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Kabengele scores 18 points as Florida State routs Canisius

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Mfiondu Kabengele knew he was ready to make the jump from reserve to a major contributor this season.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore had a career night Monday, even doing it while coming off the bench.

Kabengele scored a career-high 18 points in 19 minutes as No. 14 Florida State warmed up after a seven-day layoff to put away Canisius 93-61 on Monday night. The nephew of former NBA All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, Kabengele shot 6 of 12 from the floor and added six rebounds.

''Fi is a monster,'' Florida State guard M.J. Walker said. ''Those plays like that, his potential is crazy. It gave us momentum.''

Walker and Terance Mann added 12 points for Florida State, which opened 3-0 for a third straight season.

But the Seminoles needed Kabengele in the worst way as Canisius (1-1) closed the deficit in the second half. The Golden Griffins trailed most of the game but cut the lead to 47-41 with 14:12 left. Kabengele then came in the game and scored seven points in less than two minutes to put the Seminoles back up 58-41 with 12 minutes to go.

''My role on the team is to bring energy, crash the glass and be a post scorer,'' Kabengele said. ''So when I felt like we were playing very sluggish, I knew that I was going to come in eventually. So I mentally prepared myself. Make sure you provide energy so the guys can feed off it.''

Malik Johnson scored 20 points for Canisius (1-1), which had 13 first-half turnovers and finished the night with 19.

Takal Molson and Isaiah Reese added 15 points apiece for Canisius, which shot 22 of 52 (42.3 percent). Canisius had multiple players in foul trouble and looked down the bench for help in the second half, turning to seldom-used Dantai St. Louis for 27 minutes.

''(He) played three total minutes last season,'' Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon said. ''And he gave us great effort. But that's outside of your comfort zone.''

Scott Hitchon was ejected for a flagrant foul after pushing Mann to the floor with 13:10 left in the game. Hitchon started but was in foul trouble and didn't have a point or a rebound.

The Seminoles shot 31 of 59 (52.5 percent) and also made 7 of 14 3-pointers.

DEPTH OF THE ROSTER

Florida State scored 51 bench points, led by Koumadje's 18 and Devin Vassell's 10 points. All 11 Seminoles who played in the game scored. The win-by-committee approach that Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton favors was on full display as the team's leading scorer through two games, P.J. Savoy, took just two shots and had two points in 22 minutes.

''The guys who came in the game for them appeared to be jumping on a train or a bus that was already moving,'' Witherspoon said. ''Whoosh. Full-speed intensity.''

STILL SIDELINED

The Seminoles have recorded three wins by double figures but the they are doing it without their leading scorer from last season, Phil Cofer. The senior forward suffered a preseason injury to his right foot and must wear a walking boot. He's not ready to return to practice, Hamilton said.

''I don't think he's anywhere close to being ready to play,'' Hamilton said.

BIG PICTURE

Canisius: The Golden Griffins hung tough with Florida State for long stretches of the game but didn't have the depth. Johnson, Takal Molson (15 points) and Isaiah Reese (15 points) had 50 of Canisius' 61 points.

Florida State: The Seminoles looked good after a seven-day layoff, easily winning for the 33rd time in 35 home games since November 2016. The Canisius game is the first of five games in a 10-day stretch.

UP NEXT

Canisius travels to Orlando to face Villanova as the Golden Griffins continue play in the AdvoCare Invitational.

Florida State continues play in the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday against UAB in Orlando.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Kejuan Johnson-Alls, stolen by Anthony Polite 15.0
+ 3 Wyatt Wilkes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Polite 26.0
+ 2 Malik Johnson made layup 45.0
+ 2 David Nichols made layup, assist by Raiquan Gray 51.0
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Polite 55.0
  Dantai St. Louis missed jump shot 57.0
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Henderson 1:02
  Jonathan Sanks missed jump shot 1:04
+ 1 Raiquan Gray made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:17
+ 1 Raiquan Gray made 1st of 2 free throws 1:17
  Shooting foul on Malik Johnson 1:17
Team Stats
Points 61 93
Field Goals 22-52 (42.3%) 31-59 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 8-21 (38.1%) 7-14 (50.0%)
Free Throws 9-15 (60.0%) 24-30 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 40
Offensive 5 13
Defensive 16 24
Team 4 3
Assists 10 19
Steals 4 9
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 23 15
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Canisius 1-2 273461
home team logo 14 Florida State 3-0 425193
Team Stats
away team logo Canisius 1-2 70.3 PPG 35.2 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo 14 Florida State 3-0 74.9 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
1
M. Johnson G 9.6 PPG 4.2 RPG 4.8 APG 38.5 FG%
25
M. Kabengele F 13.2 PPG 5.9 RPG 0.3 APG 50.2 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Johnson G 20 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
M. Kabengele F 18 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
42.3 FG% 52.5
38.1 3PT FG% 50.0
60.0 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 20 4 2 6/9 5/6 3/4 2 38 0 0 6 2 2
I. Reese 15 4 0 6/16 3/7 0/0 3 35 0 0 2 0 4
T. Molson 15 6 5 6/16 0/6 3/4 3 34 0 0 3 1 5
S. Hitchon 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 7 1 2 1 0 0
J. White 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 20 4 2 6/9 5/6 3/4 2 38 0 0 6 2 2
I. Reese 15 4 0 6/16 3/7 0/0 3 35 0 0 2 0 4
T. Molson 15 6 5 6/16 0/6 3/4 3 34 0 0 3 1 5
S. Hitchon 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 7 1 2 1 0 0
J. White 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. St. Louis 9 3 0 3/4 0/0 3/6 3 27 2 1 2 1 2
K. Johnson-Alls 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 4 16 0 1 2 0 1
J. Faulkner 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 1 1 0 0
J. Sanks 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/1 0 16 0 0 1 0 0
J. Henderson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
G. Ford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lotts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Rautins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hadzic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 21 10 22/52 8/21 9/15 23 200 4 6 18 5 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 12 5 4 4/9 1/1 3/3 0 28 0 0 2 3 2
M. Walker 12 4 2 4/7 3/4 1/3 3 24 2 0 4 3 1
C. Koumadje 8 9 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 1 1 2 7
T. Forrest 8 5 6 3/7 0/0 2/2 1 29 2 0 1 0 5
P. Savoy 2 1 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 22 1 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 12 5 4 4/9 1/1 3/3 0 28 0 0 2 3 2
M. Walker 12 4 2 4/7 3/4 1/3 3 24 2 0 4 3 1
C. Koumadje 8 9 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 1 1 2 7
T. Forrest 8 5 6 3/7 0/0 2/2 1 29 2 0 1 0 5
P. Savoy 2 1 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 22 1 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kabengele 18 6 1 6/12 0/1 6/10 2 19 0 0 1 3 3
D. Vassell 10 1 0 4/7 0/1 2/2 1 14 3 1 1 1 0
A. Polite 9 2 2 2/3 1/2 4/4 2 13 1 0 0 0 2
W. Wilkes 6 1 0 2/2 2/2 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 0 1
D. Nichols 4 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 17 0 1 1 0 0
R. Gray 4 3 2 0/0 0/0 4/4 0 12 0 0 1 1 2
P. Cofer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Osborne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 37 19 31/59 7/14 24/30 15 200 9 3 15 13 24