At least for one game, Florida State discovered the needed intensity and leadership to dominate an opponent.
The Seminoles (5-4) bounced South Alabama 83-52 earlier this week in their best all-around performance of this young season. FSU's timing couldn't be better, since it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road at Maryland Sunday.
The ACC is easily the nation's top conference this year, and the Seminoles' spotty start could spell trouble for coach Leonard Hamilton's team if it's not careful.
Plus, FSU road troubles in league play are well documented. The Seminoles haven't won a league road game since 2001 when it defeated the Terps.
Early struggles -- especially in the leadership department -- have plagued the young Seminoles. However, one senior stepped up in a big way against South Alabama in forward Adam Waleskowski.
Waleskowski, a hard-working left-hander, scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He connected on 9 of 12 shots from the field and 4 of 5 from three-point range.
The Seminoles also displayed vast improvement on the boards, out-rebounding the Jags 48-25. Four different FSU players had at least six rebounds.
Of course, South Alabama isn't Maryland and it doesn't represent the ACC.
FSU opens ACC play against the Terps for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles won last year's game, 79-75, on Dec. 28 in Tallahassee.