FINAL FSU 105, Penn 70
FINAL FSU 105, Penn 70
Malik Osborne (18 points), Anthony Polite (17 points), RayQuan Evans (14 points) and Caleb Mills (14 points) combine for 63 points. The Seminoles scored 37 points off of 26 Penn turnovers.
8:44 2H FSU 86, Penn 57
Caleb Mills had a slow start to this one, but he has really picked things up in the second half. He has 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in this frame and just made a heck of a move off the bounce to lose the defender and finish at the rim, plus the foul. The preseason AAC Player of the Year last year adds an element of perimeter shot creation that FSU lacked a bit last season.
11:27 2H FSU 80, Penn 54
Florida State beginning to pull away now. Anthony Polite has 8 points in the half, including two 3s, while John Butler has scored 4 points in the half. He did a nice job running the floor on the break to corral a missed shot and dunk the ball. He then made an impressive pullup jumper from the left elbow a couple of possessions later.
15:52 2H FSU 68, Penn 44
Florida State has come out very strong to begin the second half. The Seminoles have made five of their last seven shots from the field and have outscored Penn 17-5 to begin the half. Caleb Mills and RayQuan Evans each have 7 points in the half already. The first 14 points of the half came from those two before Anthony Polite knocked down a 3 from the left wing.
Evans (14 points) and Mills (11 points) have both joined Osborne (17 points) in double figures.
18:19 2H FSU 58, Penn 39
7-0 run to start the second half for FSU and Penn calls timeout just under two minutes in. Five quick points for Caleb Mills to start the half capped off by a 3 from up top before the timeout.
HALFTIME FSU 51, Penn 39
Malik Osborne leads the way with 17 points (4-5 FGs, 8-10 FTs), which is a career-high at FSU, and 8 rebounds. His career-high as a college basketball player is 22 points, which came back in 2018 when he played for Rice.
Kentucky transfer Cam’Ron Fletcher added 9 points and 4 steals.
The Seminoles made just 3-of-11 3s but scored 23 points off of 16 Penn turnovers.
3:49 1H FSU 39, Penn 30
Malik Osborne is doing it all in this first half. He just knocked down his first 3 and then did a nice job helping out on defense to force a jump ball. He has 14 points and 7 rebounds already.
Florida State has scored 19 points off of 14 Penn turnovers, but the Quakers are getting a lot of clean looks and converting on them. They are shooting 52 percent from the field and have 14 points in the paint.
7:46 1H FSU 28, Penn 22
Florida State is continuing to apply excellent defensive pressure on Penn. Mills forced a turnover up high prior to the timeout.
Meanwhile, FSU has made 6 of its last 7 shots from the field, capped off by a 3 from the left corner by Anthony Polite. Osborne leads all scorers with 11 points and is 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
10:31 1H FSU 21, Penn 14
Florida State is on an 8-0 run, highlighted Matthew Cleveland by a ridiculous drive in transition by Matthew Cleveland. He down the court so quickly and split a couple of defenders before exploding to the basket.
The Seminoles have already forced 10 Penn turnovers and have scored 15 points off of them.
11:58 1H FSU 13, Penn 14
Florida State is continuing to struggle offensively. The Seminoles have made just one of their last eight shots from the field and are just 3-for-13 overall, including just 1-for-6 from 3-point range.
An early standout has been Malik Osborne on the offensive glass. He already has 6 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. He has also gotten to the free-throw line six times already, converting five of those attempts. He leads all scorers with 5 points.
15:55 1H FSU 6, Penn 7
Slow start offensively for FSU, which has made just two of its first six field-goal attempts. RayQuan Evans connected on a 3 from the left corner off a drive by Caleb Mills to start the scoring.
Four-star freshman guard Jalen Warley was the first Seminole off the bench, checking in for Evans after he turned it over transition. Warley picked up the first points of his career on a lob from Mills after a steal by Wyatt Wilkes.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State men’s basketball begins its 2021 season against the Penn Quakers Wednesday night. The Seminoles enter the new season after a 2020 campaign that included a second-place finish in the ACC during the regular season, followed by a runner-up finish in the ACC Tournament. FSU was then eliminated in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament by Michigan.
Head coach Leonard Hamilton begins his 20th season leading FSU. Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have won at least 20 games in 12 of his 19 years and have advanced to the postseason in 16 of his 19 seasons at Florida State.
Florida State must replace a substantial amount of production from last year’s group. MJ Walker, a two-time All-ACC selection who scored over 1,000 points in his career graduated. The Seminoles also lost Scottie Barnes (No. 4 overall, Toronto Raptors) and RaiQuan Gray (No. 59 overall, Brooklyn Nets) to the NBA Draft. Balsa Koprivica surprised many by deciding to declare for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season, while the Seminoles lost Sardaar Calhoun (Texas Tech) and Nathanael Jack (Cleveland State) to the transfer portal too.
Among key returners for the Seminoles in 2021 are RayQuan Evans, Anthony Polite, Wyatt Wilkes, Malik Osborne and Tanor Ngom.
Hamilton also dipped into the transfer portal during the offseason, adding Caleb Mills (Houston) and Cam’Ron Fletcher (Kentucky). Supplementing the transfers is the ninth-rated recruiting class in the country. That group is led by five-star small forward Matthew Cleveland, four-star guard Jalen Warley and four-star center John Butler.
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