Nov. 17, 1997
Florida State Downs Loyola (Md)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Randell Jackson scored a career-high 25 points Monday night as Florida State gave new coach Steve Robinson an 89-72 victory over Loyola-Maryland in his home coaching debut in the opening round of the Preseason NIT.
Jackson, who scored 16 of his points in the second half, hit 9 of 13 shots from the floor and 7 of 8 free throws.
Terrell Baker and Ron Hale each added 15 points for the Seminoles and Kerry Thompson was in double figures with 10 points in addition to a game-high 6 assists.
Florida State (2-0) will play the winner of Monday's Minnesota-Utah State game in the second round Wednesday.
Robinson, who coached at Tulsa the past two seasons, replaced Pat Kennedy as Florida State's coach last summer, inheriting four starters from a team that went 20-12 last season and was second in the postseason NIT.
Jason Rowe connected on 14 of 16 free throws and led Loyola with 24 points. Mike Powell added 19 points and Jamal Hunter 14 while Roderick Platt contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the Greyhounds.
Loyola (0-1) stayed with Florida State for much of the game on the strength of its free shooting, hitting on 27 of 38 tries. The Greyhounds shot just 37.5 percent from the field and made only 2 of 16 from 3-point distance.
Despite hitting on only 3 of 17 tries from 3-point distance, Florida State shot 50.8 percent from the floor and claimed a 40-32 rebound advantage.