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#24 FSU Halts Hatters, 79-66



Nov. 16, 2011

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By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE -- Leonard Hamilton said before the season ever started that his Florida State men's basketball team "would win games by committee."

Three games into the 2011-12 campaign and the head coach's sentiments have proved true. The No. 24 Seminoles defeated visiting Stetson 79-66 Wendesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center behind double-figure scoring from Deividas Dulkys, Okaro White and Bernard James.

It was the third time in as many games this year that FSU (3-0) got double-digit scoring from at least three players.

On a night when the 'Noles didn't protect the basketball particularly well against a pesky Hatters (2-1) team, FSU overcame 17 turnovers thanks to the efforts of the White-James-Dulkys trio that shot a combined 21-of-25 from the floor.

White's 18 points were just one shy of matching his career best and Dulkys was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range with 16 points. James' second-consecutive double-double output (15 points and 11 rebounds) moved Florida State to 6-0 all-time when the big man records double-digit points and rebounds in the same game.

Michael Snaer also added nine points and Xavier Gibson posted six points and seven rebounds. Jon Kreft contributed five points and Jeff Peterson registered a game-best seven assists.

For the game, the Seminoles shot a season-best 57.1-percent from the field while holding Stetson to 37.3-percent shooting and forcing 17 turnovers. FSU also out-rebounded the Hatters 34 to 32 and had five blocks.

The 'Noles built a 33-14 lead in the fist half before a 16-0 Hatters run threatened any advantage the home team might take into the locker room. But FSU closed the opening frame with a 9-4 run to maintain a 42-34 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Stetson kept it close but would never get closer than a 62-54 score with 9:28 remaining.

The Seminoles stay home for a 3 p.m. Sunday game against South Alabama that will air live online at ESPN3.com. FSU then travels to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament next week.


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