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Seminoles roll to 109-62 romp over Nicholls State in season opener

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The Florida State Seminoles began the 2015-16 basketball season in a big way with a 109-62 win over the Nicholls State Colonels. The Seminoles raced to a 60-32 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Dwayne Bacon led Florida State with 23 points while Malik Beasley added 21. Five players scored in double figures and 10 different players scored at least one field goal.

The Seminoles shot 66 percent for the game, including 50 percent from 3-point range, making 10 of 20 attempts.

Ja’Dante’ Frye led Nicholls State with 13 points and T. J. Carpenter added 10. The overmatched Colonels shot 38 percent for the game.

Bacon opened the scoring with a three-pointer just 18 seconds into the game. After hanging around for 8 minutes, the Colonels were buried under a 23-5 run that put the game out of reach.

If Coach Leonard Hamilton had anything to complain about, it was the 17 turnovers committed by his team. Other than that, things went well. Florida State had 18 assists and 11 steals.

Next up for the Seminoles is Jacksonville. The Dolphins will visit the Donald L. Tucker Center for a 9:00 p.m. tipoff on Tuesday night. Jacksonville dropped their opener at Appalachian State, 76-68 on Saturday night.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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