Jan. 10, 1998
Florida State Loses Second Straight
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Roshown McLeod scored a career-high 25 points Saturday night and No. 2 Duke survived a cold-shooting second half to beat No. 13 Florida State 75-63, the Seminoles' second straight loss.
Reserves Shane Battier and Chris Carrawell added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Duke, which shot only 28.1 percent in the second half.
The Blue Devils (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 59.4 percent in the opening half to grab a 41-31 lead with McLeod scoring 13 points. Duke led by as many as 11 points twice in the half, the last time at 30-19 on a jumper by McLeod.
Randell Jackson scored 18 points and LaMarr Greer added 14 for Florida State, which shot only 40.7 percent and committed 16 turnovers.
The Seminoles (12-4, 1-3 ACC) pulled within 61-58 with 4:28 left on a jump hook by Corey Louis, but were unable to get any closer.
Earlier in the half, Florida State pulled within 46-45 with 13:07 left on a layup by 7-foot-2 freshman Karim Shabazz, who was fouled on the play but missed the free throw that would have tied the game.
McLeod, who was 6-of-7 from the field in the first half, helped Duke rebuild a 49-45 lead on a 3-pointer with 12:43 left.
The Seminoles took advantage of a five-minute Duke scoring drought early in the second half to get back into the game. Florida State pulled within 44-41 before Carrawell's basket ended the slump with 14:33 left in the game.