Florida State knocks off Western Illinois 67-55
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—Uche Echefu and Solomon Alabi scored 12 points each as Florida State used its superior size advantage to turn back Western Illinois 67-55 on Monday.
Chris Singleton added 10 points as the Seminoles (5-0) outscored the Leathernecks 26-10 in the paint and held a 34-23 rebounding advantage.
Trailing 46-22, Western Illinois (1-4) used a 20-4, second-half scoring run to climb back into the game.
The Leathernecks cut the advantage to eight points three times but could get no closer.
David DuBois led Western Illinois with 14 points and Ceola Clark added 12.
The Seminoles built a 34-20 halftime lead behind a defense that limited the Leathernecks to five field goals on 19 attempts.