TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Aamer Muhammad scored 23 points to lead three Troy players in double figures as the Trojans defeated the Seminoles, 79-72, at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Christyon Eugene scored 22 points and Zay Williams contributed 12 points of his own to the Trojans third victory of the season. Kieffer Punter added 10 points and nine rebounds to the mix as well.
Three Seminoles scored in double figures as Florida State fought to capture a win against Troy University. Junior Cam’Ron Fletcher had an impressive double-double for the night, dropping 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Fletcher shot six for 10 (.600) from the field and two for five (.400) from the three-point line. This is his third game in a row that he led the Seminoles in rebounds.
Darin Green, Jr. climbed even closer to his 1,000 career point mark, scoring a game-high 24 points and shooting seven for 11 (.636) from the field. For three-pointers, Green shot .778 (seven for nine) which pushed him to 998 total points in his career.
Although the Seminoles were in a seven point deficit at halftime, with Troy leading the game 32-25, Florida State led the Trojans in every category. Florida State had a .370 (seven-19) shooting percentage in the paint, compared to Troy’s .360 (13-36). From beyond the arc, the Seminoles shot three for eight (.380) while their opponent shot six for 20 (.300).
“We got a lot of room for improvement, but I think our attitude is good,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “We still believe in ourselves, believe in the system. Hopefully we will get some relief in there before too long, so we aren’t playing guys 35, 36 minutes. As I said last week, we try to keep our guys fresh in relation to how we would play, obviously it is a questionable challenge in practicing a certain way, and then once you get through the season, you have to extend the minutes of guys who are still trying to get experience.”
Florida State’s improvement came from a great night of free throw shooting. As a team, the first half comprised of a .730 (eight for 11) shooting percentage, followed by a 10 for 16 (.625) in the second half. Caleb Mills had a perfect night for the Seminoles in free throws, dropping six for six from the line, accompanied by 14 points and 4 assists.
“I’m glad to see that Darin got his confidence back, shoot what he is capable of. Matthew Cleveland, we have to find a way as a team to execute and give him that opportunity, which gives him the chance to be his best self.”
The Seminoles fought hard in the second half, with Florida State enjoying two 7-0 runs against the Trojans over two-minute intervals. The Trojans ultimately made three of their last three field goals to secure the victory over Florida State. Green. made his own individual point total mount against his opponent, scoring eight of his 24 points in the last 27 seconds of the game.
Florida State will remain at the Donald L. Tucker Center for their third home game of the season on Friday, November 18th to face off against long-time rival Florida in a game that will tip off at 8pm ET.