In what easily could have been a 25 point win for the Noles, the Seminoles beat a decent Loyola Marymount team on their home floor 74-63. This was a game where the Noles offense and defense played better than the final score indicate. Offensively we had excellent ball movement but the rims were unkind, as the Noles missed at least 12 uncontested jumpers as well as several five-footers in traffic. On the opposite end, what had been a poor shooting Lions team hit an equal number of very contested shots. It was just one of those nights. Because of this the Lions were able to stay close all night, and weren't put away until the final seconds.
Derwin Kitchen had seven assists on a night where the team logged a season high 19. He did a good job controlling the tempo and has appeared more comfortable now that the Noles are emphasizing pushing the ball after made shots. He was called for four turnovers though. The team turned the ball over 14 times in a 66 possession game which is the NCAA average.
Chris Singleton - with over 20 NBA scouts on hand - put up a solid line of 15 pts, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals. He marked Drew Viney most of the night and forced him to go deep into his arsenal of moves to get shots off. He scored 16 pts, but it was an inefficient effort off of 15 shots. Vernon Teel had 12 pts and 7 assists, though he was shut down in the 2nd half. He was penetrating at ease in the first half, but the backside help was much better after the break.
The Noles now continue their trip west, and play a 1am EST game against Hawaii on Thursday in the Diamond Head Classic Tournament.