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  • 15 May
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida States Dwayne Bacon said a major focus of improvement during the offseason was working on refining his jump shot. The early results are encouraging judging by Saturdays opener.The sophomore guard scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Seminoles 88-67 win over Charleston Southern.It was pretty good. I didnt just settle for a lot of 3s. I feel like I took a lot but I got to the basket too and mixed it up a lot, said Bacon, who last season became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in scoring and rebounding,The 6-foot-7 guard struggled shooting from the perimeter last season, making only 28.1 percent from beyond the arc. On Saturday, he was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, including one off a ball screen, and 7 of 14 from the field.Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was not only pleased about Bacons shooting, but his all-around game.I thought his defense was good, his energy was excellent and his shot selection was great. He made good decisions with the ball, Hamilton said.The rest of the Seminoles also shot well, going 33 of 67 from the field. Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 12 points and freshman Jonathan Isaac added 10 as FSU improved to 14-1 in openers under Hamilton.Charleston Southern was up 17-12 early in the first half on a Cortez Mitchell 3-pointer before the Seminoles took the lead for good with a 20-5 run. FSUs largest lead was 22 with under a minute remaining.Freshman guard Christian Keeling led the Buccaneers with 16 points while Mitchell added 14 and Jamar Martin 12. They struggled on 3-pointers, making just 7 of 25.I thought we did some good things defensively and held our own on the boards, Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh said.BIG PICTURECharleston Southern: The Buccaneers have eight newcomers on their roster and are still trying to figure out how everyone fits.Florida State: The Seminoles shift to an up-tempo offense showed some growing pains. They scored 18 points on the fast break but also had 10 turnovers. They also controlled the paint with a decisive 48-28 edge.TURNING POINTFlorida State led 38-32 at halftime but was able to put it away with a 14-2 run to begin the second half. Rathan-Mayes and Isaac each had five points during the run but Isaac had the highlight play with an alley-oop dunk off a Terrance Mann assist to make it 45-32 with 17:41 remaining.HE SAID ITIf he shoots like that, it opens a whole new world for him. He puts the ball on the floor well. He has the ability to get to a spot and, with his size, jump up and make shots. To guard him on the line is significant even in the ACC. If he can do that then that gives you a whole other dimension. It will open driving angles and makes teams have to spread out a bit. -- Radebaugh on Bacon.UP NEXTCharleston Southern: Has its home opener on Tuesday against Columbia (South Carolina) International. 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But with their strengths, I thought it was a bit surprising.Despite India ending the day on top, Ashwin cautioned that there was a long way still to go in the match. I was really taken aback by the counterattack that [Jermaine] Blackwood did, he said. It sort of put the game in the balance. And we had to break [through] twice and brought the game back. Its clearly a game where the experienced side is seizing the more opportune moments. I would put it that way. With a little bit of experience and nailing the right moments, the game could get closer.This game has a lot of uncertainties. We just saw one when Sri Lanka pulled it off against Australia [in the Pallekele Test]. And they did the same against us in Galle [in 2015], so we cant be lacklustre with that, we will have to keep doing our process properly.Ashwin said his variations of pace had been key to picking up five wickets on a damp first-day pitch.A little bit of bounce and speed variation, that was important, I thought. Most of the dismissals were brought about by difference in speeds rather than much of spin, actually. It was initially damp and there was some turn, but after that it flattened out a bit and started going straight. This ball, once it gets older, it becomes easier to bat.dddddddddddd Theres a lot more time. I think it was more about bounce and speed variation that created the problem.Playing only his 34th Test match, Ashwin has already picked up his 18th five-wicket haul. At this moment, his rate of taking five-fors is even better than that of Muttiah Muralitharan, who picked up 67 in 133 Tests.Everybody wants to start playing cricket one day to achieve what nobody else could achieve, Ashwin said. I am happy to be there, at some stage of my career where I am better than everybody else who has played the game. It feels nice, but the only thing that is constant is trying to improve from wherever you are. I think change is very very important. Keeping on benchmarking yourself is more important. This is good, but tomorrow is a different day and you have to keep improving.Coming in for the injured M Vijay, KL Rahul got India off to a near-perfect start to their reply, and ended the day batting on 75. Ashwin wasnt surprised by his performance, and said he had nicknamed him batting machine for the amount of batting he does in training.We all know that hes a quality cricketer, Ashwin said. Hes made a lot of runs in first-class cricket. He has pretty much arrived at this level.Beforehand, when he made hundreds for us, it has been crucial knocks. He made one in Sri Lanka which is very very memorable. As a matter of fact, the way he played in the IPL, its just an extension. Everybody wants Rahul to do well, which is a big tick for him.Ive nicknamed him batting machine. He keeps batting all the time and its not a surprise that hes made runs and Im very happy for him. ' ' '