The new guys are ready to contribute. Even against an overmatched opponent, that much is clear.
Freshman forward Patrick Williams scored 12 points and added nine rebounds in his first game-like setting for FSU, most of them on dunks, as Florida State routed Barry University 95-66 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.
Trent Forrest scored 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting and Anthony Polite added 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Forrest, a senior point guard who had offseason toe surgery, had no trouble driving the lane and running circles around defenders in 21 minutes.
FSU played without two potential starters in M.J. Walker and Devin Vassell yet still shot 36 of 70 (51.4 percent) from the floor and out rebounded Barry 51-31.
“Saw some good things,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We have a long ways to go. We have some really good players sitting over there in blue jeans. I hope it’s nothing serious.”
Malik Osborne, a transfer from Rice, scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Dominik Olejniczak, a graduate transfer from Ole Miss, was 5 of 5 from the floor, scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds.
Junior-college transfer Nate Jack made 3 of 10 shots from beyond the arc.
Hamilton lamented the 22 turnovers but attributed that to the frenetic pace as well as mixing and matching lineups and using backups frequently.
“By no means are we anywhere close to being ready to go play against the toughest schedule that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Hamilton said.
Starters: Trent Forrest, RaiQuan Gray, Patrick Williams, Anthony Polite and Dominik Olejniczak
Did not play: M.J. Walker, RayQuan Evans, Devin Vassell and Balsa Koprivica. Hamilton said He said Vassell could have played Tuesday night but didn’t need to push the sophomore back on the court. Walker’s availability for the season opener is in question.
Up next: FSU plays host to Columbus State in its second exhibition on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The Seminoles open the season on Nov. 6 at Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. (ESPNU).
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