The second half began on a familiar note as both teams made quick stops and capitalized on fast-break opportunities, but once Michigan’s defense settled in, Florida State struggled to maintain pace. The Wolverines didn’t ever break out of their first-half shooting slump, finishing the game shooting a meek 38.8 percent from the floor, but were able to find the bottom of the net often enough to lead by 10 with 14-minutes to play. The Seminoles rallied several times and even brought the score as close as two, but were not able to do enough to make it to the Final Four, eventually falling 58 to 54.
PLAYER OF THE GAME - Matthew Charles
However, it’s junior guard Charles Matthews who earns Player of the Game nods. Matthews had a huge first half and made sure the Wolverines didn’t lose pace when Wagner went to the bench with four fouls with six-minutes remaining. Matthews finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.