Sophomore Terry Whisnant was a big contributor to the Seminoles having a 47-30 lead at halftime. Whisnant, shot 5-of-8 from the field and had two assists on the night.
It's no secret that the Ian Miller at point guard experiment had gone awry, and Hamilton gave freshman Montay Brandon the start up top. It marked the first time a freshman has started at point guard for FSU since Luke Loucks did so in February of 2009.
Brandon made the most of that opportunity – he was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, had four rebounds, and finished with eight points.
Despite a 17-point deficit at halftime, Buffalo did not go away quietly. Midway through the second half, Buffalo climbed back to make it a 66-58 ballgame.
After a Brandon steal and a fast break dunk, FSU went on a 31-12 run to close out the game.
"I thought our team played with a tremendous amount of energy tonight," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I loved our body language."
Okaro White found his long-range shot that he showed signs of in the preseason, going 2-for-2 from three point range in addition to his perfect 5-for-5 from the field on the night.
Freshman guard Aaron Thomas continued to show flashes of greatness. Thomas had ten points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Hamilton continues to experience with different lineups to get a feel for the true identity of this team. Only two players did not score, of the fourteen players that saw the floor, in this game on a night where the ‘Noles shot 59.6% from the field.
While FSU has a long way to go before beginning conference play, coach Hamilton likes where they are headed.
"I think you can see that we have some young guys with potential that will develop into pretty good players if we keep working hard and playing together as a team," Hamilton said. "As a coach, it's obvious to me that we have a long way to go. We still have the making of a pretty good team, but right now we are a team that is young, inexperienced and talented with a lot of different areas where we need to improve."