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FSU Overcomes Slow Start to Cruise Past Manhattan

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For a half of basketball on Saturday, Manhattan gave No. 23 Florida State all it wanted, but the second 20 minutes was all Seminoles as FSU pulled away from the Jaspers in the Orange Bowl Class in Sunrise, 83-67.

FSU wasted little time building a double-digit lead, but a 17-4 run for Manhattan (3-8) midway through the first half gave it a 32-29 lead. That lead would last for less than a minute, but the Seminoles (11-1) led just 46-41 at the break after Trent Forrest buried as contested jumper as the first half horn sounded.

An 11-0 run in the early parts of the second half gave Florida State a double-digit lead at 61-47 and from there, the contest never got closer than 11. After a hot-shooting first half from downtown, the Jaspers shot just 40 percent for the game while the Seminoles had another efficient offensive day at better than 56 percent from the field.

Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles with 16 points while Forrest and Xavier Rathan-Mayes each chipped in with 10. Manhattan’s Zavier Turner led all scorers with 18 points, which included a pair of makes from deep. Aaron Walker Jr. scored 14 points off the bench and Zane Waterman added 12 points.

FSU wraps up the non-conference with a Monday matinee at home against Samford. The Jaspers visit St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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