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Florida State Seminoles ease past Jacksonville 79-67

TALLAHASSEE — Terrance Shannon came off the bench and set career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds Friday for his first double double as the Seminoles beat Jacksonville 79-67 in the season opener for both.

The muscular 6-foot-8 junior had plenty of help against the Dolphins. Michael Snaer and Deividas Dulkys scored 16, Snaer shooting 5-of-8 from the field and Dulkys 4-of-7 on 3-pointers.

"Terrance was a guy that I thought gave us all the hustle baskets," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I said at the beginning of the year that we would win games by committee."

Jacksonville's Keith McDougald led all scorers with 21 points. Delwan Graham added 16 and Russell Powell 14 for the Dolphins.

FSU jumped out to an 8-0 lead on its way to a 44-31 halftime advantage. The Seminoles shot 44.4 percent and led by as many as 22 points.

The Seminoles needed Shannon to come up big. He played 26 minutes with center Bernard James slowed by an ankle injury and former Clearwater High product Okaro White in early foul trouble.

The 6-foot-10 James played just 15 minutes and sat out nearly all of the second half.

"We are going to get most team's best shot," Hamilton said. "I am happy to come away with the victory. I will look at the film and see the areas where we need to improve."

Led by Shannon and Dulkys, FSU's bench outscored the visitors' reserves 42-6.

Jacksonville was scoreless for the opening 5:07 before Powell's 3-pointers ended the drought.

After making just 12 of 33 shots during the first half, the Dolphins made 13 of 26 during the second while outscoring the Seminoles 36-35. Overall, they were outrebounded only 39-35.

"We gave them some open looks outside, and they hit shots with eight 3-pointers," Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren said. "Being undersized, we fought hard on the glass and held our own on the boards."

FSU 79

J'ville 67

Florida State Seminoles ease past Jacksonville 79-67 11/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:27am]
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