FSU Basketball destroys Southern Miss in non-conference finale

FSU basketball made quick work of the Golden Eagles to end their non-conference slate thanks to a team effort that included 66 bench points.

Coming off their first loss of the season on Saturday and a much closer than anticipated game two days later, the FSU basketball team came into the Tucker Center on Thursday afternoon needed a convincing win to get their mojo back heading into a opening slate of ACC games that may be the toughest they will ever see.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles provided that mojo by basically not even showing up as the Seminoles were able to rest many starters since this game wasn’t even close – as the Noles coasted to a 98-45 win to cap of their non-conference slate of games with an 11-1 record and likely a move up in the rankings.

After experiencing shooting woes at points to start the season, FSU basketball was doing work early by shooting over 60 percent at one point from both the field and from behind the three point line – finishing at 56 percent and just under 53 percent by the end of the game respectively.

With the game out of hand early – as the Seminoles led by 26 at the half – the starters got plenty of rest in combining for just 32 points in the game (with Braian Angola and Phil Cofer having nine each) as bench player P.J. Savoy led the Noles with 17 points and M.J. Walker dropped 15 points with both players hitting five three point baskets each.

The Seminoles will return to action on December 30th, when they open ACC play against the Duke Blue Devils on the road. It will be the first of three straight tough conference games that include the conference home opener against North Carolina and a trip to the rival Miami Hurricanes.

FSU basketball is hoping to continue the recent streak of good luck that comes with playing the same team the FSU football program plays in the same season. Since the Seminoles joined the ACC as a full member, the Noles have beaten the same opponent (not named Florida, Miami or in the ACC) in both sports four times in the same year.