The Florida State Mens Basketball team made their first appearance of the season at the annual Jam with Ham event on Friday night.
The night began on a down note when Michael Ojo walked out on the court using crutches. Coach Hamilton announced after the game that Ojo tore his meniscus and had surgery with no timetable for his return at the moment. Freshman Jean Marc Christ Koumadje did not participate due to a stress reaction in his foot, while Robbie Berwick also sat out dealing with a concussion.
The three point contest was the first chance to see five star recruit Malik Beasley shoot, and he did not disappoint making it all the way to the finals. In round two of the contest, Beasley shot 10-15 before getting defeated by champion Devon Bookert. Center Boris Bojanovsky passed through the first round making six three pointers.
Following the three point contest was a 12 minute scrimmage, with a garnet team which included Dwayne Bacon, Devon Bookert, and Phil Cofer defeating Malik Beasley, XRM, Montay Brandon and company on the gold team by a score of 34-33. The gold team raced out to a solid lead behind some hot shooting from Malik and heads up plays around the basket by Montay and freshman Terance Mann.
However, the garnet team didn't quit and pulled out the victory thanks to some long range bombs from Bookert. The play of the scrimmage might have been a sweet move by Mann when he split a double team on a baseline drive and threw down a tomahawk dunk.
Phil Cofer began the dunk contest with a nice slam dunk thrown off the side of the backboard.
Two participants later, Devon Bookert brought the crowd to their feet after he threw a pass off the backboard to himself, finishing with a windmill.
Ultimately though, It was this dunk that gave newcomer Dwayne Bacon the dunk champion title.
Didn't get to enjoy tonight's festivities? The Noles will be back on the court just 16 days from now when they face Lynn University at the Tuck.