30-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Powers Past Georgetown to Reach First Sweet 16 in 20 Years
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30-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Powers Past Georgetown to Reach First Sweet 16 in 20 Years

The 1971-72 season remains the most accomplished in Florida State basketball history. That year, FSU reached the national championship game before falling to the powerhouse that was John Wooden’s UCLA team.

In the 19 seasons after however, FSU won just two NCAA Tournament games. On this day 30 years ago however, FSU made a triumphant return to the Sweet 16.

The Seminoles overcame a disappointing first half to top Georgetown, 78-68. The victory put FSU in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 20 years.

Setting the Stage

In its first season as a member of the ACC, FSU managed to go 21-9 as it arrived in Boise on March 21, 1992. The Seminoles were the No. 3 seed in the West Region and coming off a win over Montana.

Standing in their way was sixth-seeded Georgetown and star center Alonzo Mourning. The Hoyas had easily downed South Florida in the opening round and had hopes of delivering similar fate to FSU.

Second Half Seminole Uprising

For a half, Georgetown appeared to be in control. The Hoyas held FSU to its second-lowest first-half point total of the season and to below 30% shooting. As a result, Georgetown took a 32-23 lead to the locker room.

For the early parts of the second half, it was more of the same. Georgetown led by as many as 11 points and was up 59-49 with less than eight minutes to play. That’s when the Seminoles came to life.

FSU responded with a 22-5 run to go ahead for good. Doug Edwards, Chuck Graham and Sam Cassell combined for the first 16 Florida State points of the run. Over the 7-minute span, Georgetown managed just two field goals.

FSU was able to close out the victory by making five of its final six free throw attempts. The Hoyas managed just nine total points over the last eight minutes. In the second half, FSU shot 53%, 67% from deep and scored 55 points.

Cassell led FSU with 19 points while Edwards recorded 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Rodney Dobard and Graham finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the victory.

Leading the way for Georgetown was Joey Brown, who scored 16 points. Irvin Church and Mourning each finished with 14 points. Mourning also led the Hoyas was 10 rebounds before fouling out in a 1-point game with just over two minutes remaining.

In Hindsight

With the loss, Georgetown finished 22-10. It was the 14th time that the Hoyas won 20 games in a 15-year stretch under the legendary John Thompson.

FSU’s run would ultimately come to an end days later when it fell to Indiana in the Sweet 16. The appearance in the Sweet 16 however, was the first for FSU in 20 years. It was clinched on this day three decades ago.

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