Nov. 29, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Johnson led four Florida State players in double figures with 14 points in the Seminoles’ 97-57 win over Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.
Al Thornton and Isaiah Swann each contributed 12 points, and Jason Rich added 11 as the Seminoles (3-1) routed the Boilermakers (2-2) in just the second-ever meeting between the teams. Johnson added a career-high four steals.
Twelve different players scored for the Seminoles, who got 41 points from the bench, and led by as many as 43 points. Harried by Florida State’s pressure man-to-man defense, rebuilding Purdue shot just 39 percent from the floor, 24 percent (4-of-17) from 3-point range.
Korey Spates led turnover-prone Purdue with 13 points, while Nate Minnoy added 11 points. Purdue committed 28 turnovers that led to 41 Florida State points.
Florida State broke out to an early lead, using a 28-8 run from the start to build a 58-23 lead at the half. The Seminoles shot 64.7 percent in the first half and 60.3 percent for the game, while hitting 12-of-22 shots (54.5 percent) on 3-pointers.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton is perfect in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge with a 4-0 record.