Florida State played its first game on the First Coast since 2008 and opened the Jacksonville Classic with a resounding win.
Freshman Matthew Cleveland scored 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting to lead FSU past Loyola Marymount 73-45 on Sunday evening.
Tanor Ngom scored a career-high 10 points and pulled down four rebounds in 13 minutes. Malik Osborne had 10 and three rebounds for FSU (3-1).
“We have such unselfish players,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I think we’re still a little hesitant. We have to do a better job of getting those guys to play with a little more confidence.
“We’re taking baby steps right now. We have new returning vetearns that are accepting different roles. We have some first-year players that are finding their way. I’m just hoping that we can keep winning while we’re developing and growing.”
Anthony Polite had a well-rounded line with six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Polite was one of four players with two steals, a group that also included Rayquan Evans, Caleb Mills and Jalen Warley.
FSU shot 29 of 57 (50.9 percent) from the floor and 8 of 19 (42.1 percent) from 3-point range.
“Our defense has been solid,” Hamilton said. “Once we got in the half court that’s where we sputtered. We’re not having a feel for all the different opportunities.”
Joe Quintana scored 12 points for LMU (2-2), which shot 16 of 44 (36.4 percent) from the floor and just 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range.
The FSU-LMU box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play the Missouri on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Jacksonville (CBS Sports Network). Missouri defeated SMU in overtime late Sunday.
The Seminoles’ next home game is against Boston University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network).