Dec. 12, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Jayce Lewis’ 3-pointer with 1:51 to play gave
Florida International the lead and Ismael N’Diaye sank five free throws in the
final 30 seconds in a 65-60 upset of Florida State.
N’Diaye, playing with a stress fracture in his right foot, scored a
career-high 22 points to lead the Golden Panthers (5-3) to their first victory
over the Seminoles in eight attempts. It was also FIU’s first victory over an
Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
Florida State (4-4) rallied from a 40-25 second-half deficit to take a 52-51
lead on a pair of Alexander Johnson free throws with 6:10 to play.
FIU regained the lead on three free throws from Junior Matias. but Andrew
Wilson countered with a 3-pointer and Isaiah Swann’s 15-foot jumper gave the
Seminoles a 57-54 lead.
The Golden Panthers closed out the game by outscoring the Seminoles 11-2,
aided by a commanding 41-31 rebound advantage.
Matias contributed 15 points for FIU. Johnson led the Seminoles with 11
points and Anthony Richardson added 10.
Leading 24-22 at the half, FIU opened the second half with a 16-3 run,
fueled by 10 points from N’Diaye. A pair of Matias free throws gave the Golden
Panthers their largest lead with 14:08 to play as the Seminoles didn’t score
their first field goal of the second half until Johnson’s tip-in with 13:48 to
Florida State came into the game shooting 49 percent from the floor, but
missed 32 of 49 shots (34.7 percent) against FIU’s relentless man-to-man