A short-handed Florida State basketball team was no match for the No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers Tuesday night as the Seminoles fell 93-65. With three players unavailable, FSU had no answer to Purdue’s powerful offensive. Boilermakers shot 59% from the field and made 12 three-pointers. Five Boiler Manufacturers were double-digit. Caleb Mills produced a season-high 22 points on 9-16 shooting, but that was not enough to keep the game close.
According to DraftKings, Boilermakers were 11 point favorites over FSU.
Florida State stepped into one of the toughest atmospheres in the country with two beginners to boot. With two starters (RayQuan Evans and Tanor Ngom) out, John Butler started his first career and Jalen Warley got his second. The freshmen made the Seminoles’ first two baskets. Warley knocked into a float to get FSU on the board. Butler made a corner three after an offensive board to turn the match into five. Jaden Ivey’s second triple gave the Boilermakers a 10-5 lead at the first media timeout.
Out of the timeout, Malik Osborne hit a couple of penalty throws. Warley’s second float reduced the early deficit to one. Ivey’s warm start put the Seminoles in an early hole. His third triple in as many attempts brought Purdue up 16-9 and forced a Leonard Hamilton timeout under seven minutes inside. Harrison Prieto got off to an early start with backup center Naheem McLeod out. Prieto got a triple out of the timeout to put an end to a 6-0 run. Matthew Cleveland responded to one-on-one with a quick-break-dunk to put FSU down by five on under-12 TO.
Boilermakers opened an early double-digit lead. Back-to-back triples by Isaiah Thompson and an FSU scoring drought of over two minutes gave Purdue a 13-point lead just ten minutes later. Zach Edey (7’4, 295 pounds) forced his will in the paint early with a quick eight points. The new students helped the Seminoles stop the bleeding. Warley made an up-and-under lay-up before Butler made his second triple. A Caleb Mills dunk trimmed the deficit to eight with seven minutes left of the half.
A pair of Purdue buckets, including an Ivey dunk, extended Purdue’s lead back to double digits. Veteran Anthony Polite had a crucial answer with his first three-pointer. The Boilermakers made the back-to-back second chance to go to the halftime final media TO with a lead of 39-28.
Wyatt Wilkes found Cam’Ron Fletcher in the corner of a wide open triple to cut the deficit back to single digits, but the Boilermakers kept making shots. Back-to-back buckets by Brandon Newman, including a three-pointer, brought Purdue up by 13. A layup from Ivey gave Purdue their biggest lead in the half at 16.
Purdue led 48-32 at halftime as they shot 63% from the field. FSU did not play terribly, Boilermakers just showed off their elite attacks. Four Boilermakers had at least eight and Ivey led by 13 points. Florida State shot 38% from the field. FSU had 16 points from the turnover, while Purdue had none. Boilermakers had 12 second chance points and had an average of 1,412 points per game. possession. Warley, Mills and Butler each had 6 to lead ‘Noles’.
Mills got off to a warm start in the second half. He made three straight jumps, including his first triple, on a stretch of less than two minutes. Ivey hit his fourth triple to keep Purdue at a distance from ‘Noles’. Despite starting the half 4-6 from the field, the Seminoles could only trim the deficit by two points at the half’s first media timeout.
The Houston transfer showed his offensive elite skills over and over again early in the second picture. He used his length to finish inside. Mills then showed his court vision with a cross-court pass to Fletcher for his second triple.
The Seminoles were behind by 11 at U12 TO. Mills produced 11 points on 5-6 shots through the first eight minutes of the half to keep FSU inside the game.
Mills continued to burn Boilermakers out of the timeout. From an inbound pass, the guard scored his second triple to up to 20. But Purdue had an immediate response when Newman struck his own three-pointer. Cleveland showed off its youth with a missed layup and a trip on back-to-back fast-break possessions to cost FSU a few chances to reduce the deficit to single digits. The veteran Purdue team took advantage of the missed opportunities and ran away from the match.
Sasha Stefanovic’s first triple made it a 14-point lead after two empty possessions for FSU after Purdue turnover. Three penalty throws and another Stefanovic three-pointer made it a 20-point Purdue lead in an instant. FSU missed five goals in a row as the Boilermakers went on a 12-0 run over 2:50. Purdue led 71-51 with 8:32 left when Hamilton called his second timeout.
Back-to-back buckets for Butler increased his total to double-digit, but the Boilermakers could not be stopped at the offensive end. Hamilton called his third timeout as Purdue opened up an 83-59 lead with 4:46 left.
Next: FSU will be back at the Tucker Center on Saturday to open up for ACC games against Syracuse Orange. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game will be shown on the ACC Network.