March 16, 2012

Inside the Box Score: FSU vs St. Bonaventure

No. 10 Florida
State (25-9)
St. Bonaventure style="font-weight: normal">(20-12) color="White">63

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

color="White">FSU color="White">Bonaventure
FG% 45.3 40.4
3-PT. FG% 36.8 50.0
FREE THROWS 11/14 10/13
Bernard James (FSU) 19
Andrew Nicholson (Bona) 20
Bernard James (FSU) 9
Demitrius Conger (Bona) 9
Luke Loucks (FSU) 6
Charlon Kloof (Bona) 7
Luke Loucks (FSU) 3
Demitrius Conger (Bona) 3

"We had a chance and they made plays and that is the reason they are the champions. I think that should be the line of the story, Florida State deserved to win because they played big-time basketball."

-- UNC head coach Roy Williams on the ACC title game loss to FSU.


Bernard James scored a career-high 19 points


Florida State's bench played for 71 minutes and committed zero turnovers


Bernard James recorded nine blocks

Top performers

  • Michael Snaer: Lead FSU in scoring in all three games in Atlanta. Scored 15 of his 18 points in he first half.

  • Luke Loucks: Set a title game record with 13 assists, had 10 points and six rebounds. He was 2 of 4 from 3-point range.

  • Deividas Dulkys: Scored 16 points behind four 3-pointers. Had three assists and hit two crucial free throws in the game's final seconds.

Loucks controls the pace

ATLANTA-- Florida State knew that North Carolina was going to make a run at some point during Sunday's ACC Championship game.

And when they did the Seminoles knew they just had to maintain their composure and not let the majority Carolina crowd at Philips Arena rattle them.

That's where senior point guard Luke Loucks stepped in as FSU held on for the 85-82 win for its first-ever ACC Championship.

"I feel like Luke did a great job of when their crowd tried to stand up after they made a play and tried to get into the game, he got us in and out of our stuff," Michael Snaer said. "He got it down the court and tried to eat some clock until their crowd sat down…He controlled the tempo of the game and I'm proud of him."

Loucks, who was named first team ACC All-Tournament, finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds, and an ACC title game record 13 assists.

After the game Loucks said he was just trying to be a coach on the floor and control the tempo, and except for his six turnovers he thought he executed pretty well.

"I thought I did that OK for most of the game," he said of being a leader on he floor. "Obviously the six turnovers are pitiful to say the least. For the most part I felt like I controlled the tempo. When Carolina was going on their run we were trying to slow things down a little bit and were making them play defense for 25-35 seconds."

After coming off the bench as a role player the first three years, the transition to starting point guard hasn't always been a smooth one for Loucks, but on Sunday he was the key to the Seminoles offense.

And perhaps the best point guard on the floor.

"There's so much talk about (UNC's) Kendall Marshall, but I don't think people really understand how good Luke is as a point guard," Said forward Okaro White, who also played with Loucks in high school. "He just came out there and did what he normally does."

Roy Williams: "He must like to see that Carolina Blue"

After torching the Tar Heels in the teams' first meeting for 32 points as he hit eight three-pointers, Senior guard Deividas Dulkys created quite the reputation for himself on Tobacco Road.

On Sunday he furthered that reputation as he scored 16 points, shooting 4 of 9 from three point range.

But the biggest shots Dulkys hit on Sunday weren't from the behind the arc, but rather at the free throw line.

After bringing down his fourth rebound of the game, Dulkys was fouled with just under four seconds left in the game. He stepped to the line with his team leading 83-82 and knocked down two crucial free throws.

"I was a little nervous," Dulkys said. "But it wasn't as nervous as I thought it would be. I just tried to focus on my routine, the things I do and knock it down. I'm glad my teammates had faith in me."

His teammates had faith in from the start, as he knocked down three first half three-pointers.

"I told him before the game even started if they give you an inch don't even think about it, just let it go," Snaer said. "He shoots his best when he's not thinking about the shot, he's just letting it fly. He came out there today and if he was a little bit open he didn't think about it and he shot with confidence. I felt like that was really big for us."

UNC head coach Roy Williams who was seen Dulkys now score 48 points and hit 12 three-pointers in two games against his team said that the senior guard must just like seeing that light blue uniform.

"He made eight threes against us and 34 three's against the rest of the schedule (coming into the game)," Williams said. "He must like to see that Carolina Blue uniform and play against it."

Dulkys said it isn't so much that he likes to play against UNC, but rather he enjoys the competition with the Tar Heels.

"When I was open I just tried to shoot and when you get hot you get hot," he said. "It just happens. I missed some shots that I shouldn't have missed. I air balled one so that's good, but I just tried to compete.

"Someone told me they were going to give me Carolina blue contacts so every team looks like that (to me)."

FSU bench provides a big lift

As Hamilton continued to praise his team's efforts in the locker room following the title game, he wanted to make sure he highlighted the performance of his bench.

FSU got 24 points off the bench compared to UNC's 14. Jon Kreft scored nine points, Ian Miller had 10 and White had nine points.

"The significant thing in this game that I hope is not lost in the big picture is the fact that we got major contributions from Ian (Miller) Jon (Kreft) and Okaro (White). Those guys contribute greatly coming off the bench," Hamilton said. "Jeff (Peterson) didn't play as much but his minutes were significant as well because those guys were able to come in and give us energy and be effective. That gave some of our starters a little bit of a rest and I think that's why they were able to make plays late in the game."

Kreft turned in his best performance of the season as he was 4 for 4 from the floor and 1 of 1 at the free throw line. He also had four rebounds and a steal in his 15 minutes on the floor.

"Jon played his tail off. He stepped up big. In one of the biggest games of his life," Loucks said of Kreft. "He stepped up huge and really made it tough for (Tyler) Zeller to score and he played unbelievable on the offensive end too. The minutes he got-he produced in every single one of those minutes."

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