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Dec. 18, 1998

Florida State Stings Yellow Jackets

Randell Jackson
Randell Jackson scored 22 points against Georgia Tech. (File photo)

ATLANTA (AP) - Randell Jackson and Corey Louis gave Florida State just what the Seminoles needed - a scoring boost, and more importantly, a victory.

Jackson scored 22 points and Louis added 15 as No. 17 Florida State, coming off its worst loss of the season, ended a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak with a 70-67 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

"This was a big win for us, especially on the road," said Louis, a 6-foot-9 senior, who is averaging 9.2 points a game. "It's one of those wins we really needed."

In addition to its 86-65 loss to Clemson on Tuesday night, the Seminoles (13-5, 2-4) had lost its previous two games - to No. 2 Duke at home and Maryland on the road.

"When you have been on a losing streak, you are just happy that you found a way to win a game," Florida State first-year coach Steve Robinson said. "We found a way to win. It wasn't pretty by any means, but a win is a win."

Georgia Tech (12-5, 2-3) missed a chance to tie it when Matt Harpring missed a 3-point attempt with 3.3 seconds left.

"I saw I had only a couple of seconds left, and I shot it," said Harpring, the ACC's leading scorer (22.9), who led Georgia Tech with 24 points, but was just 7-of-22 from the field. He was 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

"He didn't get anything easy," said Jackson, who averages 12.1 points a game and was on Harpring about half the game. "I think we did a good job on him defensively."

Harpring didn't disagree.

"Tonight was not my night, I missed a lot of shots," he said. "Those are the kind of shots you need to make to win the ACC."

Jackson scored 15 points in the first half while Louis had nine in the second half for the Seminoles.

Florida State broke a 55-55 tie with 8:00 left, going on an 11-3 run, with Louis scoring four points and Jackson three, to take its biggest lead of the game, 66-58 with 4:31 left.

The Yellow Jackets, however, got it back to 66-64 on a 3-pointer by reserve Jason Floyd, who scored 13 points, and a basket by Harpring with 2:53 left.

Both teams missed several opportunities until Florida State's Kerry Thompson hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for a 68-64 lead.

Harpring then hit two free throws to get Tech within 68-66 before Terrell Baker made two foul shots with 23 seconds left to restore the lead to four.

Harpring added another free throw with 8.8 seconds left for the final score. Georgia Tech fell behind 27-20 with 5:45 left in the opening half before Harpring came to life after missing his first six shots.

Harpring hit his first bucket 12:28 in, then scored eight points to key a 17-10 run as the Yellow Jackets gained a halftime tie at 37. Harpring was 3-of-12 in the first half, missing his first seven shots.

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