Oct. 29, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior Toney Douglas scored 20 points and was credited with six steals to lead six Seminoles in double figures as the Florida State men’s basketball team opened its two-game exhibition season with a 101-43 victory over LCC International University at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Sophomore Jordan DeMercy and freshman Xavier Gibson added 14 points each for the Seminoles who scored 16 of the first 20 points of the game and led by 20 midway through the first half.
LCC International University is based in Lithuania and has an academic community of over 600 students and staff from 21 countries. Its game against the Seminoles was its first of an exhibition tour which will see it play Mercer University, Western Kentucky and Texas Christian among others.
Florida State earned 25 steals (six each by Douglas and freshman Chris Singleton), forced 37 turnovers, had 23 assists on 43 baskets (a game-high nine by freshman Luke Loucks) and shot .551 from the field. The Seminoles limited LLC to .304 shooting from the field, surrendered only six steals and blocked six shots. Florida State led by 10 points (12-2) after the first four minutes, 20 points (30-10) after the first 10 minutes, by 25 points (41-16) with 2:38 remaining the first half and by a 46-22 score at halftime.
The very balanced Seminole attack saw nine of the ten players who saw playing action in the first half score at least two points. By the end of the game, all 10 players who earned playing time for the Seminoles were in the scoring column.
Florida State’s heralded freshman class totaled 42 points and 20 rebounds. Gibson led the way for the Seminole newcomers with 14 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field, six rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in 22 minutes of playing time. Singleton added 11 points on five of 10 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and six steals. Loucks scored five points to go along with his game-high nine assists and two steals. Deividas Dulkys was in double figures with 10 points (on two made 3-points shots), five rebounds and two assists while Pierre Jordan scored two points and had two steals.
Solomon Alabi, who missed most of his freshman season with an injured leg, scored nine points and added six rebounds in 19 minutes as a starter. He made four of seven shots from the field and earned one steal. Ryan Reid scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds while Brian Hoff, who is on scholarship for the first time in his career as a senior, scored five points and pulled down six rebounds.
St. Paul Latham led LCC with 11 points and six rebounds while Josue Malamba pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Florida State plays its second of two exhibition games against Florida Tech on Nov. 11 at the Tucker Center.