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Florida State Faces DePaul In Round Two Of Alaska Shootout

Nov. 24, 2000

Anchorage, AK. –


FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (0-2, 0-0 ACC)
VS.
DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS (1-1, 0-0 CUSA)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2000, 2:00 P.M. AST
SULLIVAN ARENA (8,700)
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA


“I think Delvon Arrington has really done a nice job at handling and distributing the basketball. He is really making good plays and good decisions. He shoots the ball really well and is doing a fine all-around job for us”
Steve Robinson
Head Coach, Florida State


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays DePaul in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout. In DePaul, Florida State is facing its second ranked team in three games during the first week of the 2000-01 season. The Seminoles opened the season against No. 11 Florida on Nov. 17.


NOTING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State committed only nine turnovers against Ohio State in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout. It was the fewest by the Seminoles since they committed only seven against North Carolina on Feb. 23, 2000. It marked the third time in the last 31 games that Florida State had turned the ball over less than 10 times in a single game. Since the beginning of the second half of the Seminoles’ season opener against Florida, the team has committed only 15 turnovers.


SEMINOLES FROM THE LINE
As a team, Florida State is shooting 75.6 percent from the free throw line during the first two games of the season. The Seminoles are shooting more than seven percentage points higher than their season average of 68.4 percent during the 1999-00 season. A total of six players are shooting better than 66.7 percent and three players (Adrian Crawford, Ryan Lowery and Monte Cummings) are a combined 1.000 percent from the line.


ARRINGTON HOLDING ONTO THE BASKETBALL
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington recorded six assists and committed zero turnovers against Ohio State on Thursday. It marked the second time in his 61-game career that he had committed zero turnovers in a game. He also recorded the feat against North Carolina on Feb. 23, 2000.


MATHEWS LEADS SEMOINOLES IN SCORING COLUMN
Sophomore Mike Mathews scored a team-leading and career-high 16 points in Thursday’s game against Ohio State. The game was only the second of the forward’s career. Mathews became the second consecutive first-year player to lead the Seminoles in scoring this season. Freshman Michael Joiner led Florida State with 18 points against Florida in the season opener on Nov. 17.


NIGEL IN DOUBLE FIGURES – AGAIN
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon scored 12 points against Ohio State to mark the second time this season he had scored in double figures. He opened the season with an 11-point performance against Florida. He has now scored in double figures more times this week (two) than he did during his freshman season (one).


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (4.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6 pts, 5 rebs. vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
F #1 Michael Joiner (12.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 18 points vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, Career-high 19 minutes vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 8 pts. vs. Ohio State, 11/17/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (8.5 ppg, 5.5 apg, 6 assists vs. Ohio State, 11/17/00)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (1.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4 assists in 9 minutes played vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 8 points vs. Florida on 11/17/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (4.0 ppg, 1.0 apg, 6 points vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
F #33 Mike Mathews (10.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, Career-high 16 points vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)
C #50 David Anderson (4.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 5 points vs. Florida, 11/17/00


FLORIDA STATE VS. DEPAUL – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: The series is tied, 2-2
Last Game: FSU 66, DePaul 55 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Last Florida State Win: FSU 66, DePaul 55 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Last DePaul Win: DePaul 85, FSU 75 (Feb. 32, 1992)
Last Florida State Win On Neutral Court: FSU 85, DePaul 80 (Dec. 9, 1995)*
Last DePaul Win On Neutral Court: DePaul leads, 2-1
Florida State vs. DePaul, Current Streak: Florida State has won 2
(* Denotes at St. Petersburg, Fla.)


FLORIDA STATE IN THE GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State has a 1-3 record
Last Game: Nov. 23, 2000 (Ohio State 90, FSU 65)
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 25, 1989 (FSU 75, Alaska Anch. 74)
Current Streak: Florida State has lost 1


THE NIGEL DIXON STORY
Sophomore forward Nigel Dixon has made five field goals in each of the first two games and is shooting better from the field (55.5 percent) and the free throw line (41.7 percent) than he did during his inaugural collegiate season. He is 10-of-18 from the field and three-of-five from the free throw line.


Dixon From The Field
Season FGM-A Pct.
2000-01 10-18 55.5%
1999-00 20-47 42.6%
Improvement +12.9%


Dixon From The Line
Season FTM-A Pct.
2000-01 3-5 60.0%
1999-00 10-24 41.7%
Improvement +18.3%


NIGEL IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has scored 23 points during the first two games of the 2000-01 season. He scored 50 points during his entire freshman season. He did not score his 23rd point of his freshman season until the 17 game of the year on Jan. 29.


CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior guard Adrian Crawford has made at least one 3-point shot in three of his last four games and 38 of his 47 games during his career at Florida State. He made at least one 3-pointer in each of the final 16 games of the 1998-99 season and during nine of his 15 games in limited duty last season.


SEMINOLES PASSING THE BASKETBALL
Florida State is averaging 16 assists per game as a team during the first two games of the 2000-01 season. The Seminoles recorded 15 assists against Ohio State Thursday and 17 against Florida in the season opener. The team is averaging more assists per basket this season than it did a season ago.


Seminoles’ Assists/Basket Ratio
Season Assists Baskets A:B Ratio
2000-01 32 49 65.3%
1999-00 352 656 53.6%
Improvement +11.7%


FLORIDA STATE LENDING THE HELPING HAND
Led by Delvon Arrington’s 5.5 assist per game average, the Seminoles are averaging 16 assists per game. The team is averaging nearly four assists per game more than it did a season ago.


Seminoles’ Assist Average
Season APG
2000-01 16.0
1999-0 12.1
Improvement +3.9 apg


LOWERY PROVIDING HELP AT THE POINT
In 16 minutes played during the first two games of the season, freshman point guard Ryan Lowery is a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line (1.000 percent) and has a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio. He has been credited with six assists and only two turnovers.


TEAM STEALS
Through the first two games of the season, Florida State is averaging 6.0 steals per game. Freshman Michael Joiner and senior Adrian Crawford are the individual leaders with three steals each. The Seminoles are averaging more assists this season than they did in 29 games during the 1999-00 season.


Seminoles’ Stealing The Basketball
Season SPG
2000-01 6.0
1999-0 5.3
Improvement +0.7 spg


GARNET AND GOLD GAME – EXHIBITION GAME NO. 1
Center Nigel Dixon scored 20 points as he led the Garnet squad to a 71-68 win in the annual FSU Garnet and Gold basketball game on Nov. 1. Sophomore forward Mike Matthews, who sat out the 1999 season due to NCAA academic regulations, was the high scorer for the Gold squad with 18 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds. The exhibition game was the first action for seven newcomers to the Florida State team. Shooting guard Adrian Crawford also returned after missing 11 games in his junior season due to a chronic knee injury. Senior point guard Delvon Arrington required three stitches above his right eye after he collided with a teammate while going for a loose ball in the first quarter. He returned to finish with six points and six assists. Nigel Dixon dominated the post, connecting on 8 of 12 shooting in 23 minutes of playing time. I liked what I saw in the guys today,” head coach Steve Robinson said. “We got a lot of things we got to continue to build, but I was very encouraged by their play, certainly by the effort from start to finish.”


ONE WORLD ALL-STARS – EXHIBITION GAME NO. 2
Nigel Dixon hit a two-foot shot with 10 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles an 87-85 win over the One World All-Stars in the Seminoles’ second exhibition game of the season on Nov. 9. Small forward Michael Campbell of the One World All-Stars led all scorers with 31 points. He also hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to cut Florida State’s lead to only two. Florida State small forward Adrian Crawford hit 5 of 7 shots to finish with 19 points. Arrington, who is expected to be the senior leader on the team, contributed with 17 points and 11 assists and only three turnovers in 30 minutes of play. “We’re not as good as we’re going to get, but that’s early season.” Robinson said.” As the season progresses, I think guys will do a better job at getting to the right spot.”


NEXT GAME
Following the Great Alaska Shootout, Florida State plays host to Minnesota in the second annual ACC/Big Ten Shootout on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. The Seminoles defeated Northwestern, 60-46, on Dec. 1, 1999 in the inaugural challenge, won by the ACC, 5-4.

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