Dec. 23, 1997Box Score
Seminoles Shock Arizona
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - LaMarr Greer was almost perfect Tuesday night. Greer scored a career-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:44, to lead No. 17 Florida State over No. 5 Arizona 84-79.
His off-balance 25-footer as the shot clock was about to expire to give Florida State an 82-77 lead with 50 seconds left.
"I knew I had to shoot it and I just tried to get my elbow straight and hoped it would hit the rim," Greer said. "When I threw it up, I said, `Man, it's going straight."
Greer made 11 of 13 shots from the field and all three of his 3-point attempts for the Seminoles (9-2), whose only two losses this season were to top-ranked North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas.
"Anytime a guy is 11 for 13, there isn't much more to say," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
Terrell Baker added 18 points for Florida State, and Corey Louis had 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the second half.
"I'm tired and I didn't even play," Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. "It was a strange game with some unusual plays."
Mike Bibby scored 26 points for Arizona, including six 3-pointers, but had only four points in the second half for the defending national champions. Michael Dickerson added 21 points for the Wildcats (7-3), who played their first game in 10 days.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and held their last lead at 76-74 with 2:45 left on two free throws by Bennett Davison.
Louis sparked a 10-4 run at the start of the second half to give Florida State a 51-50 lead.
Bibby's outside shooting sparked Arizona to a 46-41 halftime lead. He hit 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range and scored 22 points in the half.
"We didn't play the type of defense we usually do in the first half and coach really got on us," Greer said. "Bibby had a lot of open looks in the first half."
Florida State committed 22 turnovers, but shot 56 percent from the field and outrebounded Arizona 46-30.