October 27, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior guard Terrell Baker scored 17 points while adding eight steals and three assists to lead the Gold to a 67-57 win over the Garnet in the annual Florida State basketball Garnet and Gold Game on Tuesday night before 2,000 in the Leon County Civic Center.
Baker hit 7-of-13 from the floor and also had four rebounds. Sophomore center Karim Shabazz and sophomore forward Ronald Thompson also scored in double figures for the winners with 14 and 12 points respectively.
“I thought we got a lot accomplished,” said second-year FSU head coach Steve Robinson. “We did not look super sharp, but you have to consider that we have only had eight practices. We did show was a lot of effort and energy though.”
Shabazz scored 11 first half points and freshman forward Antwuan Dixon added nine as the Gold led 43-36 at intermission. Baker keyed a 15-2 spurt to open the second half with six points, three steals and two assists during the run as the Gold stretched its lead to 58-38.
“The veterans looked comfortable out there,” Robinson said. “Terrell and Ron Hale both looked very confident.”
Hale led the Garnet with a game-high 26 points and also had seven rebounds. Oliver Simmons posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Garnet.
The Seminoles open the exhibition season on Nov. 4 against Bulgaria at 7:00 p.m. in the Leon County Civic Center. FSU’s regular season opener is Friday, Nov. 13 when the Tribe hosts Sam Houston State.