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Men's Basketball Falls to No. 25 Maryland

Feb. 7, 1998

Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Rodney Elliott scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, including two free throws with 48 seconds left Saturday, as No. 25 Maryland recovered from an 11-point deficit to defeat Florida State 68-62.

Laron Profit also scored 16 points for the Terrapins, who trailed 34-23 in the first half and were still down 53-45 with 9:55 left. Obinna Ekezie added 11 points and a game-high 9 rebounds for Maryland, which has won 9 of its last 11 against Florida State, including both games this season.

Elliott took the game over in the second half, scoring eight straight points in a span of 87 seconds to tie the game 57-57. Profit gave the Terps the lead with 3:43 left on a dunk after he intercepted an errant pass by Florida State's Kerry Thompson.

Maryland (14-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) solidified its hold on third place in the conference - taking a two-game lead over Florida State - as the teams now begin to jockey for seeding in the ACC tournament next month.

Corey Louis led Florida State with 17 points and 8 rebounds. LaMarr Greer added 12 points and Randell Jackson 10 for the Seminoles.

Florida State (16-8, 5-6) has struggled since an 11-1 start and is faced with a road game Tuesday at Duke, where the Seminoles have never won.

Florida State built a 34-23 lead with 6:31 left in the half on Thompson's jumper, but the Seminoles went scoreless for nearly 5 minutes and led 36-31 at halftime.

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