Dec. 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s basketball team hadn’t played a game in nine days but the Seminoles sure didn’t show any signs of rust Tuesday night against Charlotte.
After a successful week of finals on FSU’s campus, the `Noles (7-3) were untested in a 106-62 victory over the 49ers (7-3) at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It was the first time that FSU had eclipsed the 100-points plateau in a single game since the program hung 108 on Campbell in 2005.
Charlotte, a squad that won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last month with a triumph over then-No. 13 Michigan, had no answer for the Seminoles’ top-to-bottom total team effort.
“I thought they were covering for each other’s back,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought they were contesting shots when one of their teammates got beat. But all of that energy, focus and execution I think was direct result of the fact that we had a tremendous amount of respect for Charlotte’s team.”
FSU sophomore guard Aaron Thomas registered a career-best 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Thomas also was effective on the defensive end, grabbing four of his seven total rebounds and notching a steal and a block. He also had two assists. “I was able to just come in and do what I do,” Thomas said. “My teammates were able to find me; I don’t think it was just me.”
He’s right. For an FSU team tha shot 54 percent from the field and nearly 41 percent from long range, Thomas wasn’t the only one to reach double figures on the stat sheet.
Senior guard Ian Miller was 6-of-11 from the field for 18 points while Robert Gilchrist and Boris Bojanovsky had 11 points each. Okaro White slid into the role of small forward and contributed a double-double wi0th 14 points and 11 rebounds. Montay Brandon also had 14 points.
Florida State’s bench scored 52 points while the entire 49ers team scored 62. Shawn Lester scored 16 of those points for Charlotte and Pierria Henry added 13 before being ejected in the second half.
The Seminoles held Charlotte to 35 percent and out rebounded the visitors 45-33. The 49ers also had 19 turnovers that led to 30 FSU points. Florida State had just nine giveaways and had 22 assists compared to just nine by Charlotte.
The `Noles now face a talented UMass team Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla.