Kabengele leads Florida State past North Florida 95-81

Published 12-20-2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Mfiondu Kabengele scored a career-high 24 points and No. 11 Florida State pulled away for a 95-81 win against North Florida on Wednesday night.

Kabengele made 7 of 12 shots from the floor, 10 of 10 free throws and pulled down seven rebounds as Florida State (10-1) earned its fifth straight victory.

Terance Mann had 17 points, including several alley-oop dunks, as the Seminoles dominated inside. They finished with 64 points in the paint.

J.T. Escobar, who played at Maclay School and Florida A&M High in Tallahassee, had 27 points for North Florida (5-8). He went 6 for 6 from 3-point range.

Florida State led 46-39 at the break and opened the second half with a 12-2 run. The Seminoles led by as many as 24 points.

Florida State's Christ Koumadje scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting. The Seminoles shot 50.6 percent (40 for 79) from the floor, but went 3 for 23 from deep.

North Florida shot 50 percent (27 of 54).

The Seminoles also opened the 2017-18 season at 10-1. They went 11-1 in nonconference play last season.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: Escobar was great, but the Ospreys had 19 turnovers and struggle to defend Florida State's guards.

Florida State: The Seminoles had 10 players make at least one basket and hit the 90-point mark for the second time this season.

UP NEXT

North Florida plays at Auburn on Dec. 29.

Florida State plays Saint Louis on Saturday.

North Florida shot 50 percent (27 of 54).

The Seminoles also opened the 2017-18 season at 10-1. They went 11-1 in nonconference play last season.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: Escobar was great, but the Ospreys had 19 turnovers and struggle to defend Florida State's guards.

Florida State: The Seminoles had 10 players make at least one basket and hit the 90-point mark for the second time this season.

UP NEXT

North Florida plays at Auburn on Dec. 29.

Florida State plays Saint Louis on Saturday.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: Escobar was great, but the Ospreys had 19 turnovers and struggle to defend Florida State's guards.

Florida State: The Seminoles had 10 players make at least one basket and hit the 90-point mark for the second time this season.

UP NEXT

North Florida plays at Auburn on Dec. 29.

Florida State plays Saint Louis on Saturday.

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