Nov. 3, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior Ron Hale led four Florida State players
in double figures with 18 points as the Seminoles cruised to a 104-90 win
over the World Basketball All-Stars in the Seminoles’ exhibition opener on
Wednesday night in the Leon County Civic Center.
“I thought it was a good way to get started,” said Florida State
head coach Steve Robinson. “All of our guys played hard and we showed some
things that we did not have last year. It was great to be able to go to
the bench and get some minutes from a lot of different people.”
Hale, a third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last
year, also led FSU with eight rebounds. Senior Oliver Simmons added 16
points, classmate Damous Anderson scored 15 and junior point guard Delvon
Arrington chipped in with 14 and had 13 assists.
“Delvon was outstanding tonight,” said Robinson. “He did
everything a point guard needs to do. He got the ball to the right people,
made good decisions and knocked down shots when they were there.”
Arrington hit 6-of-11 from the field, grabbed five rebounds and had
six steals against four turnovers.
Florida State led by 14 at intermission, 51-37, behind nine points
each from Hale and Simmons but the All-Stars clawed to within six (78-72)
with just over five minutes to play. Anderson scored five points and
Simmons had three in a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to put the game
FSU, which was plagued by limited production in the post a year
ago, got better numbers from that spot in the contest. Three players –
Justin Mott, David Anderson and Nigel Dixon – manned the post for the
Seminoles. The threesome combined for 12 points and eight rebounds,
hitting 5-of-8 from the field.
“It was nice to be able to grab some big bodies off the bench,”
said Robinson. “Justin fought hard, like he always does. David looked
very comfortable out there and did some nice things. Nigel is going to be
a fan favorite no matter what he does but he did some good things for us
Florida State hit 56.3 percent from the floor (40-of-71) and
outrebounded the All-Stars 44-39. The All-Stars stayed closed by hitting
10 three-pointers and making 34-of-42 free throws.
Twelve of the 13 Seminoles that dressed scored. Junior guard
Adrian Crawford, who is expected to start opposite Arrington in the
backcourt, did not play. He his recovering from knee surgery two weeks
Crawford is expected back for Florida State’s preseason finale on
Sunday, Nov. 14 against the California All-Stars. That game tips off at
3:00 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item.