Florida St. 75, North Florida 55
Junior-college transfer Bernard James had a double-double – 15
points and 10 rebounds – and Deividas Dulkys added 12 points as
Florida State cruised to a 75-55 victory over North Florida in the
season opener for both teams Friday night.
Florida State has won its opener in each of coach Leonard
Hamilton’s nine seasons.
Derwin Kitchen and Chris Singleton each added 11 points for the
Parker Smith had 16 points and Andres Diaz added 12 points for
North Florida, which had 22 turnovers.
FSU jumped out to a 42-25 lead at the half, but North Florida
chipped away. The Ospreys cut the deficit to just five, 50-45, with
10:45 left in the game.
FSU answered right back, as Luke Loucks made a 3-pointer and
Singleton dunked after a steal. The Seminoles led 55-45 at that
point and were not challenged again as they outscored North Florida
20-10 the rest of the way.