Jan 6, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Tim Pickett contributed 24 points and the
game-breaking play Monday as Florida State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-56
in a non-conference game.
The Islanders (6-7) came in on a three-game winning streak and trailed 28-26
at halftime after leading through much of the first half.
Florida State (9-3) was holding a two-point edge, 45-43, with 10:40 left
when Pickett sprinted across the court to block a shot by Kemar Burrowes.
Teammate Trevor Harvey snagged the ball and passed to Todd Galloway, who scored
to kick off a 16-3 Florida State run capped by a Pickett dunk that put the
Seminoles up 61-46 with 7:23 left.
Brothers Travis and Thomas Bailey led the Islanders with 13 and 10 points,
respectively. Corey Lamkin grabbed nine rebounds.
Pickett also added a team-high seven rebounds for the Seminoles. Anthony
Richardson added 15 points.
“It’s good to at least play good solid defense … until you can get some
kind of offensive rhythm,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said.
The Seminoles, coming off four straight losing seasons, have a .750 winning
percentage this season, Hamilton’s first.
“Leonard Hamilton ought to be given the key to the city-he’s done a great
job,” Islanders coach Ronnie Arrow said.