No. 14 seeds aren't supposed to feel like one got away. Goodwin pulled his jersey up to his nose, hands on his head as he headed back to the locker room.
In fact, Coach White really appreciated the effort of Robinson on both ends of the floor tonight and he had this to say about it after the game. "I thought we never gave up".
Others, however, have pointed out that Hamilton hasn't always maximized the talent he's had on the roster. We're breaking down every first-round game in the field of 68, plus looking ahead at which teams will make the run to the Final Four.
Unfortunately, that disadvantage was exacerbated when the Eagles lost Demetris Morant. He also added six rebounds and five assists for his most complete game in a month.
"When we're doing our best, I think it helps them do their best", said Caragan Phillips, a sophomore with the cheer team. "It's been a great year, and we're looking forward to getting back to work next week to make sure next year is better still".
But they kept fighting.
With FGCU down only four at halftime, Mann scored eight straight points for the 'Noles to kick off the second half.
"It's hard to simulate what they do", Dooley said. We've got you covered below. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line.
"Well, it's obvious that he's been our go-to guy all year", FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
With Morant out, 7-foot-4 Seminoles backup Christ Kouomadje scored five points in two minutes as the Florida State grew the lead to 56-46. The 6-9 junior averages 14.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
Then Dooley switched things up. With the first two games in Orlando, the Sweet 16 is the minimum that's expected of the Seminoles. Florida outscoring ETSU 20-5 in points off turnovers was the difference from the game.
Most of what the Seminoles (26-8) were able to do during their 86-80 victory over the Eagles looked pretty good. The Eagles got the building rocking with two huge posterizations.
A dunk from Ojo put FSU up 28-19 in the first half, but FGCU answered with a 12-0 run, taking the lead on Rayjon Tucker's 3-pointer from the wing for a 30-28 to ignite the blue-and-green corner of the arena, making the three-hour drive from Fort Myers. "Today just shows that we can fight".
"Yeah, that got me going real early", Robinson said. Transition defense is one of their emphases and what they need to work on. And then going back to - at some point, I know we'll stop talking about John Egbunu, but a couple weeks before then, you've got the unbelievable misfortune, obviously, with John.