MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Florida State races past JU in season opener, 87-61
Florida State used its height advantage early and often as they ran past JU in the season opener for both teams, 87-61, on Monday night at Donald L. Tucker Center.

Soloman Alabi led five Seminoles in double figures (1-0) with 17 points and eight rebounds.

An early 18-2 run in the first half but the Seminoles on top and they raced to a 17-point halftime lead. They picked right up where they left off in the second half, pushing the lead to 30 in the opening minutes by hitting of 10 of their first 12 shots.

“This was not indicative of how Jacksonville University plays basketball,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We’re going to go to back to campus, go to class tomorrow and go back to work for our next game.”

Florida State owned the glass, holding a 42-26 advantage – scoring 12 second chance points. When FSU wasn’t getting second chances, it was converting on first chances. The Seminoles hit 59.6 percent of their shots, including 8-of-18 from 3-point land.

The Dolphins (0-1) struggled offensively despite a team-high 17 points from Ben Smith. JU hit 7-of-28 from the floor in the first half and finished the game hitting 31.7 percent from the floor.

Michael Snaer had 14 points off the bench for FSU, with Xavier Gibson adding 12. Ryan Reid had 13 points and eight rebounds while Deividas Dukys had 11.

With the game tied at six just four minutes into the game, FSU jumped out on an 18-2 run to take a 24-8 lead and cruised into the locker room with a 35-18 lead at the intermission as Alabi had 11 in the opening half.

Travis Cohn added nine points as the JU starters combined to score 35 points.

The Dolphins will get a week of rest before heading west to face nationally ranked Cal on Tuesday, Nov. 24.