JACKSONVILLE — Senior Toney Douglas scored 16 as Florida State held off a late charge to beat Jacksonville 59-57 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
It took the Dolphins nearly 37 minutes to make shots start falling, but once they did they hardly ever missed. They cut a 17-point deficit to two in the last 3:48 but couldn't complete the comeback.
The Seminoles beat Jacksonville for the 15th straight time dating to 1988.
"I'm just happy to come away with a victory on the road," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We panicked a little at the end and didn't execute, and they didn't give up. Honestly, I'm surprised that we extended the lead as much as we did."
The Dolphins, who shot 24.2 percent in the first half and 32.4 percent overall, fell behind 30-17 at halftime and were down 57-40 before staging a rally keyed by three 3-pointers.
Freshman Tevin Galvin hit a free throw with 3:30 left, then made a 3-pointer a short while later to make it 57-46. Senior Marcus Allen made a three-point play, then junior forward Lehmon Colbert hit a 3. Guard Brian Gilbert's 3-pointer got the Dolphins within 58-55 before Douglas sealed it with a free throw with 17 seconds left.
"We had wide-open shots and just missed them," Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren said. "We were 1-for-16 on 3-pointers in the first half and then hit three in a row at the end."