Florida State opened its basketball season with the first of two exhibition games– before things really kick off on November 9th– by beating Lincoln Memorial 83-65.
The game was a good opportunity to get some younger guys some minutes while giving the starters the feel of a game atmosphere and tempo for the first time in a while– even if TLCCC was a little empty.
Four players finished with double digit points, Okaro White led the way with four three-pointers and his 19 points and Michael Snaer had 12. Aaron Thomas also added 12 and Terry Whisnant had 11.
White may be somebody to watch this year, he's flown under the radar and granted, this is subpar competition, but he looks quicker and more confident this year after working on that over the off-season White was gym-rat this past summer, spending more time than he had in his first two seasons combined. If White comes on, he could be a dynamic part of the Seminole offense.
The 'Noles offense was good as a whole, it shot 56% from the field and 42% from behind the arc. They've said all preseason that offense won't be a problem for this group and it's possible that it won't. As I said, these games aren't going to tell anyone much because of the disparity in talent. But you can get a little bit of an idea from them.
FSU's offense looked solid, their D was alright and they got off on the right foot. We won't really know where this team is until Brooklyn though.
The second of the two exhibition games takes place November 5th at TLCCC at 7 PM against St. Leo's, then South Alabama comes to town for the start of the Coaches vs. Cancer tourney on the 9th. FSU will host to South Bama and Buffalo before heading to the Barclay center in NYC for the semifinals where they will play BYU in the opening round.