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Baseline breakdown: FSU remains perfect following win vs. Loyola-Maryland

FSU moves to 8-0

NCAA Basketball: Loyola-Maryland at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State has two main goals when playing a team with a caliber such as Loyola-Maryland’s.

The first is to end the game without any injuries. Check.

The second is to finish the game with a win. Another check. 96-71 ’Noles.

How Florida State got that win, however, was not as easy as it should’ve been.

Above the Rim:

  • FSU had a tough time limiting Loyola’s ability to get to the rim. In the 1st half alone, 17 of their 35 field goal attempts were layups, and 44 of its 71 total points for the contest came in the paint. Another issue for the Seminoles continues to be defensive rebounding. Loyola managed to grab 16 offensive rebounds, leading to 17 second-chance points.
  • The Florida State defense was inconsistent all night which may have been due to the squad playing its second game in 48 hours. There also wasn’t a single whistle called in the first six minutes which certainly didn’t help FSU’s tired bodies. Its defense was sloppy for the first seven minutes when the Seminoles allowed 12 points, played well for the next eight, allowing just six points, before faltering for the final five minutes of the half allowing another 11 points. It was the same inconsistent play in the second that FSU can’t afford to replicate once ACC play begins.
  • The Seminoles did have two areas where they excelled—the free throw line and from beyond-the-arc. From the line, FSU shot 17-20 (85%), much higher than its 65% mark heading into the game. From three-point range, Florida State shot 11-24 (46%). M.J. Walker went 4-6 from long-range with CJ Walker shooting 3-7.
  • Florida State struggled with turnovers once again, committing 14 total (18.4% of possessions). Many of these came on missed alley-oop passes or entry passes into the paint. They were avoidable, and it just goes back to FSU needing to be more disciplined to either make better passes, or don’t make the pass at all.

Court Level:

  • Braian Angola had a fantastic game and led the Seminoles with 18 points. He was extremely efficient from the field, knocking down 7-8 shots, including 2-3 from downtown. What stands out even more on the stat sheet is his +/- of +34 (FSU was 34 points better than Loyola when BAR was on the floor). No one else on the team had a mark higher than +16.
  • Phil Cofer continues to play to the potential many Seminoles fans were hoping for. The senior had 12 points on 4-7 shooting and hit 4-5 free throw attempts. Cofer was all over the floor again, finishing alley-oop dunks and knocking down jumpers while getting fouled.
  • Mfiondu Kabengele continues to have problems with foul trouble. At halftime, the redshirt freshman already had three (in just 8 MINS), before committing his fourth early in the 2nd half. He did make a few good plays, including a one-handed offensive rebound that he was able to put back. The only way to improve is to be on the court, but it’s pretty difficult when you put yourself in foul trouble.
  • C.J. Walker continues to be the player his teammates trust. And it’s tough to blame them. Walker is so quick getting up the court and has a motor unlike any I’ve seen. The sophomore can shoot the ball, too, scoring 15 points on 4-10 shooting and 4-5 from the charity stripe.


  • PJ Savoy appeared in warmups, but didn’t play. After the game, Leonard Hamilton said it was a “coaches decision.”

C.J. Walker after the Florida State Seminoles Basketball win.

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Florida State Seminoles Basketball head coach Leonard Hamilton on avoiding the hangover effect in Wednesday’s 96-71 win over Loyola (MD).

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Looking ahead:

  • Florida State will play Tulane in Tampa on Sunday at noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.