Dec. 31, 2004
By MARY FOSTER
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Tack Minor scored a career-high 23 points and dished out
9 assists to help LSU beat Florida State 67-50 Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl
The Tigers (6-3) were coming off two straight losses and trying to avoid the
first three-game December losing streak since Dale Brown’s final season as
coach in 1996.
Florida State (7-6) had won three of its last four games outrebounding its
opponents and outscoring them by an average of 20.8 points per game.
The Seminoles came nowhere near those marks against the Tigers, shooting 41
percent from the field and being outrebounded by LSU 42-30. Florida State also
had 16 turnovers.
It was the sixth time this season that Minor has scored in double figures.
Antonio Hudson scored 18 for LSU.
Florida State was led by Jason Rich with 10 points.
While LSU’s up-tempo offense has put the Tigers at the top of the
Southeastern Conference in scoring, the defense has given up at least 79 points
in each of the last three games.
Against the Seminoles they were more effective, especially in the second
half when they held Florida State to 9-of-26 from the field.
Both teams were cold to start the second half. The first basket of the half
came almost three minutes in when Von Wafer scored to cut LSU’s lead to 35-29.
Five minutes into the half the Tigers led 41-33 as LSU shot 25 percent and the
Seminoles 20 percent.
Florida State pulled to within five – 47-42 – on a basket by Jason Rich with
7:52 left. But the Tigers used a 10-2 run to go up 58-44.
The Tigers streaked ahead taking a 33-18 lead with 3:54 left in the first
half. But Florida State rallied with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 35-27 at