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Bacon scores 17, leads No. 25 Florida State over Illinois

NEW YORK (AP) Leonard Hamilton has a problem.

He has 10 players who can play.

It's a complication that other coaches only wish they could have.

''That's who we are,'' Hamilton said following No. 25 Florida State's 72-61 win over Illinois in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday.

The Seminoles (5-1), which bounced back from their first loss of the season Thursday in Brooklyn, had six players play at least 20 minutes and 10 players played 10 or more minutes. Trent Forrest's 26 minutes led Florida State.

''It's a little problematic for us right now as we try to play so many different combinations of guys,'' Hamilton said.

Dwayne Bacon scored 17 points to lead Florida State. Jonathan Isaac had 15 points and seven rebounds. CJ Walker finished with 13 and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10.

''We sustained our effort, our focus, better than we did yesterday,'' Hamilton said. ''We got great play from our bench. The guys gave us tremendous energy. They gave Bacon and Isaac an opportunity (for) a breather here and there. Everybody who came into the game contributed.

''The residual effect of that was (we) were always fresh; (I) was always able to keep a fresh group in there,'' he said.

Despite getting a game-high 18 points from Malcolm Hill, Illinois (4-3) lost its third straight. Leron Black chipped in with 15 points, and Te'Jon Lucas had 10.

''I liked our fight,'' John Groce said. ''The two bright spots as we move forward are Black and Lucas.''

The first meeting between the ACC and Big 10 programs was a taut affair for 30 minutes before Florida State seized control.

Tied 44-all with less than 10 minutes to play, the Seminoles outscored the Illini 7-0 in a 56 second span. The run was sparked by Forrest, who had two steals and drew a shooting foul.

''That was the key stretch that kind of broke it open,'' Groce said.

Illinois had cut the deficit to 55-50, but as soon as it looked as if the Illini were about to make a game of it, the Seminoles went on an 11-1 run to extend their lead to 66-51.

''Against a team of that quality in this type of environment if you don't get stops but two out of 13 times during that stretch when it went from 44-44 to when they got the lead, it's tough to win,'' Groce said.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini came into the tournament having won four of five. The Illini leave Brooklyn having been swept by nationally ranked West Virginia and Florida State. While Illinois was more competitive against Florida State than it was against West Virginia, the Illini were outclassed in the final 10 minutes of the consolation game.

Florida State: The Seminoles had not played a game in which they scored fewer than 86 points this season until this win.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida State: Despite the win over Illinois, Florida State may drop out of the Top 25 due to its loss to unranked Temple on Thursday.

NOTABLE

Illinois: Senior guard Tracy Abrams was examined by a trainer during a second half stoppage in play after being inadvertently elbowed in the mouth by Florida State center Michael Ojo, fighting for position in the low blocks.

Florida State: Finished the game with seven blocked shots and five steals.

QUOTABLE

''We try to be consistent. It's somewhat challenging this time of year for us (with) five new players (we're) trying to rotate (into the lineup). They're getting a lot of minutes,'' - Hamilton on the benefit of having a deep roster once conference play begins.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Will face the North Carolina State Wolfpack Tuesday in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge in Champaign, Illinois.

Florida State: Will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers Monday in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Key Players
X. Rathan-Mayes
M. Hill
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
20.5 Pts. Per Game 20.5
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
8.3 Reb. Per Game 8.3
37.3 Field Goal % 43.1
20.8 Three Point % 46.7
61.5 Free Throw % 80.0
  Full timeout called 19.0
+ 2 Malcolm Hill made layup 20.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jonathan Isaac 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac 23.0
  Te'Jon Lucas missed 3-pt. jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Leron Black 32.0
  Dwayne Bacon missed 2nd of 2 free throws 32.0
+ 1 Dwayne Bacon made 1st of 2 free throws 32.0
  Personal foul on Te'Jon Lucas 32.0
+ 2 Leron Black made jump shot 45.0
  Offensive rebound by Leron Black 45.0
Team Stats
Points 72 61
Field Goals 26-54 (48.1%) 19-58 (32.8%)
3-Pointers 9-15 (60.0%) 5-22 (22.7%)
Free Throws 11-19 (57.9%) 18-21 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 33 41
Offensive 7 14
Defensive 23 22
Team 3 5
Assists 12 11
Steals 5 2
Blocks 7 0
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 25 Florida State 5-1 304272
home team logo Illinois 4-3 273461
Team Stats
away team logo 25 Florida State 5-1 77.2 PPG 40.3 RPG 13.4 APG
home team logo Illinois 4-3 73.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
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D. Bacon G PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Hill G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Bacon G 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
M. Hill G 18 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
48.1 FG% 32.8
60.0 3PT FG% 22.7
57.9 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bacon 17 2 1 6/13 3/5 2/5 0 21 0 0 1 1 1
J. Isaac 15 7 1 6/7 3/4 0/0 2 24 0 1 4 0 7
X. Rathan-Mayes 10 0 2 3/8 0/2 4/6 3 26 0 0 1 0 0
M. Ojo 2 6 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 1 0 3 3
T. Mann 1 2 2 0/2 0/0 1/2 2 18 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bacon 17 2 1 6/13 3/5 2/5 0 21 0 0 1 1 1
J. Isaac 15 7 1 6/7 3/4 0/0 2 24 0 1 4 0 7
X. Rathan-Mayes 10 0 2 3/8 0/2 4/6 3 26 0 0 1 0 0
M. Ojo 2 6 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 1 0 3 3
T. Mann 1 2 2 0/2 0/0 1/2 2 18 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Walker 13 4 1 5/8 2/2 1/1 3 25 1 0 0 0 4
T. Forrest 7 5 2 2/5 0/0 3/3 1 26 4 1 1 2 3
P. Cofer 4 2 1 2/4 0/1 0/2 0 12 0 0 0 1 1
B. Angola-Rodas 3 1 2 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
J. Smith 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 1 0 0
C. Koumadje - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Savoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 30 12 26/54 9/15 11/19 18 188 5 7 9 7 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 18 8 2 6/13 2/4 4/5 4 32 2 0 2 3 5
T. Abrams 5 1 1 1/7 1/4 2/2 2 26 0 0 2 0 1
M. Thorne Jr. 4 4 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 1 3
M. Finke 2 6 0 0/4 0/2 2/2 1 21 0 0 0 4 2
J. Tate 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 18 8 2 6/13 2/4 4/5 4 32 2 0 2 3 5
T. Abrams 5 1 1 1/7 1/4 2/2 2 26 0 0 2 0 1
M. Thorne Jr. 4 4 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 1 3
M. Finke 2 6 0 0/4 0/2 2/2 1 21 0 0 0 4 2
J. Tate 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Black 15 11 0 4/9 0/1 7/8 2 24 0 0 1 4 7
T. Lucas 10 1 4 4/8 1/3 1/2 3 18 0 0 1 0 1
A. Jordan 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1
M. Morgan 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 22 0 0 1 1 2
J. Coleman-Lands 2 1 2 0/8 0/5 2/2 3 22 0 0 1 1 0
A. Austin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Liss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Nichols - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 36 11 19/58 5/22 18/21 19 200 2 0 10 14 22