Okaro White and Montay Brandon each had 23 points as Florida State University opened its basketball season with a 112-74 exhibition win over Southeastern University.
While Florida State doesn't start its season in earnest until November 8th, the Seminoles got plenty of opportunities to get in some good work against a scrappy Southeastern team on Wednesday night.
"I think the guys showed they're capable of sticking and being consistent with our defense in the first half," said Leonard Hamilton after the game.
FSU lead 51-18 at the half and didn't let the Fire get a basket through the first five minutes of action. As the teams headed to the locker-rooms Southeastern was shooting just 23.3%.
Things changed in the second half though as Southeastern began to drive the ball with a bit more success and also pressured the Seminole offense with a full-court press.
"I thought the second half we didn't get to the dead front which we never let the ball get inside, I think we'll correct that," said Hamilton. "We didn't really shrink the gaps as well, their whole system was dribble-drive and I thought we just didn't contain the dribble on the defensive end but I think we showed we still have a ways to go there, but I don't think it's from lack of talent."
Newcomer Jarquez Smith had 15 points and six rebounds despite -- according to Leonard Hamilton -- regularly playing out of position. Brandon Allen also contributed 11 points on 4/5 shooting and made both of his attempts from beyong the arc.
Seminoles fans will be disappointed to know that Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas sat out tonight for what Hamilton called, "housekeeping" reasons. As per usual, Hamilton didn't specify how long either would be missing.
In their absence Devin Bookert, White and Brandon all played 30+ minutes. White said after the game he had expected to play just 15-16.
Florida State plays next on November 4th against Flagler.
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