December 6, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chris Porter scored 21 points to lead Auburn to an
80-68 victory Sunday over Florida State, pushing the Tigers (8-0) to their best
start in 36 years.
Terrell Baker paced Florida State (3-2) with 24 points and Delvon Arrington
The Seminoles held an early 13-8 lead, but Auburn took over for good with
9:53 left in the first half, on a basket by Bryant Smith. Smith went on to
finish with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Auburn, which now leads the series with Florida State 20-16, led 36-29 at
halftime and opened up as much as a 63-42 lead with 7:58 left to play before
Florida State rallied to make it competitive.
A 10-0 FSU run, including eight straight points from Baker, cut the Auburn
lead to 70-64 with 2:16 remaining. But the Tigers closed the game with a 10-4
run, as FSU scored on just two of its last six possessions.
Auburn outrebounded Florida State 44-29 and forced 19 turnovers, several of
which were the result of fullcourt pressure defense.
Florida State shot better from 3-point range (11-of-20) than it did from the
free throw line (7-of-19).
The Tigers, who also got strong performances from Scott Hamilton (11
points), Doc Robinson (11 points) and David Hamilton (12 rebounds), took
control of the game with a 28-10 run midway through the first half to take a
Baker and Andrian Crawford made back-to-back 3-point field goals, however,
to cut the deficit to seven points at halftime.