TALLAHASSEE — Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton controlled the action around the basket, leading Florida State to a 67-55 victory over Western Illinois on Monday.
Alabi had 12 points, including the first six of the second half, as the Seminoles (5-0) built a 46-22 lead and held on to secure their best start in five seasons.
Singleton added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and Uche Echefu had 12 points.
The Seminoles outscored the Leathernecks 26-10 in the paint and held a 34-23 rebounding advantage.
Western Illinois (1-4) used a 20-4 run to get back in the game but got no closer than eight points.
David DuBois led Western Illinois with 14 points and Ceola Clark added 12, all in the second half. DuBois scored on a putback with 1:27 left to pull the Leathernecks within 61-53 but missed a free throw.
The Seminoles built a 34-20 halftime lead behind a defense that held the Leathernecks to 5-of-19 shooting.
Echefu, still recovering from offseason knee surgery, eclipsed his season high with 10 points in the first half.