INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Florida State's basketball men are headed to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the third straight year after a 71-53 win over No. 5 seed Colorado in the second round on Monday.
Former Billings Skyview standout RayQuan Evans finished with two points and one rebound for the Seminoles, the No. 4 seed in the East Region, in just over 18 minutes of play. Evans was 0 of 2 in field goal shooting and 2 for 2 from the free throw line.
Florida State will face Michigan, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, in the Sweet 16 round of the tournament at 3 p.m. MDT on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This will mark FSU's seventh Sweet 16 trip.
Redshirt junior Anthony Polite scored a career-high 22 points for the Seminoles.
FSU's defense dominated holding Colorado to 35.7% shooting from the field, 24% shooting from the 3-point line and to 53 points, the Buffaloes' fewest in five years. The 53 points allowed by the Seminoles ranks as the fewest points allowed by Florida State in an NCAA Tournament game, according to FSU's website.
The Seminoles have allowed only 107 points in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament, 53 by Colorado and 54 by UNC Greensboro in the first round.
Three players with Montana upbringings entered the tournament.
Missoula Hellgate graduate Rollie Worster was eliminated on Friday when his No. 11 Utah State team fell to No. 6 Texas Tech. Jaden Stanley-Williams, who played two years at Great Falls High and grew up on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, also saw his season come to an end on Friday when No. 14 Morehead State lost to No. 3 West Virginia.