March 5, 1999
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FRESH LEGS
The good news for Florida State was that they defeated Clemson 87-85
in overtime on Thursday to advance in the tournament. The bad news: FSU
had to turn around and play a deep Maryland team on Friday.
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Seminoles came out strong early, and the teams were tied at 16 at the 11:32 mark
of the first half. From there, Maryland went on a 12-0 run to take control
of the contest.
“Florida State had a great win last night, a gut-check win,” said Maryland
coach Gary Williams. “We knew they would come out tough those first few
minutes. We knew we had to stay tough as they were. Obviously, we were
fresher and are a little deeper than they are this year.”
Although not using Thursday’s overtime victory as an excuse, Florida
State coach Steve Robinson acknowledged that his squad had trouble coming
back on Friday afternoon.
“I think the game yesterday took more out of us than I had hoped,” Robinson
said. “We expended a lot of energy yesterday. We gave everything that
we had, it just wasn’t enough. They just kept coming and coming. They opened
up the second half with five points quickly off the bat and we never seemed
A RARE SITE?
With his squad racing to its sixth straight win after losing center
Obinna Ekezie, the usually intense Williams had a drastic change in
demeanor on the sidelines in the second half. Williams even cracked a
smile, which is a departure from his usual furrowed brow.
“After 10 years, I screwed up,” Williams deadpanned after the game. “I have a lot
of respect for Steve Robinson and what he has done at Florida State.
The smile was for the players on the bench. I was just happy with the
way things were going.”
GOODBYE TO BAKER
Florida State’s Terrell Baker finished his collegiate career, foulding out of
the game with 3:40 to play. Baker finished with 12 points after shooting
0-for-7 in the first half. This was a stark contrast to the Thursday,
when Baker scored FSU’s first 11 points against Clemson and finished
“It’s been great having the opportunity to coach him,” Robinson said.
“He is a competitor and his spirit, heart and drive make coaching him
very ejoyable. His exuberance on the court has been outstanding.”
Williams recognized Baker’s career by shaking his hand as he was leaving
the court after fouling out.
“Terrell played at the high school where I started coaching,” Williams
said. “I know how hard he has worked as a player to get to where he is
and I have a lot of respect for that.”