Dec. 22, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's basketball team overcame a slow start but ultimately couldn't halt rival Florida Thursday night on the road as the Seminoles lost 82-64 to the No. 11 Gators.
FSU is now 8-4 on the season and will next play at home Dec. 30 against Princeton.
It looked like it was going to be an especially long night for the 'Noles against UF (10-2) as they started the ballgame in a 14-2 hole after hitting just one of their first 12 shots. But an 11-0 run made it a ballgame and Florida State trailed by just two points with just over 16 minutes left to play in the second half.
But fueled by a strong press defense and a stout inside-and-out effort by Patric Young and Bradley Beal, Florida churned out a 15-2 run and exploded for 50 points in the second half to secure the victory.
Senior guard Luke Loucks led the FSU scoring effort with 15 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Xavier Gibson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds and Terry Whisnant II continued his strong freshman-year play with 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.
Making his first appearance of the season, sophomore guard Ian Miller contributed seven points for a Seminoles team that shot 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from long range and 90 percent from the free-throw line.
Beal scored 21 for the Gators from his guard position and Young added 15 points thanks to his 7-for-7 shooting mark. UF shot 48 percent from the field and finished with two more rebounds than the Seminoles, 33 to 31.
The 'Noles struggled with Florida's pesky press defense and committed 19 turnovers, including eight of which occurred in the first 10 minutes of the second half that helped spark UF's run towards the win.
UF led at halftime, 32-24.