April 19, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which advanced to the second round of the NIT this past season, is ranked in the top 25 of five different statistical categories including 3-point field goals made in the final release of the NCAA Statistics for the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles ranked third in 3-point field goals made for the entire season (296), eighth in the 3-point field goals made per game (9.0), 10th for 3-point field goals made in a single game (17 against Stetson, Dec. 28), 14th for single-game free throw percentage (.950 against Georgia Tech, Feb. 3), 21st in field goal percentage defense and were one of only 27 teams in the nation with a winning streak of 10 games or longer.
Led by All-America Honorable Mention selection Tim Pickett, the Seminoles established a school record for 3-point shots made in a single season. Pickett made a near school-record 110 shots from long range and fell short of tying the existing school record of 115 by George McCloud by a mere five shots made. Freshman Von Wafer, who finished as Florida State’s third leading scorer with a 7.9 points per game average ranked second on the team with 42 3-point field goals made. Senior Nate Johnson led the Seminoles with a career-high .420 3-point field goal shooting percentage.
On their way to netting 296 3-point field goals this season, the Seminoles established a single-season school record with an average of 9.0 long-range shots made per game. Pickett led the ACC with a single-season career-high 3.33 3-point shots made per game.
The Seminoles’ school-record 17 3-point shots made in their 87-72 victory over Stetson Dec. 30 ranked as the 10th highest total for a single game in the nation this season. During that victory over the Hatters, Nate Johnson was a perfect six-of-six from long range for a career-high 19 points.
Florida State remained stingy on defense under second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton as it held its opponents to .401 shooting from the field. It marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles have ranked among the nation’s leaders in field goal percentage defense; they ranked seventh in the nation last season with a .391 mark.
The Seminoles also enjoyed one of the top free throw shooting nights of any Division I team in the nation when they made 19 of 20 from the line for a .950 percentage against Georgia Tech Feb. 3, 2004. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets, 81-65, to hand the national finalists their most lopsided loss of the season (-16 points). During that game, Pickett was a perfect seven-of-seven from the line. The Seminoles’ .950 percentage from the line ranked as the 14th best shooting game in the nation.
In addition, the Florida State was one of only 27 teams in the nation to win at least 10 consecutive games at least once during the season. The Seminoles won their first 10 games of the season to set a school record for wins to open a season.