TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – In its final exhibition game before regular season play begins Wednesday at Pittsburgh, Florida State earned an 84-54 victory over Columbus State at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Sophomore Devin Vassell led three Seminoles in double figures with 18 points. Also in double figures were Anthony Polite with 16 points and freshman Patrick Williams with 10.
The game saw some familiar faces returning to the court after missing Florida State’s exhibition victory over Barry. Both M.J. Walker and Devin Vassell made their highly anticipated season debuts and came back with a vengeance.
Walker, who started and played nine first half minutes, totaled six points on two made 3-point shots. Vassell totaled 18 points (three-of-three three-pointers) and finished with six rebounds.
“I think this team has potential, but I think we showed our inexperience in some areas,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “I thought we turned it up a little bit in the second half. We are a work in progress. I think we play like a team that has potential to be pretty good, but obviously we still have a lot of work to do.”
Redshirt sophomore RaiQuan Gray (four points, seven rebounds, three assists), Trent Forrest (two points, three rebounds, seven assists) and Wyatt Wilkes (six points, six rebounds, one assist) all displayed great leadership as seasoned veterans.
This team’s emphasis on playing for one another demonstrates a majority of the team’s points don’t have to be scored by a single player in order for efficient basketball to be played.
Redshirt sophomore Malik Osborne has proven to be a valuable asset to the Seminole’s squad.
After sitting out the entire 2018-19 season due to transfer rules, he has taken full advantage of his opportunities on the court during exhibition play. Osborne totaled seven points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time against Columbus State.
The Seminoles also received outstanding play from newcomers Patrick Williams, Balsa Koprivica, and Nathanael Jack.
Nearly every time Williams possessed the ball, he exploded to the basket. He totaled 10 points, four rebounds and one assist. Koprivica, a 7-1 center, displayed his dominance in the post scoring eight points and earning 11 rebounds. Jack totaled five points and three assists.
“We shot the ball pretty well from the perimeter, they were moving the ball, and overall I think I give our team a B-,” said Hamilton. “This time of year, that is not all bad, but we still have ways to go.”
Florida State shot 51.4 percent from the field in the second half and 44.6 percent for the game. The Seminoles shot well (90.0 percent) from the free throw line – missing only once in making nine of 10 shots.
The Seminoles overpowered the Cougars on the boards as they won the rebounding margin by a 56-21 margin. In his debut in a Seminole uniform, Koprivica led the Seminoles in rebounding.
Columbus State was led by guards Bryant Givens (16 points) and Landrius Horton (15 points) who both scored in the double-digits.
The Seminoles take to the road for their first regular season game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday November, 6th at Petersen Events Center.