Dwayne Bacon seems to be heading up Florida State’s small-ball revolution, as the five-star freshman went for 24 points as the Seminoles blew a double-digit deficit but held on to beat in-state rival Florida in Gainesville, 73-71.
Bacon was 9-for-17 from the floor, hitting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.
That includes the game-winning jumper that came with 4.6 seconds left in the game, when he beat Kasey Hill off the dribble and buried a 15-footer:
This is a nice win for a Florida State team that is flying a bit under the radar at this point in the season. They’ve already knocked off VCU this season, and while the Gators are not exactly the same team that won back-to-back titles 10 years ago, they do now have a road win over a top 25, according to KenPom, on their résumé.
They will have some work to do in league play, but with a four-guard lineup that includes Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Malik Beasley and Montay Brandon, they are going to be a tough team to matchup with. On the nights their dudes are hitting, they are going to be able to beat some people.