Sept. 3, 2005
PORT AU SPAIN, TRINIDAD –
Sophomore guard Isaiah Swann scored 15 points and led five Florida State players in double figures as the Seminoles defeated the Trinidad Army Defense Force, 88-66, at the Eastern Regional Sports Arena. Swann made a team-high three 3-point field goals and added three assists as the Seminoles used an early 10-0 first quarter run and held their able opponent at arms-length over the remainder of the game to gain the win.
The game against the Army Defense Team was the first of four Florida State will play on its pre-season trip to the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. The Seminoles will play two games on Saturday and one on Sunday before returning to Tallahassee. The game was played utilizing international rules and was played in four quarters of 10 minutes each.
Also in double figure scoring for the Seminoles were junior Al Thornton (10 points), sophomore Jason Rich (10 points) and freshmen Casaan Breeden (16 points) and Uche Echefu (12 points). Senior Todd Galloway led the Seminoles with four assists while junior Jerel Allen recorded a team high four steals. Swann and Breeden combined to make all five of the Seminoles 3-point shots during the game.
Florida State led virtually the entire game after the Defense Force took a 3-2 on its first made basket less than two minutes into the game. Swann helped the Seminoles reclaim the lead on a short jumper with 8:00 minutes left in the first quarter and the Seminoles led for the remainder of the game. Swann’s basket began a 10-0 run which featured six points from Thornton and two from Rich. The Seminoles led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Florida State played well in the second quarter as they outscored their opponents by a 26-20 margin and held a 45-32 halftime advantage. It was in the second quarter when Echefu scored the first basket of his Seminole career. Senior Diego Romero scored four of his eight points in the second quarter.
The Seminoles broke the game open in the third quarter as they outscored the Defense Force by a 25-15 margin. Junior Alexander Johnson (seven points) scored the first six points of the quarter including two on a rim-jarring slam-dunk that sent appreciative crowd into a frenzy.
Florida State’s pre-season trip to Trinidad has allowed the Seminoles extra practice and competition before the official opening of practice on Oct. 15. Teams are allowed to take one overseas trip every four years in advance of the opening of the regular season. It marks the third time Leonard Hamilton has taken a team overseas.