Seminoles Scorch Boilers

Florida State has made an early-season habit of beginning contests in a flurry. In a 97-57 rout of Purdue Tuesday night, the Seminoles finished with one, too.

Four days after building a 24-7 margin against rival Florida that was wasted in an eight-point defeat, the Seminoles (3-1) ran to a 28-8 lead at the onset and never looked back. FSU led the Boilermakers (2-2) by as many as 43 in the contest.

"I was proud of the way that we maintained our intensity," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It's obvious that the guys learned a lot from our lack of execution our last time out."

Alexander Johnson's game-high 14 points led a balanced offensive effort for the Seminoles, who also got double-figure efforts from Al Thornton (12 points), Isaiah Swann (12) and Todd Galloway (11).

"We we're clicking out there. It was a lot of fun," Swann said. "Guys were sharing the ball and the offense was running smooth. We were proud of this effort."

The 58 points that FSU scored in the first half was more than it scored in seven different games last season.

"We were somewhat unexpected by the ease in which we won this game," Hamilton said. "They had some pieces that concerned us when we watched their film."

On was Korey Spates, who led Purdue with 13 points. Nate Minnoy added 11 for the Boilers. The Seminoles harried rebuilding Purdue into 28 turnovers – 20 in the first half – that led to 41 points. FSU also got 41 points from its bench.

"It's something we can't simulate in practice," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "We don't have that type of size and athleticism. We couldn't stop the bleeding out there."

The Seminoles have taken care of their end of the bargain, in the made-for-television ACC/Big-Ten Challenge, an event that the ACC has won in each of the past six seasons. FSU is now 5-2 in the series; Purdue is 1-4.

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