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Florida State Downs La Salle, 81-76
Uche Echefu soars above the crowd to grab a rebound in the first half.

Uche Echefu soars above the crowd to grab a rebound in the first half.

Jan. 5, 2008

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Uche Echefu and Ralph Mims scored 19 points each as Florida State beat La Salle 81-76 on Saturday night.

Florida State was 20-of-20 from the free-throw line in the second half, and 30-for-32 overall. The Seminoles made 25 straight to end the game.

Echefu was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, and Mims made 9-of-11. Echefu added seven rebounds, and an emphatic block with time winding down.

Florida State (12-4) trailed by nine with 7:14 left in the game, but the Seminoles scored seven straight to pull within two. With the game tied at 69, Jason Rich made a layup to give the Seminoles their first lead since halftime.

The Explorers (4-8) were led by Rodney Green's 16 points. Jerrell Williams added 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Darnell Harris scored 13. LaSalle shot 50-percent from the field, and outrebounded the Seminoles 34-25.

Florida State scored 25 points on LaSalle's 16 turnovers, including a Toney Douglas steal and layup with 1:41 left in the game that gave the Seminoles a 73-69 lead.

Jason Rich scored 16 points for the Seminoles. Toney Douglas added 12, and Isaiah Swann scored 11.

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