Jan. 7, 1998
Maryland Upsets Florida State
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Obinna Ekezie had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland turned up the defense in the second half to rally past No. 13 Florida State 81-74 Wednesday night.
The Terrapins (8-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by 12 points early in the second half, then forged ahead by limiting the Seminoles to two field goals over a 12-minute span.
Maryland was coming off a 32-point home defeat against No. 2 Duke and at halftime appeared in danger of losing a third straight game for only the second time in four seasons. Instead, the Terrapins ended the Seminoles' four-game winning streak with their fifth straight home win against Florida State (12-3, 1-2).
Terrell Baker scored 17 points for the Seminoles, who were outscored 48-33 after halftime. Florida State went 9-for-17 at the foul line overall compared to Maryland's 32-for-42.
The Seminoles led 45-33 before center Corey Louis was called for his fourth foul with 18:59 remaining. Maryland's Sarunas Jasikevicius then scored four straight points to spark a 9-0 run that cut the margin to three. Ekezie also had four points in the surge.
A basket by Randell Jackson broke the Florida State drought, but those were the Seminoles' only points over a six-minute stretch. It was 49-46 before a layup by Terrell Stokes and a dunk by Mike Mardesich put Maryland ahead with 12:02 left.
A 3-pointer by Jasikevicius, two foul shots by Laron Profit and a jumper in the lane by Rodney Elliott made it 57-50 as Florida State continued to struggle on the offensive end.
The Terrapins stretched the lead to 69-56 with 2:35 to go.
Jasikevicius finished with 13 points for the Terrapins after going 0-for-5 from the field in the first half. Mardesich, a freshman center, had a career-high 10 rebounds and Profit, who didn't make a field goal against Duke, scored 15 points.
Baker scored four of his nine first-half points in an 11-2 run that gave the Seminoles a 41-33 halftime lead. The Terrapins were 13-of-39 from the field and missed all five of their 3-point tries.
Maryland never led against Duke, but in this game there were 11 lead changes and three ties before halftime. After a jumper by Elliott put Maryland ahead 29-28, the Terrapins made only two baskets over the final 4:59 of the first half.