Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knew his team had Alabama A&M outmanned Thursday. What made him happy was that the 22nd-ranked Seminoles played that way.
FSU (12-2, 1-0 ACC) rode a record-setting defensive performance to an 81-34 rout of Alabama A&M, allowing the fewest points in Civic Center history. The Seminoles smothered the Bulldogs (3-5) in the second half, allowing them to score just 10 points on 4-for-22 shooting.
Hamilton said Alabama A&M's offensive strategy could have made it tough for FSU to stick to its defensive goals. Yet the Seminoles, who lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense, stayed strong.
"They didn't intend to shoot the ball very much," Hamilton said. "They wanted to control the tempo, and it challenges your defensive principles when a team is playing the shot clock and moving the ball down."
For FSU, Deividas Dulkys matched his career high with 19 points.
Xavier Gibson added a career-high 17 points for the Seminoles, and Michael Snaer had 10. Guard Derwin Kitchen had a career-high 10 assists.
USF WOMEN 86,
ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 74
TAMPA - Senior Jessica Lawson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Melissa Dalembert posted 14 points and 13 boards as the South Florida women (9-4) beat St. Francis (4-7) Thursday at the Sun Dome.
Sophomore Jasmine Wynne had 12 assists and scored 12 for USF.