Almost halfway through the 2nd half, it looked like the Seminoles were in danger of losing their first game this season. Their 11-point halftime lead was gone, and FSU was locked in a 56-56 dogfight against Colorado State. The Rams had gotten back into the contest by collapsing their defense, daring Terance Mann and Trent Forrest to shoot. They wouldn’t, and FSU’s half-court offense bogged down. Couple that with not enough transition opportunities, and the ’Noles were in trouble.
That’s when Leonard Hamilton and Florida State decided to go “small”.
Alternating Mfiondu Kabengele and Phil Cofer in the post, the ’Noles found a little more room to work and immediately went on a 20-4 run to put the game out of reach.
The Rams never could recapture their earlier success, and in the end it was a 90-73 FSU win.
The Seminoles improve to 3-0 on the season.
Freshman M.J. Walker had his breakout game, knocking down 5-8 3’s on his way to 22 points. Mann had 20 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, but several 2nd half possessions bogged down as he refused to attempt wide open 3’s. Kabengele had 12 points, and CJ Walker finished with 11.
Defensively, FSU again forced a ton of turnovers (22), with Braian Angola leading the way with four steals, while Forrest added three.
The ’Noles now enter the cupcake portion of the schedule, with Kennesaw State visiting Tallahassee on Wednesday, before facing The Citadel Friday.