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Nov. 6, 1997

Florida State Wins Exhibition Finale

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Freshman center Karim Shabazz scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Florida State men's basketball team to a 100-92 victory over the Converse All-Stars on Thursday night in the Leon County Civic Center in their final exhibition game.

"Karim played very well for us tonight," said first-year Florida State head coach Steve Robinson. "With Randell Jackson sitting out, Karim was able to step up in a starting role and come through with a double-double. We found out something new and we will continue to tinker with our lineup."

Five other Seminole players scored in double figures. Kerry Thompson paced FSU with 21 points, LaMarr Greer addeed 17, Corey Louis had 15, Terrell Baker chipped in with 11 and Ron Hale came off the bench to score 10.

Thompson's layup with 38 seconds to go in the first half gave the Seminoles a 52-50 lead at intermission. They never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The game was played under experimental NCAA rules of four 10-minute quarters and with a 40-second shot clock. The Seminoles will use these rules again this year when they play in the preseason NIT.

Jackson missed the game with a sublexation of his right shoulder that was suffered in FSU's first exhibition game last Saturday. He should return for practice this weekend and willbe ready when the Seminoles open the regular season next Friday night at Rice.

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