Southern Miss Drops Road Contest at Florida State, 98-49
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's hot shooting was too much for Southern Miss in a 98-49 defeat on Tuesday night inside the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
"In the three years I've been at Southern Miss, and I told [Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton] this before the game, that's the best team we've faced yet," head coach Doc Sadler said. "That team has a chance to be really, really good. We just weren't ready for them. We tried, but their pressure got to us, especially when they had such a hot shooting night."
The Seminoles (8-1) had 18 votes in the Associated Press poll coming in to the game. It was the first meeting between the two former Metro Conference rivals since 1991, when FSU went to the ACC. The Golden Eagles, behind current assistant coach Clarence Weatherspoon, won the Metro that year.
Florida State came into the game averaging 85.9 points per game and made three of its first four shots from behind the arc, taking a 9-2 lead. Eddie Davis III connected on a three-pointer that cut the deficit in half to 10-5, but the Seminoles rebounded with an 18-2 run till the 8:39 mark of the first half.
Cortez Edwards, for the second time in three games, nailed a triple at the buzzer that got Southern Miss within 48-26 at the break.
Southern Miss (3-4) will next set its sights on another historic rival, Tulane, for a Saturday afternoon matchup that marks the only home game of December. It will tip off approximately 30 minutes after completion of the 2 p.m. women's game against No. 5 Mississippi State.
-Cortez Edwards began the night 4-for-6 from the field, which made him 18-for-24 over the three-game span.
-Eddie Davis III finished with 17 points, a career-high. He's gotten into double-digits in consecutive games for the first time since his last five of the 2015-16 season.
-The Golden Eagles forced 14 turnovers, third-most on the year.