After a 5-day break, the newly ranked #11 Seminoles basketball team came into tonight’s contest against the Troy Trojans favored by 20 points. What should have been an easy matchup for the Seminoles was quite the opposite, as Florida State consistently failed to execute on offense before finally pulling away to win comfortably, 83-67.
While the ’Noles opened the game 7-0, completed with Christ Koumadje dunking on a Trojans defender off a Trent Forrest assist, it went downhill from there, as the FSU offense looked sloppy and all over the place through a majority of the first half. Florida State definitely didn’t appear to be playing like a team just outside the top-10 nationally.
Early on, Florida State struggled to make any 3s with Anthony Polite missing all three of his attempts, with 2 of them being back-to-back misses after rebounding his first shot attempt.
After a scoring drought for the Seminoles, Troy decreased Florida State’s lead to only 5 points (27-22), but P.J. Savoy responded by nailing a three with 4:13 left to go in 1st half.
Florida State continued to turn the ball over to the Trojans and with the final media timeout of the half, Mann fouled Troy’s Jordan Varnardo, who made both of his free throws decreasing the visitors’ deficit to 30-24.
Gray made up for his error by nailing a 3-pointer just seconds later, but he subsequently fouled Varnardo who made both of his attempts, once again. The Trojans would end the game 16-18 on free throws, but during the 1st half they missed all eight of their 3-point attempts.
The biggest issue for the Seminoles is that they were turning it over on 27% of their possessions against a team that doesn’t force them. M.J. Walker was responsible for 4 of FSU’s 11 turnovers in the 1st half. On the other hand, the ’Noles were able to force 20 turnovers on the night, converting them into 20 points.
Florida State’s leading scorer this season, Terance Mann (12.3 ppg), also remained scoreless during the first 20 minutes of play (he entered Monday’s contest only 14 points away from 1000 career points).
Mann came out at the start of the 2nd half ending his drought, dropping a 3 for his only points on the night.
With 17 minutes left, the Trojans only trailed by 2 (42-40), but the Seminoles appeared to come back to life after Savoy made another 3, jump-starting an 8-0 FSU run.
Despite being 0-4 outside of the arc, Polite got his first dunk of the season and the Seminoles led, 62-51, with a little under 10 minutes left.
UP NEXT: Florida State takes on Connecticut in Newark, NJ Saturday night at 6:30.