likes of Virginia's Joe Harris and NC State's Rodney Purvis and Lorenzo Brown in the final two games of the regular season...his lock down defense during those two games allowed the Seminoles to shut all three players down and win their final two games of the regular season against two postseason teams (NC State played in the NCAA Tournament and Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT)...is a very long player for his size with long arms who has the ability to cover a tremendous amount of the court with very little effort...his ability to get into passing lanes to deflect passes and earn steals on the defensive end of the court is one of his greatest assets...the No. 11 ranked point guard in the nation and the No. 59 overall ranked prep player as a member of the 2012 freshman class by Rivals.com...also rated as the No. 9 ranked shooting guard prospect in the class of 2012 by ESPN.com...a four star recruit by ESPN.com...a member of the West Team in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic All Star game that was played in Charlotte on April 14, 2012...a starter for the West Team in the regional All-Star game played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C....a double double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four assists in 32 minutes of playing time as the West team fell, 84-82...led the team in rebounds, assists and minutes played...nominated to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Games in 2012...committed to Florida State during his official visit in September of 2011...
MONTAY BRANDON'S CAREER STATISTICS
Montay Brandon's Career Highs PTS 18 vs. North Carolina (2-17-14) FGM 6 vs. North Carolina (2-17-14) FGA 11 vs. Michigan (11-22-13) FG% 1.000 vs. Saint Joseph's (11-16-12) 1.000 vs. Buffalo (11-12-12) 3FGM 3 vs. Saint Joseph's (11-17-12) 3FGA 3 at NC State (1-29-14) 3 vs. Charlotte (12-17-13) 3 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) 3 at Charlotte (12-22-12) 3 vs. Minnesota (11-27-12) 3 vs. Saint Joseph's (11-17-12) 3FG% 1.000 vs. Jacksonville State (12-8-13) 1.000 vs. Saint Joseph's (11-17-12) FTM 7 at Maryland (2-8-14) 7 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) FTA 9 vs. VCU (11-21-13) 9 vs. Jacksonville (11-8-13) FT% 1.000 at Maryland (2-8-14) 1.000 vs. Wake Forest (2-26-13) 1.000 at Maryland (1-9-13) 1.000 vs. North Florida (11-21-12) 1.000 vs. South Alabama (11-9-12) OR 4 vs. Maryland (1-12-14) 4 at Clemson (1-9-14) 4 at Minnesota (12-3-13) DR 10 at Pitt (2-23-14) 10 vs. VCU (11-21-13) REBS 12 at Pitt (2-23-14) AST 5 at Georgia Tech (2-5-13) 5 vs. Mercer (12-2-12) 5 vs. Minnesota (11-27-12) BLK 3 vs. Minnesota (11-27-12) STL 3 vs. Charleston Southern (12-30-13) MIN 37 at Maryland (2-8-14) 37 at Florida (11-29-13)
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Averaged 3.9 points (10th on the team), 1.8 rebounds (tied for seventh) and 1.4 assists (fourth) while starting 22 games at the point guard position during his first season as a Seminole...played in 33 of Florida State's 34 games and was one of only seven Seminoles who played in 33 or more games in helping lead the team to the NIT...ranked fourth on the team in minutes played with 652 and an average of 19.8 minutes played per game...only four Seminoles - including Brandon - averaged 19 minutes or more of playing time during the 2012-13 season...finished fourth on the team in total assists with 47 which included his career high of five assists against Minnesota (Nov. 27), Mercer (Dec. 2) and in the Seminoles' ACC win at Georgia Tech (Feb. 5)...his five assists against the Yellow Jackets helped the Seminoles take the road win on Michael Snaer's third buzzer-beating, game-winning shot of the season in Florida State's 56-54 win...Florida State's starter at the point guard position from Nov. 12 against Buffalo through Feb. 9 against Wake Forest - a span of 22 games...multiple assists came 10 times in his 22 games as the Seminoles' starting point guard...inserted into the starting line-up in the second game of the 2012-13 season and the second game of his career...scored in double figures three times with his career high of 11 points coming against South Alabama (Nov. 9) in his career debut and in the Seminoles' win over Saint Joseph's (Nov. 17) in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn and 10 points coming in Florida State's NIT game against Louisiana Tech (March 19)...a house on fire in the first four games of his first season as he scored 31 points and averaged 7.8 points scored against South Alabama and in wins over Buffalo (Nov. 12), BYU (Nov. 16) and Saint Joseph's (Nov. 17)...averaged 5.9 points (sixth on the team) in the Seminoles' 16 non-conference games...also scored the ball well as he averaged 5.8 points per game in the Seminoles' five neutral site games...his ACC career high of seven points came in the Seminoles first of three games against North Carolina (Jan. 12) in Tallahassee...totaled eight points on three of five shooting from the field (.600 percent) in the Seminoles' 79-76 victory over Charlotte at the Times Warner Cable Arena (Dec. 22) in Florida State's first trip back to his home state of North Carolina...a starter against the 49ers and totaled two assists in 17 minutes of playing time...finished his first season with 11 steals and was one of nine Seminoles who earned double figures in steals during the season...his career high of two steals came in a victory over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30) and at Wake Forest (Feb. 9)...eight blocks in his freshman season including a career high three in the Seminoles' game against Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 27)...averaged 6.6 points in a string of five consecutive games against Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 17, seven points), Charlotte (Dec. 22, eight points), Tulsa in the Orange Bowls Classic (Dec. 29, six points), at Auburn (Jan. 2, six points) and in his first career ACC game at Clemson (Jan. 5, six points)...scored well in the final four games of the season as he averaged 6.3 points against NC State (March 9, four points), Clemson in the ACC Tournament (March 14, eight points), North Carolina in the ACC Tournament (March 15, three points) and against Louisiana Tech (March 19, 10 points)...(vs. Boston College): Scored three points in four minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Boston College...hit a very well-time 3-point in the first half of the Seminoles' 69-66 victory over the Eagles in Tallahassee (Feb. 16)...his 3-point shot from the right corner gave the Seminoles a 29-24 lead with 2:00 remaining before intermission...helped the Seminoles take a 31-26 lead into the locker room at halftime...his basket proved to be important as the Seminoles lost the lead briefly in the second half but regained the upper hand in winning their sixth ACC game of the season...(vs. Clemson): Averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in three games against Clemson...was a starter in the Seminoles' two wins over the Tigers during the regular season and helped Florida State top Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro...shot the ball well from the field with a .556 shooting percentage (five of nine) and was tied for second on the team with five assists as Florida State defeated the Tigers three times in the same season for the first time in school history...scored six points, pulled down three rebounds and was credited with three assists as a starter in his ACC debut against Clemson...the Seminoles broke out to a big lead and defeated the Tigers, 71-66, at Clemson (Jan. 5)...four first half points to help the Seminoles to as much as a 16-point first half lead and a 38-25 advantage at halftime...his first career ACC basket was credited on his first career ACC shot that resulted in a goaltending call against Clemson to give the Seminoles a 10-6 lead at the 15:09 mark...added a lay-up at the 10:32 mark to give Florida State a 21-8 advantage...a driving lay-up at the 15:42 mark of the second half put Florida State up 46-35...the Tigers closed to within three late in the game but the Seminoles took the ACC road win to open their conference schedule...scored zero points and one assist in Florida State's 60-57 win over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...played 19 minutes as a starter as the Seminoles benefited from Michael Snaer's second game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-point shot with no time remaining to give Florida State the win...scored eight points, pulled down three rebounds and was credited with one assist in the Seminoles' 73-69 win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. (March 14)...his eight points against the Tigers was his most against an ACC team in his first season as a Seminole...totaled five points off the bench in the first half as he helped Florida State play catch-up...the Seminoles trailed, 35-30, at halftime...an old fashion 3-point play at the 12:52 mark of the first half drew the Seminoles to within three at 12-9...scored on a lay-up and made the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Damarcus Harrison...a well place and important 3-point shot at the 2:58 mark of the second half gave Florida State their largest lead of the game at +14 (65-51)...the importance of the basket was magnified as Clemson closed to within two with 13 seconds left in the game before the Seminoles ran the clock down and held on to win the game...(vs. Duke): Scored two points and pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...the Blue Devils made 11 3-point shots and defeated the Seminoles, 79-60, in Tallahassee (Feb. 2)...his only basket of the game came on a jumper in the first half and counted as Florida State's first two points of the game...(vs. Georgia Tech): Totaled one point, one rebound and a career-high tying five assists in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Georgia Tech...the Seminole led by as many as 13 in the first half, trailed by a 27-26 margin at halftime, rallied from as much as a five point deficit in the second half and won 56-54 in Atlanta on another game-winning, buzzer beating shot by All-ACC selection Michael Snaer...his five assists rank as his ACC career high and his first season high which also came in back to back games against Minnesota (Nov. 27) and Mercer (Dec. 2)...his lone point in the game came on a free throw at the 13:46 mark to give the Seminoles a 13-0 advantage - their largest lead of the game...also added five first half assists - three of which came in the Seminoles' game-opening 13-0 run and accounted for seven of those points on a lay-up by Okaro White (on the first basket of the game), a 3-point shot by Michael Snaer (which made the score 7-0) and on a jumper by Kiel Turpin which made the score 9-0...another assist on a 3-point shot by Michael Snaer made the score 22-13 at the 6:22 mark and another assist on a 3-point shot by Ian Miller helped give Florida State a 26-25 lead with 1:23 left before the intermission...in all he helped account directly for 14 of the Seminoles' 26 first half points...(vs. Maryland): Averaged 2.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two games against NIT participant Maryland...helped the Seminoles sweep the two game home and home series during the regular season against the Big Ten-bound Terps...tied for the Seminoles' lead with five total assists as he was a starter in both games as Florida State won in both College Park and Tallahassee...totaled two points and his ACC career high of five rebounds in the Seminoles' 65-62 win in College Park (Jan. 9)...his five rebounds tied his overall career high (which also came against Mercer on Dec. 2) and came in 33 minutes of play as Florida State improved to 2-0 in the ACC with two road wins...his two points came on two made free throws with 57 seconds remaining and helped cut into Maryland' s lead...his two free throws cut the score to 34-24 and helped the Seminoles take the momentum back and, on a 3-point shot by Ian Miller, cut their deficit to only nine (36-27) at the intermission...his two free throws ignited a game-ending 43-28 run that helped the Seminoles recover from as much as a 12 point deficit to win the game...the Seminoles received an incredible performance by Okaro White who scored 15 consecutive Seminole points during the second half...totaled three points, two rebounds, one assists and two steals in the Seminoles' 73-71 win over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30)...his two points came in the second half on a jumper that gave the Seminoles a 45-42 lead at the 14:04 mark...the Seminoles won the game on another game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-point shot by Michael Snaer with one second remaining to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory...(vs. Miami): Scored two points, pulled down four rebounds added one assists as he played in one of the Seminoles' two games against NCAA Tournament participant and ACC Champion Miami...was a starter in the Seminoles' game against the Hurricanes in Coral Gables which resulted in a 71-47 win by Miami (Jan. 27)...did not play in the Seminoles' game against Miami in Tallahassee - a 74-69 win for the Hurricanes (Feb. 13)...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in three games against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...scored his ACC career high of seven points and was credited with four assists as the Seminoles played host to North Carolina in Tallahassee...the Seminoles played the Tar Heels in a back-and-forth game that saw eight ties and eight lead changes before North Carolina scored the final eight points of the game to take the 77-72 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 12)...all seven of his points came in the first half as the Seminoles took as much as a four-point lead but trailed at the half by a 33-13 mark...of his seven first half points five came on a 3-pointer and a dunk within 22 seconds of each other to give Florida State a 23-19 lead at the 5:47 mark...totaled 16 minutes of playing time in the second half...totaled zero points, three rebounds and one assist as the Seminoles played at Chapel Hill...the Tar Heels scored the first seven points of the game and won the game 79-58 at the Dean E. Smith Center (March 3)...scored three points to go along with four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes of play against the Tar Heels in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament...the Tar Heels advanced to the semifinals of the tournament with an 83-62 win (March 15)...(vs. NC State): Averaged 2.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...averaged 15.0 minutes played as the two teams split their two-game regular season series with both teams winning in their home court - NC State at the PNC Arena in Raleigh and Florida State at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee...scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time as Florida State fell on the road to NC State 84-66 (Feb. 19)...totaled four points, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes as Florida State defeated NC State 71-67 on Senior Day in Tallahassee...all four points came in the second half as Florida State rallied from a 35-34 halftime deficit and from as much as an eight point deficit in the second half to win the game and finish their ACC season with a 9-9 record to mark the fifth consecutive season the Seminoles had finished the ACC with a .500 or better record...two points on a highlight reel deserving dunk at the 15:24 mark to pull Florida State to within six at 45-39...his dunk began a 32-22 game-ending run that gave Florida State the victory...added a jumper at the 3:34 mark to pull Florida State to within one at 60-59 - the Seminoles finished the game on a 14-7 run starting with that basket to take the win and earn a sixth place finish in the ACC standings...(vs. Virginia): Averaged 1.0 point and 0.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Virginia...started on the road against the Cavaliers for one of his six ACC road starts during his freshman season...averaged 23.5 minutes played per game as the Seminoles and the Cavaliers split their two game regular season series with both teams winning at home...scored two points, pulled down one rebound, blocked one shot and earned one steal in the Seminoles game at Virginia...the Cavaliers defeated the Seminoles, 56-36, in Charlottesville...scored two first half points as the Seminoles fought back in the second half...scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in Florida State's 53-51 victory over Virginia in Tallahassee (March 7)...earned 27 minutes of playing time as did his best defensive work of the season as he helped hold All-ACC First-Team selection Joe Harris to 13 points on five of 15 shooting from the field including one of six shooting from the 3-point line...was assigned the task of defending Harris all over the court and limiting his offensive opportunities...he did just that as he held Harris to nearly four points below his season scoring average, more than one assist below his season average and one fewer 3-point shot made than he had averaged during the season...Florida State won the game on a buzzer-beating lay-up and free throw with 4.4 seconds left in the game to take the win...(vs. Virginia Tech): Scored one point and earned one assist in the Seminoles' only meeting of the season against Virginia Tech...the Hokies defeated the Seminoles, 80-70, in Blacksburg...(vs. Wake Forest): Averaged 1.0 point, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist in two games against Wake Forest...the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons split the two game regular season series with both teams winning on their respective home courts...totaled a team-leading two steals in the Seminoles' two games against the Demon Deacons...scored zero points but credited with two assists and two steals as Florida State traveled to play at Wake Forest...the Demon Deacons earned a 71-46 win in Winston-Salem (Feb. 9)...totaled two points on two free throws in the Seminoles' 76-62 win over Wake Forest in Tallahassee (Feb. 26)...two free throws at the 8:46 mark of the first half gave the Seminoles a commanding 26-16 lead...the Seminoles led 40-34 at the intermission and by as many as 21 points in the second half in securing the home win...(vs. Florida): Scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds as a starter in 16 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA participant Florida...the Gators took a 72-47 win in Tallahassee (Dec. 5)...(vs. Louisiana Tech): Scored 10 points and added one assists in 25 minutes of playing time against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT...shot five of six from the field (.833 percent) including three of four (.750 percent) in the second half as the Seminoles worked back from as much as a six point second half deficit...marked the third time during the season that he had scored in double figures...(In Four Games During the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic): Averaged 7.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in helping the Seminoles to the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...shot the ball exceedingly well from the field as he made 10 of 15 shots from the field (.667 percent) and made eight free throws as the Seminoles topped Buffalo, BYU and Saint Joseph's to claim the trophy as the team champion in the prestigious tournament...averaged 20.3 minutes played per game and was one of only five Seminoles to average 20 minutes or more of playing time in the four games of the tournament...the first two games were played in Tallahassee and the final two games were played at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...(vs. South Alabama): Scored 11 points on three of five shooting from the field and a perfect five of five shooting from the free throw line in the Seminoles' season opener and the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...South Alabama rallied to take the win, 76-71, in Tallahassee (Nov. 9)...tied for the Seminoles' scoring lead as he played 19 minutes in his career debut for Florida State...scored seven first half points and four in the second half as Florida State worked to get back in the game after trailing by as many as seven...his five free throws made ranks as his career high...(vs. Buffalo): Totaled eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of playing time in his first career start at the point guard position in the second game of the season against Buffalo in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...Florida State topped the Bulls, 95-68, in Tallahassee in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...was a perfect three of three from the field (1.000 percent) as he made six of his first eight field goal attempts in the first two games of his career...two points in the first half as the Seminoles jumped out to a 47-30 halftime lead and won the game by 27...(vs. BYU): Totaled one point, three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of playing time as a starter against NIT participant BYU in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...the Seminoles defeated the Cougars, 88-70, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 16)... the win advanced the Seminoles to the championship game of the event...scored his one point in the second half as the Seminoles stretched their lead to as many as 27 in winning the game by 17... (vs. Saint Joseph's): Totaled 11 points, one rebound and one steal as Florida State defeated Saint Joseph's, 73-66, to win the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Nov. 17)...was one of four Seminoles to score in double figures as the Seminoles battled the Hawks through three ties and two lead changes in the second half to claim the win...eight first half points to lead the Seminoles charge to victory...was a perfect three of three from the 3-point range with two coming in the second half of the win...his three 3-point shots made stands as his career high...his made 3-point shot at 16:29 mark stemmed a 10-2 start out of the halftime locker-room by the Hawks...the Hawks had taken the lead and Brandon's shot from the bonusphere brought Florida State back to within one point at 42-41...his made 3-point shot began a game-ending and game-winning 35-24 run in the final 16 minutes to lead the Seminoles to the win...
AT WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy in 2012...averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior...played for former Maryland star guard Keith Gatlin at Wesleyan Christian...earned All-Conference First Team honors as selected by GreensboroToday.org...totaled 21 points and seven rebounds in Wesleyan's win over Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian during his senior season...averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior...played his freshman season at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, N.C. before transferring to Wesleyan Christian for his sophomore season...
PERSONAL: Born September 3, 1993...Montay is the son Diane and Parman Brandon...a member of the academic honor roll in each of his four years in high school...a member of the Georgia Stars AAU team...selected Florida State over Missouri, Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee...