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Vassell, Polite stand out in FSU’s final tune-up

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Florida State’s depth stands out, even early in the year with a number of key players resting due to injury.

Devin Vassell had 11 of his 18 points in the second half and Andrew Polite added 16 points as Florida State routed Columbus State 84-54 in its second exhibition game.

Vassell, a sophomore guard, did a little bit of everything. He shot 7 of 9 from the floor, pulled down five rebounds and added two blocks. Polite, a redshirt sophomore guard, shot 5 of 9 from the floor and 2 of 4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“We played like a team that has potential to be pretty good, a team that still has a lot of room for improvement,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Overall, I’d give ourselves a B-minus.”

Balsa Koprivica, a 7-foot-1 center, had eight first half rebounds as FSU outrebounded Columbus State 31-10 at the break. Koprivica finished with 11 rebounds.

“Balsa came in and showed his potential,” Hamilton said.

FSU won the battle on the boards, 55-21. The Cougars are undersized with a guard-heavy roster and the tallest players on the roster are 6-7 and 6-8.

Trent Forrest had a quiet night with just two points but created plenty of offense with seven assists, often off no-look passes. M.J. Walker scored six points, making 2 of 6 three-pointers.

Patrick Williams missed a few 3-pointers but threw down a highlight-reel, two-handed dunk on a fast break and finished off an alleyoop (off a pass from Polite) in the second half. He had 10 points on 5 of 11 shooting and added four rebounds.

Malik Osborne struggled early from the floor but finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

Mixing up lineups and playing reserves for extended minutes resulted in 20 turnovers.

From the floor: FSU shot 33 of 74 (45 percent) and 9 of 26 (35 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

From the free-throw line: FSU shot 9 of 10 (90 percent).

FSU starters: Trent Forrest, RaiQuan Gray, M.J. Walker, Malik Obsorne, Devin Vassell

Injured ‘Noles: Dominik Olejniczak was among the FSU players who did not play. FSU coach Leonard Hamilton also said that junior college guard RayQuan Evans is likely to miss the first few games of the season.

Season opener: FSU plays at Pittsburgh on Wednesday at 8 p.m. (ESPNU). The Seminoles then play at Florida on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. (ESPN).

Home opener: FSU plays game 3 against Western Carolina on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center

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