Dec. 23, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – LaMarr Greer was almost perfect Tuesday
night. Greer scored a career-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers
in the final 1:44, to lead No. 17 Florida State over No. 5 Arizona 84-79.
His off-balance 25-footer as the shot clock was about to expire to give
Florida State an 82-77 lead with 50 seconds left.
“I knew I had to shoot it and I just tried to get my elbow straight and
hoped it would hit the rim,” Greer said. “When I threw it up, I said, `Man,
it’s going straight.”
Greer made 11 of 13 shots from the field and all three of his 3-point
attempts for the Seminoles (9-2), whose only two losses this season were to
top-ranked North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas.
“Anytime a guy is 11 for 13, there isn’t much more to say,” Arizona
coach Lute Olson said.
Terrell Baker added 18 points for Florida State, and Corey Louis had 11
points and eight rebounds, all in the second half.
“I’m tired and I didn’t even play,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson
said. “It was a strange game with some unusual plays.”
Mike Bibby scored 26 points for Arizona, including six 3-pointers, but
had only four points in the second half for the defending national
champions. Michael Dickerson added 21 points for the Wildcats (7-3), who
played their first game in 10 days.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and
held their last lead at 76-74 with 2:45 left on two free throws by Bennett
Louis sparked a 10-4 run at the start of the second half to give
Florida State a 51-50 lead.
Bibby’s outside shooting sparked Arizona to a 46-41 halftime lead. He
hit 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range and scored 22 points in the half.
“We didn’t play the type of defense we usually do in the first half and
coach really got on us,” Greer said. “Bibby had a lot of open looks in the
Florida State committed 22 turnovers, but shot 56 percent from the
field and outrebounded Arizona 46-30.