Nov. 25, 2000
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Nigel Dixon muscled his way to 23 points as Florida
State beat Rhode Island 86-71 Saturday to take seventh place in the Great
The Seminoles won their first game of the season by consistently finding the
6-10, 350-pound Dixon for lean-in baskets.
Florida State dominated underneath the basket, outrebounding the Rams 49-27.
Dixon and Michael Joiner each had 10 rebounds.
The Rams closed to 52-48 on a free throw by Tavorris Bell with 14:37 left in
the second half. But three Dixon free throws and two baskets off putbacks
boosted the lead to 69-56.
The Rams managed just two free throws in the first five minutes as the
Seminoles ran up a 16-2 lead.
Rhode Island (1-4) closed to 30-26 on a 12-4 run with about five minutes
left in the half with Dinno Daniels scoring nine, but Ryan Lowery and Adrian
Crawford hit 3-pointers to blunt the comeback.
Bell led Rhode Island scoring with 29.