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NCAAB: Florida State looks to bounce back vs. South Carolina

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Both Florida State and South Carolina are at their respective bests when they get balanced scoring from several players.

The Seminoles (5-3) and the Gamecocks (6-2) will look for such efforts from their teams when they square off on Sunday afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C., in the No Room for Racism Classic.

South Carolina had 10 players score, three in double figures, in a bounce-back 80-67 win over Georgetown last Sunday.

Wildens Leveque led the Gamecocks with 14 points while James Reese V and Keyshawn Bryant each had 11 as they put together a strong performance inside with 42 points in the paint.

South Carolina rebounded after a road loss at Coastal Carolina, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Leveque (10.4 points per game) and Bryant (11.3), along with Erik Stevenson (12.3) and Jermaine Cousinard (12.1) are averaging double figures in scoring.

“The thing that was great with how we played on offense today is there was an aggression to get the ball in the paint. Guys played with aggression whether we threw them the ball or not,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. “Then lastly the ball never stuck. Guys were moving off the ball. The guy with the ball didn’t hold it. He continued to put the ball in action.”

FSU is coming off its first home loss against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in more than a year when it fell 63-60 to Syracuse on Dec. 4.

The Seminoles got 16 points from Caleb Mills and 10 from Malik Osborne, but couldn’t overcome a prolonged second-half scoring drought in which they went nearly six minutes without a made field goal.

“We’re extremely disappointed that we couldn’t execute those open looks and make the plays we needed down the stretch,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought there were a couple of periods where we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket. In the second half, we had excellent opportunities. We just couldn’t maintain the scoring output and we dug that hole that was very difficult for us to get out of.”

–Field Level Media

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