TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — From the moment the ball was tipped, the Florida State men’s basketball team dominated its way to an 80-65 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.). The win is the Seminoles’ fourth consecutive and 52nd at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center since 2016.
Florida State had a consistently strong offensive showing, leading by 12 points at the half and maintaining a double-digit lead for nearly the entire the game.
Even though key starters M.J. Walker and RaiQuan Gray are still sidelined with minor injuries, several other members of the squad were able to get in some valuable minutes.
Redshirt sophomore Wyatt Wilkes, for example, led the Seminoles with 14 points, went 3-for-5 in 3-pointers and grabbed two rebounds.
And freshman center Balsa Koprivica scored 11 points – his second consecutive game in double figures – to go along with senior Trent Forrest’s 13.
FSU’s freshmen showed signs of finding their way, as both Koprivica and Patrick Williams (six points, five rebounds) had explosive plays, particularly with some aggressive rebounds and dunks in the paint.
Malik Osborne, a redshirt sophomore in his first year as a contributor with the Seminoles, had nine points, all of which came from the 3-point line.
The Seminoles will continue play in the Emerald Coast Classic at home Monday against Chicago State. They’ll then head west to Niceville to meet No. 20 Tennessee on Friday.