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No. 11 FSU shoots 55 percent to beat Saint Louis 81-59

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) From Mfiondu Kabengele's no-look off-the-glass basket to Terance Mann's double dunk in the final seconds, Florida State shot at a high rate.

The 11th-ranked Seminoles made a season-best 55 percent, including 10 of 18 from 3-point range, and beat Saint Louis 81-59 Saturday in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.

''These are shots we've been getting all season,'' said guard David Nichols, who scored a season-high 19 points. ''Sometimes they fall; sometimes they don't.''

The Seminoles (11-1) won their sixth game in a row and matched the best 12-game start in school history.

''They're a Final Four team,'' Saint Louis coach Travis Ford said. ''They've got a chance to go as far as they want.''

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton wasn't ready to agree with that assessment.

''I'm not sure I can feel that good about what we've done,'' Hamilton said. ''We have potential. We're still not a well-oiled machine yet.''

But when the Seminoles shoot like they did against the Billikens, they'll be tough to beat.

Kabengele had the play of the game when he scored on a twisting drive that ended with a one-handed flip off the backboard. Mann scored 17 points, including a pair of dunks in the final 30 seconds that drew the biggest response from the crowd.

''That was for the fans,'' Nichols said. ''He got everybody excited.''

Nichols led the Seminoles from beyond the arc by going 4 for 7. The Seminoles came into the game shooting 32 percent from 3-point range, including 3 for 23 in their most recent outing.

''I think we're a pretty good perimeter shooting team,'' Hamilton said. ''But I was beginning to wonder.''

Saint Louis (8-4) suffered its most lopsided loss of the season. The Billikens shot only 30 percent - their season low, and the best effort yet by Florida State's defense.

''Our guys were extremely aggressive,'' Hamilton said. ''We were a little more disruptive than in some of our other games.''

Saint Louis went more than seven minutes without a basket and fell behind 25-8 midway through the first half. Nichols' buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half made it 40-25.

The margin stayed in double digits the rest of the way, peaking at 71-43 late in the second half.

Javon Bess had 16 points and Carte'Are Gordon 14 for the Billikens. They finished with a season-low three 3-pointers on 14 attempts.

DEEP DEPTH

Nichols helped the Seminoles' bench outscore Saint Louis' reserves 43-13.

''They keep running guys at you,'' Ford said. ''This is the first team that's actually handled us. They had a little more than we did. I haven't said that for 11 other games.''

BIG PICTURE

Last year the Seminoles were unbeaten until they lost in the Orange Bowl Classic to Oklahoma State on a tip-in with six seconds left. They made sure there would be no upset this time, taking the lead for good in the game's second minute.

The Seminoles are likely to climb to at least No. 10 next week, which would match their season high.

INJURY REPORT

Florida State guard M.J. Walker bumped his knee in the first minute, left the game and didn't return. His injury isn't believed to be serious, Hamilton said.

Forward Phil Cofer, who missed Florida State's first nine games with a foot injury, had seven points in 17 minutes.

UP NEXT

Florida State has a nine-day Christmas break before playing host to Winthrop on Jan. 1.

Saint Louis concludes its nonconference schedule by hosting Appalachian State on Dec. 30.

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Key Players
J. Bess
3 G
T. Forrest
3 G
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
11.2 Pts. Per Game 11.2
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
39.8 Field Goal % 51.1
34.4 Three Point % 18.8
81.1 Free Throw % 83.3
  Jordan Goodwin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Trent Forrest 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Trent Forrest 1.0
  Carte'Are Gordon missed layup 1.0
+ 2 Terance Mann made dunk, assist by Trent Forrest 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Trent Forrest 15.0
  KC Hankton missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
+ 2 Terance Mann made dunk 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Terance Mann 31.0
  Trent Forrest missed jump shot 33.0
+ 2 Carte'Are Gordon made layup 56.0
Team Stats
Points 59 81
Field Goals 19-63 (30.2%) 31-56 (55.4%)
3-Pointers 3-14 (21.4%) 10-18 (55.6%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 9-11 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 38 37
Offensive 19 7
Defensive 17 26
Team 2 4
Assists 5 13
Steals 12 10
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 17 19
Fouls 11 21
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 7 REB
19 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Saint Louis 8-4 253459
home team logo 11 Florida State 11-1 404181
Team Stats
away team logo Saint Louis 8-4 66.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 11 Florida State 11-1 74.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.7 APG
Key Players
3
J. Bess G 15.3 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.8 APG 39.4 FG%
11
D. Nichols G 6.4 PPG 1.7 RPG 1.7 APG 38.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Bess G 16 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
D. Nichols G 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
30.2 FG% 55.4
21.4 3PT FG% 55.6
72.0 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 16 7 0 6/18 1/7 3/4 1 39 3 0 4 1 6
C. Gordon 14 7 0 5/9 0/0 4/8 2 32 2 1 3 5 2
J. Goodwin 8 9 4 3/15 0/3 2/3 0 37 4 0 3 7 2
T. Isabell 7 3 0 1/5 1/2 4/4 0 29 1 0 3 1 2
H. French 1 7 1 0/5 0/0 1/2 2 25 1 1 2 4 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 16 7 0 6/18 1/7 3/4 1 39 3 0 4 1 6
C. Gordon 14 7 0 5/9 0/0 4/8 2 32 2 1 3 5 2
J. Goodwin 8 9 4 3/15 0/3 2/3 0 37 4 0 3 7 2
T. Isabell 7 3 0 1/5 1/2 4/4 0 29 1 0 3 1 2
H. French 1 7 1 0/5 0/0 1/2 2 25 1 1 2 4 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Thatch Jr. 7 1 0 3/6 1/1 0/0 4 24 1 1 1 0 1
D. Foreman 6 2 0 1/4 0/0 4/4 0 13 0 1 1 1 1
D. Jacobs 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Hankton 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Welmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Raboin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Gudmundsson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Courtney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 36 5 19/63 3/14 18/25 11 201 12 4 17 19 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 17 7 2 6/9 1/1 4/4 0 31 1 0 1 3 4
T. Forrest 10 5 5 3/5 1/1 3/4 3 30 3 0 4 0 5
P. Savoy 8 2 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 2 0 2
C. Koumadje 3 4 0 1/4 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 1 0 0 4
M. Walker 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 17 7 2 6/9 1/1 4/4 0 31 1 0 1 3 4
T. Forrest 10 5 5 3/5 1/1 3/4 3 30 3 0 4 0 5
P. Savoy 8 2 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 2 0 2
C. Koumadje 3 4 0 1/4 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 1 0 0 4
M. Walker 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Nichols 19 2 1 7/11 4/7 1/1 2 25 1 0 6 1 1
M. Kabengele 8 7 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 4 11 0 1 1 1 6
P. Cofer 7 1 0 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 1
D. Vassell 4 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 12 1 1 1 0 1
R. Gray 3 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 3 10 0 0 1 1 0
A. Polite 2 3 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 1 23 4 0 3 1 2
W. Wilkes 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Osborne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 33 13 31/56 10/18 9/11 21 201 10 3 19 7 26