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Florida State remains unbeaten, tops Rutgers 78-73

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) It was the first litmus test for Florida State and Rutgers on Tuesday night.

CJ Walker scored a career-high 24 points and Phil Cofer added 19 to lead the unbeaten Seminoles past Rutgers 78-73.

''It was a tremendous test for us,'' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. ''This was the kind of game I thought we really needed.''

Walker was 6 of 11 from the floor and made 10 of 11 free throws. Cofer was 7-of-11 shooting and made four 3-pointers. Ike Obiagu grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds and chipped in five points for Florida State (6-0).

Eugene Omoruyi scored 22 points to lead Rutgers (6-1). Corey Sanders added 20 points, and Deshawn Freeman followed up his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

''Eugene has been awesome,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''He's the most improved guy in our program. I've been saying that. Brings it every night. He'll get better and better. I'm excited about his progress.''

Freeman energized the crowd when he was fouled by Mfiondu Kabengele, raising his arms several times to get the crowd to its feet with 14:35 remaining. Rutgers went on to take a 44-41 lead after Omoruyi converted the 3-point play and Freeman made a pair of free throws.

Walker then scored the next 11 points for the Seminoles, hitting 5 of 7 from the line and a pair of 3-pointers. Trent Forrest made a layup and Florida State led 53-45 with 12:28 to play.

''We're accustomed to playing against crowds like this: passionate crowds in the ACC. But I thought our kids showed a lot of character,'' Hamilton said. ''Obviously CJ just recognized something when his teammates were in foul trouble, and he stepped up a little bit.''

''It was really my teammates,'' Walker said. ''I hit a shot, then I hit another one and my teammates knew it was my time. They let me just put the team on my back and they just went with me.''

The Scarlet Knights pulled to 69-66 after Omoruyi's layup with 1:56 to go, but they didn't get closer.

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: The Seminoles have not been 6-0 since 2008-09. As the first true road game, it was a good tuneup before they travel to No. 6 Florida where an upset would be a nice resume builder.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights will have to regroup quickly as they start Big Ten Conference play on the road at No.12 Minnesota before hosting No. 3 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

TURNING POINT

''Every game we play we have somebody different, a new leading scorer,'' Hamilton said. ''We're still trying to find ourselves, very similar to Rutgers. I thought the deciding factor was that we had a guy (Walker) that was able to make some plays down the stretch and hit some free throws. That put us in a good position to win the game.''

FIRST CLOSE GAME

Rutgers came in winning its games by an average of 26.7 points per game, while Florida State averaged a 23-point winning margin.

IT'S BEEN AWHILE

Florida State had its last road win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30, 2004, when they beat Minnesota 70-69.

UP NEXT

Florida State: Travels to No. 6 Florida on Monday

Rutgers: Visits No. 12 Minnesota on Sunday.

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Key Players
T. Mann
G. Baker
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
12.5 Pts. Per Game 12.5
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
66.7 Field Goal % 44.1
28.6 Three Point % 37.5
61.5 Free Throw % 80.0
  Defensive rebound by Terance Mann 2.0
  Corey Sanders missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Mike Williams 7.0
  Trent Forrest missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Trent Forrest missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Issa Thiam 7.0
+ 2 Eugene Omoruyi made layup, assist by Corey Sanders 10.0
+ 1 CJ Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 CJ Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Corey Sanders 15.0
+ 3 Corey Sanders made 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
Team Stats
Points 78 73
Field Goals 26-58 (44.8%) 26-64 (40.6%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 5-17 (29.4%)
Free Throws 20-32 (62.5%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 41
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 17 22
Team 8 7
Assists 14 7
Steals 12 3
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 24 24
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 3 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Florida State 6-0 364278
home team logo Rutgers 6-1 353873
Team Stats
away team logo Florida State 6-0 74.9 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Rutgers 6-1 67.9 PPG 42.2 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
00
C. Walker G PPG RPG APG FG%
5
E. Omoruyi F 13.8 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.4 APG 44.5 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Walker G 24 PTS 0 REB 3 AST
E. Omoruyi F 22 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
44.8 FG% 40.6
37.5 3PT FG% 29.4
62.5 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Walker 24 0 3 6/11 2/3 10/11 3 29 4 0 0 0 0
P. Cofer 19 4 1 7/11 4/5 1/2 2 37 0 0 0 0 4
T. Mann 7 3 4 3/6 0/0 1/2 4 26 1 0 1 1 2
B. Angola 6 2 4 1/7 0/4 4/5 2 32 0 0 5 1 1
I. Obiagu 5 10 0 2/4 0/0 1/5 3 26 2 5 0 4 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Walker 24 0 3 6/11 2/3 10/11 3 29 4 0 0 0 0
P. Cofer 19 4 1 7/11 4/5 1/2 2 37 0 0 0 0 4
T. Mann 7 3 4 3/6 0/0 1/2 4 26 1 0 1 1 2
B. Angola 6 2 4 1/7 0/4 4/5 2 32 0 0 5 1 1
I. Obiagu 5 10 0 2/4 0/0 1/5 3 26 2 5 0 4 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kabengele 9 5 0 4/8 0/1 1/2 4 13 0 0 0 3 2
T. Forrest 8 4 0 3/6 0/0 2/5 2 24 3 0 3 2 2
B. Allen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Savoy 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
M. Walker 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 4 10 1 0 0 0 0
C. Koumadje - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Polite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 28 14 26/58 6/16 20/32 24 200 12 5 9 11 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sanders 20 4 5 7/17 2/5 4/5 2 36 0 0 4 1 3
D. Freeman 15 16 0 5/18 0/1 5/5 2 31 2 0 0 8 8
G. Baker 5 2 1 2/8 1/4 0/0 5 22 0 1 2 0 2
I. Thiam 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 35 0 0 1 0 1
M. Doucoure 2 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 4 14 0 0 1 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Sanders 20 4 5 7/17 2/5 4/5 2 36 0 0 4 1 3
D. Freeman 15 16 0 5/18 0/1 5/5 2 31 2 0 0 8 8
G. Baker 5 2 1 2/8 1/4 0/0 5 22 0 1 2 0 2
I. Thiam 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 35 0 0 1 0 1
M. Doucoure 2 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 4 14 0 0 1 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 22 5 1 9/11 0/1 4/5 0 26 1 0 2 1 4
M. Williams 5 2 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 4 15 0 0 2 0 2
S. Doorson 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 11 0 0 0 0 1
C. Sa 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
S. Mensah 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 2 4 0 1 1 0 0
J. Dadika - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nathan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 34 7 26/64 5/17 16/20 24 200 3 2 13 12 22