FSU runs past High Point 81-64

Seminoles bounce back after sluggish first half to pick up their ninth victory of the season.

Following a hectic week of finals and scattered practices, the Seminoles had to use a breakaway second half to combat a sluggish first Monday night.

Leading by just two over visiting High Point at half time, FSU managed to run away with the 81-64 victory over the Panthers.

Led by senior forward Al Thornton's 22 points on offense, the Seminoles (9-2) used a stingy defense to hold High Point to just 23 second-half points after giving up 41 in game's first 20 minutes.

In addition to yet another standout performance by Thornton, three other Seminoles scored in double figures.

Toney Douglas posted 15 while Uche Echefu and Jason Rich added 11 and 10, respectively. Echefu even posted a double-double as the 6-foot-8 forward contributed with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Thornton, who was 7-of-12 from the field including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, recorded four blocks and joined elite company as he now has over 1,000 career points in the garnet and gold.

"It's not a big deal," he said. "It's more important that we won. It's nice to be in that group but it's better that we won. I don't pay attention to that stuff."

Florida State hosts Coastal Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. and then St. Peter's Saturday at noon. That game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. but because of a change in St Peter's flight plans the contest has been moved up two hours.

Of note: True freshman point guard Josue Soto played for four minutes in Monday night's game. He was originally supposed top redshirt but that logic changed in recent weeks.

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