White comes up big down the stretch
F Okaro White (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)
F Okaro White (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)
Special to NoleDigest.com
Posted Mar 17, 2012


Bernard James wasn't the only hero Friday for FSU. Okaro White hit a big 3-pointer with a minute to go and then stole one extra possession for the 'Noles after Luke Loucks missed a free throw.

St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson was unstoppable in the first half. Florida State's defense was up to his considerable challenge in the second half.

Holding the St. Bonaventure star scoreless for a 15-minute, 45-second stretch, the third-seeded Seminoles overcame an eight-point deficit with 16:48 remaining and earned a 66-63 victory Friday in the NCAA Tournament East Region second round at Bridgestone Arena.

Bernard James scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Florida State (25-9), which will play No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Sunday. Okaro White drilled a 3-pointer with 1:01 left -- and one second on the shot clock -- that gave the Seminoles a 63-57 lead.

White's biggest play, though, might have been when he tapped the rebound of a missed one-and-one by teammate Deividas Dulkys to Luke Loucks with 25.2 seconds left and Florida State clinging to a two-point lead.

"When he uses his athleticism like that," Loucks said of White, "it lifts us up as a team."

Still, the Bonnies had a chance to force overtime after Loucks missed a free throw with 22.4 seconds left that would have put Florida State ahead by four points. But after the Seminoles gave a foul with 14 ticks on the clock, St. Bonaventure never got off an attempt at a 3-pointer.

Instead, Da'Quan Cook shot a fadeaway jumper from the lane that missed, then grabbed the rebound and tried to stick it back in rather than pass to a teammate behind the arc. Cook's shot was rejected by James and Florida State rebounded, running out the clock.



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