TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State freshman guard Malik Beasley, who averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and one steal while shooting .545 (12 of 22) from the field, .833 (five of six) from the 3-point line and .909 (10 of 11) from the free throw line in leading the Seminoles to two ACC wins – at NC State and at home against No. 11 Virginia – was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time in his career by a blue-ribbon ACC panel.
Beasley’s selection as ACC Rookie of the Week brings to five the number of ACC ROW citations for the Seminoles already this season – three by Dwayne Bacon and two by Beasley. The five ACC ROW citations is a single season school record and marks the first time two Seminoles have earned the award multiple times in the same season.
Beasley was a perfect nine of nine from the free throw line combined in the second halves of the Seminoles’ two victories including a perfect four of four from the line in the final 18 seconds of Florida State’s win over NC State. His four free throws came only seconds after NC State had whittled Florida State’s lead to three points in the final minute of the game.
Beasley’s game-high 22 points came on seven field goals and two of three made 3-point shots. Both 3-point shots came in the first half; his first gave the Seminoles a 7-5 lead and the second gave Florida State a 25-22 lead – a lead Florida State did not relinquish during the remainder of the game.
Beasley was a perfect three of three from the 3-point line in scoring 17 points (14 after halftime) to give Florida State its win over Virginia and its first win over a ranked team this season. His most important 3-point shot came at the first half buzzer and allowed Florida State to pull to within 28-25 at the intermission after trailing by as many as eight in the first half. His second 3-pointer came at the onset of the second half and tied the game at 30. His third 3-pointer of the night brought the Seminoles in to a 39-39 tie at the 11:05 mark and began a 10-0 run that brought Florida State from a 39-36 deficit to a 46-39 lead with 8:54 remaining. It was Beasley who closed the 10-0 run with two free throws to increase the Seminoles lead to seven points.
In the second halves of Florida State’s two victories during the week (which took the Seminoles from 0-3 in league play to 2-3 in the ACC standings) he was seven of nine from the field (.778), 2-2 from the 3-point line (1.000) and a perfect nine of nine from the free throw line to average 12.5 second half points.
Beasley enters Wednesday’s game at Louisville averaging a team-leading 17.1 points and a team leading 5.9 rebounds and shooting a team leading .412 from the 3-point line.