No. 14 Florida State to face road test at Notre Dame

Irish junior forward Bonzie Colson apparently memorized those rules, embraced them and has chose to put them all on display on a nightly basis. On Saturday, the ACC's leading rebounder refused to duplicate the performance, finishing with a career-high 33 points and 13 boards.

It was likely the best two halfs of basketball the Irish have put together this year at both ends of the floor against a quality opponent.

His Notre Dame teammates followed that lead, right into a 84-72 victory over No. 14 Florida State and a revved-up Purcell Pavilion.

Florida State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games where they covered the spread in their previous game while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games.

"They kind of take your spirit defensively", Brey said.

The #14 Florida State Seminoles will be looking to build on their current 3-game winning streak following a 95-71 beatdown of NC State in their last outing.

It marked the first time in six games, since a home game against Syracuse three weeks earlier, that Notre Dame led at intermission. And although the team eventually settled on four seniors - midfielders Sergio Perkovic and Nick Koshansky, attack Anthony Marini and goalie Shane Doss - to lead the way, Corrigan is expecting the Irish to continue displaying team-wide leadership.

Terance Mann scored 15 for Florida State (21-5, 9-4).

This performance comes on the heels of a 27-point, 16-rebound outing against Wake Forest on Tuesday, and it had Irish coach Mike Brey thinking in historical terms.

The Seminoles beat Notre Dame earlier this season, 83-80 on January 18, during a stretch of six games against top 25 opponents that saw FSU finish with a 5-1 record. ESPN's Dick Vitale and former Irish great Pat Garrity were in the house, the Irish wore their gold uniforms again-and Notre Dame, in another shot at an all-small lineup, gave rookie T.J. Gibbs his first start of the season.

And the Seminoles weren't able to overcome the offensive short comings because Notre Dame's offense was in high gear.

Freshman power forward Jonathan Isaac returned to his groove earlier this week in a 24-point home victory over North Carolina State.

"Great half, man, great half".

"After that losing streak we needed to get back in rhythm on both sides of the floor and we did that", Colson said. "So I think that's been a good focus for us that guys have been working really hard at and starting to develop a sense of how effective we need to be doing that so that the guy with the ball in his stick has the room and the time and the ability to make plays". But without playing through their backcourt, they aren't as strong as they need to be. They're just 2-5 at the betting window in their last seven games away from Tallahassee.

Hamilton appeared to try to up the tempo after the break-but to no avail. The Fighting Irish led 40-31 at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the second half en route to an easy victory. It was the first career start for Gibbs, who finished with five points - all on foul shots - two assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Forty seconds later he produced an wonderful tip-in off a Vasturia miss and that made him the 61 Irish player to reach the career 1,000-point mark. The physicality was especially efficient given Florida State went 7-of-22 from the free-throw line. The guys in Garnet & Gold had gotten their swagger back, but they were in for a rude awakening on Saturday when they took to the road to face Notre Dame in South Bend.

  • Larry Hoffman