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Dec. 31, 1997

FSU Defeats Depaul and Former Coach, 66-55

AP Sports Writer

ROSEMONT, Ill. - No. 15 Florida State showed former coach Pat Kennedy what he left behind, getting 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots from Corey Louis to defeat Kennedy's new team, DePaul, 66-55 Wednesday.

Kennedy, who went 202-131 in 11 years at Florida State, recruited Louis and every other player on the talented Seminoles before taking the DePaul job last June.

Florida State (11-2) is off to its second-best start ever, having beaten defending national champion Arizona last week and having lost only to No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas.

DePaul (3-8), meanwhile, is having another tough season after going 3-23 under Joey Meyer in 1996-97. The depleted Blue Demons have lost six consecutive games overall and nine straight at the Rosemont Horizon, their primary home court.

Willie Coleman scored 15 points for DePaul, which has only eight scholarship players - only one taller than 6-foot-5 and none over 6-7 - and was without top scorer Jermaine Watts and starting guard Thomas Cooper due to knee injuries.

Despite having superior height, depth and personnel, the Seminoles had trouble putting DePaul away because they committed 19 turnovers and shot 43 percent.

DePaul trailed only 38-32 early in the second half before Randell Jackson scored 5 of his 15 points to spark a 12-2 run that gave Florida State a 16-point lead.

A 3-pointer by LaMarr Greer stretched the Seminoles' lead to 56-38 with 8 1/2 minutes to go, but DePaul closed it to 60-51 with 3:10 left on the second of two straight 3-pointers by Innis Glover.

Greer, who finished with 13 points, then made a layup, Louis blocked a shot by Coleman, and Greer hit two free throws to put Florida State back in control.

The Seminoles, who have won 29 of their last 31 games against non-ACC teams, had a 49-30 rebounding advantage.

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