TAMPA — Braian Angola had 18 points and a career-high eight rebounds to lead Florida State to a 72-53 win over Tulane on Sunday.
The game was at Amalie Arena, part of the Heritage Insurance Classic.
FSU (9-0) jumped out to a 21-7 lead midway through the first half after a 10-0 run. Tulane (7-3) closed the gap to gap to 23-17, but the Seminoles scored the final six of the half.
Cameron Reynolds scored five straight for Tulane early in the second half to cut the deficit to eight, but with Trent Forrest hitting back-to-back baskets, FSU scored five straight points to put the lead into double figures for good.
"First part of the game I thought we were a little sluggish," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Second half I thought we moved the ball better, and that opened up some better high-percentage scoring opportunities for us."
Forrest and Terance Mann each had 12 points for the Seminoles, who face Oklahoma State on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise.
"Since the beginning of the year we’ve talked about ball movement and finding the open shot," Angola said. "We don’t worry about who gets the credit, we’re just trying to find the open shots."
Tulane shot 36 percent (21-for-59). Reynolds led the Green Wave with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
NO. 2 KANSAS FALLS: Tra Holder scored 29 and No. 16 Arizona State upset No. 2 Kansas 95-85 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (7-2) have lost two straight. The Sun Devils shot 50 percent on 3-pointers and 50.8 percent overall. "It wasn’t our offense," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Hey, if you score 85 at home, you’re supposed to win."
NO. 4 VILLANOVA 77, LA SALLE 68: The host Wildcats (10-0) shook off the Explorers in the final minutes to win their 21st straight Big Five game.
NO. 11 TENNESSEE 82, No. 2 TEXAS 75: Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell had double doubles as the host Vols (10-0 for the 10th time) won a physical game with the Longhorns (7-1). Texas is the highest-ranked team Tennessee has defeated in Holly Warlick’s six seasons as coach.
NO. 6 MISSissippi STate 86, LITTLE ROCK 48: Morgan William scored a season-high 16 for the host Bulldogs (9-0), who outscored the Trojans 25-2 in the third quarter.
NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 101, COPPIN ST. 43: The host Mountaineers (9-0) have scored at least 100 points three times in a season for the first time since 1984-85.
NO. 13 FSU 77, ARIZONA ST. 66: Imani Wright scored 22 for the host Seminoles, who are 10-0 for the third time and two shy of their best start (2004-05). FSU outscored the Sun Devils 40-16 in the paint.
MIAMI 65, No. 20 KENTUCKY 54: Four scored in double figures for the host Hurricanes (6-3), who outscored the Wildcats 42-24 in the second half.
UF 74, MARSHALL 69: The host Gators (6-4) led 54-34 with 4:48 left in the third, then held on after the Herd got within 68-67 with 1:06 to play.
GATORS ADD ASSISTANT: Houston offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson joined Dan Mullen’s UF staff. He spent three seasons as Mississippi State’s quarterbacks coach under Mullen, helping develop Dak Prescott. Also, kicker Evan McPherson, a touted prospect out of Fort Payne, Ala., flipped his 2018 verbal commitment from Mississippi State to UF.
WASHINGTON: Leading receiver Tavares Martin, a junior, was dismissed for violation of team rules.
STANFORD TAKES TITLE: Sam Werner scored in the second overtime to lead Stanford to its third straight NCAA title with a 1-0 win over Indiana in Chester, Pa. The Hoosiers were denied their first undefeated season and their ninth national championship. The Cardinal is the second men’s soccer program to win three straight titles. Virginia, under Bruce Arena, won four in a row from 1991-94. The Cardinal women won the national championship last weekend, making Stanford the first school to win both titles in the same season.