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November 5, 2012

FSU finishes exhibition season with 65-56 win

Florida State closed out its two-game exhibition season with a second win, this time 65-56 over visiting Saint Leo. Unlike the exhibition opener in which the Seminoles surrendered over 50-percent shooting from the field, the 'Noles were powered by a more solid game on defense.

"I was fairly pleased with our defensive effort," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "The thing that concerned me the most, I thought the ball stuck a little too much tonight. I didn't think we moved the ball. I think that's a bunch of guys that are trying to make plays and trying to be a little aggressive before we can get our offensive system."

Florida State held St. Leo to 22-of-68 (32.4-percent) shooting from the field, including a final line of 10-of-4 from three-point range. The Seminoles finished the game shooting 44.6 percent, including 4-of-19 three point attempts.

Junior Okaro White led Florida State in points for the second straight game, finishing 7-of-11 from the field for 16 points and 10 rebounds. White was one of three Seminoles to finish in double figures. Senior Michael Snaer and freshman Montay Brandon each had 11 while starting point guard Ian Miller had seven points and two assists in 28 minutes on the floor.

Florida State moves on to its regular season opener, Friday night at 7 p.m. against South Alabama. The pregame festivities will feature the raising of the 2011-12 ACC Championship banner up to the rafters.

"We had a very good outing last year against South Alabama," Hamilton said. "I expect them to be much more prepared for us this time when they come in here."

Of note

Freshman guard Devon Bookert (knee) was absent for the second straight game. Coach Hamilton said Bookert has worked in non-contact drills in practice, but that the coaches "don't know" if Bookert will be ready by Friday. Hamilton added the team is looking to develop a brace that will allow the freshman to play without the risk of a setback.



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