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Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Plays Host To No. 8 Florida

Dec. 5, 2002

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State renews its intra-state rivalry with Florida as the Seminoles play host to the Gators in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Friday night. The Seminoles enter the game with a 3-0 record for the first time since the beginning of the 1997-98 season. The 1997-98 Seminoles improved to 4-0 before falling to No. 2 ranked Kansas in the championship game of the Preseason NIT and later played in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State defeated Iowa, 80-67, Monday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in a game played in Tallahassee. Following Friday night’s game, the Seminoles will play host to Miami Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.


JOINER ENJOYS OUTSTANDING START TO SEASON
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner, who is averaging a team-leading 15.3 points per game, is enjoying an outstanding start to the 2002-03 season. Joiner enters Friday night’s game against Florida shooting an 80 percent from the field. He has made 20 of 25 shots during the first three games of the season including 16 of his last 18 in Florida State’s two most recent victories over Mercer and Iowa. After missing his first shot against Mercer, he made his next ten shots (his final eight vs. Mercer and his first two against Iowa) and enters Friday’s game having made six consecutive shots.


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SEMINOLE STATISTIC SHEET
…Florida State has twice as many steals (46) as its first three opponents combined (23);
…Florida State has more than twice as many blocked shots (21) as its first three opponents combined (10);
…Florida State is outscoring its first three opponents by an average scoring margin of +27.3 points per game;
…Florida State has recorded one assist for every 5.8 baskets it has scored this season;
…Florida State is forcing its opponents into an average of 26.3 turnovers per game while committing 14.0 turnovers per game. Florida State is averaging just over 12 more possessions per game than its opponents;
…Florida State has held its first three opponents to a .341 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles have held two of its first three opponents under 30 percent shooting from the field.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season when the Seminoles opened the season with four wins before falling to Kansas in the championship game of the Preseason NIT;
…Allow Leonard Hamilton to begin his Seminole coaching career with four consecutive wins. He would become only the fourth coach in school history to win the first four games of his career at Florida State;
…Defeat a ranked Florida team for the first time since Dec. 3, 1988. The 14th-ranked Seminoles defeated the No. 19-ranked Gators, 104-86, at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Defeat Florida at home for the first time since Dec. 3, 1988, a span of six games played in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Florida for the first time since Dec. 14, 1997 – a span of four games. The last time Florida State defeated Florida, the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament.


SEMINOLES FINDING HELP OFF THE BENCH
Florida State’s bench players outscored Iowa bench players, 28-10, in the Seminoles’ victory over the Hawkeyes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It marked the third consecutive game this season the Seminoles’ bench has out-performed its opponent. Senior Trevor Harvey led the Seminoles with seven points and nine rebounds in 11 minutes as a reserve player in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory against Savannah State (76-49, Nov. 24). Sophomore Anthony Richardson scored 12 points off the bench in Florida State’s victory over Mercer (83-47, Nov. 27) and Todd Galloway scored a reserve player high 14 points as the Seminoles beat Iowa (80-67, Dec. 2).


Finding Playing Time For The Bench Players
Game FSU Bench Opponent Bench Notes

Savannah State 26 19 7 pts/9 rebs for Trevor Harvey
Mercer 31 20 12 pts/3 blocks for Anthony Richardson
Iowa 28 10 Career-high 14 for Todd Galloway
Totals 85/28.3 ppg 49/16.3 ppg 35 percent of Seminole points from reserves


EVERYBODY GETS INTO THE ACT AGAINST IOWA
All nine Seminoles who earned action in Florida State’s victory against Iowa Monday night scored at least two points. Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner, who missed tying his career by two points, led the Seminoles with 19 points while freshman Todd Galloway scored his career-high of 14 points. Joiner and Galloway combined to shoot .875 from the field (14 of 16) as both players missed only one in the victory.


ALMOST EVERYBODY IN THE SEASON BOXSCORE
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner, who has scored in double figures in all three games this season, leads the Seminoles with a 15.3 points per game average. He leads a parade of 13 Seminoles (of 15 players on the roster) who have scored at least one point for the team through the first three games of the season.


STEALING IS LEGAL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT
Florida State, which recorded a season-high 16 steals in its season-opener against Savannah State, is averaging 15.3 steals per game through its first three games of the season. The Seminoles recorded 16 steals against Savannah State and 15 each in its victories against Mercer and Iowa. Junior guard Tim Pickett, who recorded a career-high six steals against Savannah State, leads the way with 13 steals and a 4.3 steals per game average. The Seminoles are averaging nearly twice as many steals this season in three games (15.3) as they did last season in 29 games (7.7)


Stealing And Going The Other Way
Season SPG 10 or more Notes

2002-03 15.3 3 Currently ranks second in the ACC
2001-02 7.7 10 Ranked fifth in the ACC
Improvement +7.6


SEMINOLES FIRING FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Florida averaging 8.0 3-point field goals made per game through the first three games of the season. The Seminoles are averaging just over two 3-point shots made per game more than they did last season when they made 169 shots from the bonusphere. Junior Tim Pickett, who made 15 shots from 3-point range during the Seminoles’ two-game exhibition season, leads the Seminoles with seven 3-point shots made. Every player who has started at least one game for Florida State, with the exception of center Trevor Harvey, has made at least one 3-point shot so far this season.


Seminoles’ From Long Range
Season 3FGM 3FGA Notes

2002-03 8.0 24.3 29.7% of points from 3-point shots (72 of 242)
2001-02 5.8 17.3 24.3% of points from 3-point shots (507 of 2,082)
Increase +2.2 +7.0 +5.4% of total points from 3-point shots


KEEPING THE TRUNOVERS TO A MINIMUM
Florida State was charged with a season low 11 turnovers in its victory against Iowa and is averaging only 14 turnovers per game. Against the Hawkeyes, the Seminoles turned the ball over only six times in the first half and eight times in the second half. Florida State has not averaged fewer than 14.9 turnovers in a single season since the 1996-97 season when it averaged 13.7 turnovers per game.


SWATING AWAY THE COMPETITION
Florida State, which blocked a season-high 12 shots in its victory over Mercer, is averaging 7.0 blocks per game through the first three games of the season. The Seminoles are averaging twice as many team blocked shots this season as they did last season (3.5 blocks per game in 29 games).

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