Florida State basketball took to the hardwood for its first exhibition of 2012, holding off a feisty Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters squad, 83-75.
FSU forward Okaro White led all scorers on the evening with 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including an outstanding 4-of-5 from downtown. White also led the way on the boards, grabbing six of his own.
The Seminoles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Railsplitters 30-25.
As FSU worked in its new faces like Aaron Thomas, Montay Brandon, Robert Gilchrist, Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo, LMU had its share of offensive success, shooting a respectable 52.5 percent from the field.
“It’s obvious that we are not on our best defensive game,” Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game. “We thought we gave off a lot of penetration.”
Offensively, FSU shot 55.8 percent on the night, cooling down a bit in the second half after a hot opening half for the Seminoles.
“First half, I thought we had the tempo offensively that we wanted to get at,” Hamilton said. “Second half, I thought we kind of bogged down and didn’t move the ball nearly as well.”
One of the more notable developments was the fact that freshman guard Devon Bookert did not make an appearance. After the game, Hamilton would state that he’s currently sidelined with a “skinned knee”.
Hamilton added that this can be a sensitive and difficult area to heal, but he’s optimistic Bookert will be available for the regular season opener.
As far as the new faces go, Hamilton said he was pleased with what he saw and that he saw plenty of promising developments potential wise.
Guard Aaron Thomas was perhaps the most impressive new face on the night, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while adding two assists and four rebounds. After the game, Hamilton joked that if Thomas had seen 20 or 25 minutes, he probably would have "created some highlights".
Moving forward, Hamilton admitted defense will be a focal point in practices as it has not yet been in 2012 as the team has worked on its offense.
FSU faces St. Leo University for its second exhibition game on November 5th at 7 p.m.
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