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Florida State Faces Clemson

March 2, 2001

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (8-20, 3-12 ACC)
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CLEMSON TIGERS (11-17, 2-13 ACC)


SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2001, NOON

LITTLEJOHN COLISEUM (11,200), CLEMSON, S.C.

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The Florida State University men’s basketball team will wear a patch with the football uniform number of Devaughn Darling for the remainder of the season. Darling passed away Monday (Feb. 26) at the completion of an off-season workout on the FSU campus. At this time, the cause of death is unknown. A memorial service, attended by more than 1,000 people was held on campus Thursday. A funeral is scheduled in the Darlings’ hometown of Houston, Tex., Saturday. At the memorial service was a large bouquet of orange and white flowers sent by the Clemson University Department of Athletics.

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to Clemson to play the Tigers in the final regular season game for both teams. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game looking to win their second consecutive game after defeating Georgia Tech, 69-59, Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Following its game against the Tigers on Saturday, the Seminoles will face the same Clemson team in the first round of the 48th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., on March 8.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO?
?Win its second consecutive game after defeating Georgia Tech, 69-59, at the Leon County Civic Center Wednesday night,

?Win its final regular season game and enter the ACC Tournament riding a winning streak for the second time in Steve Robinson’s career as the head coach at Florida State,

?Win its third game in its last four outing against an unranked opponent. The Seminoles defeated Clemson (88-84, Jan. 31) and Georgia Tech (69-69, Feb. 28) while dropping a decision to NC State (71-46, Feb. 25) during the last four weeks of the season.

ARRINGTON CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
Senior All-ACC Candidate Delvon Arrington is averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line in the last five games. He enters Saturday’s game against Clemson averaging a career-high a team-leading 11.8 points per game.

JOINER ON THE GLASS
Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Saturday’s game against Clemson as the Seminoles’ leader in rebounds with a 6.1 per game average. He grabbed a career-high seven offensive rebounds
against NC State on Feb. 25. Joiner leads the team with 108 defensive rebounds and 170 total rebounds and is ranked second on the team with 62 offensive rebounds.

TODAY’S OFFICIALS
Today’s official is Mike Wood and the umpires are Steve Gordon and Gary Maxwell.

IN FLORIDA STATE’S 69-59 VICTORY OVER GEORGIA TECH?
?The Seminoles shot 51.0 percent shooting from the field. It was their highest field goal shooting percentage since shooting 54.0 percent (27-50) against Virginia on Jan. 16,

?The Seminoles held Georgia Tech to 25.4 shooting from the field. It was the best field goal percentage defense by the Seminoles this season. It marked the first time the Seminoles held their opponent to 25 percent or below shooting from the field since Nov. 24, 1994 when Florida International hit just 24.1 percent of their shots in the 1994-95 season opener,

?Florida State outscored its opponent in both the first and second halves for the third time this season,

?Outrebounded their opponent for the second consecutive game and 14th time this season.

JOINER TAKING HIS SHOT
Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner attempted his ACC season-high of 14 shots against NC State on Feb. 25. He has attempted 34 shots (11.3 per game) in the last three games and enters Saturday’s game against Clemson ranked third on the team in total shots with 232. Joiner is averaging more shots in the last three games (11.3) than he is for the entire season (8.3).

JOINER TO JOIN SELECT GROUP
Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Saturday’s game against Clemson as the Seminoles’ leader in rebounds with a 6.1 rebounds per game average. His is looking to become only the third true freshman to lead the Seminoles in rebounding.

COMPARING ARRINGTON’S CAREER STATISTICS
Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington has established career-high statistics in seven categories and he is approaching career-high statistics in several more categories.

IN DELVON ARRINGTON’S LAST FIVE GAMES?
?He has played in 175 minutes and is averaging 35.0 minutes per game,

?He has scored 73 points for a 14.6 points per game average,

?He is shooting 54.9 percent from the field (28-of-51),

?He is shooting 40 percent from the 3-point arc (six-of-15),

?He has grabbed 32 rebounds for a 6.4 rebounds per game average,

?He has been credited with 25 assists for a 5.0 assists per game average,

?He has been credited with nine steals for a 1.8 steals per game average.

ARRINGTON NEARING 500 CAREER ASSISTS
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with 497 career assists. He needs only three assists to become only the third player in Florida State history to record 500 or more career assists. He currently ranks third on the Seminoles’ all-time career assists list.

ARRINGTON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE SCORING AVERAGE
Senior Delvon Arrington is averaging a career-high 11.8 points per game this season and has seen his scoring average increase during each of his three seasons in Tallahassee. He has scored a career-high 329 points this season.

CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Monte Cummings has made 11 of his last 14 free throw attempts entering Saturday’s game against Clemson and is shooting 75.6 percent >from the line for the season. He has been perfect against North Carolina (two-of-two), Virginia (four-of-four) and Georgia Tech (two-of-two) three of the last four Seminole games.

CUMMINGS STEALING AND ASSISTING
Junior Monte Cummings has recorded 41 assists this season for a 1.5 assists per game average and has 20 steals. He has at least one assist in the last 14 games and seven steals in the last five games (1.4 spg).

CUMMINGS BLOCKING SHOTS
Junior Monte Cummings blocked his third career shot against North Carolina on Feb. 22. He now has two blocked shots in ACC competition with his first coming against NC State on Jan. 25.

CRAWFORD BREAKS OUT AGIANST GEORGIA TEACH
Senior Adrian Crawford enjoyed a senior night to remember against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. He scored 20 points on a near perfect seven-of-eight shooting from the field, was a near perfect three-of-four from the 3-point arc and grabbed career-high five defensive rebounds in the Seminoles’ 69-59 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

CRAWFORD’S MONUMENTAL 3-POINT SHOTS AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Senior Adrian Crawford was the shooting star for Florida State as the Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. Not only did he shoot a career-high 87.5 percent (seven-of-eight) from the field, but also he was a perfect three-of-three from the3-point arc in the second half of the game. Crawford’s 3-pointer with 8:45 remaining in the second half game the Seminoles a 45-44 lead one the team would not relinquish. He scored six consecutive points in a 28 second span that helped Florida State recover from a two point deficit and allowed it to take a four point lead.

IN ADRIAN CRAWFORD’S LAST THREE GAMES
Senior Adrian Crawford is averaging 12.7 points and shooting 50 percent from the field (13-of-26) in the last three games. In addition, he is shooting 53.3 percent (eight-of-15) from the 3-point arc during that torrid stretch.

CRAWFORD HITS FOR 20 POINTS AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Senior Adrian Crawford scored a near-career high 20 points against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night as he celebrated his own senior night at the Leon County Civic Center. He was the only player honored for Florida State as the team’s only graduating senior. Crawford’s 20-point outing marked the second time this season and fifth time during his career that he scored 20 or more points in a single game. He scored his ACC career-high of 20 points against Virginia on Dec. 1, 1999 and added 20 against Clemson on March 4, 1999.

CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford made three 3-point shots against Georgia Tech and has made 130 during his Florida State career. He currently stands in fourth place on Florida State’s all-time career 3-points shots made list. He enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with a team-leading 53 3-point shots made. Crawford has made 130 3-point shots during his 73-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30 and is currently ranked fourth in school history with 130 3-point shots made.

A. DIXON TO TIE CAREER-HIGH
Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, enters Saturday’s game as a probable starter for the Seminoles. He has played in all 28 games this season and needs to play in only one more game this season to tie his single-season career for games played.

A. DIXON ON THE BOARDS
Junior Antwuan Dixon enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with a career-high 5.7 rebounds per game average. He is averaging more than twice as many rebounds this season (5.7) as he did during his first two years as a Seminole (119 total rebounds, 2.4 rebounds per game). He grabbed a near-career high seven defensive rebounds against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night which marked the third time during his career that he had been credited with seven or more defensive rebounds in a single game.

A. DIXON AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
?He blocked a career-high tying two shots against the Yellow Jackets. He has now blocked a single-season career high 10 shots entering Saturday’s game against Clemson. He recorded five blocked shots in his first two seasons as a Seminole,

?He recorded three assists against Georgia Tech and enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with a single-season 42 assists. He was credited with 28 assists during his first two seasons as a Seminole,

?He was credited with a career-high tying three steals against Georgia Tech. He has now recorded a single-season career-high 22 steals this season. Dixon was credited with 13 steals during his first two seasons as a Seminole.

A. DIXON STEALING
Junior Antwuan Dixon has recorded a single-season career-high 22 steals this season. Twice in the last three games (against North Carolina and Georgia Tech) he has tied his single-game career-high with three steals. He his averaging more than two steals per game more in the last three games (eight steals, 2.7 spg) than he is for the entire season (22 steals, 0.8 spg).

NUMBERS ON MARCELL HAYWOOD?
?He has played in four consecutive games starting Feb. 17 against Virginia,

?He grabbed his career-high of two rebounds against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28,

?He was credited with a career-high two assists against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28,

?He scored his first career field goal against North Carolina on Feb. 22,

?He has played in 16 minute in his last four game after playing in five minutes in his first three games.

DAVID ANDERSON AGAINST GEORGIA TECH?
?He grabbed two rebounds against the Yellow Jackets. It was his highest total since grabbing five against the Yellow Jackets in the first meeting of the season Jan, 27,

?He grabbed two rebounds against Georgia Tech. The two rebounds were as many as he grabbed in his last seven games (two).

N. DIXON PLAYING AND STARTING
Sophomore Nigel Dixon enters Saturday’s game against Clemson having started the last 10 game in which his has played. He has now started 19 games this season after not starting any as a freshman. In addition, he has played in 27 games this season and should match his single-season career-high with 28 games played on Saturday.

N. DIXON PERFECT AGAINST VIRGINIA
Sophomore Nigel Dixon was a perfect three-of-three (1.000 percent) >from the field against Virginia on Feb. 17 in scoring seven points.

N. DIXON’S AVERAGES SKYROCKETING
Sophomore Nigel Dixon has improved his statistics in just about every category this season and is one of the most improved players in the ACC this season.

MATHEWS BLOCKING
Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked a career-high 41 shots this season and is ranked sixth in the ACC in blocked shots per game with a 1.5 blocked shots per game average. His 41 shots is the fourth highest single-season total by a Florida State sophomore.

MATHEWS HOT IN THE LAST SIX GAMES
Sophomore Mike Mathews is shooting 61.1 percent from the field and averaging 9.2 points scored per game in the last six Florida State games.

WILSON CONTINUES TO GIVE HIS ALL
Freshman Andrew Wilson scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against North Carolina on Feb. 22 as he continued his strong freshman season at Florida State. He tied his ACC career-highs of four field goals made and three offensive rebounds against the Tar Heels.

BREAKING DOWN WILSON’S SEASON
Freshman Andrew Wilson is enjoying a strong start to his career at Florida State and a strong start to his ACC career. He is averaging more points, more rebounds and more minutes played in his 14 games in conference competition when compared to his 13 games against non-conference competition.

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