Florida State too much for CSU in basketball opener – Charleston Post Courier
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Charleston Southern’s men’s basketball team opened the season against Florida State of the ACC. As season openers go, not all bad for the Buccaneers.
Florida State opened up a tight game by scoring the first 11 points of the second half and went on to an 88-67 win over the Buccaneers at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday.
Freshman guard Christian Keeling scored 16 points in his first collegiate game and junior college transfer Cortez Mitchell added 14. Another newcomer, Jamar Martin, hit four 3-pointers in his debut and finished with 12 points.
“I thought for 30 minutes we were right there,” CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “We had about a four-minute stretch in the first half where it kind of got away from us but then we got it back to six at halftime. Then we had a four-minute stretch to start the second half where they got it back to double figures. I thought our team played with great energy and did some really good things.”
CSU led, 17-12, early on as the lead changed hands seven times in the opening 10 minutes of play. The Seminoles took the lead for good with 9:15 to play on Dwayne Bacon’s 3-pointer. Bacon finished with a game- high 23 points and added nine boards.
Two baskets from Keeling late in the half cut FSU’s halftime advantage to 38-32, but the spurt to open the second half gave the Seminoles breathing room.
CSU cut the lead to nine at 65-56 with 8:20 remaining but Bacon hit consecutive treys to put the game away.
“That was a great challenge for us,” Radebaugh said. “Florida State is very, very athletic and tall and tough to play against. Dwayne Bacon is a special player. His ability to get to a