December 23, 1998
INDIANAPOLIS – Andy Hirschy scored 13 points as Butler employed a
suffocating defense and balanced scoring to upset Atlantic Coast Conference foe
Florida State 77-65 on Wednesday night.
Butler (4-5) limited the Seminoles to 43 percent shooting (26-of-60) for the
game while shooting 53 percent (22-of-42) and forcing the much-quicker Florida
State team to commit 16 turnovers.
The Bulldogs trailed only once, at 6:31 to go in the first half when Ron
Hale made a layup to give the Seminoles (5-4) a 20-19 edge.
Butler regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Thomas Jackson at 6:09
remaining in the first and led the rest of the way, amassing a 30-27 halftime
The Bulldogs scored six consecutive points capped by a 3-pointer by Andrew
Graves with 15:51 left to strengthen their lead to 39-31.
Florida State then scored four unanswered points before the Bulldogs
launched into a 22-9 run over the next 10 minutes to make it 63-44 with 4:11
Butler, which also received 11 points from LaVall Jordan and 10 from Bjorn
Gieseck, held on thanks to solid free throw shooting in the final two minutes.
The Bulldogs hit 14 free throws in the last three minutes and shot 75
percent (12-of-16) from the floor in the second half as the Seminoles managed
only 44 percent (15-of-34).
Florida State was led by Hale’s game-high 20 points and game-high 11
rebounds. Damous Anderson and Delvon Arrington added 13 points each for the