Florida State Seminoles basketball, looking to bounce back from a sloppy performance in a blowout loss to the Florida Gators, took the court at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Monday for a matchup against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.
With an 83-75 win, the Seminoles advanced to 3-1 on the season heading into tomorrow’s championship game.
The game, serving as the Seminoles’ opener in the Sunshine Slam Tournament, saw FSU get off to a hot start and lead 9-2 after four minutes of play.
The Seminoles then flirted with double-digit leads throughout the first half, going back up each time UNLV began to find a bit of momentum. The Runnin’ Rebels make it a five-point game with just four seconds left in the half, but a running shot from the logo from Jamir Watkins gave FSU a 42-35 lead heading into halftime.
Wakins excelled for Florida State from start to finish, logging 19 points to go with 8 assists and four rebounds.
The second half saw much of the same — a double-digit Florida State lead occasionally cut into by UNLV, soon separated once again as the Seminoles’ rode major game from Watkins, Cam Corhen (14 points), Cam’Ron Fletcher (6 points, 6 rebounds), Darin Green Jr. (16 points) and De’Ante Green (10 points, 2 rebounds).
What was disappointing was Florida State’s inability to shut down any attack in the paint — UNLV managed to get 71% of its points there, which combined with a seemingly unlimited amount of FSU foul calls supplying a steady stream of trips to the charity stripe for the Runnin’ Rebels. Florida State was whistled for 23 fouls over the course of the game.
Florida State overall shot 63% for the game (42% from three), with UNLV going 57% (22% from three). The Seminoles outrebounded UNLV 27-24 (23-17 on defense, though UNLV held the edge 7-4 on offensive rebounds.)
FSU will next play the winner of tonight’s Colorado - Richmond game in the championship game of the tournament, which tips off at 4 p.m. and will also be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Florida State 83, UNLV 75: Final Stats
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