December 20, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Ron Hale scored a career-high 24 points and added a
game-high 10 rebounds Sunday to lead Florida State to an 80-43 victory over
Hale, a 6-foot-7 junior, scored 17 points in the first half to spark the
Seminoles to a 46-16 halftime lead. He was 8-of-12 shots from the floor and
went 7-of-9 on free throws.
Three other players joined Hale in double figures for Florida State. Terrell
Baker added 16 points, reserve Emanuel Mathis had 11 and Oliver Simmons scored
Florida State (5-3) led 46-10 late in the first half, then built a 46-point
lead, 74-28, with 7:45 left in the game, on a 3-point shot by Mathis.
Georgia Southern (4-6) had no scorers in double figures. Fernandi Daniel and
reserve Kashien Latham each scored 8 points for the losers, who shot only 32.1
percent – including going just 3-of-22 from 3-point range. Latham also had 9
Florida State shot 40 percent, but enjoyed a 47-35 rebound advantage and
forced 19 Georgia Southern turnovers.
The Seminoles travel Wednesday to play Butler University in Indianapolis
before spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where they will compete in
the Rainbow Classic. Florida State opens that tournament with Princeton.