JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Terrell Baker scored 17 points Thursday night as
Florida State used a ball-hawking defense to lead all the way en route to a
72-53 victory over Jacksonville.
The Florida State Seminoles (4-3) scored eight of the game’s first 10
points, opening up a 21-6 lead midway through the first half in front of a
crowd of 3,817.
In their second game after the departure of 7-foot-2 starting center Karim
Shabazz, over personal reasons, the Seminoles turned in a solid defensive
effort to end a two-game losing streak.
Led by Baker and Delvon Arrington, FSU harrassed Jacksonville into 22
turnovers, including 15 in the first half when the Seminoles set the tone with
a double-digit lead throughout much of the first 20 minutes.
The Jacksonville Dolphins (3-4) did a better job of protecting the
basketball in the second half, limiting FSU to just seven turnovers. But an
11-2 Florida State run in the first four minutes of the second half stretched
their lead to 18 points.
Jacksonville never could get closer than 15 points the rest of the game.
Florida State’s Ron Hale and Oliver Simmons added 16 points and 14 points,
respectively. They also joined Baker for 21 rebounds to pace the Seminoles’
37-23 advantage on the boards.
Jacksonville, which suffered its third straight loss, was led by Calvin
Slaughter’s 16 points. Amos Conyers added 12 off the bench, as the Dolphins
connected on just 40 percent of their shots (20-of-50), and were just 1-of-12
from 3-point range.