TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 6) - The Florida A&M Men's Basketball team opened its' 2017-18 campaign Monday night with a rousing 107-71 romp over visiting Johnson (Fla.) University in the Al Lawson Center.
Senior forward Desmond Williams finished with a double double, scoring a game-high 24 points, on 11 of 18 shooting, along with 10 rebounds, heading a quintet of Rattlers scoring in double digits.
Sophomore guard Nasir Core finished with 17 points, followed by senior Marcus Barham with 14, junior Justin Ravenel with 12 points, and sophomore Brendan Myles with 11,
FAMU pulled away from the Suns late in the first half to hold a nine-point margin at 44-35, after shooting a nifty 57.1 percent from the floor (20 of 35), but they stepped up the pace even more in the second half, shooting 60 percent from the field (27 of 45), while cashing in on four three-pointers to outpace the Kissimmee-based crew, 63-36 in the second half.
The Rattlers also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Suns, 53-30, being especially tough on the defensive glass, grabbing 34 boards, while holding Johnson to just 10 offensive rebounds on the night.
In addition to the 10 rebounds by Desmond Williams, Brendan Myles finished with nine rebounds, and Nasir Core had seven caroms, while juniors Nick Severado and Isaiah Martin each had five boards.
Defensively, the Rattlers were fierce, forcing 18 turnovers, while limiting Johnson to 35.8 percent (24 of 67) floor shooting on the night.
Jaymeke Smith led the Suns with 16 points, followed by Jon Baker with 14, Kendall Oliver with 13 and Josh Grover with 10.
WHAT'S NEXT: FAMU opens a four-game road triple Friday in Phoenix, Arizona against Grand Canyon University (7:00 pm Mountain Time) and at UNLV Saturday (7:00 p.m. MT) in Las Vegas.