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FSU basketball stomps Florida in season-opener

That’s five straight for Florida State

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

With less than five minutes left in tonight’s game, the Seminoles held a 33-point lead, and the crowd chanted, “five in a row, five in a row.” With the defeat tonight, the Seminoles have now won their series-record fifth consecutive game against the Gators. With less than two minutes left, the ‘Noles subbed out the whole team and defeated the Gators, 81-60.

At the start of tonight’s contest, both squads looked sloppy, despite each team bringing high energy into this intense rivalry game. The crowd was electrified and filled in a bit more as the first half headed ticked down.

Although tonight was the Seminoles’ first game of the season, the defensive effort was inspiring, with Florida State holding UF to 26.3 percent shooting during the first half. While the Gators kept the game close, the Seminoles appeared to have a commanding control over the game as the ’Noles settled in.

By the end of the first half, Florida State increased their lead to 31-20, even though they didn’t hit a field goal in the last six minutes of the half.

That all changed in the second half as the ’Noles had an 8-0 run in the first two minutes.

With 13 minutes left in the contest, FSU took a strong 52-28 lead and had asserted themselves from the three-point-line and defensively.

Florida State was only favored by 4.5 points heading into the game tonight, but they beat a good Gators team handily.

All 11 scholarship players to play for Florida State tonight scored.

PJ Savoy ended the night 5-7 3’s, scoring 20 points.

Trent Forrest scored 13 and had five assists.

And Florida State has won its 32nd home game in its last 34 games dating back to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Seminoles are the winningest home court team in the nation in the last two seasons.

UP NEXT: FSU heads to New Orleans to take on Tulane Sunday night at 6:00.