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Seminoles top Colonials, look towards Southern Miss

 

Florida State defeated George Washington 67-48 in a game that could’ve been decided by much more. The Colonials ended the game on a 13-0 run as the Seminoles let a 67-35 lead falter a little bit down the stretch.

Once again, The Noles seemed to struggle with closing the game, but that could also be attested to the scoreboard. The Colonials didn’t have a chance to come back that late in the contest, and they now fall to 5-4. The Seminoles improve to 7-1, their best record since 2008.

In the win, Xavier Rathan-Mayes helped lead a Florida State offense that had 12 different players (all that appeared) score. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. XRM also had a season-high three three-pointers. C.J. Walker finished with 11 points as well as three steals. The freshman guard provided a noticeable impact on the court, he recorded two and-1’s in the second half. Big K came through with another breakout game, Koumadje had eight points, four rebounds, and three blocks. He slammed down a big alley-oop from XRM and patrolled the paint on the defensive end.

For the Colonials, it was the inability to score that did them in. Freshman forward Kevin Marfo finished with a career-high 18 points, but he was the only George Washington player in double-figures. As a team, the Colonials shot 22.6% (14-62) from the field and 17.4% from three point range (4-23). The Seminoles long, athletic and physical defense harassed the George Washington players all game. They were forced into taking a lot of bad shots, and it showed. The Colonials also turned the ball over 18 times as Florida State finished with 10 steals.

Five different players hit a three, including PJ Savoy who finished 2-4 from behind the arc, his first points as a Seminole. FSU only shot around 40% from the field, but their strong defense and ball movement (17 assists) helped the Noles win this one easily. They led 35-19 at the break, and extended that lead to 49-21 with a 14-2 run to open the second-half that essentially ended this one.

Now, FSU will take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles tonight at 7 p.m. inside the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Eagles are 3-3, two of their wins are over D2 teams. They come into Tallahassee on a two game losing streak after dropping games to Southern Alabama and Jackson State. The Seminoles are currently favored by over 25 points, even though Jonathan Isaac and Phil Cofer are expected to miss the game.

The Eagles are led by two double-digit scorers per game. Senior guard Quinton Campbell is averaging 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while sophomore forward Tim Rowe is putting up 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Eagles are shooting 45.% from the field and 32.3% from three point range, both are below average shooting percentages. Southern Mississippi also averages 18 turnovers per game, this one could get ugly tonight.

Prediction:

The Seminoles could struggle to get in a rhythm early if Jonathan Isaac (Hip Flexor) and Phil Cofer (Ankle) end up being out the game with injuries, but I still expect them to win this game in a blowout. The Eagles are one of the worst teams that Noles will face all season, if not the worst, and it should show. If Florida State continues to play the strong defense that has made a comeback over the last few games, then they win this big.

Look for a big game from Dwayne Bacon as he tries to rebound from his poor game against George Washington. Bacon struggled, shooting 4-11 from the field and 0-4 from three point range,  tying his season-low with 10 points in the win.


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