Florida State hosted Lynn University for their first of two exhibition games. Lynn, a very good Division II team, was no match. After four minutes the game was tied at 11, but then the Noles went on a 16-2 run, and that was pretty much it.
These games aren't usually competitive (though Miami and Syracuse are two of several good teams which have lost exhibition games in recent years), but there is still something to be learned. After going at each other for the past few months, this is the team's first opportunity to compete against other players.
So it was a great sign when FSU came out focused, and dominated. The Noles doubled up Lynn in the 1st half, 58-29, and cruised to a 114-68 win.
FSU played best when getting out in transition, which is no surprise on a roster loaded with talented athletes. In the 2nd half, when the tempo went way down, Florida State had mixed results running more half court sets.
That will be something to work on for next Monday's exhibition game, which will be the final tuneup before the November 15th opener against Nicholls State.
Seven Noles finished in double figures, with Devon Bookert leading the way with 19 points behind 3-5 3-pt shooting. Dwayne Bacon had 16, and Terance Mann filled up the sheet with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Boris Bojanovsky had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Phil Cofer each chipped in 13. FSU only turned the ball over three times in the first half, and had 11 total in an 80 possession game.