Florida State beats Jacksonville 79-67

Terrance Shannon came off the bench and set career highs with 15

points and 12 rebounds Friday on the way to his first collegiate

double-double as the Seminoles defeated Jacksonville 79-67 in the

season opener for both schools.

The muscular 6-foot-8 Shannon had plenty of help against the

Dolphins. Michael Snaer and Deividas Dulkys scored 16 points each

for Florida State. Both were in good shooting rhythms – Snaer was 5

of 8 from the field and Dulkys finished 4 of 7 from 3-point

range.

Jacksonville’s Keith McDougald led all scorers with 21 points.

Delwan Graham added 16 points and Russell Powell 14 for the

Dolphins.

Florida State jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead on its way to a

44-31 halftime advantage. The Seminoles shot 44.4 percent and led

by as many as 22 points.

The Seminoles needed Shannon to come up big and he did, playing

26 minutes with center Bernard James slowed by an ankle injury and

Okaro White in early foul trouble. The 6-10 James played just 15

minutes and sat out nearly all of the second half.

Led by Shannon and Dulkys, Florida State’s bench outscored the

visitors’ reserves 42-6.

Jacksonville, which is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons,

shook off a poor shooting first half to get back into the game. The

Dolphins shot 50 percent in the second half but their slow start

was too much to overcome. Jacksonville was scoreless for the

opening 5:07 before Russell Powell’s 3-pointers ended the

drought.

Florida State hosts Central Florida on Monday and Jacksonville

visits Savannah (Ga.) State on Wednesday.