TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (seminoles.com) — Florida State University freshman Jonathan Isaac, who earned two double-doubles against nationally ranked teams, has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season as selected by a 15-media panel. Isaac averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds, shot .688 from the field and was a perfect 1.000 from the free throw line as he led Florida State to two wins last week against No. 15 Notre Dame (83-80 on January 18) and No. 11 Louisville (73-68 on January 21). Isaac was Florida State’s leading scorer, its leading rebounder, its leading shooter from the field, the 3-point line (.750) and the free throw line while leading the Seminoles in blocked shots with nine as Florida State improved to 18-2 overall and 6-1 in the ACC for the first time in school history.
Isaac earned the honor for the first time on November 21, 2016.
Isaac opened the week with a career-high 23-point, 10-rebound and seven blocked shots performance against No. 15 Notre Dame. He was very efficient during the game as he scored 23 points on seven of nine made field goals, two of two made 3-point shots and a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line. Isaac also added one assist and earned one steal in 25 minutes of play.
Notwithstanding his career-high 23-point performance and his second of now three consecutive double-doubles in ACC play, Isaac’s defensive performance with seven blocked shots helped the Seminoles take the win over the Fighting Irish.
For Isaac, five of his seven blocked shots came in the second half including three in the final 19 second and two in the final four seconds to preserve the victory. His blocked shot on a 3-point field goal attempt by Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia helped the Seminoles keep a 79-74 lead. His block on a lay-up attempt by VJ Beachem with four seconds left and another block on a lay-up attempt by Bonzie Colson with one second left sealed the three-point win for Florida State.
Isaac scored 17 of his 23 points after halftime as Florida State withstood a second half challenge by Notre Dame. He scored what proved to be the game-winning basket on a 3-point shot with 5:23 left to play to give Florida State a 65-64 lead. The Seminoles did not trail after that basket by Isaac.
Isaac was phenomenal against Louisville as he totaled his fifth career double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and two blocked shots in the Seminoles’ 73-68 win over Louisville. He scored seven of his 16 points in the second half as he as was a perfect five of five from the free throw line including two of two with 1:22 remaining to be played to give the Seminoles an insurmountable 71-68 advantage.
Defensively, his two blocks against Louisville were crucial. His first helped the Seminoles take a game-opening 14-point lead (14-0) — an advantage the Cardinals never recovered from to take a lead. His second (also in the first half) allowed Florida State to maintain a six-point advantage in their way to a 41-35 halftime lead.
The Seminoles never trailed against the Cardinals in winning their 18th game of the season.
Isaac enters Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech averaging 13.3 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds. He is now tied for the team lead in blocked shots with 26 and will shoot for his fourth consecutive double-double (all in ACC play) against the Yellow Jackets.