Sept. 4, 2005
PORT AU SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Freshman Eche Echefu scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and junior Al Thornton scored 21 points to lead the Florida State men's basketball team to a 102-83 victory over Petrotin Jazz at the Eastern Regional Sports Arena Saturday night. It was the Seminoles' third consecutive victory and raised their record to 3-0 on during their three-day, four-game trip to Trinidad.
Echefu was one of five Seminoles who scored in double figures and led the team with his 12 rebounds. In addition to Echefu and Thornton scoring in double figures, sophomore Jason Rich scored 14 points, junior Alexander Johnson scored 13 and senior Todd Galloway totaled 12 points.
Echefu scored eight fourth quarter points, including seven straight at one point, to help Florida State pull away from the stubborn Petrotin Jazz team. Echefu worked hard on the interior as he earned five trips to the free throw line during the game. He also added one assist and one block during the win.
Thornton and Johnson led Florida State early as the Seminoles scored the first five points of the game and led 17-6 after the first five minutes of play. Thornton (six points) and Johnson (eight points) scored 14 of the Seminoles' first 17 points of the game and finished among the team scoring leaders for the game.
Florida State continued to shoot the ball well from long range as the backcourt duo of Galloway and Isaiah Swann made two each for a team total of four. Swann opened the Seminoles' scoring with a 3-pointer to give Florida State a 3-0 lead - a lead that it never relinquished. The Seminoles led 27-14 after the first quarter and outscored the Jazz the rest of the way.
Swann continued his all-around stellar play on the trip with eight points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals. Galloway added three assists and three rebounds to his 12 points.
The Seminoles will play their final game of their pre-season tour against the Trinidad Elite on Sunday at Noon. The Trinidad Elite are coached by former Duke standout Phil Henderson.