Seminoles bash Badgers 90-72 in exhibition

FSU basketball team uses a 56-point second half to defeat visiting Spring Hill in the first exhibition game of the 2006-07 season.

Paced by junior forward/guard Jason Rich's 17 points, the Florida State basketball team defeated NAIA school Spring Hill College 90-72 Tuesday in an exhibition game to start the season.

Five Seminoles scored in double figures with sophomore center Uche Echefu recording a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

All-America candidate Al Thornton posted 16 points while guards Isaiah Swann and Toney Douglas added 12 and 11, respectively.

Douglas had a team-high four assists.

FSU trailed Spring Hill 34-39 at halftime but used a 56-point second half to run away with the contest. The Seminoles shot 37.5 percent from the field in the game's first 20 minutes as compared to 57.9 percent after the break.

The Seminoles outrebounded the Badgers 46-32 and nearly tripled Spring Hill in points scored in the paint 44-16. The Seminoles turned the ball over 20 times.

True freshman point guard Josue Soto came off the bench late in the second half and nabbed a point, a steal and an assist in five minutes of work. Backup point guard Ralph Mims recorded five points and three assists and sophomore forward finished the game with six points and six rebounds.

True freshman guard Aaron Holmes was the only Seminole to not play in the game.

Noah Woolridge led the Badgers with 26 points.

Next up for the Tribe is another exhibition, this time against Nova Southeastern, on Nov. 7.

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