The only good thing about this game was that no one was watching because it coincided with FSU's home football game with Boston College. Providence took control of the game in the first four minutes and the Seminoles never got back into it. The defending Big East champs exploited FSU's defense, scoring far too many easy baskets, and when FSU did defend then the Friars made all sorts of contested shots. All the credit goes to Providence, who won 80-54.
Now FSU needs to completely forget this game and get ready for tomorrow's scrap with UMass.
Providence was led by their exceptionally talented duo of LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn. Henton had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals, while the consensus 5* Dunn dominated the game from the point guard position. He finished with 15 points and nine assists. Highly touted freshman Jalen Lindsay made 5-6 3s and scored 15 points.
For FSU Aaron Thomas led the way with 16 points, but shot just 4-14 from the field. Montay Brandon, who has clearly been the best player for Florida State this year, scored 13 and added seven rebounds. Michael Ojo also played a solid game, scoring 7 points on several good moves, but making just 1-5 from the line. Overall, FSU struggled to shoot from all levels. They made just 47% of their 2s, 17% of 3s, and shot 61% from the free throw line.
FSU has to bounce back quickly, as they face UMass at noon tomorrow in their first televised game of the season.