December 28, 1998
HONOLULU (AP) – Gabe Lewullis scored 14 points and Brian Earl and Chris
Young each contributed 13 Tuesday night as Princeton hung on to defeat Florida
State, 50-46, in the final first round game of the Rainbow Classic.
The Tigers (6-4), who will meet Texas in one semifinal Wednesday night, held
a 34-23 lead at the half, but Florida State (5-5) went on a 16-6 run to take
the lead for the first time, 46-45, with 5:49 left. Terrell Baker and Adrian
Crawford each scored six points during the rally with Baker making a steal that
led to the go-ahead points by Crawford.
However, Earl and Mason Rocca followed with baskets and Earl added a free
throw to seal the victory.
A slow start hurt Florida State early in the game. While the Tigers got off
to a 14-point lead less than 10 minutes into the game, the Seminoles went a
A switch to a 1-3-1 defense denied Princeton its back-door cuts and helped
Florida State cut into the big lead.
A 12-0 run, with Damous Anderson getting four points and Crawford and Baker
adding 3-pointers, put them within two, 23-21, but three 3-pointers and a
basket by Young gave Princeton its 11-point halftime lead.
Two 3-pointers by Lewullis kept Princeton ahead by double-digits, but
Crawford then started the run that put Florida State briefly ahead.
The same defense held the Tigers to 6-for-17, including 2-for-10 from behind
the 3-point arc, in the second half. Meanwhile, the Seminoles picked up their
shooting, making 10-of-23.
Baker was high for FSU with 13 points with Ron Hale adding 10.