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Dec. 6, 1997

Kerry Thompson scored 13 points for the Seminoles.

Seminoles Beats Jacksonville by 30

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Kerry Thompson scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as 18th-ranked Florida State held Jacksonville to 10 points in the first 20 minutes en route to a 74-44 pummeling.

LaMarr Greer added 11 points for the Seminoles (6-1), who have wins in the first two legs of their three-game stretch against in-state rivals. Florida State, which beat Florida Atlantic earlier this week, plays Florida at Orlando next Sunday.

John Knox scored 10 points for the Dolphins (1-4), who have lost four straight since starting the season with a 76-54 victory over Florida A&M. Jacksonville has yet to play an opponent outside the state.

The Seminoles have won nine in a row over Jacksonville and lead the all-time series, 49-19.

Florida State held the Dolphins without a basket for the first 8:12 of the contest as it embarked on a 21-2 run. Corey Louis hit a jumper and Greer added a three-pointer before Knox made two free throws to make it 5-2 at the 17:50 mark.

But the Seminoles reeled off 16 straight points. Kyle Mulligan had a layup and Karim Shabazz added a hook shot before Ron Hale hit two free throws and a layup to push the lead to 13-2 with 14:11 remaining.

Thompson buried a jumper and Louis a layup around two missed free throws by Jamar Bailey for the Dolphins. Micah Ross missed two foul shots and Bailey failed on another before Randell Jackson had a layup. Thompson capped the run with a jumper to give Florida State a 21-2 lead with 12:12 left.

Ross ended the drought with a dunk 24 seconds later. But the Seminoles answered a 17-4 run as the lead mushroomed to 41-8 after Matt Chlebek hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds to go in the first half.

The Dolphins shot 12 percent (3-of-26) from the field in the first half and missed all seven of their three-point shots. Jacksonville also committed 16 turnovers.

Florida State took its largest lead of the game at 60-26 after a jumper by Geoff Brower with 9:21 to play. The Seminoles shot 51 percent (26-of-51) from the floor and had 20 assists on their 26 baskets.

Jacksonville finished the game shooting 28 percent (17-of-61) from the floor and 3-of-20 from beyond the arc. Farnell Charles finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

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