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Dec. 31, 1997

FSU Defeats Depaul and Former Coach, 66-55

By MIKE NADEL

AP Sports Writer


ROSEMONT, Ill. – No. 15 Florida State showed former coach Pat Kennedy
what he left behind, getting 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots from
Corey Louis to defeat Kennedy’s new team, DePaul, 66-55 Wednesday.



Kennedy, who went 202-131 in 11 years at Florida State, recruited Louis and
every other player on the talented Seminoles before taking the DePaul job last
June.



Florida State (11-2) is off to its second-best start ever, having beaten
defending national champion Arizona last week and having lost only to No. 1
North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas.



DePaul (3-8), meanwhile, is having another tough season after going 3-23
under Joey Meyer in 1996-97. The depleted Blue Demons have lost six consecutive
games overall and nine straight at the Rosemont Horizon, their primary home
court.



Willie Coleman scored 15 points for DePaul, which has only eight scholarship
players – only one taller than 6-foot-5 and none over 6-7 – and was without top
scorer Jermaine Watts and starting guard Thomas Cooper due to knee injuries.



Despite having superior height, depth and personnel, the Seminoles had
trouble putting DePaul away because they committed 19 turnovers and shot 43
percent.



DePaul trailed only 38-32 early in the second half before Randell Jackson
scored 5 of his 15 points to spark a 12-2 run that gave Florida State a
16-point lead.



A 3-pointer by LaMarr Greer stretched the Seminoles’ lead to 56-38 with 8 1/2
minutes to go, but DePaul closed it to 60-51 with 3:10 left on the second of
two straight 3-pointers by Innis Glover.



Greer, who finished with 13 points, then made a layup, Louis blocked a shot
by Coleman, and Greer hit two free throws to put Florida State back in control.



The Seminoles, who have won 29 of their last 31 games against non-ACC teams,
had a 49-30 rebounding advantage.


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