FSU Shuts Down Rival Gators in Opener, 81-60

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Florida State was led by three players in double-figures scoring - senior guard PJ Savoy (20 points), junior guard Trent Forrest (13) and sophomore guard M.J. Walker (10).

"I'm making sure I'm giving all my time and effort to our entire football team and coaches to make sure that we get everything right".

Florida State has struggled offensively in Willie Taggart's first season with the program, and the former quarterback is clearly taking responsibility for that with his team having dropped to below.500 on Saturday.

Terance Mann had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot 11 of 20 from 3-point range and beat Florida for a fifth straight time. "I just feel like playing here, playing in front of our fans, was something we were ready to do". I don't think I've taken a bigger butt-whipping than that.

"In the moment, I thought he did a good job", the head coach said, per Curt Weiler and Wayne McGahee III of The Tallahassee Democrat.

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The Seminoles' opening night was impressive, especially considering they were without their top forward. The Seminoles have been tough to beat at the Donald L. Tucker Center, with one of their two losses in 2017-18 coming to No. 1 Virginia on February 7. He made a pair of 3-pointers but also had four turnovers and four assists. The Gators went 6 of 24 on 3-point attempts.

"We just put a lot of pressure on the ball, gave him a lot of problems", Mann said. Hudson (eight points) and Nembhard (six points) provided the majority of the early scoring.

Taggart turned play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Walt Bell ahead of Florida State's 47-28 loss to No. 22 NC State, a decision that didn't result in a win but did see an uptick in the Seminoles' offensive production. The Gators play their home opener on Friday night against Charleston Southern.

The Seminoles play at Tulane on Sunday.

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