Nebraska Falls to FSU

Sophomore Joe McCray scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half but the Huskers gave up a pivotal 14-0 run midway through the final frame and never recovered as Nebraska fell to Florida State, 74-60, in the first game of the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center.

With the Seminoles leading by just four, 42-38, Jason Rich started the decisive run with a steal and dunk at the 13:21 mark. Andrew Wilson, who earned game MVP honors after hitting 4-of-5 from long range to score 15 points off the bench, then sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around an Al Thornton basket to give FSU a 52-38 lead just two minutes later. Isaiah Swan and Ralph Mimms converted layups to put FSU ahead 56-38 at the 9:29 mark before McCray's 3-pointer in transition following a Jason Dourisseau steal ended the run and cut the lead to 56-41.

The Seminoles continued to dictate the pace in the second period as they used a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 24 points, 71-47, with just under three minutes remaining. Down the stretch, the Huskers continued to trap and push the tempo, and ended the contest on a 13-3 run, including five points from McCray and four by Dourisseau.

Nebraska connected on just 41.4 percent of its shot attempts from the field on the day while the Seminoles hit 47.3 percent overall, including 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor in the second half. FSU held a slight, 37-35, advantage on the glass while NU was called for 21 personal fouls to FSU's 13.

Both teams had trouble taking care of the ball as the Huskers finished with 22 turnovers while FSU had 20 miscues. The Seminoles' 15 steals turned into 20 points off turnovers and a number of other shot attempts that led to free throws. Florida State hit 14-of-21 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Huskers connected on just 4-of-12, including only 1-of-2 in the second period.

Nebraska got into foul trouble early with Wes Wilkinson getting two fouls in the first three minutes before B.J. Walker added a pair of fouls in a 12-second span just before the first media timeout.

Despite the fouls, the Huskers raced to a 12-4 lead with 13:08 to play on Jamel White's 3-pointer from the corner. The Huskers forced FSU, which came into the game shooting better than 51 percent from the floor as a team this year, to miss 10 of its first 12 attempts from the field, as it had just one basket in the first seven minutes.

Wilson's 3-pointer with 12:49 left before halftime pulled FSU within five, 12-7, and his second trey at the 10:21 mark cut the Husker lead to two, 14-12. After Swann put the Seminoles on top for the first time in the game at the 8:59 mark, Marcus Perry drilled his only 3-pointer of the game to push NU back ahead by two. Swann's layup a minute later tied the game at 17-all and Todd Galloway's 3-pointer with 7:25 left before intermission put FSU on top to stay. 

The Huskers got within one point, 22-21, on Bronsen Schliep's jumper from the free throw line with 6:07 left but FSU used a 7-2 run to open a 29-23 lead. Florida State then went into the locker room ahead by four, 32-28, as Wilson hit 1-of-2 at the line after being fouled with .2 seconds remaining.

McCray led the Huskers with 14 points including hitting 4-of-7 shots in the second period with 3-of-5 coming from 3-point range. McCray added seven rebounds on the game and Dourisseau led the Huskers with a season-high tying 11 boards to go with nine points. B.J. Walker was NU's only other double-figure scorer with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Swann scored a game-high 16 points for the Seminoles while Wilson added 15 to give FSU a 30-16 scoring advantage off the bench. Al Thornton came on late to score 11 points with 12 boards.

Nebraska returns to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for its first game of 2006 when it plays host to the Northern Colorado Bears at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers and UNC will tip off at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Pinnacle Sports Network and

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