Friday, March 19, 2010
Final: Gonzaga 67, Florida State 60
By Dana O'Neil
BUFFALO -- Some quick post-game reactions.
Note to Gonzaga: This sort of effort won't fly against Syracuse (presuming the presumable win over Vermont). The shooting part is great, but the complete loss of focus late and the crummy defensive effort in the end will equate to a disaster against the Orange. Syracuse isn't going to let Gonzaga shoot 50 percent from the floor, either so relying on scoring won't get it done.
Elias Harris has to be involved for 40 minutes, not 20. Harris had 11 at the halftime break and 11 still with under four minutes to play. He finished with 13. The big man is critical to Gonzaga's success. Ditto Robert Sacre. He only had 5 in the second half. Again, if the Zags play Syracuse and the Cuse don't have Arinze Onuaku, Gonzaga has to be able to expose the inside.
Give credit to Florida State for revving up its engine, but also a smack on the head for not playing hard until there was only eight minutes left in the game in an eventual 67-60 loss. If FSU wants to be taken seriously as a player in college basketball, the Seminoles need to come out with a fire from the opening tip.
The Seminoles had plenty of opportunities to grab this game, but they clanked free throws and turned the ball over too often.
Sophomore Deividas Dulkys nearly summoned a comeback by himself. The sharpshooter scored 11 points in the final five minutes to reignite the crowd and the Seminoles. But again, too little too late.