(15) Baylor 61

(8-3, 0-0 away)

Florida St 68

(11-3, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

7:30 PM ET, December 25, 2010

Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

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#15BAY 33 2861
FSU 37 3168

Top Performers

Baylor: L. Dunn 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Florida St: C. Singleton 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

Florida St.-Baylor Preview


LaceDarius Dunn and Chris Singleton both turned in big second halves to no avail in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.

They'll try to help their teams regroup Saturday in the tournament's third-place game when Dunn and No. 15 Baylor take on Singleton and Florida State.

These teams were undone by dismal first halves Thursday that led to defeats for both.

Baylor (8-2) trailed by 13 after shooting 28.6 percent in the first half en route to a 77-71 loss to Washington State. Florida State (10-3) was held to 19 first-half points on 28.0 percent shooting and lost 67-64 to Butler.

Dunn and Singleton each lead his team in scoring, and they picked it up after the break. Dunn scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half while Singleton had 26 of his 28.

Baylor's 26 points at halftime were a season low. The Bears missed their first 16 3-pointers, and Dunn missed his first 11 before making three of his last four attempts.

"Missing 11 straight, I don't think I've ever done that in my career, but coach (Scott Drew) told me to keep shooting and that's what I did," said Dunn, a 43.1 percent 3-point shooter this season.

Baylor rallied from a 20-point, second-half deficit to take the lead after falling behind due to the poor perimeter shooting. The Bears rank 10th in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting at 32.1 percent, and Washington State took advantage by employing plenty of zone defense.

"I think we just came out and didn't play for 40 minutes," Dunn said. "We went down 20 and then waited until the last minute to come back, which is tough to do against a great team. But in the end, they made a couple tough shots and hats off to them."

The Bears also were hampered by foul trouble for freshman center Perry Jones III, who sat out the last 7:48 of the first half with three fouls. He had two points at halftime and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds -- both below his season averages.

Following a 7-0 start -- all at home by double digits -- the Bears are 1-2 entering the finale of this four-game stretch away from home.

Singleton is the only Seminole averaging in double figures with 14.7 points per game. Florida State's lack of balance was evident Thursday since no other Seminole had more than three baskets.

Florida State trailed by 15 points with 8:44 left before a late rally fell short as its five-game win streak was snapped.

Forward Xavier Gibson left the game with a knee injury, and his status is unclear. Gibson is one of three Seminoles to have started all 13 games.

The Seminoles are 0-2 this season against ranked teams, shooting a combined 35.0 percent in losses to Florida and Ohio State in November. They are shooting 35.7 percent in this tournament.

Florida State won both previous meetings with Baylor in 1964 and 1972.


School Info

Conference Big 12 ACC
Nickname Bears Seminoles
Type Private Public

2010-11 Season

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