Nov. 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Four players scored in double figures and Florida State defeated UT-Martin, 89-61, Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Senior guard Ian Miller scorched the Skyhawks (1-4), registering a career-high 20 points while not missing a shot. Miller was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line while adding five assists and two rebounds. “Tonight was a blessing,” Miller said afterwards. “I was just focused on finding my spots and taking efficient shots. I needed a game like this where I can make shots and be a creator for this team.”
Miller wasn’t the only one with the hot scoring touch.
Senior forward Okaro White scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks and sophomore guard Devon Bookert finished with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting wi0th five assists and three steals.
Aaron Thomas was 5-of-8 from the field for 19 points and six steals. As a team, the Seminoles (3-0) shot 58.7 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from long distance.
Conversely, UT-Martin was held to just 35.8-percent shooting and a 20 percent mark from 3-point range by the Florida State defense. FSU finished with seven blocks and 35 rebounds.
Against the Skyhawks, FSU wore special turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth.
The competition now ramps up for the `Noles, who will head south to take part in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. FSU will begin play at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against VCU — a team that features former `Noles player Terrance Shannon.
“We feel good,” Miller said. “I think in these first three games we really accomplished a lot and it has helped us get ready for the really good teams we are going to face down tehre.”