Nov. 20, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- South Alabama may have been the first out-of-state opponent to face the No. 24 Florida State men's basketball team at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season but the 'Noles' recipe for success was the same that it's been in wins over Sunshine State schools Jacksonville, UCF and Stetson.
In an 80-39 triumph over the Jaguars Sunday at home, FSU (4-0) rode its defense to victory while also getting double-digit scoring from multiple players on the offensive end.
The Seminoles, who finished their season-opening four-game home stand undefeated, held South Alabama to just 23.5 percent shooting from the field. Included in that defensive performance is the staggering statistic that the 'Noles forced the Jaguars into 0-of-24 shooting from 3-point range.
In addition to garnering more rebounds than their opponents -- Florida State grabbed 42 boards compared to South Alabama's 24 - the Seminoles connected for 14 blocks on the day and forced 16 turnovers with eight steals.
Offensively, Luke Loucks poured in a season-high 18 points from his point-guard position to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Terrance Shannon also continued his strong play, knocking down all six of the shots he took for 15 points with five rebounds and two blocks.
Deividas Dulkys added 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Seminoles' talented front-court duo of Bernard James and Xavier Gibson combined for just nine points on the day but the two big man had seven blocks between themselves. Okaro White and Jon Kreft both also added eight points apiece. Michael Snaer scored seven points of his own.
For the game, FSU shot 52 percent from the field.
Florida State generated a 27-10 run to close out the first half and took a 51-23 lead into the Tucker Center locker room before allowing just 16 second-half points.
The Seminoles will now play away from Tallahassee for the first time this season and their road trip takes them to along an international route. The Battle 4 Atlantis begins on Nov. 24 in the Bahamas when the 'Noles face Massachusetts. FSU then plays Harvard or Utah the next day before a final game on Nov. 26.