Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was widely criticized on Saturday night after his team's Elite Eight loss to MI for what many felt was faulty late-game management.
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Florida State's relentless defense forced seven turnovers in the first 16:04.
Florida State managed only two points in a 10 ½-minute stretch spanning halftime, and MI took a 10-point lead before Cofer led the Seminoles back into it. Instead, Florida State cut it to 38-32 on a pair of free throws.
Florida State stopped playing.
The Wolverines discovered early on that they wouldn't be able to run away from the Seminoles with the same ease they used in the Sweet Sixteen to dispatch Texas A&M, scoring 99 points on almost 62 percent shooting.
Not on this night as all that defense just kept it close with MI leading one, 27-26, at intermission. FSU committed 14 turnovers in the half, so the Seminoles were unable to take full advantage of their 42.9 shooting percentage.
MI got out to a 10-4 lead with just over three minutes gone, and it appeared the Wolverines might be in for another high-scoring night.
After a free throw by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Savoy's three-pointer with 1:16 closed it to 55-52.More news: U.S. tariffs a 'gun to our head', says EU
Teammate Moe Wagner chipped in to help Matthews out, adding that he knew only that she didn't have Loyola in the Elite Eight.
MI will take on No. 11 seed Loyola in the Final Four next Saturday for a shot at the championship game.
The crowd, loaded with MI alumni who live in southern California, joyously began to chant, "Let's go, Blue". Florida State went back to Savoy for a game-tying attempt, but he missed his last 3-point tries. Florida State managed only two points in a 10?-minute stretch spanning halftime, and MI took a 10-point lead before Cofer led the Seminoles back into it.
FSU shot 42.9% from the floor in the first half, hitting nine of 21 attempted shots.
But at the half, it was MI, 27-26.
Players from the 1963 Loyola-Chicago championship team are back for the Ramblers' Elite Eight matchup against Kansas State, and this time they're sitting closer to their team. "They must be a really good team, that's why they're in the Final Four, and that's all that matters". The Wolverines were going inside and getting fouled.
Hamilton had been to the Final Four as an assistant, but he hadn't been there in his years as a head coach, and so before the game he was asked how important it would be to make it.
"I said we're shooting 33 percent", Beilein said.