Florida State tops North Florida 93-77

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Montay Brandon had a career-high 24 points and Kiel Turpin added a career-high 19 points as Florida State routed North Florida 93-77 on Wednesday.

Phil Cofer had 14 points and eight rebounds FSU shot 34 of 58 (58.6 percent) from the floor. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 11 points and nine assists.

Dallas Moore scored 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting, and Chris Davenport added 20 points on 5 of 8 shooting for North Florida (6-5). Davenport also made 10 of 13 free-throw attempts. The Ospreys shot 24 of 56 (42.9 percent) from the floor.

North Florida struggled from beyond the 3-point arc, making just 5 of 24 (20.8 percent) of its shots.

The Seminoles outrebounded the undersized Ospreys 38-27.

FSU (5-5) won for the first time since losing star guard Aaron Thomas, who was declared ineligible a day before FSU's 83-63 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday.

Brandon was tough to stop, driving into the lane and making 8 of 11 shots from the floor. He had eight assists and also made 7 of 8 free-throw attempts for his best night in three college seasons.

The junior guard had posted his previous career-high just 11 days ago when he had 23 points in a win over UCF.

Turpin made 8 of 9 shots against a North Florida defense that only had one center, Romelo Banks, who fouled out after playing 18 minutes.

Devon Bookert had five points, seven rebounds and four assists in his second game back from a foot injury. Bookert started and played 33 minutes, helping fill the void that Thomas left.



Florida State: The Seminoles now own a 3-0 record against their in-state neighbors. Florida State in 108-42 against teams currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

North Florida: The next win for the Ospreys will be the 100th in the program's 10-year Division I era and would also mark coach Matthew Driscoll's 80th win at UNF.


Florida State faces South Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday in Sunrise, Florida.

North Florida is back in Tallahassee on Friday to face Florida A&M.

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