Stetson was a team the Seminoles should have handled easily, and they did, cruising to a 97-63 win. After a sluggish 6-6 start, the Noles used a 36-13 run to break the game open. Chris Singleton led five Seminoles in double digits with 17 points. Xavier Gibson had a nice game with 12 pts and 8 boards, and Jon Kreft, in his first D1 game, added 6 points and 6 boards. Kreft was aggressive, passed the ball well, but clearly needs to work on finishing his shots as much smaller players were able to disrupt him (via fouling). He also was winded after 3-4 minute stretches, which is to be expected. Practice isn't a good substitute for game time in terms of conditioning.
In a game in which the refs wanted some attention, the teams combined for 75 free throw attempts (48 by FSU). An aggressive Terrance Shannon led the way with 11 free throw attempts, and Jon Kreft had 10. The game was also played at a high tempo (79 possessions) and the Noles only turned it over 13 times (16.4%). This combination of aggressive interior play and good ball handling is the recipe for Noles success. The question is whether or not they can sustain it.
Only the trio of Singleton, Gibson and Michael Snaer logged at least 20 minutes, so clearly the coaches viewed this as a tune up game. In all, 15 players logged minutes. Ian Miller, however, was not one of them, and there's no answer yet as to why he didn't play.
Okaro White, it should be noted, played a very good game. Though his boxscore was somewhat impressive - 12 pts, 1 board, 1 steal, 1 assist, 1 block - he really demonstrated a great feel for the game tonight with several subtle ball fakes and great footwork. Now that Kreft is playing we have four newcomers who are making a mark.