Nov. 7, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State cruised to a 96-66 victory over Nova Southeastern Tuesday night in its final preseason exhibition at the Donald L. Tucker Center. All-America candidate Al Thornton scored 17 points to lead five Florida State players in double figure scoring as the Seminoles won both of their exhibition games.
The Seminoles scored 39 points off 26 Nova Southeastern turnovers, and led the entire game.
Thornton had 17 points and 5 assists, and Jason Rich scored 16 points for the Seminoles, who had five players score in double figures for the second of two exhibition games. Toney Douglas and Casaan Breeden added 13 points, and Isaiah Swann had 11 points.
Donovan Redden led Nova Southeastern with 12 points and 5 assists.
“For the most part, we need to find a way to attack the basket a little better and get to the foul line a little more,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “We have to add in a few more post touches in some way. Tonight, the way they played us was a pretty saggy defense, they gave us a lot of opportunities on the perimeter, and they doubled up inside, so we needed to kick the ball out, which I thought our guys did very well. We still realized that at the level we need to get to, we need to attack the basket more and get to the foul line more, and attack the paint more. I’m glad to see us a little more comfortable shooting from the perimeter, which I feel like, we can become a very good shooting team.
Florida State led 47-30 at halftime and outscored the Dolphins 49-36 after the break. The Seminoles shot 54.5 percent for the game and were credited with 21 assists on their 36 baskets.
“For the most part, I felt we pushed the ball down aggressively,” said Hamilton. “I wish we could have flowed a little better at times, but I thought that Toney was trying to get us in and out of things. And sometimes we should have flowed. I thought he was trying to run the team which we like to see. We have five guards that I think are very close. I think we can keep those guys fresh and interchangeable, and I think that from night to night someone is going to have a better night than others, but I think that them working together and staying fresh is going to be the strength of our team. Hopefully we can take a little pressure off of Al (Thornton) and people won’t be able to concentrate so much on him because we keep those guys rotating and keep them involved.
Florida State honored former player Aubrey Boyd at halftime. Boyd lettered at Florida State from 1988-1991, but in 1994 was paralyzed from the neck down after sustaining an injury while playing in a pickup football game. All proceeds from the game went to Boyd’s foundation.
Florida State opens its season at home Sunday against McNeese State at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the Colonial Classis in Tallahassee. The first game of the double-header matches Illinois State and Southern Methodist.