Seminoles explode in second half, pull away from North Florida, 95-81

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
December 19, 20018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- After a back-and-forth first half full of offense, the Seminoles used a 12-2 run in the first three minutes of the second frame to get some distance from the North Florida Ospreys in route to a 95-81 win.

The ‘Noles (11-1) depth was a factor as has become the norm for the garnet and gold under Leonard Hamilton. FSU’s bench recorded 20 points in the first half alone, finishing with 40 on the evening.

UNF (5-8) counteracted Florida State’s numbers in the first half with their perimeter shooting, knocking down 6-of-12 from downtown in the game’s opening 20 minutes.

As UNF was content to shoot from beyond the arc, FSU went inside to find many of their points, with forward Mfiondu Kabengele leading all scorers with 12 at the half.

From there, the Seminoles’ numbers and size began to wear down the visitors from Jacksonville. Florida State’s length and athleticism provided plenty of problems, generating 19 turnovers and 34 rebounds, 14 of which were offensive.

Kabengele added to his impressive first half, ending the evening with 24 points, 10 of which came from the foul line.

Senior guard Terance Mann added 17 points on the night, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.

Matthew Driscoll’s Ospreys tried to claw back into the game, walking the Seminoles lead down to 10 points with just over seven minutes remaining.

The ‘Noles never let the lead dip below double-digits.

What Else You Need To Know

  • Florida State’s woes from beyond the arc continued with the Seminoles shooting a paltry 3-23 (13 percent) from three-point range.

  • The Seminoles move to 4-0 all-time against the Ospreys. All four meetings have been at the Tucker Center, with FSU winning last in a 93-77 win in December 2014.

  • Tallahassee native and FAMU DRS graduate JT Escobar lead all players in scoring during his homecoming recording 27 points for UNF and shooting 8-9 from the floor (6-for-6 from three).

  • After playing his first five minutes of the season against Southeast Missouri on Monday, Phil Cofer was not dressed for the Seminoles tonight.

  • Wednesday was Florida State’s 31st consecutive win at the Tucker Center against non-conference competition. The streak dates back to the 2014-15 season.

  • Next for the ‘Noles will be their Orange Bowl Classic matchup against St. Louis on Saturday in Sunrise.

  • The Ospreys continue their non-conference slate when they travel to Auburn on the Dec. 29. UNF, who traditionally plays one of the toughest OOC slates among mid-major teams, has already traveled to Dayton, Penn State, Florida and Minnesota prior to tonight’s contest

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