Nov. 16, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE — Leonard Hamilton said before the season ever started that his Florida State men’s basketball team “would win games by committee.”
Three games into the 2011-12 campaign and the head coach’s sentiments have proved true. The No. 24 Seminoles defeated visiting Stetson 79-66 Wendesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center behind double-figure scoring from Deividas Dulkys, Okaro White and Bernard James.
It was the third time in as many games this year that FSU (3-0) got double-digit scoring from at least three players.
On a night when the ‘Noles didn’t protect the basketball particularly well against a pesky Hatters (2-1) team, FSU overcame 17 turnovers thanks to the efforts of the White-James-Dulkys trio that shot a combined 21-of-25 from the floor.
White’s 18 points were just one shy of matching his career best and Dulkys was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range with 16 points. James’ second-consecutive double-double output (15 points and 11 rebounds) moved Florida State to 6-0 all-time when the big man records double-digit points and rebounds in the same game.
For the game, the Seminoles shot a season-best 57.1-percent from the field while holding Stetson to 37.3-percent shooting and forcing 17 turnovers. FSU also out-rebounded the Hatters 34 to 32 and had five blocks.
The ‘Noles built a 33-14 lead in the fist half before a 16-0 Hatters run threatened any advantage the home team might take into the locker room. But FSU closed the opening frame with a 9-4 run to maintain a 42-34 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Stetson kept it close but would never get closer than a 62-54 score with 9:28 remaining.
The Seminoles stay home for a 3 p.m. Sunday game against South Alabama that will air live online at ESPN3.com. FSU then travels to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament next week.