FSU took on an overmatched opponent at the Tucker Center this afternoon, and though they started slowly, FSU quickly found their rhythm and stepped on the gas. Continuing their running, attacking style displayed in the early season, the Noles took a 41-23 lead into half. Things tightened up briefly in the 2nd half when UT Martin cut the lead to 12 after back-to-back-to-back questionable calls by Jamie Luckie (3-second violation, Ojo clearing out in the lane, charge). But those calls only served to wake up a sleepwalking Noles team who then crushed the Skyhawks the rest of the way. The Seminoles would take home a 89-61 win.
Ian Miller led the way with a career best 20 points and added 5 assists. Aaron Thomas had 19 points (career high) and 6 steals (career high), while Okaro White (17) and Devon Bookert (13) were also in double figures.
FSU turned the ball over on 26% of their possessions, but that number is deceiving. Three of those were 3-second violations (vs 0 against UTM, on a call that could be made as much as refs feel like calling it), three were charges (the first three of the season?) and three were illegal screens. Other than that, the only area of concern was offensive rebounding by the Skyhawks, who grabbed 35% of their misses.
In all other facets of the game, FSU dominated. They pushed the ball at every opportunity, and their constant attacking eventually led to 39 free throws.
Now things get serious as FSU heads to Puerto Rico to play in the PR Tip-off. Their opening round opponent is No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth. That will tip on Thursday at 730 on ESPNU.