No. 24 Florida State's hot shooting too much for Golden Eagles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Southern Miss was unable to counter the height and speed of the No. 24 Florida State Seminoles, falling 98-45 inside the Tucker Center on Thursday afternoon.
"They are such a good basketball team," head coach Doc Sadler said. "A lot of people will look at the score and think that they are a real good offensive team, and they are, don't get me wrong, but what really separates them is their defense. They make everything so difficult for you. We thought we had some good looks, but every shot that is contested is something we really can't simulate."
The game also served as Southern Miss' first against an AP Top-25 team since playing No. 9 Louisville on Nov. 29, 2013. In last year's meeting between the teams, the Seminoles were just outside the range with 18 votes.
Florida State (11-1), which entered the day averaging 84 ppg, made 12 of its first 18 shots and ultimately shot 60 percent in the first half and 53 percent in the second. The Seminoles also had 19 three-pointers.
Dominic Magee's two free-throws at the 7:47 mark snapped a six-minute, 18-0 run by the Seminoles.
Southern Miss (7-5) now looks ahead to a Saturday night matchup (6 p.m.) against Mississippi State in Jackson at the Mississippi Coliseum.
-Eddie Davis III was the scoring leader in the 2016 meeting between the teams with 17 points. In this year's bout, he had his first multi-three-pointer game since Feb. 18 against FAU.
-Coming into the day, Davis had only taken four deep attempts since that game.
-Anfernee Hampton had a career-high seven rebounds, also most on the team for the day.
-The Golden Eagles had nine steals for the second consecutive game.
-It was just the first time all season that Southern Miss did not win the turnover battle. The Golden Eagles entered the day No. 3 nationally for fewest turnovers per game and fifth for turnover margin.
-Southern Miss held FSU to just six free-throw attempts, the Seminoles' fewest since the season opener.