A stomach virus spreading through his team had Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton worried about having enough players for Thursday night's game at Georgia State.
"I've never been involved with a team with this many youngsters at one time having symptoms," Hamilton said.
But he didn't need to worry. With Toney Douglas and Al Thornton leading the way, the Seminoles scored the first 17 points and rolled to an 87-55 victory over the Panthers.
"I was pleasantly surprised we got off to a good start," Hamilton said. "We only had a couple of what I'd call healthy players today. Some guys couldn't practice. It was a very touch-and-go situation. Most of them couldn't even eat the pregame meal."
The Seminoles played like a healthy team, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and scoring 26 points off 21 turnovers.
Douglas and Thornton made the most of their homecomings.
Douglas, an Auburn transfer from Jonesboro, Ga., led the Seminoles with 25 points, making 5 of 6 3-pointers. Overall, Douglas was 10-for-14 from the field.
Thornton, from Perry, Ga., celebrated his 23rd birthday with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Thornton had back-to-back jams, one after a steal, as the Seminoles raced to a 17-0 lead. The Panthers' first basket, a 3-pointer by Trae Goldston, came about four minutes into the game.
The Seminoles (7-2) were never challenged. The Panthers (3-5) pulled to within 55-39 with 10 straight points early in the second half, but the Seminoles pushed the lead to 30 with 3:34 left.
"They really did a great job of defending our kids and taking them out of things," Perry said of the Seminoles. "They chased us out of a lot of our offensive sets and forced us to play in motion."
Jason Rich added 10 points for the Seminoles.
Key run helps Irish upset Crimson Tide
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Russell Carter scored a career-high 27, including a pair of key baskets that sparked a 14-0 run, in Notre Dame's 99-85 victory over fourth-ranked Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (7-1) used a 7-0 run to get within 85-82 as the Irish (7-1) appeared to be losing their composure with turnovers on three straight possessions. But Carter hit a 3-pointer and an 18-footer and Luke Harangody converted on a three-point play as the Crimson Tide players lost their composure, turning the ball over on three straight possessions.
VANDERBILT 59, LIPSCOMB 50: Derrick Byars had 19 points and nine rebounds for the host Commodores (4-3), who shot just 36.5 percent for the game but outscored the Bisons 17-5 from the free-thrown line.
KENTUCKY: Sophomore center Jared Carter will miss the season after reinjuring his right shoulder in practice. Carter, who dislocated the shoulder in October, will have reconstructive surgery, the university said. And Carter plans to apply for a medical redshirt, coach Tubby Smith said.
MIAMI: Senior center Anthony King could miss at least a month because of a sprained ligament in his right wrist. King aggravated the injury Sunday in a win over Georgia Tech. He'll have his wrist immobilized and receive daily treatment to try to heal without surgery. And sophomore reserve forward Adrian Thomas will have surgery next week to repair a sports hernia and is likely out for the season.
FLORIDA A&M 76, EDWARD WATERS 61: Darius Glover scored 17 and added nine rebounds for the Rattlers (4-5), who forced 26 turnovers.
Bulls cruise to win against Wildcats
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In its Big East opener, South Florida pulled away for a 60-48 win over Villanova.
"What we needed to do was make Villanova play from behind," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "Once we stepped up our defensive pressure, we were able to get up, and they had to play a little quicker, which is our style."
The Wildcats (3-6, 0-1) led by as much as seven in the first half and were up 27-25 at halftime.
But the Bulls (8-1, 1-0) jumped out quickly to begin the second half, hitting 50 percent of their shots, and went on a 21-0 run.
Jessica Dickson scored 16 and had 12 rebounds and Shantia Grace scored 11 for the Bulls. Dickson's double-double was her first of the season.
NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 78, SOUTH CAROLINA 51: Courtney Paris had 15 points and 16 rebounds - her 35th straight game with a double-double - for the visiting Sooners (7-0), who relied on accurate long-range shooting to turn a tight game into a runaway.
NO. 4 DUKE 69, NO. 11 VANDY 48: Alison Bales scored 16 to lead four Blue Devils (8-0) in double figures. Lindsay Harding had 15 points, Abby Waner added 14 points, and Wanisha Smith had 13 points. Carla Thomas had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Commodores (8-1).
NO. 6 TENNESSEE 85, NO. 21 GEORGE WASHINGTON 62: Sidney Spencer scored 21, including two 3-pointers during a key second-half run for the Vols (8-1). The Colonials (7-2) cut the lead to four three times in the second half, but they couldn't get any closer.
NO. 7 UCONN 84, GEORGETOWN 26: Charde Houston and Tina Charles scored 14 apiece for the Huskies (6-0). Houston went 6-for-6 from the field as the Huskies shot 62 percent in the first half.
MIDDLE TENN. 70, NO. 8 UGA 62: Chrissy Givens scored 25 and Amber Holt had 21 for the visiting Blue Raiders. Cori Chambers scored 23 and Angel Robinson came off the bench to score 10 for the Bulldogs (7-1), who committed 22 turnovers.
NO. 18 DEPAUL 87, NO. 19 RUTGERS 73: Allie Quigley had a career-high 37 points for the host Blue Demons (6-1, 1-0 Big East). The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 0-1) were led by freshman Epiphanny Prince with 19.