The Florida State Seminoles improved to 8-3, and a perfect 7-0 at the Tucker Center, with a 77-61 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday afternoon. Bernard James led Florida State with a double-double, chipping in 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. James missed only two shots from the field, getting his 17 points on just 9 attempts from the floor.
Unfortunately for James, he could have had a huge day if not for his struggles from the free throw line. A notoriously weak free throw shooter, the Florida State big man got to the line a hefty 12 times, but managed to score only three points from the charity stripe. Michael Snaer added 12 points for FSU, but was cold for much of the afternoon.
Overall, the Noles shot just 6 of 25 from behind the arc and shot below 50% from the free throw line. Fortunately, James and company were there to grab the rebounds off those missed shots - overwhelming the Lions for a 21 rebound margin advantage on the boards.
It was a solid tune-up for their Thursday night rivalry game with the Florida Gators in Gainesville this week.
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