Exhibition games don’t really matter, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should feel comfortable if your team pulls an Auburn, or a North Carolina. FSU avoided that fate by crushing Thomas University 122-52 on Tuesday night.
Though Thomas does have a 6-11 center, the ‘Noles size advantage was evident from the tip. Sophomore Chris Koumadje had eight points and three blocks by the first media break.
The game was never close, and Coach Hamilton got to experiment with a number of lineups. For a long stretch in the 2nd half he went with five freshmen, perhaps as a reminder that they’re never going to be in good enough shape to run as much as he wants them to run.
That emphasis was obvious. FSU ran on every possession - even after made baskets - in an attempt to attack before the defense could get set.
Those quick attacks often led to wide open 3s, with FSU attempting 28 on the night (made 43%).
All 16 FSU players who saw action scored, with Ike Obiagu and Raiquan Gray leading the way with 12 points. Phil Cofer, Chris Koumadje, MJ Walker, and Brandon Allen all scored 10.
The Seminoles only turned the ball over 11 times in 86 possessions. On defense, they forced 31 turnovers.
The FSU preseason is now over, with real action taking place next Tuesday. The ‘Noles will open against a solid George Washington team.