TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Basketball Team, which defeated Barry University in its first exhibition game, plays host to Columbus State in its second and final exhibition game on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Cougars is their final preseason game before opening the regular season at Pitt on Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are both free for the game.
The Seminoles will honor former standout guard Aubrey Boyd at halftime and will sign autographs following the game on the main concourse of the Tucker Center.
Senior guard Trent Forrest led six Seminoles in double figures with a game-high 19 points in Florida State’s win over Barry. Also in double figures against the Buccaneers were redshirt sophomore Anthony Polite (18 points) and freshman Patrick Williams (12 points) along with redshirt sophomore RaiQuan Gray, graduate transfer Dominik Olejniczak and junior college transfer Nathanael Jack with scored 10 points each. Williams led the Seminoles with nine rebounds, Gray led the team with four steals and Forrest stuffed the stat sheet with five assists, one blocked shot and one steal.
With 12 players earning playing time, nine writing themselves into the scoring column and nine playing more than 15 minutes each, the Seminoles led by a 37-21 margin and halftime and by 33 points in the second half in gaining the victory.
Cougar head coach Robert Moore brings an experienced squad to Tucker Center – four of Columbus State’s leading scorers return from a season ago when it finished with a 13-16 overall record and an 8-14 record in the Peach Belt Conference.
The Cougars are led by junior guard Landrius Horton, who averaged 15.5 points, and junior guard Bryant Givens who ranked 10th in the Peach Belt statistics with a 15.6 points per game scoring average. Horton was selected to the preseason All-Peach Belt Conference team for the upcoming season by the league’s head coaches.
Moore, who is now in his 10th season at Columbus State, led the Cougars past Auburn, 54-52, in an exhibition game to begin the 2010-11 season. He has led the Cougars to four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances since 2012.
Columbus State, which is located in Columbus, Ga., which is in the western part of the state and is about a three-hour drive north of Tallahassee.
Florida State, which averages 24.5 wins per season in the last four years, opens its regular season at Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Seminoles’ game against the Panthers marks the first time in school history the Seminoles open their season against a conference opponent.
Florida State enters the season looking to play in its school-record tying fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles played in a school-record four NCAA Tournaments during the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons – all under Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have played in seven of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019) – the best 11-year string of NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Forrest, who was named to the 2019 NCAA Tournament All-West Regional Team in 2019, is on the 2020 Bob Cousy Award Watch List – an award which is presented annually by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. Forrest is one of four point guards from the Atlantic Coast Conference on the list of 20 which will be narrowed down to five players in March as finalists for the award.