12/02 22:40 CST Walker, Koprivica lead No. 22 Florida St.'s rout of UNF
Walker, Koprivica lead No. 22 Florida St.'s rout of UNF
By BOB FERRANTE
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --- Florida State showed its depth as the defending
Atlantic Coast Conference champion Seminoles opened their season with a
M.J. Walker scored 17 points and Balsa Koprivica added 13 as No. 22 Florida
State beat North Florida 86-58 on Wednesday night.
The Seminoles have a new look without NBA lottery picks Patrick Williams and
Devin Vassell as well as a leader in point guard Trent Forrest. But Florida
State coach Leonard Hamilton showed off its deep roster, using 12 players and
giving four newcomers significant minutes.
"I don't think we can win with six or seven players," Hamilton said. "We have
to get the full complement of our guys some minutes so we can evaluate them, so
they can get a feel for what it is like playing at that level. There's no doubt
that we're still developing, trying to become the team that we think we can
One of those pieces with promise is Scottie Barnes, the ACC's preseason
freshman of the year, who had eight points and team highs with six rebounds and
six assists. Barnes had a quiet night early, missing his first five shots
before finishing 5 of 11 from the floor. But he had a highlight-worthy moment
when he took Wyatt Wilkes' length-of-the-court toss before passing the ball
around his back and finishing with a dunk in the second half.
Another newcomer, junior college transfer guard Sardaar Calhoun, had eight
points on 3-of-6 shooting --- including 2 of 4 from 3-point range. Transfer
center Tanor Ngom had three points and three rebounds, while freshman center
Quincy Ballard added two points. Those contributions may seem small, but it is
part of the big picture to the Seminoles' long-term plans.
"I'm glad that all of them got a chance to play today," said Walker, a guard
who has taken on more of a leadership role as a senior. "Just having a game
like this, to be able to have them come in and get those minutes and build that
confidence is key for us moving forward. Because the way we play, we play
Dorian James had 13 points and Jacob Crews added 12 for North Florida (0-4),
which shot 11 for 27 (40.7 percent) on 3-pointers. UNF posted double figures in
3s made for the third time in four games.
But the Ospreys were short-handed without Carter Hendrickson, who averaged 17.3
points in UNF's first three games, and is expected to miss a few weeks with a
"Really nice to see Jacob step up when his number was called tonight," UNF
coach Matthew Driscoll said. "Not only did Jacob deliver in Carter
Hendricksen's absence but Dorian also played a lot of minutes and produced."
While the Ospreys were consistent from long range, they were just 8 of 23 on
The Seminoles shot 32 of 70 (45.7 percent) from the floor.
Florida State outrebounded UNF 42-27. RaiQuan Gray, Koprivica and Wilkes had
five rebounds apiece.
Florida St. made a good first impression on voters but won't have a chance to
really move up until a matchup with Indiana next week.
MEN OF STEAL
RaiQuan Gray had four of Florida State's 12 steals. The Seminoles forced UNF
into 24 turnovers, which in turn led to 29 points.
Florida State averaged 7.9 turnovers last season.
North Florida: UNF fell behind early and trailed by double figures much of the
night. The Ospreys are now 0-21 all-time against ACC schools, including losses
at NC State and Miami in November.
Florida State: The Seminoles showed off their depth, using 12 players --- with
all of them scoring a point. The Seminoles' bench contributed 33 points.
North Florida: at High Point on Saturday
Florida State: hosts Indiana on Wednesday