Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

FSU Tramples Stetson

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If Stetson had thoughts of upsetting the Seminoles after getting up early 6-1, it didn’t last long.

Corey Walden scored back to back three pointers with the second coming 1:20 into the game. Nearly ten minutes would pass before the Hatters scored another basket and that was on a goal tending call.

Meanwhile Florida State’s offense attacked the various zone defenses of Stetson and went on a 32-4 run to blow open the game in just over ten minutes into the half en route to a 97-63 victory.

And if they weren’t setting up the half court offense the Seminoles were turning over the Hatters pushing the ball up the floor for the transition basket. FSU forced nine first half miscues converting them into 19 points.

But the 49 trips to the free throw line (converting 32) indicate how relentlessly the Seminoles went at the basket greatly pleasing Leonard Hamilton.

“We executed real well against their zone defense getting the ball inside”, Hamilton said. “Obviously they were overmatched, but tonight we were playing ourselves.”

The referees seemed to be enjoying blowing the whistle however in sending Stetson to the line 27 times.

After rolling to a 49-27 halftime lead about the only suspense for the rest of the game was if the ‘Noles would break 100. The walks on came in with 2:35 left to play and leading 91-51 but just could not get any of their numerous three pointers to go down.

Chris Singleton found his offense again in leading a pack of Seminoles in double figures with 17 points on 6-11 shooting (2-4 threes) but just one rebound. Devidas Dulkys was four of seven from the arc in scoring 14. Terrence Shannon had a nice outing displaying some new moves in reaching a career high 13 points. Okaro White and Xavier Gibson each added 12 points.

Gibson added a game high 8 rebounds.

Stetson put three players in double digits with Ridge Graham leading the way with 17.

FSU showed once again why it is the nation’s leading team in field goal percentage defense holding the Hatters to just 32% from the floor that included 5 of 26 three pointers.

Of note was the first appearance of Jon Kreft. While he missed his only shot, a half hook from the right of the basket, he did connect on 6 of 10 from the stripe and collected 6 boards in 14 minutes.

Kreft benefitted in time of the floor when Bernard James suffered a cut over his left eye that required 13 stitches. Hamilton had no concerns that James would not be available for the next game.

The play of the game was Luke Loucks and Okaro White teaming up to pin the ball carrier along the baseline on the inbound pass with Loucks knocking away the ball and back handing a pass right to White who slammed it home.

Up next for FSU is a trip out west. The Seminoles will travel to Loyola Marymount on Saturday night before heading to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic. Tipoff is set for 11 PM and to be aired on ESPNU.

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