Nov. 29, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Terrance Simmons scored 19 points, including four free throws in the final minute, to lead Minnesota to a 76-71 victory Wednesday night over Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Golden Gophers took control in the final three minutes of a back-and-forth game that included 15 ties. Forward Mike Bauer hit a 3-point shot with 2:37 left to give Minnesota a 68-65 lead, and the Seminoles never caught up.
Minnesota coach Dan Monson said the Golden Gophers “played with fire” by not taking control of the game earlier. But he praised his team’s competitiveness.
“Our guys didn’t go away,” Monson said. “They stayed together and made some shots and finally got some rebounds.”
The end of the game left Florida State coach Steve Robinson and his players frustrated. The Seminoles made only two of their last six shots, missing four 3-pointers.
“They were very good shots,” said junior guard Monte Cummings, who led Florida State with 15 points. “We had the right guys taking them.”
Minnesota (5-1) bounced back from a loss Sunday to Georgetown. Florida State (1-4) was coming off a win over Rhode Island in the Great Alaska Shootout. The Golden Gophers limited Florida State’s top three scorers — Nigel Dixon, Michael Joiner and Adrian Crawford — to a total of 15 points.
Minnesota hit 10 of 16 shots from 3-point range, while Florida State hit only 3 of 11. Dixon, who came into the game averaging 14.5 points, was held scoreless.