By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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Montay Brandon was happy to get back into the win column.
Brandon and the Florida State Seminoles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-55 triumph over The Citadel on Tuesday.
Now they’re hoping that the confidence gained from that game carries into the days ahead. FSU hosts Charleston Southern on Friday (6 p.m., ESPN3) and Nebraska (7 p.m., ESPN2) on Monday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
“It definitely was a great feeling to get a good taste in our mouths,” Brandon said. “But we know we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be at the end of the season.”
Brandon has scored in double-digits in all but one of FSU’s games this year and is averaging 13.2 points per contest.
That’s right behind redshirt freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is up to 13.3 points per game following a career-high 26 against The Citadel.
Junior guard Devon Bookert, though, is expected to miss another game while recovering from a foot injury. Forward Boris Bojanovsky has been slowed by an illness, too.
“We’re kind of going through a lot of challenges in this period that sometimes can make you stronger,” Hamilton said. “And I’m hopeful that that’s what the case is going to be.”
Friday’s game will mark the third meeting between the Seminoles and Buccaneers in the last four seasons.
CSU is off to a 3-1 start that includes a 66-65, overtime victory at Ole Miss in its season opener.
Senior guard Saah Nimley (16.7 points per game) is one of three Buccaneers to average double-digit scoring. Fellow guard Arion Harper adds nearly 14 points per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field.
“They’re team that went into Ole Miss and upset them,” Hamilton said. “So they’ve got our attention.”