Oct. 31, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Bernard James scored 13 points and 10 rebounds and Xavier Gibson added 13 points and eight rebounds as Florida State routed Indiana University of Pennsylvania 80-51 on Monday night in the exhibition opener for both teams at the Donald L. Tucker Center . Ashton Smith led all scorers with 18 points and Julian Sanders added 17 points for IUP.
“If I wanted to characterize the game – I thought it was solid,” said Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We wanted to take a look at a lot of players; we had a lot of interesting line-ups and combinations out there. We just wanted to get the guys feet wet, get them on the court. I sure that had we stayed with a game-type rotation and not substituted five at a time we probably would have been a little more efficient.”
“I saw a lot of things I liked,” continued Hamilton. “I thought our execution against the zone was solid. I just thought that we allowed the ball to go through our hands. We had good passes that resulted in turnovers that should have been and assists and should have made us more productive.”
The Seminoles overpowered IUP down low, outrebounding the Crimson Hawks 47-29.
“We didn’t shoot nearly as well from the free throw line as we have shot in practice,” continued Hamilton. “But we went to the line 34 times which is positive. I think we are a much better perimeter shooting team. I thought we had good looks I just thought we were a little anxious.”
FSU led the nation in field-goal percentage defense in 2010-11 and continued that intensity on the defensive end on Monday. The Seminoles jumped out to a 38-18 halftime lead by holding IUP to just 7 of 28 (25 percent) from the floor.
“Defensively, I was not necessarily pleased with the first eight, nine, ten minutes of the second half when they were shooting over 50 percent which meant we had to tighten up in the second half,” said Hamilton.
The Seminoles shot 27 of 52 (51.9 percent) from the floor for the game. The Crimson Hawks shot 18 of 58 (31 percent).
“We had some goals and we got to most of them,” concluded Hamilton. “Getting to the free throw line, I wasn’t very happy with our turnovers but the kind of turnovers that we had were guys making good passes to guys not catching and not finishing. They weren’t turnovers they created or that they forced us into. Hopefully they were first game type jitters and hopefully we are a better team than that.
“I think this team has a chance to be better than we were last year. I think we have a ways to go. I like what I saw in terms of potential of this team and I think it will be good for us to go back and evaluate the film and see where we are. I think we will learn from it and be more prepared as we move into our next exhibition game.”
Florida State will play host to Georgia Southwestern in its second and final exhibition game Nov. 7 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game will be played to benefit the Aubry Boyd foundation. Boyd played for the Seminoles and was injured in a 1998 accident. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles open their regular season on Nov. 11 against Jacksonville in a 7 p.m. tipoff coming the night before the Florida State football team plays host to Miami. Single-game tickets are now available for that game by clicking onto Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.