Nov. 29, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)— Florida State didn’t quit and the result was a tournament title.
Solomon Alabi hit a baseline jumper with 11.9 seconds left, and Florida State rallied to beat Marquette 57-56 in to win the Old Spice Classic on Sunday night.
“Solomon is very capable and I have tremendous confidence in him,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I had all the confidence in the world. Went straight to him in two different situations and he came through for us.”
Alabi also hit a jumper with 56 seconds remaining and finished with eight points. “My team believes in me,” said Alabi.
Marquette had a lata chance to win, but turned the ball over on Darius Johnson-Odom’s errant pass with 29 seconds remaining. The Golden Eagles (-1) were led by Lazar Haywood’s 19 points.
“I thought it was outstanding,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said of Florida State’s defense down the stretch. “They do a lot of different things.”
:Obviously you don’t like getting down by 17 before you start playing basketball,” Hamilton said. “That’s kinds of what’s happened to us.”