With three seconds left, with the score tied 63-63, Florida State had a sideline out-of-bounds play. The Seminoles inbounded the ball to Devon Bookert on the baseline, who took a contested, fadeaway 3-pointer.
The shot was shot, but Florida reserve forward Jacob Kurtz, who had seven rebounds in the game, went out to corral the miss. In a wild twist, the ball tipped off his hands, up and into the basket with 0.4 seconds left.
Florida had a desperation attempt, but didn’t even get a shot off, as the Seminoles took a 65-63 win.
This couldn’t have happened to a worse person than Jacob Kurtz. The junior forward began his career at Florida as a manager. Now as a walk-on, he’s played significant minutes for the Gators this season due to a series of injuries. However, even on a loaded Final Four team last season, Kurtz found a way to see 8.5 minutes per game.
Unfortunately for Kurtz and the Gators, this is one of the more bizarre plays you’ll see. It’s the equivalent of a defensive back trying to slap down a Hail Mary pass only to direct the ball into the hands of a receiver. Although, it may not be the worst play in Florida’s recent memory. Remember the two football players blocking each other?
Florida State improves to 8-5. Florida falls to 7-5.
The 2014-15 season hasn’t begun in the way Florida State would have hoped, as the Seminoles are off to a 2-3 start with a game against Charleston Southern scheduled for Friday night. One issue of late has been injuries, with guards Devon Bookert and Aaron Thomas both dealing with issues that have sidelined them for the time being.
Thomas played sparingly in the team’s loss to UMass on Sunday before being taken to the hospital for what was deemed (at the time) to be a case of dehydration. As for Bookert, he didn’t play in that game after it was determined that a screw in the foot he broke in May needed to be removed. According to a report from CBSSports.com on Friday both players are sidelined indefinitely, with the program awaiting the result of tests Thomas underwent upon the team’s return to Tallahassee.
Without Thomas, who emerged as one of the top scorers in the ACC over the last month of the 2013-14 season, and Bookert the Seminoles will move forward without their best scorer and best perimeter shooter (that would be Bookert). Montay Brandon, who’s averaging 13.2 points per game, and freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes (13.3 ppg), will be asked to do even more as a result of these personnel losses.
Also likely to see a boost in playing time are sophomore Dayshawn Watkins and freshman Robbie Berwick, with the latter suffering a broken nose last weekend. Following their game against Charleston Southern the Seminoles will host Nebraska and UCF, with their ACC opener at Notre Dame scheduled for December 13.