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Dec. 17, 1997

Florida State Cruises Past UNC-Asheville

Randell Jackson contributed 10 pts against UNC-Asheville. (file photo)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Terrell Baker scored 18 points Wednesday night as 17th-ranked Florida State warmed up for Saturday's date against top-ranked North Carolina with a 77-60 victory over North Carolina-Asheville.

The Seminoles (8-1) broke open a close game midway in the first half and opened a 63-33 lead midway through the second half after a 3-pointer by Baker, who also added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Two 3-pointers by Geoff Brower in the final three minutes of the first half highlighted a 19-4 Florida State run that catapulted the Seminoles into a 36-20 lead at halftime.

LaMarr Greer added 13 points and Randell Jackson 10 for Florida State, which opens its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at home Saturday against unbeaten North Carolina.

Vincent Krieger's layup following a steal got UNC-Asheville to 17-14 with 8:24 left in the half. But the Bulldogs went scoreless for nearly six minutes as Florida State scored a dozen unanswered points, climaxed by Brower's first 3-pointer.

Josh Pittman scored 21 points for UNC-Asheville, but made only 8-of-25 shots as the Bulldogs (4-4) shot just 29 percent. Pittman's 3-pointer seven minutes into the game gave the visitors their last lead at 9-8.

Robert Stevenson added 11 points and nine rebounds for UNC-Asheville.

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