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Seminole faces battery charge

By BRIAN LANDMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 18, 2000


TALLAHASSEE -- The state attorney's office on Friday afternoon officially charged Florida State sophomore forward Rodney Tucker with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim.

The first-degree felony carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence. He faces a Dec. 21 arraignment in Leon County. Tucker's attorney, Clyde Taylor Jr., could not be reached for comment.

According to Tallahassee police records, the victim and her friend were in Tucker's bedroom after a night of "clubbing and drinking alcohol" nearly two months ago.

The group smoked marijuana, and the victim, whose name is being withheld, told police she fell asleep on his bed. She later awakened and found Tucker having intercourse with her, the police report said. She yelled, "Stop, stop," and he stopped. She left the apartment and went to the hospital for a sexual assault exam.

Tucker, 20, who has no criminal record, was arrested and released on $20,000 bond. Taylor entered a written plea of not guilty for Tucker on Oct. 6.

Tucker averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds last season. He has been suspended indefinitely since his arrest on Sept. 29 but has been allowed to remain in school and practice with the team.

NO. 2 DUKE 98, VILLANOVA 85: Coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 500th game at Duke as the host Blue Devils advanced to the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

Duke started slowly but wore the Wildcats down with relentless pressure. The Blue Devils forced 29 turnovers, including 18 in the first half.

The Blue Devils play Texas on Wednesday at New York's Madison Square Garden.

NO. 7 N. CAROLINA 99, APPALACHIAN ST. 69: North Carolina is one of the tallest teams in the country, and the No. 7 Tar Heels proved they lack nothing from the outside.

North Carolina made 10 of its first 12 three-pointers en route to the lopsided win in the opening of the Mountaineers' new Holmes Center.

NO. 18 WAKE FOREST 84, AIR FORCE 44: The Deacons, who have seemingly abandoned their trademark deliberate offense, opened the game running in the final of the Black Coaches Association Classic at Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest made 10 straight baskets -- five of them three-pointers -- in a breathless 25-5 run and took a 30-9 lead before the Falcons even knew what hit them.

NO. 25 VIRGINIA 96, LONG ISLAND 50: Stephane Dondon led with 17, Travis Watson had 16 and 10 other players scored for the host Cavaliers, who shot 61 percent (36-for-59).

Virginia, ranked for the first time since December 1996, put the game away with a 30-4 run that took about nine minutes of the first half. It turned a 12-9 advantage into a 42-13 lead 4:04 before the break.

Long Island missed 11 of 13 shots and had five turnovers during Virginia's run. The Blackbirds were led by Dawan Gary.

CLEMSON 86, HARTFORD 67: Pasha Bains scored a career-high 20 points and had six three-pointers -- double his career best -- as the host Tigers won their 16th season opener in a row.

Bains, a sophomore, hit four three-pointers and freshman Tony Stockman had three as the Tigers closed the first half with a 29-14 run to lead 54-32 at the break.

The Hawks quickly dropped from sight at Littlejohn Coliseum.

N.C. STATE 77, PENNSYLVANIA 64: The Wolfpack held the Quakers in check with an aggressive man-to-man defense and took control of the game with a 7-0 run midway through the second half. GEORGIA TECH 92, WOFFORD 49: The host Yellow Jackets bolted to a 9-0 lead in their first game under Paul Hewitt, who took over after last season when Bobby Cremins stepped down after 19 seasons.

Shaun Fein hit 12 of 16 shots, including 7 of 11 three-pointers.

- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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