March 1, 2000
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Steve Blake began the game on the bench, gracefully
stepping aside so seldom-used Matt Hahn could get the first start of his career
on Senior Night.
After missing the first six minutes, Blake quickly made up for lost time.
The freshman guard scored a career-high 17 points, put his name in the
school record book and led No. 17 Maryland to its ninth straight Atlantic Coast
Conference victory, 85-70 over Florida State on Wednesday night.
Terence Morris had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (22-7, 11-4),
who clinched second place in the conference for a second straight season. The
nine-game ACC run is the most by a Maryland team in a season and is two short
of the school record.
Blake was 6-for-8 from the field, and his 10 assists gave him 187 for the
season – breaking the school record for a freshman held by John Lucas (178 in
“It’s a good accomplishment and I’m proud of it,” he said. “But I’m not
thinking about that too much right now. I’m just thinking about winning
Damous Anderson scored 22 points for the Seminoles (11-15, 6-9), who have
lost eight straight to Maryland and seven in a row at Cole Field House. Florida
State cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 51-48 before Blake took over, hitting
a trio of 3-pointers in a 12-0 run.
A foul shot by Juan Dixon and a 3-pointer by Blake put Maryland up by seven
points. Lonny Baxter then hit a baseline jumper before Blake drilled successive
jumpers from well beyond the arc to make it 63-48 with 9:53 remaining.
“If they give me the shot, I’m going to take it,” Blake said.”
“I thought his 3s were really timely tonight,” Maryland coach Gary
Williams said. “We weren’t doing a good job of running our offense. … He
didn’t force anything. They were all there, and he just took them.”
Florida State never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
“(Blake) is not the guy you think is their first option, but he made some
key shots,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “We were in pretty good
position in the second half, but he really stepped it up.”
Baxter had 21 points for the Terrapins, who went 15-1 at home this season.
Florida State led 27-24 with six minutes left in the first half before
Morris had two 3-pointers and a layup in a 21-4 run that put Maryland ahead to
stay. Dixon scored five points in the surge and Blake chipped in with two
Hahn entered the game having scored only 32 points in four years as the last
man off the bench, but the Terrapins’ lone senior went out before the home fans
in style. Although scoreless during his initial six-minute run, he scored
Maryland’s final basket of the game – and his first of the season – off a pass
“I told him to get open and that I’d get him the ball,” Blake said. “He
got the basket and I got my 10th assist and a double-double.”