November 14, 1999 - by
Men’s Basketball Closes Exhibition Season With Win

Nov. 14, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Damous Anderson scored 23 points and had seven
rebounds to lead Florida State to an 81-66 win over the California
All-Stars in its exhibition finale on Sunday afternoon at the Leon County
Civic Center.

Ron Hale and Oliver Simmons each added 14 for FSU.

“I thought we were very sloppy today,” said Seminole head coach
Steve Robinson. “We played well in spots but our total effort will not get
it done. Damous played very well and so did Oliver but after that I want
more effort.”

Florida State trailed 26-22 with 4:30 to play in the first half but
closed the period with a 13-4 run to lead 35-30 at intermission. The
Seminoles scored the first 14 points of the second half to gain its largest
advantage at 49-30. Anderson scored 14 of his points and Simmons added six
in the 27-4 run.

“We have to be more intense,” Anderson said. “We played well in
spurts but we need to keep our focus for 40 minutes.”

FSU hit 48.5 percent from the floor (32-of-66), including 57.7
percent after halftime (15-of-26). The Seminoles made just 2-of-17 from
three-point range (11.8 percent) and 15-of-31 from the line (48.4 percent).

Florida State outrebounded the All-Stars 45-31 as Hale grabbed nine
and Simmons added seven.

“We need to get better and improve,” said Robinson. “Overall, I
have been encouraged by what I have seen in the preseason. Now it is time
to play for keeps.”

FSU opens the regular season on Friday night at No. 8 Florida,
which beat the California All-Stars 84-79 on Friday. Tip-off for the
season-opener is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on
Sunshine Network.

The Seminoles’ home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. against
Norfolk State.

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