The Seminoles can't halt Tar Heels' hot shooting from start to finish Sunday afternoon at the Dean Dome.
The Florida State men's basketball team struggled offensively Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena in what was just the second road loss of the season for the 'Noles.
Florida State's three-game losing streak meets its end in a balanced, defensive-minded victory against Maine Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
A season after winning the first ACC title in program history, the FSU men's basketball team begins its championship defense with an equal mixture of talented returnees and high-potential newcomers.
Seminoles participate in Homecoming festivities.
FSU's 72-47 loss to Florida
ON GILCHRIST: A member of Florida State's 2013 NIT team who played in 25 of the Seminoles' 34 games including 15 of their 16 ACC regular season games...earned increased playing time in his first season as a Seminole as his experience progressed...played in each of the final 15 ACC games of the season and each of the Seminoles' three postseason games after playing in 10 of the Seminoles' first 19 games of the season...his production increased during his first season as a Seminole just as the ACC season began to heat up in January and February...double figure minutes came six times in the final 14 ACC games of the 2013 season...two of the most important words used to describe Gilchrist by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton many times during the 2012-13 season were potential and upside...considered to be a stretch forward because of his ability to play on the perimeter and take taller players out of their comfort zones...can block shots and plays with a tremendous amount of energy each time he steps onto the court...has a tremendous perimeter shot and possess the athletic ability that not many power forwards have...needs to become quicker to the basketball and more adept at grabbing rebounds that are just a bit out of his reach...has gained the quickness he needs to possess to play at the major Division I level...his strength will allow him to flourish at the power forward position while his quickness and athleticism will allow him to create mismatches at the wing forward position...his 7-3 foot wingspan makes getting past him a challenge on the defensive end of the court...runs the floor well with exceptional speed and has developed the ability to stretch opposing defenses with both a mid-range and 3-point jump shooting ability...Polk State led the Suncoast Conference in scoring defense and finished second in the state of Florida as it allowed 62.2 points per game during his freshman season...has one year of eligibility remaining...a member of the U-20 National Basketball Team in Great Britain in 2009 that competed throughout Europe...a two-time All-Suncoast First Team selection as both a freshman and a sophomore...a three star junior college recruit as rated by rivals.com...
AS A JUNIOR (2013): Averaged 1.9 points (11th on the team) and 1.2 rebounds (10th) while playing in 25 games including both of the Seminoles' games against Clemson and North Carolina in the 2013 ACC Tournament and against Louisiana Tech in the 2013 NIT...played in 15 of Florida State's 16 regular season ACC games and helped the Seminoles to a 9-9 record and a sixth place finish in the ACC standings...it marked the school record fifth consecutive season that the Seminoles had won at least nine conference games in a single season...earned playing time against each of the Seminoles' 11 ACC opponents...earned playing time for the first time in his Seminole career with two points, one assist and one steal in seven minutes as Florida State defeated Buffalo, 95-68, in the second round of the Coaches' vs. Cancer Classic (Nov. 12) in a game played in Tallahassee...earned five minutes of playing time and responded with one blocked shot in the Seminoles' win over BYU in the semifinals of the tournament...the Seminoles defeated Saint Joseph's in the championship game to claim the title...the final two games of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic were played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...first taste of extended playing time came in 12 minutes in Florida State's 91-59 win over Maine in Tallahassee (Dec. 9)...totaled his career high of seven points, his career high of six rebounds and made the first 3-point shot of his career in the win over the Black Bears...10 minutes of playing time and two points came in the Seminoles' 82-63 win over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 29)...(vs. Boston College): Totaled zero points and three rebounds in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Boston College...earned four minutes of playing time in Florida State's 69-66 win in Tallahassee (Feb. 16)...all four of his minutes played and all three of his rebounds came in the first half as Florida State built a 31-26 advantage in the first 20 minutes of the game...helped Florida State gain a 19-11 rebounding advantage and hold the lead throughout the first half as it opened the scoring on a jumper by Okaro White to take a lead it did not give up until the second half...(vs. Clemson): Averaged 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in two games played against Clemson...earned 17 minutes of playing time as the Seminoles defeated the Tigers in Tallahassee and earned one minute of playing time in Florida State's win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum...scored two points, pulled down two rebounds and earned one blocked shot as Florida State earned a 60-57 win over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 24)...his only basket of the game came at the 9:39 mark of the first half and pulled the Seminoles to within one at 12-11...despite trailing by eight at halftime (29-21) the Seminoles outscored the Tigers, 39-28, in the second half to gain the win...the win came on a buzzer beating 3-point shot by Michael Snaer that gave the Seminoles the 60-57 win...the lead was Florida State's only lead of the second half...totaled zero points and zero rebounds in one minute of playing time in his first career ACC Tournament game against Clemson...the Seminoles held on to defeat the Tigers, 73-69, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. (March 14)...(vs. Duke): Scored four points and pulled down one rebound in 12 minutes of play in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...the Blue Devils made 11 3-point field goals and defeated the Seminoles, 79-60, in Tallahassee (March 2)...was a perfect two of two from the free throw line in the game against Duke - a total that accounted for half of his made free throws during his junior season...all four of his points (one made field goals and two made free throws) came in eight minutes played during the first half...also assisted on a lay-up during the first half to account directly for six of the Seminoles' 22 points in the first half...(vs. Georgia Tech): Totaled three points and pulled down two rebounds in 10 minutes of play in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Georgia Tech...all of his playing time (10 minutes) along with his points (three) and rebounds (two) came it the first half as Florida State jumped out to an early 13 point lead (13-0) only to trail by one at halftime (27-26)...pushed Florida State's lead to 17-11 on a jumper at the 9:25 mark and broke a 22-22 tie with a free throw at the 2:25 mark to put the Seminoles up 23-22...the Seminoles benefited from the heroics of Michael Snaer who made a lay-up at the buzzer to gain the 56-54 win over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta (Feb. 5)...(vs. Maryland): Totaled zero points and zero rebounds in seven minutes of playing time in one of two games against NIT participant Maryland during the regular season...earned playing time in the Seminoles' victory over Maryland at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Jan. 30)...earned five minutes of playing time in the first half and helped the Seminoles pull into a 34-34 tie at halftime...earned two minutes of playing time in the second half as Florida State rallied for the 73-71 win despite trailing with 45 seconds remaining to be played in the game...the Seminoles were once again on the receiving end of another Michael Snaer game-winning, buzzer-beating shot to win the game at home...(vs. Miami): Averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Miami...played his ACC career high of 22 minutes as Florida State traveled to play at Miami (Jan. 27)...scored two points and pulled down five rebounds as the Hurricanes won, 71-47, at home...his two points came in the second half as Florida State battled to get themselves back into the games after falling behind by a 37-28 score at halftime...scored one point in seven minutes of playing time as Florida State hosted Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 13)...his one point came on a free throw late in the first half as Florida State began to get itself back into the game...Miami won the game late, 74-68...(vs. North Carolina): Averaged 4.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in two games played against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina...played in both of the Seminoles' late season games at North Carolina and against the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament...shot .667 percent (four of six) from the field in his two appearances against the Tar Heels...scored six points in eight minutes of play as Florida State traveled to play at North Carolina (March 3) in a game televised nationally by CBS Sports...was a perfect three of three from the field for six points in five minutes played in the first half of the game...his points came in the first half - and all came in a span of two minutes - with his third lay-up giving the Seminoles a 16-15 lead...he scored at the 10:17 mark to pull the Seminoles to within 15-12, scored at the 10:17 mark to pull the Seminoles to within one at 15-14 and gave the Seminoles the lead at the 8:51 mark with his third consecutive basket...scored six consecutive points and outscored North Carolina 6-0 during the two minutes span to bring Florida State from five points down to one point up in the span of two minutes...North Carolina won the game, 79-59...totaled two points in one minute of play as the Seminoles faced North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C...his two points came in the first half as Florida State battled the Tar Heels for the right to advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season...North Carolina won the game, 83-62...(vs. NC State): Averaged 3.0 points and 0.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...shot .750 percent from the field (three of four) and averaged 6.0 minutes played as the Seminoles and the Wolfpack split the two-game regular season series with both teams winning at home...totaled two points in seven minutes of play at Florida State as Florida State traveled to play at NC State...earned seven minutes of playing time and scored his only basket in the first half as the Seminoles battled NC State on the road in the ACC...NC State won the game, 84-66, in Raleigh (Feb. 19)...scored four points in five minutes of play as the Seminoles defeated NC State at home on Senior Day in Tallahassee (March 9)...was a perfect two of two from the field as the Seminoles rallied from a 35-34 halftime deficit and from as many as eight down in the second half to win the game, 71-67, and secure their fifth consecutive record of .500 or better in ACC play...the victory allowed Florida State to finish with a 9-9 record in conference play...two jumpers - within 1:33 of each other helped the Seminoles keep the Wolfpack in their sight before taking the game and winning in the second half...a jumper at the 10:34 mark of the first half brought Florida State to within one at 21-20 while a second jumper again closed the Seminoles' deficit to one at 23-22 at the 9:01 mark...Florida State outscored the Wolfpack, 14-7, in the final 3:34 of the game to re-take the lead and earn the victory...(vs. Virginia): Averaged 2.0 points and 0.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Virginia during the regular season...shot .667 percent (two of three) against the Cavaliers as the two teams split the regular season series with both teams winning in their home arenas...scored four points in nine minutes of play as Florida State traveled to play at Charlottesville (Jan. 19)...the Cavaliers won at the John Paul Jones Arena, 56-36...scored four points on a perfect two of two shooting from the field in eight minutes of play in the second half...scored his four points in the final two minutes of the game with a lay-up at the 1:45 mark and a jumper at the 1:05 mark...earned two minutes of playing time in Florida State's 53-51 win over the Cavaliers in Tallahassee (March 9)...Florida State won the game on a game-winning, buzzer-beating lay-up with 4.4 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles their eighth ACC win of the season...(vs. Virginia Tech): Scored zero points and pulled down two rebounds in nine minutes of play in Florida State's only game of the season against Virginia Tech...the Hokies defeated the Seminoles, 80-70, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg (Feb. 24)...(vs. Wake Forest): Averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in two games against Wake Forest...averaged 10.5 minutes played and earned three of his four blocked shots during the season against the Demon Deacons...totaled zero points but a career high two blocked shots in Florida State's game at Winston Salem (Feb. 9)...the Demon Deacons defeated the Seminoles, 71-46...was tied for the game high in blocked shots as he earned his two blocks in nine minutes played during the first half...scored four points on two of three shooting from the field in the Seminoles' victory over Wake Forest, 76-62, in Tallahassee (Feb. 26)...all four points in nine minutes of first half action spurred the Seminoles to a 40-34 halftime lead and their victory at games end...all four points came in less than two minutes and were incredibly important as the Demon Deacon had cut into Florida State's 11-point lead...scored on a jumper at the 2:35 mark to push Florida State's lead back to three points (35-32) after the Deacons had closed to one on a dunk by Andre Washington...increased the Seminoles' lead back to six (38-32) on a jumper at the 0:46 mark...Florida State held that six point halftime lead and increased their lead to as many as 21 in gaining the win...(vs. Florida): Scored two points in eight minutes of play in Florida State's only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Florida...the Gators won, 72-47 in Tallahassee (Dec. 5)...(In The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic): Averaged 1.0 point and 0.0 rebounds in two games played in helping the Seminoles' to the championship of the prestigious Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...earned 12 minutes of playing time in two of the four games in the tournament...also totaled one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in the playing two game in the event...(vs. Buffalo): Totaled two points, one assist and one steal in seven minutes of play in the Seminoles' win over Buffalo, 95-68, in a game played in Tallahassee...two first half points came on a dunk at the 11:14 mark that gave the Seminoles a commanding 23-10 lead...Florida State led by as many as 27 points in winning the game by that margin...(vs. BYU): earned one blocked shot in five minutes of play as the Seminoles' defeated BYU in the semifinals of the tournament in a game played in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ...the Seminoles won the game, 88-70, and advanced to the championship game the next night where they defeated Saint Joseph's to claim the title in the prestigious event...
AT POLK STATE: Graduated from Polk State College in 2012 with an associate's degree in business administration...an All-Suncoast First Team selection as a sophomore as he averaged 11.8 points (second on the team), 7.9 rebounds (first) and 2.2 blocked shots per game (first) and led the Eagles in field goal shooting percentage (.500 percent)...led the Eagles and ranked third in the state of Florida among junior college players in rebounding...played in 23 games as a sophomore...helped Polk State win the Suncoast conference championship with a 7-2 record during his sophomore season...the Eagles' Suncoast Conference championship qualified them for the state junior college tournament...totaled a double double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in leading Polk past TAAG prep Academy in January of his sophomore season...totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots against St. Petersburg College...earned All-Suncoast Conference First Team honors as a freshman as he averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game while shooting .481 percent from the field...ranked 16th nationally in blocked shots...played in 30 games as a freshman...played in the Future Stars International Junior Basketball Tournament in 2010...totaled eight blocked shots against Richmond and averaged more than four blocked shots per game in the tournament...
AT WORCESTER (MASS) ACADEMY (2009): Attended Worcester Academy in Massachusetts for one postgraduate season before beginning his collegiate career at Polk State...led Worcester to the championship of the Blackburn Invitational in 2009 with a 68-66 win over Blair Academy...moved to the United States in 2009 to attend school and work to earn a basketball scholarship at a major Division I program...
AT BARKING ABBEY ACADEMY (2007-08): Played for two seasons at Barking Abbey Academy in his native London in 2007 and 2008...began his formal basketball training at Barking Abbey where he began to learn the nuances of the game of basketball...
PERSONAL: Born October 14, 1990...Robert is the son of Clare and Derrick Gilchrist and...began playing basketball when he was 11 years old...originally a soccer player but spent a summer with family in New Jersey and attended a basketball camp run by former New Jersey Net star Jayson Williams...also learned the game of basketball from former North Carolina star Steve Bucknall who is also from Great Britain...selected Florida State over Baylor, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, Marquette and Washington State... and Washington State...