Nov 13, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard Aaron Thomas (25) goes for a layup in front of UCF Knights guard Matt Williams (12) in the first half at UCF Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State at UCF: 'Noles hold off Knights 80-68

The Florida Seminoles improved to 2-0 with a 80-68 victory over the Central Florida Golden Knights Wednesday night.

Senior guard Ian Miller led the way with 18 points off of the bench for the ‘Noles. Sophomore guard Devin Bookert scored 17 points while senior forward Okaro White added 13.

Guards Calvin Newell and Kasey Wilson led the Knights with 15 points apiece.

The Seminoles weren’t exactly efficient on offense, at least at certain points in he hey game. They posted an effective field goal percentage of 51.7% (that they padded with some easy buckets at the end). Plus, they went just 19-of-31 from the free throw line (although they hit their last six) and turned the ball over 18 times.

However, as usual, they made up for any offensive shortcomings with fantastic defense. The ‘Noles held the Knights to an effective field goal percentage of 44.5% and forced 21 turnovers. Isiah Sykes, the Knight’s go-to-player, was held to just 13 points on five-of-16 shooting from the field.

Plus, when the Seminoles did score, they made easy shots, sinking 22 of their 29 buckets at the rim.

Other notes:

  • Robert Gilchrist did a very nice job, scoring 10 points on five dunks and blocking four shots.
  • The ‘Noles did a fantastic job of getting to the free throw line and although they shot fairly poorly from the line until late in the game, they were able to get the Knights into foul trouble. Forward Stephon Blair fouled out of the game and Sykes was in foul trouble throughout the night.
  • The Noles will get back on the court on Sunday when they host the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.

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