'Noles go off on 'Huskers
Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton didn't wait for midnight to mark a new beginning for his team.
"This is the first game of the second third of our season," Hamilton said after his Seminoles defeated Nebraska 74-60 in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday. "In the ACC every game will be similar to what we had today."
Isaiah Swann scored a season-high 16 points and Andrew Wilson added 15 to help Florida State extend its winning streak to seven games. Al Thornton had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Seminoles (9-1).
Joe McCray scored 14 points and B.J. Walker had 10 points for Nebraska (9-3). Jason Dourisseau had nine points and 11 rebounds. Wes Wilkinson, the Cornhuskers' leading scorer, had eight points in 14 minutes before fouling out with 3:37 remaining.
Florida State has the second-best 10-game start in school history. The Seminoles won their first 10 games in 2003-04.
The Seminoles scored 14 straight points - including two 3-pointers by Wilson - in a 4:02 span midway through the second half to open a 56-38 lead. The Cornhuskers never threatened after that and trailed by as many as 24 points, 71-47, with 2:30 left.
"This was the best half-court offense we've ever executed since I've been here," said Wilson, a senior.
Juan Palacios scored 19 points to lead No. 10 Louisville to a win over Miami in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Taquan Dean had 13 points and David Padgett added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals (11-1). Dean and Padgett each played after picking up a fourth personal foul midway through the second half.
Robert Hite scored 15 points and Anthony Harris had 10 for Miami (7-6).
Guillermo Diaz, the Hurricanes' leading scorer, was held scoreless for the second time in his career. The junior was 0-of-10 from the field, including four 3-point attempts, and was 0-of-1 from the free throw line.
Louisville trailed 39-38 before Terrence Williams made two free throws and a corner jumper to give the Cardinals a three-point lead. Palacios then hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Louisville a 48-39 lead with 3:39 left.
Following a timeout, the Cardinals scored the next seven points to make it a 17-0 run. Hite's two free throws with 1:23 left ended the spurt.
Louisville failed to score during the first 6:53 of the second half, while Miami scored nine points to pull within 34-33. Trailing 38-33, Miami scored six straight points to take their first lead of the game.
Hite's slam finished a fast break and gave the Hurricanes a 39-38 lead with 7:27 left. Louisville had one field goal in the opening 14:38 of the second half.
Louisville hit four 3-pointers - the first two by Palacios - while building a 16-5 lead 5:01 into the game. Miami failed to get within six the rest of the half as the Cardinals took a 34-24 lead.
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