TALLAHASSEE — Caleb Mills had 13 points, and Cam’Ron Fletcher scored 11 off the bench as Florida State beat Tulane 59-54 Wednesday night.
The Seminoles (2-1) were coming off a 77-55 loss at Florida on Sunday, a defeat that knocked then-No. 20 FSU out of the Associated Press Top 25.
Nobal Days’ layup brought Tulane within 49-46 with 6:11 left, but Fletcher threw down a dunk as part of a three-point play. Malik Osborne added a dunk, and Fletcher flushed another for a 56-46 lead for the Seminoles (2-1).
The Green Wave rallied with an 8-1 run and closed within 57-54 with 1:56 left, but they missed their last three shots after the Seminoles’ Anthony Polite’s layup closed the scoring. Polite grabbed 10 rebounds and Osborne nine for FSU.
The offensive woes, prevalent during the loss to the Gators, seemed to remain for the Seminoles, whose biggest lead against Tulane was 10 with just under four minutes left in the game.
FSU was able to clamp down defensively, holding the Green Wave (1-2) to 18.5 percent shooting in the second half (5-for-27) and 29.1 percent (16-of-55) for the game.
The Seminoles shot 22-for-55 (40 percent) from the field, but just 6-of-22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range, including 0-for-8 in the second half.
Jalen Cook had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Green Wave (1-2). Jaylen Forbes added 15 points with eight rebounds, and Days blocked three shots.
Tulane also missed seven free throws (13-for-20), though FSU was just as bad from the line at 9-for-16 (56.3 percent)
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