Inside the boxscore: Mercer 61, FSU 56

1. This was a game largely decided at the line. Mercer made 19-23 (82.6%) free throws while Florida State made 16-26 (61.5%). Both teams entered the game making over 70% of their attempts, the difference being that FSU was one of the best in the nation at getting to the line (52nd) while Mercer was one of the worst (292nd). Mercer entered the game averaging 14 attempts per, and had a previous high of 21 attempts.

2. FSU committed 18 turnovers. This was a 64 possession game, meaning FSU turned it over on 28% of their attempts. In seven games this season, FSU has turned it over on at least 22% of their possessions six times. The NCAA average is 21%.

3. The Noles made 17-48 FGAs. Filtering out 3s, FSU was limited to just 11-31 (35.5%) on 2s. The last time FSU made that few 2s was in a loss to Butler in December, 2010.

4. Less than two weeks ago Leonard Hamilton stated that he was going to shorten the rotations, because playing too many players was killing any momentum they'd have. With a 19-12 lead against Mercer, Ham opened the bench, playing 11 players in the first half alone. From that point forward Mercer outscored FSU 49-37.

5. The final score was 61-56. The last time Mercer beat FSU was in January, 1954. The schools are 190 miles apart.