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Swann shows way for 'Noles

A pair of 3-pointers help spark a big run that helps Florida State break the game open.

By JAMEY GIVENS, Times Correspondent
Published November 13, 2007


TALLAHASSEE - Isaiah Swann decided enough was enough.

He watched his team trade baskets with Georgia Southern for most of the first half Monday night, then he decided it was time he took over.

He did just that, hitting two deep 3-pointers to spark a 14-2 run that broke open a tie game and finished with 25 points to help the Seminoles cruise past the Eagles for a 92-67 win.

"I wasn't trying to hunt for stuff," Swann said. "But I just knew somebody had to step up and do something because we weren't getting the offense that we usually have."

Swann, who scored 15 in the first half of Friday's season opener, scored 18 in the first half Monday and sparked an offense that was struggling to adjust to Georgia Southern's zone defense.

"We were a little lethargic in our attack of the zone," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It is something that we will have to work on because people will take advantage of our inability to execute against it."

Toney Douglas came off the bench to score 18, and Ralph Mims, who started in place of Douglas, scored 13. Freshman Julian Vaughn was the only post player in double figures, scoring 12. Primary post options Uche Echefu and Ryan Reid combined for only 10 points.

"Our perimeter guys attacked the basket real well," Hamilton said. "But we have to work on our balance."

Freshman Soloman Alabi, a heralded 7-foot freshman from Nigeria, saw his first action of the season and scored four. Alabi missed most of preseason practice with a stress fracture in his right leg and played with a soft cast on his lower leg. It was the first time Alabi had been able to play with his teammates.

"We were very fortunate to have him on the floor," Hamilton said.

The Seminoles (2-0) made 32 of 35 free throws and shot 49 percent from the field. Georgia Southern (0-1) made just 3 of 21 3s.