March 10, 2000
By JOE MACENKA
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The inside-outside tandem of Lonny Baxter and Juan
Dixon helped No. 20 Maryland make quick work of worn-out Florida State on the
way to an 82-61 victory in the ACC tournament Friday.
Baxter and Dixon powered a 16-5 run by the Terrapins to open the game,
sending second-seeded Maryland (23-8) to the Atlantic Coast Conference
semifinals for the sixth consecutive year.
Maryland pushed its lead as high as 32 points on the way to its ninth
consecutive victory over Florida State.
The seventh-seeded Seminoles (12-17) showed all the signs of fatigue that
might be expected from a team that struggled less than 17 hours earlier in a
63-62 victory over Georgia Tech.
Florida State never led, shot 40 percent and had 21 turnovers that the
Terrapins converted into 29 points.
Baxter had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Dixon had 12 points, eight assists
and three steals. The Terrapins also got 17 points from Terence Morris.
Reserve guard Matt Chlebek, with 11 points, was the only player in double
figures for Florida State.
Maryland set the tone from the outset by hitting seven of its first eight
field-goal attempts. Baxter hit all five of his shots, none from outside 6
feet, to put the Terrapins up by 11.
The Terrapins’ superior ball movement resulted in seven assists on their
first eight baskets, including four by Dixon.
The best Florida State could do was cut its deficit to seven points before
the Terrapins began pulling away, stretching their lead to 19 by halftime.
Things got so bad for the Seminoles that, less than two minutes into the
second half, a frustrated coach Steve Robinson pulled all five of his starters.
Robinson replaced them with a group averaging less than 11 points combined, and
when his starters arrived on the sideline, he walked to the far end of the
bench to avoid even making eye contact with them.
Florida State, down 21 at the time of Robinson’s move, fell behind by 26
before Robinson put his starters back on the floor.
The Seminoles got no closer than 19 the rest of the way.