South Alabama upsets No. 24 Florida State Seminoles 76-71 in opener

TALLAHASSEE — South Alabama earned its first victory over a Top 25 team in three seasons behind a stunning 3-point shooting night.

Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 to lead South Alabama to a 76-71 season-opening upset of No. 25 Florida State on Friday.

Augustine Rubit added 12 points, and Mychal Ammons had 11 points and 11 rebounds for South Alabama, which shot 9-of-15 from 3-point range.

"They're a very good team," Allen said of the Seminoles, "but we weren't scared at all. We were ready for the challenge. We gave it our all for 40 minutes, and we came out with the win."

The Seminoles had won 10 straight season openers going into Friday's game, every game since coach Leonard Hamilton arrived on campus.

But Florida State struggled late in shooting 10-of-28 from the floor in the second half (35.7 percent). The Seminoles also had 17 turnovers and just nine assists.

"They were a little tougher than we were," Hamilton said of the Jaguars. "They played with a lot more maturity. They executed their game plan better than we did."

South Alabama coach Ronnie Arrow credited a summer trip to Canada that gave the team extra practices and exhibition games. Five Jaguars scored in double figures.

Terry Whisnant and Montay Brandon had 11 points apiece for FSU, the defending ACC Tournament champion. Senior guard Michael Snaer had 10 points at halftime but was held scoreless in the second half. He shot 2-of-11 in the game.

South Alabama upsets No. 24 Florida State Seminoles 76-71 in opener 11/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 11:40pm]

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