Through the first few minutes of Florida State’s opening game versus George Washington, it looked like the ‘Noles were going to run their opponent out of the gym. Even though the 3s weren’t falling, FSU was able to utilize its run and gun offense to great effect. Couple that with enough stops on defense, and FSU led 50-32 at the break.
But in the 2nd half they looked like a team which expected the opponent to roll over. And on a team with six freshmen, this is to be expected. The ‘Noles got sloppy, and George Washington stormed right back. Several times in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, the Colonials were able to cut the lead to 10.
But even playing disjointed, the Seminoles always had an answer.
The game was over with about eight minutes to go, and FSU coasted to an 87-67 win.
Offensively, FSU did just about everything well except take care of the ball. For the night they turned the ball over on 20% of their possessions. It didn’t help that FSU was without Trent Forrest (bone bruise) and Raiquan Gray (illness) who will both do a fair amount of ball handling.
Defensively, FSU forced 19 turnovers, and played decent defense overall. But defensive rebounding was an issue, as were too many easy 2s. The Colonials attempted a ton of 3s in their attempt at a 2nd half comeback, but couldn’t knock down enough to ever really mount a run.
Five ‘Noles scored in double figures, headlined by Terance Mann with 17, to go along with a team high eight rebounds. Phil Cofer played a great game, scoring 15. Christ Koumadje scored 14 points, and added seven rebounds and five blocks. Freshman MJ Walker scored 12 points on just five shots, and Mfiondu Kabengele scored 10.
Braian Angola had eight points and five rebounds, but suffered a groin injury in the 2nd half.
The Seminoles now travel to Jamaica, where they will face Fordham on Friday.