Nov. 10, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior Antwuan Dixon scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to a 110-92 victory over the EA All-Stars in an exhibition men’s basketball game at the Leon County Civic Center this afternoon. It was the final exhibition game of the pre-season for the Seminoles who open their season at No. 5-ranked Florida Friday night.
Florida State shot 69 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the second half. After making only 12 of 34 shots in the first half, the Seminoles made 29 of 42 shots and outrebounded the All-Stars 22-7 to gain the victory. Florida State made 46 field goals and had a 46-26 rebounding advantage for the game.
Dixon scored 18 second-half points on a variety of dunks, short jumpers and 3-point shots. He was seven-of eight from the field including three of four from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half. Dixon’s brilliant second half allowed the Seminoles erase as much as a 13-point first half deficit to win the game going away.
Dixon was one of four Seminoles who scored in double figures. Also in double figure scoring were senior guards Monte Cummings and Delvon Arrington, with 17 and 15 respectively and junior forward Nigel Dixon who scored 10 points. Arrington recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds while Nigel Dixon had a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Florida State head coach Steve Robinson played all 16 players in his roster and 14 found the scoring column.
Florida State scored the first six points of the second half to take a 48-42 lead with only 1:26 elapsed in the half. Antwuan Dixon scored six points and Arrington added two during the surge. A 3-point shot by Andrew Wilson stretched the Seminoles lead to 66-53 with 14:11 remaining. Florida State lead by as many as 19 in the second half and won the game by 18.
Former University of Virginia star Curtis Staples led the All-Stars with 20 points on six-of-12 shooting from the 3-point arc. The All-Stars made 15-of-29 shots from beyond the arc for the game. Staples scored 11 first-half points as the traveling team of former collegians led by as many as 13 in the second half and held a 42-40 halftime lead.
Florida State travels to Florida to open the regular season Friday night at 7:00. The Seminoles play their home opener against Savannah State on Nov. 20.