Florida State bashes The Citadel, 113-78
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After Bojangles on the bus for Thanksgiving, The Citadel basketball team had Florida State on the menu for Black Friday.
It was a feast for the bigger and stronger Seminoles, who took a 113-78 victory at the Tucker Civic Center on Friday night.
Terance Mann scored 21 points to lead FSU (5-0), which jumped out to an 18-2 lead to start the game and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 53-39.
Matt Frierson scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (3-3), while freshman Tariq Simmons added 17 points.
Frierson hit 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and The Citadel shot 34.2 percent from deep as a team, hitting 13 of 38. The Citadel turned the ball over 17 times to 14 for FSU.
“I was more discouraged with the first half when we turned it over 13 times,” Citadel coach Duggar Baucom said on his postgame radio show. “We actually shot it pretty well in the first half, and those are 13 wasted opportunities.”
The Citadel had 17 assists on 26 baskets, but Baucom said the Bulldogs could have shared the ball more.
“We had too many guys trying to make plays for themselves instead of for other people,” Baucom said. “Matt Frierson is a guy we are looking to, and we’ve got to find him in transition.
“Some of our younger guys are still not finding him enough. We had the wrong guys shooting it at times, and we shot miserably (13 of 21) from the free-throw line.”
The Bulldogs play the next three games at home, including the Bulldog Bash on Friday and Saturday, then James Madison next Tuesday.
“It will be nice to be at home,” Baucom said. “We shoot it better at home, and that will be good for us. The guys will get to be around their families some. Thanksgiving was just another work day for us, so that will be good for them.”