Nov 28, 2001
By NANCY ARMOUR
AP Sports Writer
EVANSTON, Ill. – Winston Blake scored 18 points Wednesday, including a
3-pointer with 11 seconds left, as Northwestern held off Florida State 57-50 in
the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Jitim Young added 19 points for Northwestern, which beat Florida State for
the first time in three tries. At 4-1, the Wildcats are off to their best start
since the 1998-99 season, when they opened 5-1.
Blake made a 3-pointer to give Northwestern a 50-44 lead with 7:51 left to
play. But Cummings and Mike Mathews made back-to-back baskets to pull Florida
State within 52-49 with 3:43 left. The Seminoles and Wildcats traded airballs
on their next few possessions, before Florida State got a break. With 1:28
left, Tavaras Hardy fouled Mathews.
But Mathews could only make the second shot, and Blake’s 3 with 11 seconds
left gave the Wildcats a small cushion. Young then stole the inbounds pass and
scored on a layup to seal the win.
Northwestern got off to a sluggish start, rarely venturing inside. That
might have been a good move, considering that’s where Nigel Dixon, Florida
State’s 350-pound center, was lurking.
But the Wildcats didn’t have much better luck outside, shooting just 29
percent (4-of-14) from 3-point range. The Seminoles also outrebounded
Northwestern 21-18, including an 8-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
Still, the Wildcats only trailed 28-27 at half. And they wasted little time
getting their offense on track early in the second period. Hardy made a hook
shot to start a 13-5 run that gave Northwestern a 40-34 lead with 13:38 to
Young, who scored six points during the spurt, capped the run with two free