Nov. 12, 2010
|Players of the Game|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Junior-college transfer Bernard James had a double-double – 15 points and 10 rebounds – and Deividas Dulkys added 12 points as Florida State cruised to a 75-55 victory over North Florida in the season opener for both teams at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State has won its opener in each of coach Leonard Hamilton’s nine seasons.
“I think we did show that we still have a ways to go, by no means are we a finished product,” Hamilton said. “I do like this team. I like the parts that we have.
“I feel like before too long we will be a good, solid basketball team. Right now though we are still trying to work some kinks out. But I do like the material we have to work with.”
Florida State certainly has athleticism and depth – four players scored in double figures. Derwin Kitchen and Chris Singleton each added 11 points for the Seminoles, while Xavier Gibson and Luke Loucks each added seven points.
Parker Smith had 16 points and Andres Diaz added 12 points for North Florida, which had 22 turnovers.
But North Florida chipped away at FSU’s lead, cutting the deficit to just five, 50-45, with 10:45 left in the game.
“I don’t know what happened; we lost our way,” James said. “We just motivated each other to get going again. And we made it happen.”
FSU answered right back, as Luke Loucks made a 3-pointer and Singleton dunked after a steal. The Seminoles led 55-45 at that point and were not challenged again as they outscored North Florida 20-10 the rest of the way.