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FSU basketball grinds down Fordham

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FSU is 2-0 in the A-10!

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One thing Fordham does well is force turnovers. Coach Jeff Neubauer’s teams have finished in the top 10 in that category for five straight seasons. And on offense, they slow it down. So we knew this was going to be an ugly game, and it didn’t disappoint.

The ‘Noles started slugglish, playing in an oddly lit ballroom in Jamaica. FSU made just one of their first 10 3s, and to make matters worse, they were turning the ball over like Seminoles teams of yore.

Luckily, it wasn’t just the poor offense that made it look like the team had stepped back in time, but it was the junkyard defense that was in full effect.

In Coach Hamilton’s defensive heyday from 2008-2012, the Seminoles routinely looked terrible on offense but still dominated games because of their defense.

And that’s how this game played out.

Once the Seminoles settled down a little on offense, the game was quickly put out of reach. FSU led 35-18 at the half, and it rarely got closer to that in the 2nd.

In the end, it was a 67-43 rout.

Mfiondu Kabengele was the most impressive Seminole, scoring 15 points to go along with nine rebounds. Terance Mann was the only other ‘Nole in double figures, scoring 14. Christ Koumadje and Ike Obiagu each had four blocks.

After missing the first game, Trent Forrest returned and played 21 minutes. He only scored two points, but made his presence known with five assists, four rebounds, and three steals.

On the night the Seminoles made just 5-24 3s, and 12-25 FTs. Yet they still covered the spread easily. The offense is better than that - this we know. What we’re now wondering if is the defense was for real, or was it just a great matchup for the garnet and gold?

The Seminoles are off tomorrow, and then play Colorado State at 5 PM on Sunday.