FSU takes control early, pulls away late to beat Kennesaw State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Phil Cofer tied a career-high with 21 points and Florida State remained unbeaten with a 98-79 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday.

Cofer scored the Seminoles' first seven points as they opened the game with a 9-0 run and led by as many as 19 (51-30) late in the first half.

Kennesaw State cut the margin to 54-42 at halftime and got it down to nine points on a James Scott 3-pointer. But Florida State (4-0) broke it open again with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 25 (83-58) with 8:22 remaining.

Cofer, whose previous scoring high came in a 2015 game at Pitt, also finished a rebound shy of a double-double.

Braian Angola added 17 points, including 14 in the second half, while Terance Mann scored 13 and MJ Walker 11. Florida State had 11 3-pointers, marking the third straight game it has had nine or more.

Scott led the Owls (1-4) with 17 points and Tyler Hooker added 16.


Kennesaw State: Scott, a 6-foot-5 sophomore shooting guard, continues to play well for the Owls. He has scored in double figures in four of five games this season after scoring 10 or more points in seven games last season.

Florida State: Christ Koumadje, who had started the Seminoles' first three games, did not play due to a foot injury. The 7-foot-4 center's place in the starting lineup was taken over by 7-0 freshman Ike Obiagu, who had four points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.


Kennesaw State returns home to face Tennessee State on Saturday.

Florida State will have its second home game in three days when it takes on The Citadel on Friday.