Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Frying Pan into the Fire Seminoles Head to Cameron Hoping to Erase Memory of Loss to Clemson

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

From Frying Pan into the Fire Seminoles Head to Cameron Hoping to Erase Memory of Loss to Clemson

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TALLAHASSEE -- Following Saturday's demoralizing 84-58 loss at Clemson, Florida State coach Steve Robinson is eager to get his team back on the playing floor, even if that means a trip to No. 3 Duke where the 'Noles are winless in nine appearances.

"You've got to get back on the court," Robinson said. "It's one of those things where you look up and say, 'Where's our next game?' Our next game we're going to Duke to play and you understand that if you don't play hard and you don't compete it could be one of those long, long games for you."

Before a national television audience (9 p.m., ESPN) the Seminoles (9-12, 4-6 ACC) will try to avoid the kind of humiliating losses that often coincide with visits to Cameron Indoor Arena. In eight previous visits to Duke since joining the ACC, the 'Noles have lost by an average of 13.9 points per contest, including a 72-66 overtime setback in '96 (Robinson's first season) and last season's 86-72 loss.

The Blue Devils (19-3, 10-1) should have ample motivation for a strong effort after Maryland snapped their 46-game home winning streak last week.

"That they've lost a basketball game it shows that you're human," said Robinson, who acknowledges that one of Duke's strengths is its ability to put an opponent away in convincing fashion. "They're probably outstanding at that part of attacking you and really not letting you breathe.

"That style of play leads to that mentality. It's one of those things that helps separate them from some of the others."

HALE OF A SLUMP -- Senior forward Ron Hale is running out of opportunities to shake his career-long slump against Duke. Tonight's visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium, in fact, may provide the Largo native with his last chance.

In seven career games against the Blue Devils, Hale has failed to reach double figures or connect on a single 3-point attempt. With 1,130 points in 112 games (10.1 ppg.), the lanky swingman ranks 23rd on the Seminoles' all-time scoring list. …

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