by Bill from Tampa Once again the early tough tests for Florida State paid off as the Seminoles held on to hand the Cal Bears their first defeat of the season by the score of 80-7, winning the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
Leading 62-49 with 5:37 to play FSU did its best to keep the Bears in the game by committing unnecessary fouls, allowing Cal to close it to 79-77 with three seconds left and Jerome Randle at the line to attempt his second free throw.
Randle missed however and Pierre Jordan made a big rebound, was fouled on the play, and made the first of two free throws. A last gasp heave by Cal was not even close and the Seminoles escaped thanks to free throw shooting of their own.
Credit the Bears down their stretch for attacking the ‘Noles defense and drawing fouls that stopped the clock giving Cal the opportunities to almost pull off the win.
But FSU made enough plays down the stretch to hold on.
It wasn’t easy though as three players fouled out in the final minutes, two in the last half minute. Chris Singleton committed his fifth foul with just over two minutes left. Luke Loucks joined him with twenty four seconds remaining.
The biggest loss though came ten seconds later when Toney Douglas fouled out. Douglas displayed the poise expected out of a senior scoring 28 points converting 10 of 11 charity shots.