Bacon scores 23 to lead Florida State – News Chief
By Joe ReedyThe Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon said a major focus of improvement during the offseason was working on refining his jump shot. The early results are encouraging judging by Saturday’s opener.
The sophomore guard scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Seminoles’ 88-67 win over Charleston Southern.
“It was pretty good. I didn’t just settle for a lot of 3s. I feel like I took a lot but I got to the basket too and mixed it up a lot,” said Bacon, who last season became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in scoring and rebounding,
The 6-foot-7 guard struggled shooting from the perimeter last season, making only 28.1 percent from beyond the arc. On Saturday, he was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, including one off a ball screen, and 7 of 14 from the field.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was not only pleased about Bacon’s shooting, but his all-around game.
“I thought his defense was good, his energy was excellent and his shot selection was great. He made good decisions with the ball,” Hamilton said.
The rest of the Seminoles also shot well, going 33 of 67 from the field. Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 12 points and freshman Jonathan Isaac added 10 as FSU improved to 14-1 in openers under Hamilton.
Charleston Southern was up 17-12 early in the first half on a Cortez Mitchell 3-pointer before the Seminoles took the lead for good with a 20-5 run. FSU’s largest lead was 22 with under a minute remaining.
Freshman guard Christian Keeling led the Buccaneers with 16 points while Mitchell added 14 and Jamar Martin 12. They struggled on 3-pointers, making just 7 of 25.
“I thought we did some good things defensively and held our own on the