Dec. 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 19 points and No. 21 Florida State overcame a slow start and poor first-half shooting to defeat outsized Florida International 82-62 on Sunday.
The taller Seminoles rode a 26-3 run to a 34-17 halftime lead, allowing first-year coach Isiah Thomas’ visiting Panthers only one field goal over the final 11:02 of the half. FIU shot 22.2 percent in the first half and 35.5 percent for the game.
Florida State (7-2) scored the first nine points of the second half to build a 43-17 lead and opened it to 49-19.
Marvin Roberts led FIU (3-8) with 18 points while teammate Marlon Bright added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the height disadvantage, FIU managed 34 rebounds, one less than Florida State.
Dulkys, a 6-4 sophomore from Lithuania, was 5 of 10 from 3-point range for the Seminoles, who shot 60.7 percent in the second half after a chilly 35.7 percent in the first.
Florida State took the lead for good at 18-15 on Dulkys’ 3-pointer with 7:21 left in the half.
Nine of the 11 players used by Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton in the game scored.
It was Florida State’s first home game in 18 days after a six-game trip that ended with a 77-64 loss at No. 15 Ohio State on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Seminoles break for semester finals and play next against Georgia State on Dec. 15.