TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Charleston Southern's men's basketball team got a taste of the ACC on Monday night, taking on one of the league's top teams in Florida State.
The Seminoles, losers of three straight after a 5-0 start, took out some frustration on the Buccaneers, rolling to a 76-51 win to improve to 6-3. Florida State had lost to Harvard, UConn and Michigan State in its last three outings, dropping out of the top 25.
Charleston Southern saw its five-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-3 overall. All three of CSU's losses have come to major programs.
Florida State entered the contest as one of the nation's best defensive teams, allowing less than 60 points per game this season. The Seminoles improved in that area, allowing CSU to shoot only 29.8 percent from the floor for the game. CSU made only seven of 25 3-point attempts.
Buccaneers head coach Barclay Radebaugh says the step up in competition was a good experience for a young team.
"Florida State is a very solid defensive team, very long and athletic and well-coached," said Radebaugh. "In 24 years of coaching, I have never competed against a longer, more athletic team than what we saw tonight. They made it very difficult to get a shot at times in the first half.
"I thought our basketball team played hard throughout the game. Playing a team like Florida State allows us to see what areas we need to work on."
Senior forward Kelvin Martin and freshman point guard Saah Nimley led CSU in scoring, each posting 13 points. Martin also had eight rebounds.
Okaro White led four Seminoles in double figures with 20 points. Michael Snaer had 13 points. FSU's first-half lead reached 26 at 40-14 and FSU led, 45-18, at the half. CSU made just five of 25 shots from the field. CSU made 12 of 32 shots from the field in the second half and drew as close as 19 points.
Nimley was named Big South Conference freshman of the week. The guard led the Bucs in two Big South wins last week, as he averaged 23 points.