November 21, 2021 - by
Basketball Tops LMU, 73-45; Will Play Missouri Monday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ( – Freshman Matthew Cleveland scored 13 points to lead Florida State to a 73-45 win over Loyola Marymount in the Jacksonville Classic at the UNF Arena. Cleveland led three Seminoles in double figure scoring while redshirt senior Anthony Polite pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.  Malik Osborne and Tanor Ngom, who made his first start as a Seminole, both added 10 points.

The Seminoles will play Missouri for the tournament championship Monday at 8:30.  Missouri defeated SMU, 80-75 in overtime, in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.   

Polite, who scored six points, also contributed four assists and two steals as the Seminoles improved to 3-1.

Osborne scored in double figures for the third time in Florida State’s first four games with 10 points, including a perfect 2-of-2 from the three-point line and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He is averaging 13.8 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game so far this season.

Ngom scored in double-figures with a career-high 10 points.  He was 5-of-6 (.833) shooting from the field and pulled down four rebounds.

After falling down 8-2 in the games’ opening minutes, the Seminoles quickly went on the defensive and outscored the Lions by a 30-9 margin to close the half.  Florida State limited LMU to 17 first half points on only six made field goals in the first half.  Florida State led by 15 at 32-17 at the intermission. 

Florida State opened the second scoring nine of the first 11 points of the half – on consecutive 3-point shots by RayQuan Evans, Caleb Mills and Osborne as it up its leads to 41-19.  The Seminoles’ offense continued to play well early in the second half as they upped their lead to 49-22 (+27) with 15:08 left to play. 

Six different Seminoles (Osborne, Evans, Polite, Mills, Wyatt Wilkes, and John Butler) scored at least one 3-point shot. Florida State made eight made three-pointers as compared to just six by Loyola Marymount.   

With fourteen players receiving game minutes, nine Seminoles scored at least five points in their victory over the Lions. In the paint, the Florida State outscored LMU by a 36-19 margin.   The Seminoles’ bench outscored Loyola Marymount’s by a 32-10 margin.

For the game Florida State shot .509 from the field, .421 from the three, and .636 from the line. The Seminoles held the Lions to .364 shooting from the field and .273 from beyond the arc.

The Seminoles scored 33 points on 24 forced turnovers, a season-high for Loyola Marymount. Florida State also had 14 steals and has recorded at least eight steals in each of their four games this season.

Loyola Marymount’s Joe Quintana led the Lions with 12 points.


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