Nov. 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – – Michael Snaer scored 15 points and Bernard James added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Florida State routed Georgia Southwestern 86-41 on Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the Seminoles’ final exhibition game. Deividas Dulkys also had 10 points for FSU, which opens up the regular season at home against Jacksonville University on Friday night.
Evan Mobley scored 14 points and Colin Slotter added nine points for Georgia Southwestern.
FSU led 18-9 before going on a 14-0 run midway through the first half. James had 10 first-half points as the Seminoles grabbed a 45-19 lead.
“Obviously, we have got to be pleased that we were able to show some signs of improvement,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “I thought that we had a much better recognition of what we were trying to do at the beginning of the game on the offensive end. I thought that we pushed the ball down the court – our goal was to get about 35 points or so in transition and I think we exceeded that.”
The Seminoles frustrated Georgia Southwestern on the defensive end. The Hurricanes had 23 turnovers and just four assists.
“I did feel that we have tremendous effort on the defensive end,” said Hamilton. “I thought that our techniques were a little unsound in that we gave up too much penetration. Our post guys did a very good job of keeping the ball out of the post but I thought that we gave up a lot of penetration.”
FSU shot 30 of 57 (52.6 percent) from the floor in the game, while Georgia Southwestern shot just 11 of 38 (28.9 percent).
The Seminoles outrebounded Georgia Southwestern 37-23.
“I think we are making progress and we are getting better,” said Hamilton. “We still have a lot of areas where I think we can continue to improve. Overall, I feel like we still are moving in the right direction. Hopefully before too long we will be the kind of team that we want to be.”
The Florida State men’s basketball team will honor current and former members of the military on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) when it plays host to Jacksonville University in its season opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center. All military veterans and active-duty personnel who present a valid military ID will be given one free admission courtesy of the FSU Department of Athletics as a token of its appreciation for their service to the nation.
The Seminoles play host to the Dolphins on Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), at 7 p.m. in the season opener for both teams. Tickets can be picked up beginning Tuesday morning at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office in University Center C or beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the game at the Tucker Center box office.