“We still have a ways to go in terms of execution and our defensive fundamentals,” said Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton after Monday’s victory over the Buffalo Bulls. “You could see that we have some young guys with potential that will develop into pretty good players, if we keep working hard and playing together as a team.”
By Marcus Joseph, Franchise Sports
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing their season and home opener last Friday night against South Alabama 76-71, the Florida State men’s basketball team got on the right track last night against the Buffalo Bulls winning 95 to 68 at home.
Florida State played host to Buffalo in their second game of the season and in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Monday night in the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“I thought our team played with a tremendous amount of energy tonight,” said Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, after Monday night’s game. “It wasn’t quite the initial signs of stage fright that they displayed the other night.”
“I loved their body language, and thought their energy was good,” he also stated. “But, as a coach, it is obvious to me that we have a ways to go. We still have the makings of a good team. Right now, we are a young inexperience team with talent that has a lot of different areas that we need to improve. ”
Last night marked the Seminoles’ first ever game against the Bulls, who are members of the Mid-American conference, and the second consecutive season they will play on Veterans Day in salute of the honorable men and women who have protected, and continue to protect, the freedoms of all Americans.
Both teams entered Monday’s contest looking to avoid the 0-2 start on the 2012-13 season. The Bulls were coming off a 57-53 loss to Princeton in their season opener on last Saturday afternoon at the Alumni Arena.
FSU entered into last night’s game 0-1 after a 76-71 loss to South Alabama on last Friday night in their home and season opener. The Seminoles were led by Terrance Shannon who scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Veteran leader Micheal Snaer was 4-of-7 from three-point range for Florida State, and finished with 19 points. Junior forward Okaro White scored 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, including two three-pointers.
“There is no question that Okaro, Micheal and Terrance will have to carry us while our young guys are developing,” Coach Hamilton said. “As a staff, we have to be patient in demanding to hold our young guys accountable, but we are going to need our veterans to really step up, while we are in our developing stage.”
Florida State’s defense pressured the Bulls causing 25 turnovers Monday night. Bulls’ sophomore Xavier Ford had a team-high 16 points, four rebounds and three assist.
“We gave up a lot of point blank points in the lane,” FSU coach Hamilton said. “Buffalo did a really good job of executing their offense. I am not sure; I have planned against anyone in the ACC that executed their offense better than they did. On the defense end, we have a ways to go.”
The Seminoles will continue the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y against BYU at 7 p.m.