No. 21 Florida St. 82, FIU 62
Florida State’s Deividas Dulkys wasn’t about to let a slump keep
him from shooting.
After going 0 of 4 from 3-point range in consecutive games and
missing his first two attempts on Sunday, Dulkys got his stroke
The 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lithuania connected on five of his
next eight shots from beyond the arc and finished with a
career-high 19 points as No. 21 Florida State overcame a slow start
to defeat outsized Florida International 82-62.
“I know I’d missed eight in a row in the last couple of games
and coming into today I know I had to step it up,” Dulkys said.
“I try not to think about what happened in the past. Every shot I
take is a shot that I think is going to go in.”
The Seminoles broke the game open with a 26-3 run late in the
first half that helped them build a 34-17 halftime lead.
Florida State took the lead for good at 18-15 on Dulkys’ first
3-pointer with 7:21 left in the half.
“No doubt about it, it really helps his confidence,” said
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, who wants Dulkys to shoot
whenever he’s open.
FIU managed just one field goal over the final 11:02 of the
half, shooting just 22.2 percent over that span.
“The last 3 minutes of the first half, the game really got away
from us,” first-year Panthers coach Isiah Thomas said. “They were
really able to score in transition off our turnovers.”
Florida State (7-2) scored the first nine points of the second
half to build a 43-17 lead and opened it to 49-19.
Marvin Roberts led FIU (3-8) with 18 points while Marlon Bright
had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the height disadvantage, FIU managed 34 rebounds, one
less than Florida State.
Seven-foot-1 sophomore Solomon Alabi added 13 points for the
Seminoles, while freshman Michael Snaer had 12.
“Not only do they have size, but great athleticism with their
size,” Thomas said. “Their athleticism out there on the floor is
The Seminoles shot 60.7 percent in the second half after a
chilly 35.7 percent in the first.
Sophomore Luke Loucks had seven assists while handling point
guard duties in place of injured Derwin Kitchen, who was nursing a
Loucks, however, found himself on the bench after an errant
between-the-legs pass late in the game.
“I heard him yell,” Loucks said. “I knew I was out.”
Nine of the 11 players used by Florida State coach Leonard
Hamilton in the game scored.
It was Florida State’s first home game in 18 days after a
six-game trip that ended with a 77-64 loss at No. 15 Ohio State on
Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“We haven’t had an opportunity to do a lot of practice,” a
relieved Hamilton said.
The Seminoles break for semester finals and play next against
Georgia State on Dec. 15.