January 29, 2000 - by
‘Noles Fall To Maryland, 82-63

Jan. 29, 2000




Box Score



By DAVID MARK

Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Practice made Maryland a lot better, if not
perfect.

With Lonny Baxter scoring 22 of his 24 points in the first half Saturday,
the 22nd-ranked Terrapins manhandled Florida State 82-63, a big step in shaking
off a disappointing loss at North Carolina earlier in the week.

After the 75-63 loss on Thursday, Maryland coach Gary Williams decided to
push his team harder in practice before Saturday’s game at Florida State.

“It was the longest and hardest practice we’ve had,” Williams said of the
workout before heading to Tallahassee. “We knew after the Carolina game we had
our work cut out for us, but we got back to basics.”

It paid off.

Baxter dominated the first half, scoring 22, and predicted after the game
that the win would inspire the team.

“The second half is about to start in the ACC, and we really needed a road
win,” he said.

The Terrapins (14-6, 3-4) never trailed and held a 45-35 lead at halftime.

Florida State closed within five points during the second half, but never
managed to narrow the gap any further. The Seminoles shot 35 percent
(19-of-54), compared to 48 percent (29-of-60) by Maryland.

“We were playing catchup throughout the whole course of the game,” Florida
State coach Steve Robinson said. “I felt like we never got into any rhythm on
the offensive end.”

Ron Hale scored 21 points to lead the Seminoles (8-10, 3-4) and Damous
Anderson added 12.

Florida State has lost two straight after posting big wins earlier this
month against North Carolina and Wake Forest.

“This team has made real strides, and to be so close, you just want to go
back out and practice,” Nigel Dixon said.

Juan Dixon added a career-high 23 points for Maryland and Terence Morris and
Danny Miller had 10 apiece.

Maryland holds a 14-5 advantage in the series against Florida State, dating
back to January 1992.

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