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By Paul Thomas, Warchant.com
"They had our attention. They had been successful against two Top 25 ranked teams in UCLA and St. Louis at the time.. so they had our attention."
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton after the Seminoles beat Loyola Marymount
Bernard James: James paced the Seminoles offense with 17 points and 12 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the year. He also had a game-high four blocked shots.
Michael Snaer: Snaer had 12 points as he shot 2 of 5 from behind the arc. He also added four rebounds and two steals.
Xavier Gibson: Gibson was active on glass all afternoon. He scored 10 points and had seven rebounds. He was limited to just 19 minutes due to foul trouble, he finished the game with four.
Free throw woes
Despite recording his fifth double-double of the season Bernard James was still not pleased with his performance after Sunday's game.
That's because the 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior made just 3 of his 12 free throw attempts.
"Really frustrated with that," he said of his free throw shooting. "Yesterday I was shooting free throws and I had three different sets where I hit 20 in a row. Then I come out and I shoot 3 for 12. It's super frustrating. All I can do is keep working on it and try to find that same comfort zone when I get out there in the game as I do when I'm in practice."
As a team FSU shot just 48.1 percent (13-27) from the line on Sunday.
"It's amazing that we shoot as well as we do in practice and can't transfer it to the game," Hamilton said of the free throw shooting. "I think it's just a matter of time. I'm glad to see Bernard get to the line 12 times. It means we're getting the ball inside."
Second chance points
While FSU struggled at the line it didn't struggle along the offensive glass. The Seminoles recorded 21 offensive rebounds and had 25 second-chance points.
"We've been challenging our guys to be consistent with that," Hamilton said of the offensive rebounds. "We're a big strong athletic team but we have a tendency on the offensive boards, if a guy turns to execute that fundamental boxing out we accept that. You don't have to accept that. You can spin right, you can spin left-- but today I actually thought the difference was we actually went to the offensive boards aggressiveness before they had an opportunity to box us out."
James and Okaro White led the way with six offensive rebounds apiece.
Florida State travels down to Gainesville on Thursday December 22 to take on the 13th-ranked Florida Gators (8-2). The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.