March 5, 1999
By JOE MACENKA
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Laron Profit had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four
steals and No. 5 Maryland overwhelmed Florida State for a 93-69 victory in the
Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday.
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Profit scored eight points in a 24-12 run that closed the first half and
sent Maryland (26-4) to its fifth consecutive berth in the conference
The second-seeded Terrapins shot 56 percent and harassed eighth-seeded
Florida State (13-17) into 23 turnovers, helping Maryland improve to 24-0 when
leading at halftime.
Steve Francis added 13 of his 20 points in the second half for the
Terrapins. Maryland, winning its seventh game in a row, also got 18 from Lonny
Baxter and 10 from Danny Miller.
The Terrapins, who shot a combined 60 percent while defeating the Seminoles
twice in the regular season, didn’t need to be that accurate Friday against a
team coming off Thursday night’s overtime victory against Clemson. Florida
State appeared to run out of steam after eight minutes against Maryland, which
had a first-round bye.
Florida State’s Terrell Baker, who had 28 points to lead the Seminoles on
Thursday night, missed his first eight shots against Maryland. He wound up with
12 points on 4-for-14 shooting.
Damous Anderson had 14 points and Delvon Arrington 11 for the Seminoles, who
had snapped a seven-game losing skid with their first-round victory.
The score was 16-16 before Maryland closed the half with the decisive run.
Francis hit a jumper in the lane and assisted on another basket as Maryland
opened the surge by scoring 12 consecutive points. Profit took over from there,
scoring three times on slashing moves and adding a pair of foul shots as the
Terrapins went up 42-30 at halftime.
Maryland scored the first seven points of the second half, and Florida State
was unable to get closer than 17 the rest of the way. The Terrapins spent much
of the final 15 minutes sharpening their dunking skills and pushing their lead
as high as 34.