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FSU uses depth, defense to make quick work of Mizzou

Florida State’s length and defense forced steals and fast-break points. Those quick buckets contributed to the Seminoles’ convincing win over Missouri.

Anthony Polite had 14 points, Cam’Ron Fletcher had 12 points and the Seminoles forced 17 turnovers that led to 24 points in FSU’s 81-58 win over Missouri on Monday night in the Jacksonville Classic. FSU knocked off Loyola Marymount on Sunday and Missouri for the inaugural Jacksonville Classic title.

FSU (4-1) overwhelmed a worn-down Missouri on both ends of the court. The Tigers didn’t have the depth or talent to keep up as both teams were playing in the tournament on back-to-back nights. The Seminoles led by as many as 28 points, 79-51, late in the game.

Malik Osborne added 10 points and seven rebounds, the fourth time in five games he has reached double figures in scoring. Matthew Cleveland added 10 points and four rebounds. RayQuan Evans had eight points and six assists with just one turnover, while Caleb Mills had eight points and three assists.

The Seminoles had a big enough cushion to use all three of their 7-foot centers. Tanor Ngom added two points, two rebounds and two steals. Quincy Ballard played three minutes and had two points and a rebound. Naheem McLeod played seven minutes.

FSU shot 18 of 28 (64.3 percent) in one of if not the best half of the season. The Seminoles led 44-23 at the break and never looked back.

On the night, FSU shot 33 of 54 (61.1 percent) and 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range.

Amari Davis had 14 points for Mizzou, which was just 21 of 55 (38.2 percent) from the floor and only 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Box score

The FSU-Missouri box score can be viewed here.

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FSU plays host to Boston University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network).