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FSU wins in tourney opener

By ZACHARY SPAIN, Associated Press
Published November 25, 2003

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State opened a 13-day, six-game stretch Monday night with an 81-67 win over Georgetown (Ky.) College in the opening round of the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic.

Florida State substituted frequently, with 10 Seminoles playing at least 10 minutes and 11 scoring. FSU's bench outscored the starters 50-31.

Tim Pickett led five double-figure scorers with 14 as the Seminoles used fast starts in both halves to cruise. "It's important that we use this opportunity when it's available to get guys minutes so we can evaluate to see how they are going to grow and how we can fit them in the grand scheme," coach Leonard Hamilton said. In his college debut, freshman guard Von Wafer had 10 points. Freshman Alexander Johnson scored 13 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Florida State (2-0) led 12-0 before the Tigers scored 8:24 into the game. Georgetown College then scored nine in a row before FSU regained control.

Georgetown College, an NAIA Final Four participant a season ago, forced 22 turnovers. Behind improved shooting and offensive rebounds, the Tigers outscored FSU 45-41 in the second half.

Georgetown College guard Marshall Williams had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"We were aggressive there early, but we hit a point where I felt we kind of lost our focus," Hamilton said. "The rotation probably had a lot to do with us losing a little bit of continuity."

Top 25

NO. 4 ARIZONA 107, N. ARIZONA 73: Channing Frye scored 20 and Andre Iguodala added 18 to lead the host Wildcats, giving coach Lute Olson his 500th victory with the team. Isaiah Fox, suspended from two preseason games for taking a candy bar and bagels from a school store, had his first career double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman point guard Mustafa Shakur had 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in his college debut. Olson, 69, beginning his 21st season at Arizona, is 500-147. His record is 692-239 at Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona.

NO. 9 UNC 91, DAVIDSON 68: New Tar Heels coach Roy Williams made his first appearance in Charlotte and drew an impressive crowd of Tar Heels faithful. Jawad Williams led North Carolina with a career-high 28, Sean May had 19 and Rashad McCants added 13. "We had a lot of people here and it really surprised me," Jawad Williams said. "People want to see good basketball and Coach Williams is going to teach good basketball, so they come to see that."

NO. 11 TEXAS 122, SAM HOUSTON ST. 71: Sydmill Harris scored 23 and Brandon Mouton added 20 for the host Longhorns. P.J. Tucker added 18 points and 11 rebounds, his second career double double in as many games. The Longhorns hit 12 3-pointers.

NO. 19 CINCY 89, OAKLAND 60: Jason Maxiell returned from an early benching and scored a career-high 26 to lead the host Bearcats. Only 77 seconds into the game, coach Bob Huggins angrily called a timeout, waved his starters off the floor and yelled to the bench: "Give me five!" Huggins wasn't happy with the lack of hustle in the Bearcats' preseason games and wasn't going to put up with another lackluster performance. He benched his starters after Oakland (2-3) got the game's first three rebounds. Five backups went in and started a surge toward a 27-point lead.

NO. 21 ND 74, N. ILLINOIS 65: Torin Francis had 24 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks, and host Notre Dame held off a late charge.

VANDERBILT 73, INDIANA 60: Matt Freije went 18-for-18 from the free-throw line and had a career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds for the host Commodores.

LSU 87, MCNEESE ST. 77: Jaime Lloreda had 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead the host Tigers. Lloreda also blocked four shots to make scoring inside difficult for the Cowboys.

CLEMSON 88, HIGH POINT 81: Sharrod Ford had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Tigers.


CHARLOTTE 102, N.C. A&T 39: Brendan Plavich scored 18 to lead the host 49ers. The score was 51-18 at the half.

SAINT LOUIS 73, SAVANNAH ST. 33: Senior guard Josh Fisher scored 17 to lead the host Billikens. Savannah State missed its first 12 shots and was held scoreless until 8:35 remained in the first half.

UAB 94, GA. SOUTHERN 73: Mo Finley and Ronell Taylor scored 16 each to lead the host Blazers.


MAINE 68, B-CC 63: Kevin Reed scored 17 and the Black Bears held the host Wildcats to 29 percent shooting in the second half.

STETSON 74, PR-MAYAGUEZ 60: Borislav Djordjic scored 15 to lead five players in double figures for the host Hatters.

N.C.-WILMINGTON 71, JACKSONVILLE 53: Halston Lane scored 16 for the host Seahawks. The Dolphins' Haminn Quaintance scored 10.

MURRAY ST. 94, UWF 68: Kelvin Brown scored 10 of his 20 in a second-half run and Cuthbert Victor was 8-of-8 from the field for the host Racers. Matt Shemwell led the Argonauts with 14.


NO. 12 LA. TECH 67, ILLINOIS 61: Lakiste Barkus scored 16 and the visiting Techsters survived a rally.

NO. 19 OKLA. 83, SE MISSOURI 48: Leah Rush scored 16 and Caton Hill added 14 for the host Sooners.

NO. 23 TCU 74, SMU 64: Amy Pack scored 19 and Tiffany Evans had 17 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Frogs.

- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

[Last modified November 25, 2003, 02:06:38]


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