‘Noles prevail over Minnesota 75-61 in ACC/Big Ten challenge
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—Isaiah Swann’s 15 points led a balanced Florida State attack Tuesday as the Seminoles took a 75-61 win over cold-shooting Minnesota in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The winners had four players in double figures, including senior guard Ralph Mims, who sang the National Anthem before the game. Mims scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Florida State (6-2) led 38-32 at the half and expanded its lead to the finish while handing the Gophers (3-1) their first loss under new coach Tubby Smith, who left Kentucky this year to try and resurrect Minnesota’s basketball fortunes.
The difference was at the free throw line where the Seminoles hit 27 of 32 shots while Minnesota was just 6-of-10.
The Gophers shot just 33.8 percent in the game and only 26.9 percent from 3-point distance.
Freshman Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota with 12 points, Lawrence McKenzie added 11 and Lawrence Westbrook 10. The Gophers did have an early four-point lead, 22-18, but couldn’t keep it on the road against an experienced Florida State team.
Toney Douglas scored 13 points and Uche Echefu added 11 for Florida State, which hit 42.3 percent from the field.