TALAHASSEE — Florida State wrapped up their exhibition season on Thursday evening with a 74-66 victory over Newberry College at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but saw the gap close to just five points with 2:48 remaining in the exhibition. Newberry is an NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference. The Wolves finished with a 15-13 overall record including a 15-11 mark in conference play last season.
“We didn’t play nearly as well as we are capable of,” FSU Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game. “That’s part of what we have to overcome, as inexperienced as we are. Tonight, it just wasn’t the pace we are looking for. Our system is our system, and we are growing in those areas. I didn’t see anything that we can’t fix, but it’s obvious that we are not where we would like to be. We’ve got to keep moving, keep growing, and keep getting better.”
FSU had five scorers in double figures – UCF transfer guard Darin Green Jr. led with 15 points, hitting 4-of-8 (50.0%) of his 3-point attempts. Freshman forward Baba Miller and veteran center Naheem McLeod added 11 points each, while veteran guard Caleb Mills and freshman forward Cameron Corhen each had 10 points.
Mills had nine assists to just two turnovers. He also had four rebounds and a block. McLeod added nine rebounds and five blocks. Miller added seven rebounds, four assists, a block, and a steal. He was 4-of-6 (66.7%) from the field and 3-of-5 (60.0%) from the perimeter.
veteran forward Cam’Ron Fletcher led FSU with 10 rebounds, to go along with eight points, two rebounds, team-high two steals, and a block.
The only other veteran Seminole to play was Matthew Cleveland, who was 0-of-9 (0%) on the evening and finished with no points. He did have five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Freshman Tom House finished with nine points, going 3-of-5 (60.0%) from the field – and all of his attempts came from beyond the arc. He added three rebounds and a steal as well.
FSU was 27-of-64 (42.2%) from the field. They were 11-of-23 (47.8%) from deep. They hit 9-of-14 (64.3%) of their free throw attempts. FSU scored 32 points in the paint. The bench contributed 27 points in the victory.
As a team, the Seminoles had 19 assists (on 27 made buckets), but 18 turnovers.
They also had 11 blocks and six assists.
Newberry College was led by 18 points from TJ Brown. He was one of three in double figures for the Wolves. They were 24-of-77 (31.2%) from the field and 8-of-27 (29.6%) from deep. They were 10-of-16 (62.5%) at the line. They had 15 assists and 14 turnovers. They recorded 11 steals, but no blocks.
Each team finished with 47 rebounds on the evening.
First Half Summary
FSU led the Wolves, 38-26, at the half. Green Jr. led the Seminoles with 11 points as they went into the locker room to regroup. Miller added eight points in the opening 20 minutes.
As a team in the first half, FSU was 14-of-38 (36.8%) from the floor (but just 2-of-10 on layup attempts) and 8-of-15 (53.3%) from deep. FSU was 2-of-4 (50.0%) at the line. FSU had 11 assists to just five turnovers. The Seminoles recorded four blocks and two steals during the first 20 minutes.
Unavailable: FSU played without guards chandler jackson (thumb), Jalen Warleyand Jeremiah Bembry (injury), as well as forward De’Ante Green (knee) on Thursday evening.
Out: Brown forward transfer Jaylan Gainey is out for the season due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason. On Thursday evening he was with the team on crutches.
Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation: FSU’s exhibition was played in part to benefit the Aubry Boyd Foundation. It marked the 21st time the Seminoles will help raise funds for Boyd who enjoyed a standout career for the Seminoles. He was injured during a pick-up football game and paralyzed from the neck down in 1995. Fans interested in donating to the Aubry Boyd Charitable foundation can do so on this Aubry Boyd fundraiser link. Five fans who donate via the Aubry Boyd fundraiser link will be selected to have the opportunity for them and a guest to attend an upcoming men’s basketball practice.
Up Next: FSU opens the regular season on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm when they host Stetson at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The game between the Seminoles and Hatters will be shown on RSN.