November 20, 2005 - by
Florida State Opens Season With 78-48 Victory Over Jacksonville

Nov. 20, 2005

Jason Rich scored a career-high 13 points to lead Florida State to a 78-48 victory over Jacksonville in front of a crowd of 5,688 partisan Seminole fans at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Seminoles also received and double-double performances from Al Thornton, with 12 points and 10 boards, and Diego Romero with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The win was the fourth consecutive season opening victory for the Seminoles who improved to 7-1 in games during the month of November under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State jumped out quickly as it scored 13 of the games first 16 points and led by 10 (13-3) with only 4:36 elapsed on the clock. The Seminoles continued to mount their offensive attack and led 42-19 at halftime. As well as they were playing of offense in the first half, the Seminoles’ defense limited the Dolphins to 24 percent shooting (six of 25) in the first half.

Florida State (1-0) continued to play well on both ends of the court in the second half as they outscored Jacksonville (0-1) 36-29 over the course of the final 20 minutes. The Seminoles limited the Dolphins to 33 percent shooting in the second half as they increased their lead to as many as 35 points (78-43) with just over two minutes remaining in the contest.

Rich, a sophomore, played a solid all around game as he scored a game and career-high 13 points, pulled down four rebounds and earned two steals. He was a perfect four-of -four from the free throw line and was one of five Florida State players who finished the game without a miss from the line. Rich scored nine points in the first half and five in the second to surpass his pervious career-best of 12 points against Ole Miss on Dec. 8, 2004.

Thornton was credited with his third career double-double while Romero earned the first of his career. Thornton added two assists and one steal while Romero had two assists and one blocked shot. It marked the first time since the Seminoles’ game at Maryland on Dec. 19, 2004 that two players earned double-doubles in the same game.

Senior Andrew Wilson played in his 100th career game and responded with three points and two rebounds. Sophomore guard Isaiah Swan earned the first start of his career and scored nine points and earned a career-high tying four assists.

Florida State opens its home schedule as it plays host to Alcorn State Monday at 7 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center.

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