Florida State picks up important road win vs. Syracuse
Florida State used a second-half comeback to beat Syracuse 76-71 on Saturday night.
The Seminoles outscored Syracuse 15-7 over the final 7:33 of the game. Matthew Cleveland’s emphatic dunk in the final seconds helped seal the win:
Seal the deal Matthew Cleveland! 🏀💯@FSUHoops @ACCMBB | #MustSeeACC pic.twitter.com/ckWmsJbzua
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) January 15, 2022
This is a huge win for the Seminoles, who are trying to build their NCAA Tournament résumé. They lack an impressive nonconference victory, so stacking wins — especially on the road — will be important for earning an at-large berth.
Caleb Mills led the way for FSU with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He made 5-of-6 3-point attempts and dished out a team-high 5 assists.
As a team, Florida State shot the ball very well. It made 54.9 percent of its field goal attempts and 60 percent (12-of-20) of its 3-point attempts.
Florida State is now 4-2 in ACC play and remains squarely in the mix for an NCAA Tournament berth. The Seminoles rank No. 54 nationally according to KenPom.
FSU has a huge week ahead. It will host Duke on Tuesday before facing Miami on the road next Saturday. Tipoff vs. the Blue Devils is at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.