Florida State has 6 score in double figures in rout of Iona (Nov 15, 2016) – FOXSports.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Since the start of preseason practices, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton has been selling his team’s depth as their biggest advantage. On Tuesday night, the Seminoles put that on full display.
Six players scored in double figures as the Seminoles cruised to a 99-78 victory over Iona. It is the first time since the 2014-15 opener against Manhattan that they have had that many players in double figures.
”Overall I was pleased with the direction,” Hamilton said. ”The biggest challenge for us is to utilize the quality of the depth. We’re trying to explain that we have to understand that each night it is going to be different guys that are going to step up. We’re a team that is going to win by committee.”
Freshman Jonathan Isaac led the way with 20 points as the 2-0 Seminoles shot 58 percent from the floor (34 of 59) and were 30 of 42 when not shooting 3-pointers. Phil Cofer had 13 points and six rebounds while Terrance Mann (12), Jarquez Smith (12), Trent Forrest (10) and Dwayne Bacon (10) also scored in double figures.
They also had nine players who saw 15 minutes or more of playing time as Hamilton continues to look for the best floor combinations.
”We just wanted to lock in and show people why we should be in the tournament. You can’t decide that off two games but you just have to keep playing the way we were playing tonight,” Bacon said.
The Gaels led for most of the first five minutes before the Seminoles went on a 14-2 run for a 24-13 lead with 10:36 remaining. They would lead by as many as 18 in the first half and had a 47-32 advantage at halftime.
FSU led by as many as 26 points