Halftime: Gonzaga 35, FSU 19

BUFFALO -- Some quick halftime observations here from the nightcap opener:

  • Florida State is winning the battle but not the war. This game is playing at a pace to the Seminoles' liking but while FSU is limiting Gonzaga's possessions, it's not stopping the scoring. Gonzaga is shooting 54 percent for the half, a significant number considering the Seminoles have held their last 67 opponents to under 50 percent from the floor.

  • The problem for defensive-minded Florida State is scoring. Sometimes you have to score in this game and the Seminoles can't. Florida State is 6 of 28 from the floor and scored its fewest points in a half since Marquette held the Noles to 18 in November.