No. 9 seed FSU rallies past top-seeded Xavier

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Savoy's clutch basket with 1:08 remaining produced the Seminoles' first lead of the second half and started a game-ending 7-0 run.

Four players are averaging at least 8.5 points per game for Florida State, they are Terance Mann (13.2), Phil Cofer (13.1), Braian Angola (12.9) and CJ Walker (8.5). Macura would however find himself in foul trouble early in the game and fouled out with 2:06 left in the game.

P.J. Savoy's 3-pointer on a fast break with 1:12 to play gave the Seminoles (22-11) their first lead since late in the first half and put them ahead for good.

It's only the fourth time since the tournament expanded in 1984 that two No. 1 seeds failed to get out of the second round. Mfiondu Mabengele's putback again made it a one-possession game, and another putback, seconds later, tied the score at 68, capping an 11-3 run.

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Florida State will take on No. 4 seed Gonzaga on Thursday night. After a big 102-83 win over Texas Southern in the First Round, Xavier is red-hot but Florida State is looking to pull off a huge upset.

Kerem Kanter's potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds was air-balled.

Xavier (29-6) was up by nine midway through the first half and appeared to be cruising, but absolutely nothing about this tournament has come all that easy, and naturally, the theme continued.

Rewind to exactly a year from the day and FSU suffered one of its worst losses of the season to Xavier, a unit that had made a deep run into the Elite 8 last season. They led 56-44 with 10:42 left. Defensively, Xavier basketball yields 74.9 points per game against the opposing teams.

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BC-BKC-NCAA-Florida State-Xavier, 1st Ld-Writethru, 738 FSU comeback and payback as Seminoles oust top-seeded XavierAP Photo TNML154, TNML152, TNML155, TNML151, TNML150, TNML149, TNML148, TNML146, TNML144, NCCB189, TNML145Eds: Florida State 75, Xavier 70.

Xavier's defense and FSU's shot selection kept them in it during their offensive drought as you can see he halftime stats below. It was just his third game all season in single digits.

Xavier: Mack will have to replace Bluiett, Macura and Kanter. "We've graduated 105 seniors".

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