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NASSAU, Bahamas - The No. 20/22 Florida State men's basketball team's defense doesn't care about national borders and isn't distracted by holidays.
They just play. And play well.
The Seminoles (5-0) defeated UMass, 73-53, Thursday in their opening game at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Like they've done in four wins prior to their Thanksgiving game, it was the defense that set the tone.
Four days after South Alabama missed all 24 of its 3-point attempts against the 'Noles, UMass (4-1) didn't fare much better. The Minutemen, who had defeated Boston College 82-46 a few days ago, were just 2-for-23 from long distance and shot 27.9 percent from the field.
No starter scored in double figures for UMass and FSU forced 22 turnovers while registering nine blocks and 14 steals.
Junior Michael Snaer posted his first double-double of the young season with 18 points and 11 rebounds for a Seminoles team that struggled offensively at the Atlantis Resort. FSU finished the night shooting 35.1 percent from the field but nabbed 15 offensive rebounds.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Dayton hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 1:25 to pull out an 80-76 win over Wake Forest in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday evening at the HP Field House.
The Demon Deacons (3-1) led 75-71 following a pair of free throws from Nikita Mescheriakov with 1:33 left in the game. The Flyers' Paul Williams followed by drilling an off-balance 3-pointer, and after a Wake Forest turnover, Chris Williams hit the game-winner from the corner with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Wake Forest could not convert on its ensuing possession, allowing Dayton (3-1) to seal the win at the free throw line. The Flyers hit 3-of-4 of their free throws in the final seconds.
Travis McKie led the Deacons with 20 points, while C.J. Harris scored 18. Tony Chennault scored a career-best 17. All three of McKie, Harris and Chennault tied for the team with six rebounds each.
Chase Fischer scored 12 points off the bench, going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Harris and Anthony Fields led the team with four assists apiece.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Freshman Dennis Clifford had 10 points and eight rebounds and classmate Ryan Anderson added 12 points as Saint Louis defeated Boston College, 62-51, on Thanksgiving Day in the opener of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Clifford went 4-for-6 from the field and half of his rebounds were on the offensive end. Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime and junior Matt Humphrey scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
Boston College jumped on the Billikens early and took an 11-5 lead into the first television timeout. Clifford scored the last two buckets for the Eagles in that span. The lead turned to eight points following the break when freshman Eddie Odio dunked home an offensive rebound.
Saint Louis climbed back into the game and earned its first lead since 2-0 when Cody Ellis hit a layup to make it 19-18 SLU with 6:15 left in the half. Those points were part of a 14-5 Billiken run to the end the first 20 minutes as they took a 29-23 lead into the break.