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Inside the box score: FSU 80, Tulane 69

Terance Mann and FSU dominate on the interior

NCAA Basketball: ACC Operation Basketball Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Through two games PJ Savoy is 8-13 on 3s and 0-0 on 2s. For his career, 87% of his shot attempts have been from beyond the arc. Early in the year, Savoy is on pace to join George McCloud and Tim Pickett as the only Seminoles to make 100+ 3s in a season. The senior has a clearly defined role, and FSU has recruited another JUCO shooter to fill that exact role for next year. Nathanael Jack, who is currently playing his sophomore season at Eastern Florida State College, has played five games this year (5-0) and had made 15-35 3s (43%) and 3-6 2s.
  2. Terance Mann was dominant in stretches vs Tulane, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 4th double-double of his career. He’s also been remarkably consistent with the ball, turning it over on just 8.5% of his possessions, which is best on the team. And while he’s been playing an aggressive, pressing defense, he’s been whistled for just one foul this year. He now has 930 points scored at FSU on his march to become the 47th 1,000 point scorer in school history.
  3. Christ Koumadje played just 11 minutes, after sitting for almost all of the first half with two fouls. He finished the game with three fouls. Coach Hamilton is consistently one of the most conservative coaches in the game when it comes to playing players in the first half with two fouls, last year ranking 323rd in the nation. But, considering he’s completely changed his offensive style in the past few years, perhaps he will change this overly-conservative strategy, as well. A portion of Koumadje’s first half minutes were played by Harrison Prieto, a walk-on from Louisiana, who scraped together 25 tickets for friends and family.
  4. Four Seminoles played at least 33 minutes vs Tulane. It’s clear early that Coach Hamilton is going to rely more on his veterans than in recent years, although the most veteran player (Phil Cofer) is still in a boot on the bench.
  5. FSU won 80-69 in a 73 possession game. In both games played this year, the opponent has employed a token full-court press in order to slow the game down. The rest of the out-of-conference schedule features teams that won’t run with Florida State, so they’re going to get plenty of practice against frustrating defenses. Defensively, FSU has held both opponents below a point per possession.