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Inside the box score: FSU’s bench goes bananas

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FSU basketball was on cruise control

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  1. FSU made 10-23 3s (44%), which is their best 3-pt% of the year. The Seminoles are now shooting 35.4% from deep for the season, which is in the top 1/3rd of college hoops. It’s also the best FSU has shot since the 2013-14 season. This will be something to watch with more reps but against stiffer competition. Devin Vassell leads FSU with 47%, while Nathanael Jack has made 44%, and Malik Osborne 40%.
  2. Let’s get this jinx out of the way. Four players in the country have attempted more than 15 FTs on the year while making every one: Chris Smith (UCLA), Jonas James (Jackson State), Jared Butler (Baylor), and Patrick Williams. No player in FSU history has made 90% or more for the season. Focus, young man!
  3. Did it seem that FSU was scoring really efficiently? This is coach Hamilton’s 18th season at Florida State, and the 1.51 points per possession was the highest in his tenure, edging out the previous best vs. Nicholls State in 2016. A couple of the ways they did it was by knocking down 80% of their 2s and grabbing 61% of their own misses (both best in Ham’s tenure).
  4. FSU had 13 steals, which is the most since having 14 steals vs. Southern Miss in 2016. FSU is now 30th in the nation at forcing turnovers, and Anthony Polite is credited with a steal on 5% of the possessions when he’s on the floor. The single game record at Florida State by an individual is 10 by Chris Singleton, who did it as part of a triple double.
  5. The Florida State bench scored 64 points. Ninety-eight teams were in action on Monday and 42 failed to score 64 points as a team. Arkansas and Georgia Tech went to OT and neither team reached 64. The defending national champs have played six games this season, and their high is 65 points. This team is a lot of fun.