No. 18 Florida St. 109, Maryland-Baltimore Co. 80
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Sam Cassell scored 31 points and No. 18 Florida State gave coach Pat Kennedy his 250th career win with a 109-80 victory Monday night over Maryland- Baltimore County.
The Seminoles (7-3) of the Atlantic Coast Conference played without their second-leading scorer, Doug Edwards, who dislocated a finger in pre-game warmups and could be out for up to two weeks.
After sputtering in the first half, Florida State took control midway through the second period by going on a 21-6 run. Center Rodney Dobard keyed the spurt with 12 of his 17 points.
Big South member Maryland-Baltimore County (3-3), trailing 47-38 at the half, had cut the lead to 69-62 on a Skip Saunders’ 3-point shot at the 11- minute mark. But the Retrievers could manage just three points over the next five minutes.
The game was sloppy and tight in the first half, as the teams combined for 23 turnovers and Maryland-Baltimore County repeatedly cut its deficit to two points. Cassell scored 19 of his points in the first half to keep Florida State ahead.
Edwards, a 6-foot-9 forward who’s averaging 18.6 points a game and leads his team in rebounding, hurt his left index finger while attempting to block a shot during warmups. X-rays were scheduled for Tuesday morning to see if there was a fracture.
Bob Sura added 23 points for the Seminoles, Byron Wells had 13 and Derrick Carroll contributed 10.
The Retrievers were paced by Sonique Nixon’s 21 points. Emmanuel Fasaye added 12 and Saunders chipped in 11.