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Seminoles improve to 9-1 after dominating Nicholls State

NCAA Basketball: Nicholls State at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State made sure there was no drop off versus an outmanned opponent as they look forward to hosting the nationally ranked Gators on Sunday. In the classic trap-game position, the ‘Noles came out focused and pretty much ended the game with a 14-0 run from the opening tip.

Nicholls State committed six turnovers before they got off two shots in this game. FSU was impressive on both ends, and they didn’t relent, as evidenced by a never ending series of high fives and fist pumps even though the lead was stretching into the 30s.

At the break, FSU led 61-24.

Nicholls isn’t a good team, but they have won three Division I games including a road win at Boston College.

The 2nd half started pretty much as expected: FSU was a bit sloppy, and the Colonels were focused. After a 4-0 Nicholls start, Coach Hamilton called a timeout to lay into the team. After another turnover, he sat Xavier Rathan-Mayes (who had been FSU’s MVP to that point).

It was finally the lineup of CJ Walker, Trent Forrest, Dwayne Bacon, Terrance Mann, and Christ Koumadje which asserted FSU’s dominance once again.

From there it was the familiar recipe of constant lineup changes to keep everyone fresh and to wear the opponent down. In the end it was 118-63.

PJ Savoy once again led Florida State in scoring by knocking down six 3s on his way to 18 points. Dwayne Bacon had 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists. XRM had 16 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. Braian Angola Rodas scored 14. Trent Forrest had 13. Brandon Allen (11), and Michael Ojo (10) were the other double digit scorers.

FSU’s defense once again racked up the steals (10), and blocks (7) on their way to a dominant performance.

Now the ‘Noles have two days to prepare to face the Gators on Sunday.