Florida State’s home win streak was in jeopardy. Scottie Barnes made sure he extended it on Wednesday.
The freshman guard hit a runner high off the backboard with two seconds left in overtime as No. 20 Florida State extended its home unbeaten streak to 25 games, defeating Indiana 69-67 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.
“In that situation, my teammates just told me to be confident and go to the basket,” Barnes said. “Keep attacking. I’m 6-9. I can get in there basically whenever I want.”
Barnes didn’t have the best night in regulation but he hit a 3-pointer with three minutes to go in overtime. And he delivered with his final drive to the basket for the game-winner. Barnes made just 3 of 10 shots from the floor but had a well-rounded stat line, contributing nine points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals for the Seminoles (2-0).
M.J. Walker scored 19 points on 6 of 15 shooting. Two Seminoles nearly had double-doubles — RaiQuan Gray added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Balsa Koprivica had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Seminoles won despite shooting 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from the free-throw line. Walker was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line, but the rest of the Seminoles were 6 of 15 from the line.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton also noted his team was playing game No. 2 while Indiana was playing its fifth game. On what was an extended night on the court, FSU now has a short turnaround to rest and get ready to face Florida on Saturday.
“Playing a team of this caliber definitely had our attention,” Hamilton said. “This is a game that is really going to give us an opportunity to evaluate ourselves.”
Trayce Jackson-Davis, a sophomore, scored 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to record his 14th career double-double for Indiana (3-2). But the Hoosiers did not make a basket from the floor in the final four minutes, 38 seconds of overtime.
“He was ready to play,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said. “He was a warrior for us. He’s clearly showing right now that he’s one of the best players in college basketball.”
Florida State has won 40 straight non-conference home games but this one was a nail-biter as the teams battled throughout regulation and overtime.
Indiana had Florida State on the ropes throughout the game. The Hoosiers shot 21 of 57 (36.8 percent) from the floor and connected on 21 of 28 (75 percent) of their free-throw attempts. But in overtime, Indiana made just 1 of 6 shots from the floor.
Armaan Franklin also had nine points and eight rebounds for Indiana but his desperation heave from halfcourt was off the mark at the buzzer in overtime.
FSU also held Indiana to just 4 of 15 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range.
WINS PILE UP AT HOME
Florida State has won its first two home games following a 16-0 mark in Tallahassee last season. The Seminoles have gone 67-3 in their last 70 home games, a streak dating to February 2015.
Florida State has now won four of its last five games in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, including victories over Minnesota (2016), Rutgers (’17) and Purdue (’18). Indiana is 8-12 in ACC/Big Ten challenge.
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FSU plays host to Florida on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. The Gators (3-0) have wins over Army, Boston College and Stetson.
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