Florida State put together its most impressive win of the season on Saturday.
On the road. Against a top-10 team.
M.J. Walker came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points – making 5 of 7 three-pointers – while Trent Forrest added 20 points as No. 18 Florida State was too much for No. 8 Louisville 78-65 on Saturday.
Walker returned to the court after missing the Georgia Tech game on Tuesday with a bruised hip. He scored just one point under his career-high.
“When your adrenaline’s rushing and then just who I am, when I’m out there on the battlefield, I want to sell out for my teammates, so I don’t think about (the injury) at all,” Walker said. “When I was out there, I didn’t feel anything. It just came natural.”
Devin Vassell added 14 points for the Seminoles (13-2, 3-1 ACC), who made 11 three-pointers.
Louisville forward Jordan Nwora was nearly unstoppable, scoring a season-high 32 points on 11 of 15 shooting. But he accounted for nearly half of the Cardinals’ production.
FSU now has wins over Kenpom.com’s No. 4 (Louisville), No. 13 (Purdue) and No. 44 (Tennessee).
Walker’s return was critical. He shot 9 of 13 from the floor in his best performance of the season and one of the best since he scored 24 points at Virginia Tech as a freshman.
“He hadn’t practiced probably in about 10 days,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He didn’t even practice (Friday), but he walked through everything.”
FSU shot 32 of 58 (55.2 percent) from the floor.
The Seminoles were without freshman center Balsa Koprivica (back bruise). FSU often went small, with forward Malik Osborne playing 29 minutes. He scored seven points and pulled down nine rebounds.
FSU plays at Wake Forest on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Fox).