Dec 20, 2003
By ALAN ROBINSON
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH – Anthony Richardson made two free throws with 13 seconds
left, the only scoring in the final four minutes, and unbeaten Florida State
gained a 47-42 victory over Chicago State on Saturday.
Chicago State (1-9), a Mid-Continent Conference team that has lost its last
28 games against Division I opponents, turned the ball over three times down
the stretch after a charging call on Florida State’s Nate Johnson with the
Seminoles up 45-42.
The Cougars shot only 16.7 percent in the second half, 4-of-24. The Cougars turned the ball
over in the backcourt after Johnson’s foul, and Tony Weeden had the ball
knocked out of his hand as he tried to get off a shot in the lane with a minute
left and the Cougars in position to tie it with a 3-pointer.
Florida State had nine players score, but none reached double figures as Tim
Pickett was held to five points, 10 below his average, and Richardson was held
to eight, nearly five points below his 12.9 average. Pickett was 1-of-8 as
Florida State made only 4 of 20 3-point attempts.
Adam Waleskowski had nine points and Johnson had eight points and eight
rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot only 30 percent in a second half in which
the teams combined to make only 10 of 44 shots.
Weeden had 16 points and Craig Franklin had 12 for Chicago State, which
hasn’t won since beating North Central 94-63 on Nov. 25.
Florida State is 3-0 and Chicago State is 0-3 in the Pittsburgh Holiday
Hoops Tournament, an exempt event with predetermined brackets played at campus
sites and the University of Pittsburgh. Florida State’s previous two wins in
the tournament, over Georgetown (Ky.) College and Wagner, were on its home
court in Tallahassee.