Nov. 4, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior Antwuan Dixon hit a 3-point shot with 10 seconds remaining in the second half to lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to a 62-61 victory over the Nike Elite All-Stars in an exhibition game at the Leon County Civic Center. Dixon’s basket from the left of the top of the key came after Nike’s Darnell Haskins had put his team ahead with a short jumper and a free throw in the final 35 seconds of the game.
The game was the first exhibition of the pre-season for Florida State and the third for the Nike All-Stars. The Seminoles close their exhibition Saturday at home against the EA All-Stars while Nike falls to 0-3 on its eight-game tour of the ACC, SEC and Big East.
Dixon finished with a team-high tying 13 points with none more important that his final shot of the game. Dixon received a pass from senior point guard Delvon Arrington who had penetrated into the lane before kicking the ball out to Dixon. Dixon hit the bottom of the net to give the Seminoles the victory.
Nike missed on a chance at the buzzer to win the game when Haskins, who had seven points, was off the mark on the final shot of the game.
Dixon’s game-winning shot produced the eighth lead change of the second half. After trailing for the entire first half and the first five minutes of the second half, Nike took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Kelly Newton. The next five minutes saw two leads changes and one tie before Nike stretched its lead to as many as eight with 9:11 remaining.
Florida State chipped away until re-taking the lead, 55-54, on Antwuan Dixon’s first three point of the game with 4:36 left on the clock. Nike then forged ahead again and led until Dixon’s game winning-shot.
Dixon shared team-high scoring honors with center Nigel Dixon, who also added 13 points. Arrington, 10 points, was the third member of the Seminoles who scored in double figures. Arrington also dished out a game-high eight assists. Freshman Adam Waleskowski grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with four points.
Florida State led, 31-26, at halftime.