Nov. 21, 2009
Macon, Ga. – Sophomore Deividas Dulkys led a balanced offensive attack with 14 points and All-American Solomon Alabi led a ferocious defensive effort with five blocked shots to lead undefeated Florida State to an 89-50 victory over Mercer at the University Center. Dulkys led five Seminoles in double figures for the second time in three games and the Seminoles blocked 13 shots, were credited with 11 steals and limited the Bears to 19.7 percent shooting from the field.
Florida State won its third consecutive games by at least 26 points to improve its record to 3-0. The Bears, playing during campus homecoming ceremonies, fell to 3-2.
Florida State set the tone for the game early as they limited Mercer to one point for a span of more than 10:00 during the first half of the game. After spotting the Bears a 3-0 lead, the Seminoles scored 21 of the next 25 points to take a 21-7 lead with 7:21 left in the first half. The Seminoles led by as many as 22 points in the half as they took a 40-18 halftime lead.
“The thing I was happiest about was the fact that we were relentless throughout the game,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We continued to play defense for all 40 minutes. That is something we have done so far this season and I hope we can keep that up.”
The Seminoles limited the Bears to 18 first half points and held them without a two-point basket in the first 20 minutes. Mercer scored five baskets in the first half with all five coming from beyond the 3-point arc. Florida State blocked eight first half shots, allowed the Bears to make only five of 37 shots (13.5 percent) and were credited with four steals. The Seminoles also forced the Bears into nine first half turnovers.
While Florida State was playing outstanding defense, they continued to move the ball well and seemingly scored at will on offense.
The Seminoles led by 10 with less then eight minutes played and despite suffering through a five minute scoring drought of their own, led by 19 with just over five minutes left in the first half and increased their lead to 20 with just over a minute left before halftime.
Sophomore Chris Singleton, who celebrated his 20th birthday, scored nine points, pulled down 14 rebounds, was credited with a career-high seven assists and blocked two shots.
“I was just taking what was coming to me,” said the sophomore. “I had my mother and a lot of family at the game so I really wanted to play well today. Coach Ham wants us to play hard for 40 minutes and that what I plan to do this year – go hard on every play.”
Dulkys scored 14 points as he made four of six shots from 3-point range and was perfect on two free throw attempts. He also added two blocked shots and one steal in the win.
Led by Alabi’s season-high five blocked shots, a total of six different Seminoles blocked at least one shot. Florida State came within two blocked shots of tying the all-time single game school record for blocked shots in a single game. The school record of 15 blocked shots came against Florida Atlantic University on Dec. 3, 1994.
Florida State plays its second of six consecutive road games as it travels to play at Florida on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. That game will be televised by SunSports.