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.
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