With The Citadel visiting - the most uptempo team in the nation - we knew this would be an up and down affair, and it didn’t disappoint. Both teams got out in transition, with the shot clock not hitting single digits during a possession until there were fewer than two minutes left in the half.
It was fast, but it wasn’t the prettiest basketball. The Citadel struggled with turnovers, committing 13 in the first half, while FSU struggled to knock down jumpers. The ’Noles made just 4-17 3s in the first 20 minutes.
More concerning for Florida State fans was seeing MJ Walker go down in pain after stepping on someone’s foot and turning his ankle.
After a 44 possession half, FSU led 52-35.
The 2nd half was played at the same pace, but the Seminoles actually began knocking down shots. Of course, so did The Citadel, making five of their first eight 3-point attempts. The ’Noles were without the aforementioned MJ Walker. Walker spent the 2nd half on the bench, with ice on his ankle. If you’re looking for a silver lining, at least he was on the bench and in good spirits.
Even with limited options, the Seminoles were too much for the Bulldogs.
After a great sequence where Phil Cofer picked up a blocked shot on one end and sprinted the floor for a big dunk on, the ’Noles led by 30, and the rout was on.
Prior to the walk-ons taking over the game, FSU made 10-19 3s in the 2nd half.
The Seminoles won 113-78, pushing their record to 5-0.
Braian Angola led the way with 21 points, and was the 12th player in Seminole history to make at least seven 3s in a game, making 7-11. Terance Mann had a solid overall game, scoring 21 to go along with six rebounds and eight assists. Mfiondu Kabengele had his first career double-double, with 16 points and 12 boards. Phil Cofer scored 15, PJ Savoy contributed 14, and Trent Forrest added 10.
Florida State played without starting center Christ Koumadje, who is expected to be out several weeks due to an injured foot.
Next up is a Tuesday night game at Rutgers, as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.