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South Alabama vs Florida State

No. 25 Florida St. falls at home to South Alabama

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- South Alabama earned its first victory over a Top 25 team in three seasons behind a stunning 3-point shooting night.

Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama to a 76-71 season-opening upset of No. 25 Florida State on Friday night.

Augustine Rubit added 12 points and Mychal Ammons had 11 points and 11 rebounds for South Alabama, which shot 9 of 15 from 3-point range.

"They're a very good team," Allen said. "But we weren't scared at all. We were ready for the challenge. We gave it our all for 40 minutes and we came out with the win."

The Seminoles had won 10 straight season openers coming in to Friday's game - every game since coach Leonard Hamilton arrived on campus. And Florida State had routed South Alabama 80-39 on Nov. 20, 2011, in Tallahassee.

But on Friday, Florida State struggled late in shooting just 10 of 28 (35.7 percent) from the floor in the second half. The Seminoles also had 17 turnovers and just nine assists.

"They were a little tougher than we were," Hamilton said. "They played with a lot more maturity. They executed their game plan better than we did."

South Alabama coach Ronnie Arrow credited a summer trip to Canada that gave the team extra practices and exhibition games for helping the team prepare for the season.

"Don't let anybody underestimate those trips once every four years," Arrow said. "We went on it, we got 10 extra practices, we got three games. You can't coach experience. It just takes time to develop into it. Hopefully our guys know what it takes now and we just get better and better and better."

Five Jaguars scored in double figures.

"It's been a long time since we allowed five guys to score in double figures," Hamilton said. "They were very on point with everything that they did."

Terry Whisnant and Montay Brandon had 11 points apiece for the Seminoles, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions. Senior guard Michael Snaer had 10 points at halftime but was held scoreless in the second half. He shot 2 of 11 in the game.

Terrance Shannon returned from a shoulder injury to score 10 points for Florida State. Shannon played in just seven games last season after having season-ending surgery in November.

"The biggest thing with us is we have to have a short-term memory," Shannon said. "Put this game in the past and move on. We know we are young. We know it's going to take time."

FSU, which had 17 turnovers and just nine assists, had won 11 straight season openers. The Seminoles struggled in the second half, shooting just 10 of 28.

One of the night's highlights was a pregame ceremony when Florida State raised its championship banner. But six seniors are gone from that team, and the veterans and newcomers alike struggled to mesh.

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Antoine Allen hits four 3-pointers and scores 21 points in South Alabama's upset win over FSU. (US Presswire)
Antoine Allen hits four 3-pointers and scores 21 points in South Alabama's upset win over FSU. (US Presswire)

 
Scoreboard
South Alabama (1-0) «413576
Florida State #25 (0-1)363571
SALAB:A. Allen 21 Pts
SALAB:M. Ammons 11 Reb
SALAB:X. Roberson 5 Ast
FSU:T. Whisnant II 11 Pts
FSU:T. Shannon 9 Reb
FSU:I. Miller 4 Ast
 
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
South AlabamaFlorida State
SALAB
Mychal Ammons
FSU
Michael Snaer
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
111111073
South Alabama Jaguars
M. Ammons, G332-36-6111311
A. Rubit, F293-116-740212
J. Carter, F283-51-25047
F. Goldstein, G282-65-554311
T. Anderson, G20-10-00000
X. Roberson, G293-53-435410
A. Allen, G277-153-620321
D. Conner, G160-31-21231
B. Stevens III, G51-10-00023
W. Wright, G20-00-00010
V. Juricek, F10-00-00010
G. Magee, FDid Not Play
Totals 21-5025-3231122676
 42.0%78.1% 
Florida State Seminoles
M. Snaer, G352-116-873210
T. Whisnant II, G283-72-241311
I. Miller, G272-73-83418
O. White, F253-82-35039
K. Turpin, C142-40-00034
T. Shannon, F304-62-390410
M. Brandon, G193-55-500311
B. Bojanovsky, C101-10-01012
A. Thomas, G102-42-32116
D. Bookert, G10-00-00000
M. Ojo, C10-00-00000
J. Moreau, GDid Not Play
R. Portuondo, GDid Not Play
R. Gilchrist, FDid Not Play
J. Hopkins, FDid Not Play
Totals 22-5322-323192171
 41.5%68.8% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Georgia St.17-125-9
Western Ky.12-620-12
UL-Lafayette11-723-12
Arkansas St.10-819-13
UALR9-915-17
UT-Arlington9-915-17
UL-Monroe7-119-17
Troy6-1211-20
S. Alabama5-1311-20
Texas St.4-148-23

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Virginia16-230-7
Syracuse14-428-6
Duke13-526-9
N. Carolina13-524-10
Pittsburgh11-726-10
Clemson10-823-13
Florida St.9-922-14
N.C. State9-922-14
Maryland9-917-15
Miami (Fla.)8-1117-16
Wake Forest7-1217-16
Georgia Tech7-1216-17
Notre Dame6-1315-17
Boston College4-158-24
Va. Tech2-179-22
 
Other games
LEHIGH 77 Final
BAYL 99
MIST 62 Final
CONN 66
UMOH 59 Final
NCST 97
GAST 55 Final
DUKE 74
OHST 0 Canc.
MU 0
GWEBB 59 Final
UNC 76
BRYANT 54 Final
IND 97
SEMO 55 Final
KAN 74
NTEXAS 51 Final
CREIGH 71
SLIP 62 Final
MICH 100
MD 69 Final
UK 72
SOUT 65 Final
GONZAG 103
GU 23 Canc.
FLA 27
INDST 59 Final
UCLA 86