Dec. 18, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s basketball team moved to 7-0 at home this season Sunday afternoon by showing signs of improvement in what has been the weakest link in the Seminoles’ overall game this season.
In a 77-61 victory over Loyola Marymount at the Donald L. Tucker Center, FSU (8-3) did a much better job of protecting the basketball. After a stretch of three games in with the ‘Noles sustained 18, 21 and 26 turnovers, respectfully, Florida State tied a season-low with 16 giveaways against the Lions (6-5).
While FSU was doing its best to keep the numbers low in the turnover category, senior Bernard James was doing the opposite on offense and on the glass.
For the second game in a row, James registered a double-double in points and rebounds. His team-high 17 points accompanied his game-high 12 rebounds as James earned his fifth double-double of the season despite a 3-for-12 mark from the free-throw line.
Playing against the home-state Lions, California native Michael Snaer added 12 points and Xavier Gibson had 10 points and seven rebounds. Okaro White finished the day with seven points and 11 rebounds and Jeff Peterson rounded out the scoring for FSU’s starters with seven points of his own.
Freshman Terry Whisnant II continued his improving play with eight points off the bench. Backup center John Kreft had eight points as well.
The Seminoles shot 43 percent from the field but were just 48 percent from the free-throw line. FSU lead by as many as 25 points and out-scored Loyola Marymount 38 to 12 in teh paint.
The defensive-minded ‘Noles held Loyola Marymount to just 35 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers. FSU had six steals, seven blocks and out-rebounded the Lions 45-26.
The Seminoles, who took a 38-23 lead into the break at halftime thanks to a late 22-8 run against Loyola Marymount, now head south for a showdown with rival Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. in a game that will air on ESPNU.