Dec. 2, 1997
Seminoles Cruise Past Florida Atlantic
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Terrell Baker scored 20 points and freshman center Karim Shabazz added 13 and 11 rebounds as 18th-ranked Florida State raced to a 21-point halftime advantage and mauled intrastate rival Florida Atlantic, 90-52.
The Seminoles (5-1), who advanced to the championship game of the Preseason NIT before losing to Kansas last Friday, matched their biggest margin of victory from last season, a 100-62 rout of Tennessee State on December 17th.
Florida State was playing the first of three games against intrastate rivals. The Seminoles also play Jacksonville on Saturday before traveling to Orlando to meet Florida on December 14th.
Ryan Hercek and Damon Arnette had 11 points apiece for Florida Atlantic (0-6), which has been outscored by a combined 77 points in the first half of their losses.
Baker scored 13 of his 20 points in the first 20 minutes when Florida State shot 57 percent (16-of-28), including 4-of-8 three-point attempts. The Owls connected on just 9-of-24 (36 percent) shots in the first half and 19-of-52 (37 percent) overall.
After yielding 73 points in the loss to Kansas, the Seminoles allowed 60 points or less for the fourth time this season.
Florida State, which got 10 points from LaMarr Greer and reserve Ron Hale, outrebounded the Owls, 48-22. Kerry Thompson dished out eight assists while turning the ball over just twice.
Florida Atlantic turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 25 Seminoles' points. Florida State converted 20 offensive rebounds into 27 second-chance points while holding the Owls scoreless.
The Seminoles have won all four meetings with Florida Atlantic, including a 93-56 romp exactly one year ago.