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State: 'Noles flop in Challenge

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2004

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Armon Gates and DeAndre Haynes scored 14 each to lead Kent State to a 69-59 win over Florida State in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Challenge Saturday.

Kent State led throughout despite struggling from the field with 33 percent shooting in the second half. Kevin Warzynski scored 13, Jason Edwin had 12 and Scott Cutley added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Flashes.

Jason Rich led Florida State with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and Adam Waleskowski and Isaiah Swann each scored 10. Swann added six assists and four steals.

Kent State led 38-32 at halftime.

FSU plays TCU at 8:30 tonight.

XAVIER 83, UM 70 (OT): Brian Thornton had 17 points and Stanley Burrell and Justin Doellman combined for 12 in overtime to lift the visiting Musketeers in the second game of the Orange Bowl Classic.

Xavier nearly won in regulation, taking a 65-62 lead on Dedrick Finn's three-point play with 13.8 seconds left. But the Hurricanes tied it on Robert Hite's long 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left, a shot that seemingly gave Miami control.

Xavier, though, was unfazed. The Musketeers made their first six shots of overtime, opening the extra session with a 12-3 run that sealed it.

Finn finished with 15 points and Justin Cage and Doellman added 10 each for Xavier. Thornton had 11 rebounds.

Hite finished with 20 for Miami, which missed 11 of 13 shots in overtime and made three field goals in the final 11:38.

Doellman opened overtime with a 3-pointer, and Xavier never trailed again. Will Frisby had four points in a 36-second span to keep Miami within 70-68, but the Musketeers, who were aided by four missed shots on one Miami possession alone, scored seven straight to pull away.

Guillermo Diaz had 16 points and seven assists for Miami, with Frisby scoring 14 and Anthony Harris 13, all in the first half.

JU 73, SAVANNAH ST. 67: Antonio Cool had 19 points and six rebounds and B.J. Surry came off the bench to score 19 in 21 minutes as the visiting Dolphins held off a furious second-half rally. Jacksonville, which played without injured starting forward Haminn Quaintance for the first time in 31 games, improved to 9-0 all time against the Tigers.

ECKERD 60, ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC ST. 52: Matt Cenatus scored 10 of his16 in the second half as the host Tritons rallied from a 30-22 halftime deficit. Eckerd held the Pirates to four points in the final four minutes.

UNO 71, W. FLA. 52: Bo McCalebb had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead host New Orleans. McCalebb hit 7 of 23 shots and had three assists.

TONIGHT: FLORIDA STATE VS. TCU

WHEN/WHERE: 8:30; American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas.

RECORDS: FSU 2-2, Texas Christian 3-2.

COACHES: FSU - Leonard Hamilton (35-31, third season; 235-241 overall); TCU - Neil Dougherty (24-37, three seasons).

NOTES: The Seminoles are in the middle of a four-game road stretch. The Horned Frogs held their first four opponents under 70 points. During Hamilton's first two seasons, FSU went 21-5 (.808 winning percentage) during the months of November and December. Three of TCU's victories were by more than 10 points. The tournament is experimenting with a 3-point arc that is 20 feet, 6 inches, 9 inches greater than the current rule.

Times staff writer

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