FSU returns home, blasts through Jacksonville State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Boris Bojanovsky scored a career-high 15 points as Florida State cruised to a 77-53 victory against Jacksonville State.
The Seminoles relied on their three-point shooting to take an early 19-point lead and simply overwhelmed their Ohio Valley Conference counterpart Sunday night.
Okaro White scored a game-high 17 points for Florida State (6-3) while shooting 7-for-9 from the field, including three 3-point baskets. Montay Brandon finished with 14 points while Bojanovsky added four blocks.
Teraes Clemmons led the Gamecocks (3-7) with 14 points while Avery Moore chipped in 10.
Florida State welcomed the return home after losing 3 of 5, including it last two contests, on a road trip that included losses to No. 22 Michigan, No. 15 Florida and Minnesota. The Seminoles have 11 days off before facing Charlotte.
Florida State put Jacksonville State in an early hole thanks to one of their best efforts of the season from three-point range. White hit two while Brandon and Jarquez Smith both knocked one down during a 20-7 start to the game. White then worked the inside with a pair of dunks and a put-back on an offensive rebound. The Gamecocks fell behind 30-11 and never recovered.
“I think you could probably sum it up in two words by saying: Too much,” Jacksonville State coach James Green said. “That’s how we feel. … Early in the game we’re trying to set the tone of how we’re going to play the entire game. … Their defensive pressure just ran us completely out of that.
“The biggest problem we had was with their size and their ability to get out in passing lanes and force us away from the basket.”
The Seminoles entered the day shooting 33.3 percent from behind the arc — tied for the No. 10 3-point shooting team in the ACC. They had four combined 3-point baskets in losses to Minnesota and Florida, but hit four in the first nine minutes Sunday.
“Basketball is one of those types of games that sometimes you’re knocking them down and sometimes you’re not,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.