After some time off to heal up and get some practice time in, the Seminoles showed that it might’ve been a little TOO much time. Rust showed for the ‘Noles (7-1), who beat a bad Troy Trojans (3-5) team 83-67. 17 turnovers plagued the ‘Noles, who, as the picture above shows, sleepwalked through the game. Florida State never trailed in this game, but certainly never got a comfortable lead, allowing the Trojans to hang around until putting them away late.
For the ‘Noles, PJ Savoy got back in the action, going 4-10 from 3 to score 16 points. MJ Walker added 14, and Trent Forrest chipped in a baker’s dozen. Terance Mann was held very quiet tonight, only scoring 3 points, but did grab 8 boards. For the Trojans, Jordon Varnado was the leading scorer, giving Troy 15 points. Darian Adams added 14 as well.
The real story in this game was turnovers – by both teams. Both FSU and Troy had an assist/turnover ratio of less than 1 – FSU at 14/17, Troy at 10/22. FSU cannot keep this pace up when it gets into ACC play – Duke and UVA will take advantage of this weakness. Thankfully, Phil Cofer is expected back soon, and as FSU tightens its rotation going into ACC play, the turnover numbers should start to improve – fewer combinations of bodies make for more sure decisions.
What’s Next for the ‘Noles?
FSU takes on the UConn Huskies in a “neutral site” game in Newark, NJ in the “Never Forget Tribute Classic”. The 6-2 Huskies are a decent, but not great, squad this year. They’re led by senior guard Jalen Adams, who averages 18.8 ppg. Their leading rebounder is junior guard Christian Vital, with 5.1 per game, as well as 12.1 ppg. UConn does distribute the ball – 4 players have more than 20 assists on the year.
Again, the ‘Noles get a bit of a respite – this game is Saturday. The big test will be if the Seminoles come out looking lethargic again, or if they show themselves as up to the task. Tune in Saturday to find out!
TV – 6:30 on ESPN2.
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