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Dixon rallies 'Noles to win

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Small forward Antwuan Dixon had a game-high 22 points and three other players scored in double figures as Florida State defeated the EA Sports Southeast All-Stars 110-92 in preseason play on Saturday.

The Seminoles fought back from a 13-point deficit early in the first half and outscored the All-Stars 70-50 in the second.

"I think that is the kind of thing that our guys have been building on, that it ain't over till it's over," FSU coach Steve Robinson said.

"Hopefully, we'll develop the kind of mentality that we can play hard for 40 minutes and then see what happens."

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds. Junior center Nigel Dixon, who lost 45 pounds over the offseason, had 10 points and 14 rebounds through 23 minutes.

The 110 points against EA Sports are the most since Duke's 129 in a preseason game earlier this season.

FSU, hoping to improve on last season's 9-21 record, opens the regular season Friday at Florida.

MIAMI 107, L.A. CITY STARS 72: Junior forward James Jones had a game-high 19 points to lead the host Hurricanes.

Jelani Janisse, a 2000 graduate of Kansas, led the L.A. City Stars with 17 points.

Other Miami players scoring in double figures were sophomore guard Marcus Barnes (14), senior center Elton Tyler (13) and sophomore forward Darius Rice (11). Senior guard John Salmons had a strong all-around game with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

The Hurricanes took to a 43-32 lead at halftime despite shooting just .389 from the field.

Miami's defense dominated the half, forcing 15 turnovers and holding the Stars to 10 field goals on 29 attempts (34.5 percent).

The 'Canes heated up in the second half, shooting .676 from the field and scoring 64 points. Miami outrebounded the Stars 47-35.

Overall, Miami connected on 39 of 73 shots (.534) while holding the Stars to 23-for-64.

The Hurricanes open the regular season on Nov. 18 in the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam against Eastern Michigan. Miami opens its home schedule at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 against Lafayette at Miami Arena.

_ Times correspondent Alex Abrams contributed to this report.