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Florida State Seminoles beat Loyola-Marymount Lions in men's basketball

TALLAHASSEE — Loyola Marymount coach Max Good thought he was watching the wrong sport Sunday.

"They play volleyball on the backboards," Good said after Florida State beat the smaller Lions 77-61. "They're so long and wide, they make you go east and west."

Unable to penetrate, Loyola Marymount (6-5) had little chance against the rangy Seminoles.

FSU (8-3) finished the first half on a 22-8 run to lead 38-23. The Seminoles are 7-0 at home.

Bernard James had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double double. The 6-foot-10 James would have had a bigger day if he shot better than 3-for-12 at the free-throw line. Sophomore Okaro White out of Clearwater High had a career-best 11 rebounds, and senior point guard Luke Loucks, also from Clearwater High, had a career-best eight rebounds.

James hit 6 of 9 field goals, his dunk on a putback giving FSU its first 20-point lead at 45-25.

FSU shot 48.1 percent at the free-throw line, but otherwise dominated, outscoring the Lions 38-12 in the paint and getting 21 offensive rebounds.

"We were much more aggressive (rebounding) than we have been," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We did some nice things, but we still have a ways to go."

The Seminoles have had excessive turnovers in recent games and had 16 Sunday.

"We're playing with a big lineup and sometimes don't have our best ball handlers," Hamilton said. "Regardless of what our shortcomings are, we have to find ways to overcome them."

FSU plays at UF on Thursday. "They represent a spot that we're trying to get to," Hamilton said. "They've won two national titles, back to back. Not many teams have done that. We still have to be the junkyard dogs on defense regardless of who we play."

FSU 77

Loy.-M'mount 61

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FSU at No. 13 Florida

7 p.m. Thursday, O'Connell Center, Gainesville TV/radio: ESPNU; 1040-AM, 620-AM

Florida State Seminoles beat Loyola-Marymount Lions in men's basketball 12/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 7:59pm]
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