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Florida State beats Missouri to reach Sweet 16

Florida State beats Missouri to reach Sweet 16

Although they come from separate conferences and separate parts of the country and haven't met on a basketball court in almost 60 years, Florida State and Xavier both feel they have a good idea of what to expect from the other when they meet in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 on Saturday.

For the fourth time in Chris Mack's tenure, the Xavier Musketeers are headed to the Sweet 16. I couldn't be happier for my guys.

Yet, the Musketeers have faced few teams as talented as FSU, and Bluiett knows it.

Xavier (23-13) advances to the West region semifinals on Thursday in San Jose, Calif., and will play the victor of a late game between No. 2 seed Arizona and No. 10 St. Mary's in Salt Lake City. Florida State went went 2-10 from the field in that span and turned the ball over twice times while failing to figure out Xavier's zone defense. Kaiser Gates and Trevon Bluiett combined for seven of those 11 threes.

Missouri sophomore forward Cierra Porter's big first quarter effort, which saw her rack up five points and four rebounds, was quickly negated by the Seminoles. "In the post, 6'9" freshman Tyrique Jones gave up at least three inches to the Seminoles players assigned to guard him, but he still racked up 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting in 17 minutes.

"We've just got to do what we've been doing all year", Rathan-Mayes said.

Missouri (22-11) led 17-12 22 seconds into the second quarter on a Jordan Chavis 3-pointer before Florida State took the lead for good with a 17-2 run as Romero scored six points. Florida State shot just 4 of 21 from behind the arc, unable to sustain any of the offensive momentum it developed while beating Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. Jonathan Isaac had 6 points. He pulled down 12 rebounds but was mostly a non-factor offensively for the Seminoles before fouling out with 1:35 remaining.

"I thought we learned a lot", Hamilton said after Saturday's game.

Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton was forced to take a timeout to regroup his team after Bluiett nailed a 3 to push his team's lead to 20-10, but that did little to help.

"We didn't shoot free throws very well down the stretch, and if you don't knock those free throws down, you can put yourself in a (bad) position", Hamilton said. They will play third-seeded Florida State, which beat FGCU 86-80, in the second round on Saturday.

The Musketeers move on in the West region, marking the third straight year they have advanced to the second round.

Inconsistency has been a problem all season for Florida State, and that was the case again tonight.

While Florida State had one of the more athletic teams in the field and two 7-footers, the Musketeers were still able to outscore them in the paint 36-36.

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