Florida State had no trouble with Southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lions 88-62. Florida State improved its overall record to 8-2, while Southeastern Louisiana dropped to 5-4.
"Florida State was excellently balanced on offense and extremely good on defense," said Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jim Yarborough, a 1987 FSU graduate.
The Lions grabbed a quick 7-3 lead in the opening minutes of the first half, but it was the only time the Tribe was behind. FSU built up a steady lead behind a 13-0 run to give the 'Noles a 33-13 lead. The momentum continued and FSU took a 25-point lead into the half with a 55-30 advantage.
"I thought we got off to a good start. Our guys played with a tremendous amount of energy in the first five or 10 minutes, and created some offense from our defense," FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
The second half was much of the same with the Tribe amassing as much as a 32-point lead over the Lions. Five Seminoles scored in double digits, Al Thornton and Toney Douglas each had 10 points, Isaiah Swann and Casaan Breeden added 12 and 13, respectively and Jason Rich led the Tribe with 16 points.
Uche Echefu and Ryan Reid teamed up for 13 points and 10 rebounds. FSU was 33-for-60 and 55% for the game.
"We're going to need that from them as we get going through the year," Hamilton said of Reid and Echefu. "It's important that we get guys confidence while we're in the pre-conference schedule."
"Swann really stepped up tonight probably more than I thought he would and made some nice shots," Yarborough said.
The defense kept Southeastern Louisiana from being a significant threat allowing just two players to put up points in double digits, while holding the remaining scorers to seven or less. Leading the way for the Lions were Joseph Polite who was 7-for-10 with 14 points, and Quennell Green who added 12.
Though school ends this week for the holiday break, the Seminoles remain in action through December and into January.
The Tribe hosts High Point on Dec. 18, Coastal Carolina Dec. 21, St. Peters Dec. 23 and Providence Dec. 29, before opening the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with Clemson Jan. 3. The Seminoles will then travel to Chapel Hill for a dual with the Tar Heels of North Carolina Jan. 7.
Seminoles defeat the Lions 88-62
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