TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman guard Malik Beasley, who led the Seminoles with 20 points (including 18 in the decisive second half) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Syracuse, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week as selected by a blue ribbon panel of media members who cover the ACC. Beasley led the Seminoles to a regular season-ending victory over Syracuse in the Seminoles only game last week.
It marks the third time this season Beasley has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week. Beasley and teammate Dwayne Bacon, who earned the award a school record five times this season, have combined to win the award eight times.
Beasley was at his best as he made three consecutive 3-point shots during a 1:20 span that saw Florida State begin the second half at a 35-31 disadvantage and hold a two-point lead when Beasley’s magic moment was complete. It was Beasley’s 3-pointer with 18:16 left to play that gave the Seminoles a 40-38 lead – and though Syracuse would tie the game twice during the second half — the Seminoles never trailed after Beasley’s third 3-point shot. Beasley was three of five from the 3-point line against the Orange.
Beasley’s points came in bunches against Syracuse. Following his three 3-point shots in a 1:20 span, he scored on a jumper and a dunk during an 18 second span to change a tie game at 44-44 into a 48-44 advantage for the Seminoles. He then made three of four free throws in the final 2:22 of the game to secure the victory for Florida State. He was a perfect two of two from the free throw line with 54 seconds remaining to give Florida State a 73-68 lead. Syracuse rallied to get within two at 75-73 but got no closer as the Seminoles outscored the Orange by a 5-2 margin in the last 46 seconds.
In scoring 20 points in the second half, Beasley was six of nine from the field, three of five from the 3-point line and three of four from the free throw line. He added one second half steal – which he converted into points after being fouled on his way up court.
Beasley enters the 2016 ACC Tournament having made a Florida State record for freshmen 50 3-point shots. He has also scored 471 points and is only six points from establishing a new Seminole record for freshman for points in a season and is averaging 15.7 points scored per game.