LAKE BUENA VISTA — Derwin Kitchen scored 16 points and Chris Singleton had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Florida State to a 54-49 victory over Iona on Thursday night in the first round of the Old Spice Classic at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
"There were some positive things that I liked and obviously some things you're concerned about," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Unfortunately, I thought we made some poor decisions. I'm not sure I can ever remember being in a game where I turned the ball over 27 times. But our defense kind of saved us."
The win was the Seminoles' 1,000th in program history. They face Alabama, a 79-76 winner over Baylor, in a semifinal today.
The score was tied at 47 with 2:40 left before FSU (4-1) went on a 6-0 run. Solomon Alabi and Singleton made a pair of free throws, and Kitchen made a layup with 24 seconds left.
A technical foul was assessed to FSU forward Terrence Shannon before the game began for dunking during warmups. And Iona (3-1) took a 2-0 lead on Kyle Smyth's two free throws.
Kitchen's dunk on FSU's second possession tied the score at 2, but the Seminoles missed nine of their first 10 shots. And 5:30 into the game, the score remained 2-2.
The offensive woes extended throughout the first half. FSU took a 25-24 lead despite shooting 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from the field. The Gaels shot 32.1 percent.
Kitchen scored five points, including a 3-pointer, as FSU opened the second half with a 10-0 run.
"We knew that we've got a lot of offensive players out there," he said.