The No. 3 seed Florida State Seminoles started slow against the No. 14 seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies Friday afternoon, but a strong second-half effort carried the Seminoles to a 66-63 win in Nashville, TN.
Florida State overcame a 34-28 halftime deficit before scoring 38 points in the second half. The Seminoles move on to the Round of 32, in which they'll play the East regional bracket's No. 6 seed Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday. Cincinnati defeated Texas 65-69 earlier Friday afternoon.
The Seminoles didn't take their first lead until 5:15 remained in the game, needing a 16-2 run to get there. Florida State led by as many as eight points with 2:47 to go, though St. Bonaventure drew as close to two points with less than a minute remaining. The game came down to its final possession, as the Bonnies' Da'Quan Cook missed a short jumper in the paint, secured the rebound and had his second attempt rejected.
Bernard James led Florida State with 19 points, while Luke Loucks scored 13. Andrew Nicholson keyed St. Bonaventure with 20 points and Demitrius Conger added 14.