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FSU's perfect record has an ugly side

The Seminoles beat Chicago State 47-42 as the teams combine to shoot 10-of-44 after halftime.

Associated Press
Published December 21, 2003

PITTSBURGH - If Florida State was looking to break into the Top 25, this wasn't the way to do it.

Anthony Richardson made two free throws with 13 seconds left, the only scoring in the final four minutes, and the unbeaten Seminoles held on for a 47-42 victory over Chicago State on Saturday.

Chicago State, a Mid-Continent Conference team that has lost its past 28 games against Division I opponents, turned over the ball three times down the stretch after Florida State's Nate Johnson was called for charging with his team ahead 45-42.

The Seminoles kept their best start going but barely held off a team that had lost its past six by an average of 14.5.

"A lot of teams don't respect us because we're Chicago State and we haven't won for years," said Craig Franklin, who scored 12. "We played together but, at the end ...

"We fell apart," Tony Weeden said, finishing his teammate's sentence.

The Cougars shot 16.7 percent (4-of-24) in the second half but squandered chances to tie or take the lead. Chicago State turned over the ball in the backcourt after Johnson's foul, and Weeden had the ball knocked out of his hand as he tried to get off a shot in the lane with a minute left and the Cougars in position to tie with a 3-pointer.

"We didn't make some easy opportunities early, and they gained confidence," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They played the type of (slow-paced, physical) game they should have played."

The Seminoles had nine players score, but none reached double figures. Tim Pickett was held to five points, 10 below his average, and Richardson was held to eight, nearly five below his 12.9 average. Pickett was 1-of-8 and the team 4-of-20 on 3-point attempts.

"We've played a half here, a half there, but we haven't played a complete 40 minutes," Hamilton said. "We've played just good enough to be 10-0."

Adam Waleskowski had nine points and Johnson had eight points and eight rebounds for Florida State, which shot 30 percent in a second half in which the teams combined to make 10 of 44 shots.

"When you play a team like Florida State and they don't respect you, you have to be physical," Chicago State coach Kevin Jones said. "You have to let them know you're not going to back down. We wanted to control the tempo and we did a good job with that."

Weeden had 16 points for the Cougars, who hadn't won since Nov.25.

"We were the better team, I thought," Weeden said.

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