Men's Basketball Falls at Florida State
Terry Nolan Jr. impresses with 18 points
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In its first road test of the season, the GW men's basketball team faced a formidable foe from the vaunted ACC and didn't back down against the more experienced, bigger and deeper Florida State Seminoles, but fell 87-67.
Freshman Terry Nolan Jr. shined for the Colonials in just his second career game, dropping a game-high tying 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the visiting environment. Twice, the Baltimore native threw down vicious dunks in traffic. Backcourt mate Jair Bolden matched Nolan's 18, including a 4-of-10 effort from three-point range, but the Florida State defense yielded precious few good looks at the bucket for GW.
The Colonials trailed by as many as 20 early in the second half, but fought back to make it a game. After a Yuta Watanabe three-pointer drew GW within 10 at 66-56 with just under 10 minutes to go, FSU quickly extended the lead back to 17 with a follow three of their own, a lay-up in transition on their next possession and another jumper to follow. The run would later swell to 9-0 as the Seminoles extended to a 19-point edge at the 7:00 mark to effectively put the game out of reach.
Christ Koumadje, FSU's 7-foot-4 center, had little trouble against the smaller GW lineup as he registered 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, along with seven rebounds and five blocks. Junior guard Terrance Mann guided the Seminoles with experienced savvy en route to his team-high 17 points and eight boards.
Watanabe finished with 14 points, while sophomore big Arnaldo Toro gave GW four double-digit scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end. He also paced the team in getting to the line and connected on 5-of-6 free throws after connecting on 7-of-11 in the opener against Howard. As a team the Colonials went 12-of-14 at the stripe while limiting their fouls on the other end and sending the Seminoles to the line just four times.
GW returns home this weekend for a pair of match-ups as part of the Las Vegas Invitational. Hampton awaits on Saturday at 2pm followed by Rider on Monday, November 20th at 7pm before the Colonials head to Vegas for Thanksgiving.
-- GW Men's Basketball (@GW_MBB) November 15, 2017
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