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Florida State Defeats Florida Tech, 96-53, In Exhibition Men’s Basketball Action

Nov. 11, 2008

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Ryan Reid earned a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Xavier Gibson added 18 points to lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to a 96-53 victory over Florida Tech in their final exhibition game of the 2008 season. The Seminoles won both of their exhibition games and open their season at Jacksonville on Saturday night.

Reid was 10 of 16 from the field and made three of five free throw attempts in scoring his game his game-high 23 points. He scored 12 points in the first half – nearly as many as the visiting Division II Panthers totaled in the first 20 minutes of the game (13). Reid also totaled a game-high 13 rebounds with a game-high eight coming on the offensive end of the court.

Gibson, one of the Seminoles outstanding freshman players, scored 18 points on eight of 11 shooting from the field. He scored 14 second half points as he shot a near perfect six of seven from the field after halftime. The newcomer also pulled down five rebounds, blocked one shot and was credited with one steal in 20 minutes of playing time. Fellow freshman Deividas Dulkys scored 15 points on five of nine shooting from the field including a perfect two-of-two from the 3-point arc.

Freshman guard Luke Loucks led the Seminoles for the second time in two exhibition games with 10 assists. He totaled 19 assists as the Seminoles earned a 2-0 exhibition season record. Loucks also scored six points and totaled a game-high five steals.

Florida State shot the ball well from the field for the second straight game. The Seminoles made 40 of their 79 shots to finish the game with a .506 field goal shooting percentage after shooting.561 from the field in their first exhibition game. Additionally, the Seminoles earned 23 assists (against only 16 turnovers), six blocked shots and 16 steals.

The Seminoles limited Florida Tech to four field goals and 12 percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Panthers had four points after the first five minutes of the half and trailed 15-4; totaled 11 points after the first 10 minutes and were behind 19-11; trailed 31-11 after 15 minutes and were behind 41-13 at the intermission. Florida Tech went scoreless for over eight minutes in the first half as they were stuck on 11 points from the 9:23 mark until the 1:07 mark of the half.

Forward Justin Sedlak led the Panthers with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He pulled down a game-high 11 defensive rebounds. Forward Derek Hellemann scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

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