Feeling better, Osborne leads Florida State to rout of Penn

Nov 10, 2021, 6:42 AM | Updated: 9:36 pm
Florida State guard Cam'Ron Fletcher (21), guard Caleb Mills (4) and forward Malik Osborne (10) box...

Florida State guard Cam'Ron Fletcher (21), guard Caleb Mills (4) and forward Malik Osborne (10) box out Pennsylvania for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

(AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

              Pennsylvania guard Clark Slajchert (0) tries to get past Florida State guard Jalen Warley (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
            
              Pennsylvania guard Jelani Williams (5) gets jammed up between Florida State forward Malik Osborne (10) and Florida State guard Wyatt Wilkes (31) on a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
            
              Pennsylvania guard Clark Slajchert (0) gets past Florida State guards Anthony Polite (2) and Rayquan Evans (0) for a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
            
              Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton disagrees with the referee in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pennsylvania in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
            
              Florida State guard Cam'Ron Fletcher (21), guard Caleb Mills (4) and forward Malik Osborne (10) box out Pennsylvania for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Leonard Hamilton said in the days leading up to Florida State’s opener that Malik Osborne would likely be limited because of flu-like symptoms that had forced him to miss the team’s second exhibition game. Osborne instead looked energetic from the start.

Osborne had 18 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, Anthony Polite scored 17 points, and No. 20 Florida State won its seventh straight home opener, routing Pennsylvania 105-70 on Wednesday night.

Osborne recorded his fourth career double-double and third at Florida State. The 6-foot-9 forward shot 4 of 6 from the floor and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line in 22 minutes, spending much of the game playing center as the Seminoles went with a smaller lineup.

“We needed for him to perform well,” Hamilton said. “We’ve been practicing him at the power forward all year. He has not played the 5 position (center) very much at all. He just moved over and adjusted and gave us a big-time game.”

Osborne said he was determined to play in his final home opener. The senior was able to return for two days of practice leading up to the Penn game.

“I’m going to be on that court,” Osborne recalled telling teammates.

The Seminoles showed some promising early chemistry between their veterans, transfers and freshmen.

Senior guard Rayquan Evans added 14 points and four assists, while Houston transfer Caleb Mills scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half in his debut with the Seminoles. Mills shot 6 of 13 from the floor while adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

“He definitely impresses me with his defensive side,” Osborne said of Mills. “He has unlimited energy, impressive quickness.”

Cam’Ron Fletcher, a transfer from Kentucky, had nine points and five steals.

Jordan Dingle had 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting while Jonah Charles and Clark Slajchert added 12 points apiece for Penn.

Florida State is 44-2 at home since the start of the 2018-19 season.

Osborne scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Fletcher scored nine points and had a career-high five steals to help FSU to a 51-39 halftime lead. FSU had 10 first-half steals, helping to produce 23 points off turnovers.

The Seminoles began 3 of 13 from the floor. But they shot 14 of 21 the rest of the first half.

Florida State finished 49.3% overall and 31.8% from 3-point range, while holding Penn to 39.7% shooting.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida State is in position to move up in next week’s rankings if the Seminoles pick up a win at Florida.

BREAKING THROUGH

Florida State picked up its first win over an Ivy League school. The Seminoles had gone 0-3 vs. Princeton and 0-1 vs. Harvard.

CAREER NIGHT

Osborne scored the most points since his transfer from Rice following the 2017-18 season.

TAKEAWAYS

Penn: The Quakers tried to keep up with long-range shooting — they made nine 3-pointers — but fell behind late in the first half and were undone by 26 turnovers.

Florida State: The Seminoles shook off a sluggish start, showed off their newcomers and recorded 15 steals.

UP NEXT

Penn: At George Mason on Friday.

Florida State: At Florida on Sunday.

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