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James limited due to ankle injury
by Paul Thomas, Warchant.com
As Florida State defeated Jacksonville University 79-67 Friday night, it was obvious early on that big man Bernard James was struggling to get into any sort of offensive flow. He finished the game 0-for-3 from the floor and 1 for 2 from the free throw line in only 15 minutes of playing time.
After the game head coach Leonard Hamilton said that James rolled his ankle earlier in the week and had been unable to practice.
I didn't know at game time if he would be able to play," Hamilton said. "Doctors told me I could play him about 18 minutes, we played him 15. Just wanted to get him out there and once he got loose he felt pretty good, so we used him a little bit. I just didn't want to overextend him and I didn't think he got into a rhythm because obviously he hadn't practiced all week,"
In addition to his ankle injury, JU also did a good job taking away the Seminoles' post looks early on in the game.
"We knew ahead of time they wanted to get post touches for James and some other guys," Dolphins' head coach Cliff Warren said after the game. "I thought we did a pretty good job of disrupting some things early, we just didn't do a great job on the other end converting."
As JU took away the post, that opened things up for FSU along the perimeter. The 'Noles knocked down 8 of 17 three point attempts, including four by Devidas Dulkys who finished with 16 points.
"They were really trying to guard the post so we were wide open," Dulkys said of the three-point looks. "We just knocked it down and looked for each other. The big guys did a great job as the post collapsed, they kicked it out."
Peterson and Whisnant make their debuts
Two players made their Florida State debuts on Friday night. Senior transfer Jeff Peterson and true freshman Terry Whisnant suited up in the garnet and gold for the first time officially against JU.
Peterson scored six points, going 1 for 2 from the floor in his 20 minutes of playing time. Peterson, who has also made stops at Iowa and Arkansas in his collegiate career before transferring to FSU in the offseason, also had one rebound, an assist, and a steal.
"Jeff played like he belonged on the court," FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game. "He pushed the ball down the court, he made great reads, he didn't force anything … I thought he gave us great leadership on the floor. He played like a veteran."
While Peterson played like a veteran, Whisnant played like a freshman. The 6-foot-3 guard played 10 minutes, went 1-3 from the floor, and had rebound and an assist. He got beat a few times on defense when he entered the game, but picked up just one foul and didn't turn the ball over.
"He's going to get some solid minutes," Dulkys said of Whisnant. "He works hard, he improves every game and every practice. I like Terry, he listens."
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