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Florida State Hosts Wake Forest

Feb. 9, 2001

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Florida State plays host to No. 15 Wake Forest in its 23rd game of the season. The Seminoles are playing their 14th home game (of 16 total for the season) and sixth home Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season (of eight for the season). Florida State defeated Clemson, 88-84 (OT) in its last home game and is playing only its second game in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center in the last 10 days. Wake Forest took a 76-53 decision against Florida State when the two teams met earlier this season (Jan. 9) in Winston-Salem.

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Feb. 14, 2001, 9:00 p.m.

Florida State at Maryland

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (6-16, 1-8 ACC) VS NO. 15 WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS (15-7, 4-6 ACC)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001, NOON

TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK

FOX SPORTS SOUTH/SUNSHINE NETWORK

“Florida State starting freshman forward Michael Joiner won’t come out and say it, but he doesn’t have to. Letting last season’s Mr. Basketball in the state of North Carolina slip away to the Sunshine State was a big mistake. And Joiner has the numbers to prove it.”

Bob Thomas

The Florida Times Union

Jan. 24, 2001

SETTING THE SCENE

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Win its second consecutive ACC home game. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 88-84 (OT) on Jan. 31 in Tallahassee,

…Win its second consecutive ACC home game for the first time since Feb. 5 (against Wake Forest, 66-61) and Feb. 21 (against Georgia Tech, 64-54) of last season,

…Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.,

…Defeat a ranked team at home for the Jan. 12, 1999 when the Seminoles defeated No. 25 Clemson, 70-64,

…Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,

…Defeat Wake Forest for the fifth consecutive time in the Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles have defeated the Demon Deacons each year since 1997.

JOINER EARLIER THIS SEASON AGAINST WAKE FOREST
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 9 in Winston-Salem. His total is the most by a Florida State player since the Seminoles joined the conference and is tied for the second most by an ACC player this season.

JOINER EARNS TWO ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARDS
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has earned ACC Rookie-of-the Week honors twice this season. He is only the fourth player in school history to earn the award. In addition, he is only the second player (joining All-American and current NBA star Bob Sura) to earn the award multiple times. Joiner earned the award for the weeks of Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.

LOWERY IN THE CLASSROOM
Seminole freshman Ryan Lowery earned a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester.

TODAY’S OFFICIALS
Today’s referee is Tom Lopes and the umpires are Charles Rainge and Jamie Luckie.

CUMMINGS LEADS SEMINOLES OFF THE BENCH
Junior Monte Cummings leads the Seminoles with 253 points and an 11.5 points per game average. His 253 points is one more than senior Delvon Arrington has scored this season. Cummings enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest as the only reserve player to lead his team in scoring in the ACC.

CUMMINGS IN HIS FIRST NINE CAREER ACC GAMES…
…He is averaging nearly two points more (13.5) in conference games than he has averaged for the Seminoles’ 22-game schedule (11.5),

…He has scored in double figures in seven of nine ACC games (77.8 percent) as compared to six of 13 (46.1 percent) non-conference games,

…He is averaging 3.8 rebounds in ACC games and 3.2 rebounds for the season,

…He is averaging 26.0 minutes played in nine ACC games and 23.1 minutes for the season,

…He is shooting 50 percent (42-of-84) from the field in ACC games and 46.6 percent (81-of-174) for the season.

CUMMINGS IN THE LAST THREE GAMES
Monte Cummings is averaging 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, one steal and shooting 66.7 percent from the field in the last three games.

CUMMINGS’ SCORING BINGE
Junior Monte Cummings is averaging 15.0 points per game in the last 13 games. He has scored 210 points during that span after scoring 43 points and averaging 4.8 points in the first nine games of the season.

ARRINGTON HOT FROM LONG DISTANCE
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is averaging two made 3-point shots in the last seven games. He made two from beyond the arc in five consecutive games from Jan. 14 through Jan. 27, tied his career-high with three made in Florida State’s overtime victory over Clemson on Jan. 31 and added one against Duke on Sunday in Durham. He has made a near career-high 26 3-point shots this season and has made more than half of his 3-points shots made for the season in the last seven games.

ARRINGTON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Delvon Arrington has made a career-high 60 free throws in a career-high 81 attempts and is shooting a career-high 74.1 percent from the line through the first 22 games of the season. It marks the third consecutive season that he has shot above 70 percent from the line for the season.

ARRINGTON’S ASSISTS
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Wednesday’s game against Duke with 104 assists. He has recorded at least 100 assists during each of his three years at Florida State. Arrington became only the fourth player in school history to record 100 or more assists in three seasons as a Seminole point guard with a seven-assist performance against Clemson on Wednesday night in Tallahassee.

A. DIXON FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Junior forward Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, has made six 3-point shots in the last three games for an average of two made per game. He is shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc since the Seminoles’ game against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27. Dixon has made one-third of his 3-point shots for the season in the last three games (six of 18).

A. DIXON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior tri-captain Antwuan Dixon is shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line in the last two games (seven-of-eight) and 83.3 percent from the line in the last three games (10-of-12).

A. DIXON STEALING AT A RECORD PACE
Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, has more steals this season (14) than he had during the first two years of his Seminole career (13) entering Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. He is averaging nearly one steal per game this season as compared to 0.3 steals per game through the first 50 games of his career.

A. DIXON ADDING UP HIS MINUTES
Junior forward Antwuan Dixon has played 627 minutes for an average of 28.5 minutes per game in the first 22 games of the 2000-01 season. He has played almost exactly as many minutes in 22 games this season (627) as he did in the first two seasons (50 games) of his Florida State career (629 minutes).

CRAWFORD’S SCORING NUMBERS UP
Senior Adrian Crawford, a team tri-captain, is averaging a near-career high 10.5 points per game this season. It marks the second time during his career that he has averaged in double figures and the second time he has averaged 10.5 points per game or more. He averaged a career-high 10.6 points per game during his first season at Florida State (1998-99).

CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made seven 3-point field goals in the last five games to bring his season total to a team-leading 42. He has now made 119 3-points shots during his 67-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 sixth in school history with 119 3-point shots made. He needs only five 3-point shots to surpass LaMarr Greer and move into fifth place on Florida State’s all-time career list.

CRAWFORD ASSISTING
Senior Adrian Crawford has 37 assists this season (1.7 assists per game) and enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with 206 career assists.

CRAWFORD IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Senior Adrian Crawford has scored in double figures in eight of the last 12 games and in 11 of Florida State’s 22 games this season.

CRAWFORD FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Adrian Crawford has made nine of his last ten free throws in his most recent seven games. He enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a career-high 74.3 free throw shooting percentage. Crawford is shooting more than 12 percentage points higher this season than he was for his career entering the 2000-01 season.

SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS


Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”

Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.

Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.

Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.

“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”

RYAN LOWERY AGAINST DUKE…
…He scored a career-high four points,

…He made a career-high two field goals,

…He attempted a career-high four field goals,

…He grabbed a career-high four defensive rebounds,

…He dished out a career-high tying three assists,

LOWERY’S INCREASED PRODUCTION
…Freshman Ryan Lowery scored four points against Duke on Feb. 4. He had scored five points in his previous 14 games since Dec. 9,

…Freshman Ryan Lowery grabbed four rebounds against Duke on Feb. 4. He had grabbed four rebounds in his previous seven games,

…He scored two field goals against Duke on Jan. 4. He had scored three field goals in the Seminoles’ first 21 games of the season and none since the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 17,

…He recorded three assists against Duke on Jan. 4. He totaled three assists in the previous eight games entering the game against the Blue Devils.,

…He played 12 minutes against Duke on Jan. 4. He played 18 minutes in the previous six games heading into the Seminoles’ game against Duke.

LOWERY PLAYING WITH STICK-EM ON HIS HANDS
Freshman Ryan Lowery has committed only three turnovers in his last 30 minutes played and enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a 1.7:1 assist to turnover ratio. He has committed only eight turnovers in nine ACC games played. He recorded two assists and zero turnovers in 13 minutes played against Wake Forest on Jan. 9.

THE DECREASING STORY OF LOWERY’S TURNOVERS
Freshman Ryan Lowery has committed only six turnovers in his last nine games (0.7) and is averaging less than one turnover per game for the season.

WILSON TIES CAREER SCORING HIGH
Freshman Andrew Wilson scored a career-high tying 11 points against Duke on Sunday. He tied his career-high with four field goals made and was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line. Wilson’s 11 points against Duke was his career ACC scoring high and matched his overall career-high that he reached on Dec. 7 at South Florida.

WILSON AGAINST DUKE
…Scored his ACC career-high and tied his overall career-high with 11 points,

…Tied his career high with four field goals made. He began his career with four field goals made against Florida on Nov. 17,

…Played his ACC career-high tying total of 17 minutes. He also played 17 minutes at Georgia Tech (Jan. 27) and against Maryland (Jan. 14),

…Was credited with a career-high tying two assists. He now averages 2.0 assists per game in two games against Duke this season,

…Tied his career-high with three total rebounds and was credited with a career-high three defensive rebounds.

WILSON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman Andrew Wilson has made four consecutive free throws entering Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. He was a perfect two-of-two against both Clemson (Jan. 31) and at Duke (Feb. 4). Wilson is the Seminoles’ leader in free throw percentage with a 83.8 mark.

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