Forward Michael Porter, the highly touted freshman considered by many to be an National Basketball Association lottery pick, came off the bench for his third game, and likely last, for Missouri.
On what his team did well: "I thought the story for the first half was our guys were connected defensively, and I thought their effort was as a result of respect we have for Missouri and some of the tapes we've seen, how well they execute". And we were able to get some deflections and Trent was able to get us in and out of our systems.
"I think one of the key things was the second group coming in and keeping the same energy as the first group", Cofer said.
With AP Photos.Shakayla Thomas scored 26 points and third-seeded Florida State defeated No. 14 seed Little Rock 91-49 in a women's NCAA Tournament first-round game. The senior guard was averaging 13.7 points per game. The Conference USA champions are a unsafe team in this field if they continue to hit shots. "Every team is going to hit shots, no matter what". We fought a lot of adversity this season and people counted us out at times during the season.
The Seminoles did that, even as Missouri continued on a 14-4 run, and even as FSU endured a scoreless stretch of more than five minutes.
Florida State trailed 7-1 to begin the game before countering with a 20-4 run midway in the first half sparked by Forrest and Cofer.
Texas 83, ME 54: Jatarie White scored 17 points and Texas used an overwhelming first half to romp to a win over Maine. Just being here obviously is a pleasure and making it to the tournament is a huge accomplishment for us. She made 10 of 16 shots from the field and 11 of 16 from the line. Elmore has the star power to win this team a couple of games, and if he stays hot and gets help, then Marshall is a team nobody wants to face in the next round.
In the span of 57 seconds, the Seminoles had scored seven points and the threat was all but over.
"We knew they were going to make a run", Savoy said. "When you're exhausted, you can't get the same production as you get normally". He played against the Seminoles scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but he still isn't 100%. "We play defense first to score and we weren't doing that at all". "We've been through this". That matched the 54 points Florida State held Kentucky to in 1972 when the Seminoles advanced to the Final Four.
The Seminoles were asked about their rematch with the Musketeers, and whether chance at revenge might provide any extra motivation. The big question is whether his brother Jontay will return.
Marshall also earned its first ever NCAA tournament win in program history. I've just got to learn from this and feel everything fully that I'm feeling right now.