by Ben Ennis
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA – The Florida State (FSU) Seminoles advanced to the Advocare Invitational Championship game by defeating the LSU Tigers 79 – 76 in the semifinals. Former Clayton County, Jonesboro High School McDonald’s All- American M.J. Walker led the Seminoles in the comeback win scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Going into his sophomore year, Walker has proven to be good beyond the arc as he scored 45 points in the three games played at the tournament.
In the finals, the Noles lost to defending national champion Villanova by a score of 60 – 66. FSU’s leading scorer, Phil Cofer was out with an injury and the other players found it difficult to create shots with Villanova holding Walker to two points for the game. During the contest, the player rotation went five deep leading to thirty-three of the 60 points coming from the reserve unit. FSU Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said “I thought Villanova did a much better job of playing to who they are than we did. We did a poor job of containing them defensively when they started attacking us on the interior.”
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