Dec. 21, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking for its sixth consecutive victory, Florida State plays its final home game of the 2005 calendar year as it plays host to Campbell Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles are 5-0 at home, 1-1 in away games and 1-0 in neutral site game during the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles’ game against the Camels is the sixth of seven non-conference home games during the 2005-06 season with UMass scheduled as the final non-ACC opponent to come the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 12). Florida State has won eight consecutive non-conference home games dating to Dec. 16, 2004 when the Seminoles defeated South Alabama. Florida State is 26-4 for a winning percentage of .867 in non-conference home game during the four-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. Following Thursday’s game against Campbell, Florida State travels to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 31 at the Bank America Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles and the Huskers play for the first time in men’s basketball in a one-game doubleheader with Miami facing Louisville in the second game of the event.
SEMINOLES PLAY CAMPBELL LOOKING FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Florida State plays host to Campbell Thursday night looking for its sixth consecutive victory. The Seminoles have won each of their five games since defeating Purdue (Nov. 29, 97-57) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles have earned winning streaks of six games or more seven times since the beginning of the 1988-89 season with its most recent winning streak of six or more games coming to open the 2003-04 season when the Seminoles won 10 straight games.
Recent Seminole Winning Streaks Dates Consec. Wins Notes Nov. 21-Dec. 20, 2003 10 All 10 wins to open 2003-04 season Jan. 31-Feb. 20, 1993 8 6-0 in ACC games; win over UConn Feb. 21-March 14, 1991 8 Won Metro Conference Championship Nov. 25-Dec. 28, 1988 8 All 8 wins to open 1988-89 season Jan. 4-Jan. 26, 1989 8 FSU wins 16 of first 17 games of season Dec. 14, 1996-Jan. 4, 1997 6 Victories over Florida and NC State Jan. 11-Jan. 27, 1992 6 4 ACC wins and victory over Florida
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Campbell and improve its record to 8-1. It would mark the second best nine-game start during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season (Hamilton’s second in Tallahassee) with a 10-0 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT;
…Defeat Campbell and improve to 27-4 (.871 winning percentage) in non-conference home games during the Leonard Hamilton era;
…Defeat Campbell and win its season-high sixth consecutive game. It would mark the Seminoles longest winning streak since winning 10 straight to open the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat Campbell and up its record to 5-0 during the month of December. With two games remaining in the 12th month, the Seminoles are looking to complete the month undefeated for the first time in school history.
MIMS SHOOTING FOR SCHOOL RECORD
Sophomore Ralph Mims enters Thursday’s game against Campbell having made a school-record tying 31 consecutive free throws. He made his final 14 free throws of the 2004-05 season and has made the first 17 attempts of the 2005-06 season. Jim Oler, the first great scorer in Florida State history, made 31 consecutive free throws during the 1953-54 season and has held the Seminoles’ consecutive free throws made record for 52 years. Mims has not been to the free throw line in either of the last two games.
GALLOWAY’S SIX STEALS MOVE HIM INTO 20TH PLACE AT FLORIDA STATE
Senior guard Todd Galloway recorded a career-high six steals in Florida State’s victory over Stetson and now has 100 steals for his 101-game career. His six steals against the Hatters are tied for the ninth best single-game effort in school history and were the most steals by a Seminole player since Ralph Mims also earned six against Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 2004. Galloway’s six steals moved him into 20th place on the all-time school steals list and allowed him to become only the 20th player in school history with 100 or more career steals.
SEMINOLES EARN 17 STEALS IN VICTORY OVER STETSON
Led by senior Todd Galloway’s career-high six steals, Florida State earned 17 steals in its victory over Stetson. The number marked a season-high for the Seminoles and was the fourth time this season the team had earned 12 or more steals in a single game. The Seminoles’ previous season high was 16 in their victory over Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29). It was the 31st time in the 101-game tenure of Leonard Hamilton at Florida State that Florida State has earned 10 or more steals in a single game. It was also the third time during the Hamilton era that Florida State had earned 17 team steals. The Seminoles had 17 steals in their victories over Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 6, 2003) and Jacksonville (Dec. 21, 2004) in addition to Tuesday’s victory over Stetson.
STRONG STATISTIC LINE FOR Alexander Johnson
Junior Alexander Johnson played one of the better all-around games of his career in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson. He scored a career-high tying 20 points, pulled down five rebounds, blocked two shots, earned two steals and was credited with a career-high tying three assists. He was also a perfect eight-of-eight from the free throw line against the Hatters. Johnson led the team in scoring and blocked shots and tied for the team lead in assists with Isaiah Swann. It marked the third time during his career that he had led (or tied for the team lead) in assists. Johnson led the Seminoles with three assists in a victory over Chicago State (Dec. 20, 2003) and against Duke (Feb. 29, 2004) during his freshman season.
SEMINOLES CLOSE IN ON 50 PERCENT FIELD GOAL MARK
Led by junior Alexander Johnson’s six-of-eight shooting performance (.750 percent) from the field against Stetson, Florida State had a .569 field goal shooting percentage from the field in its victory over the Hatters. It marked the third time this season (also in victories over Alcorn State and Purdue) that the Seminoles had shot better than 50 percent from the field. Florida State is only one made field goal away from shooting 50 percent for the season (225-of-452). The last time the Seminoles shot 50 percent or better from the field was during the 1988-89 season when they finished with a .505 mark (999-1980). Florida State was led by George McCloud’s 22.8 points per game average and Tat Hunter’s .570 field goal shooting percentage in advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history that season.
SEMINOLES ON POSITIVE SIDE OF REBOUNDING LEDGER – AGAIN
Led by Al Thornton’s game-high six rebounds, Florida State won the rebounding battle against Stetson by a 28-21 margin. It marked the fourth consecutive game and sixth time in eight games this season that the Seminoles have outrebounded their opponent. Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Campbell with a +7.9 rebounding margin – the fourth best mark in the ACC. The Seminoles have outrebounded four of their opponents this season by double figures (10 or more).
SEMINOLE QUICK SHOTS…
…Buoyed by his eight-of-eight performance from the free throw line against Stetson, junior Alexander Johnson has made nine of his last 10 free throws;
…Senior Diego Romero has missed only five shots from the field through the first seven games of the season and is shooting a team-leading .750 percent from the field;
…Senior Andrew Wilson made one 3-point field goal in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson and has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last six games. He is shooting .625 (10-of-16) from the bonusphere during the span.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (15.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg curing current 5-game win streak) F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.3 ppg, 6.0 ppg; 12.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg in current 5-game win streak) G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 7.6 pg and 1.8 rpg in current 5-game win streak) G #4 Todd Galloway (8.5 ppg, 3.9 apg; 9.6 ppg and 3.6 apg in current 5-game win streak) G #21 Jason Rich (10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 10.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg in current 5-game win streak) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 6.6 ppg and 3.0 rpg in current 5-game win streak) F #25 Diego Romero (5.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 5.0 ppg and 2.6 rpg in current 5-game win streak) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 4.2 ppg and 0.8 rpg in current 5-game win streak) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 5.0 ppg and 1.8 rpg in current 5-game win streak) F #41 Uche Echefu (3.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg in current 5-game win streak) G #11 Jerel Allen (4.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 5.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg in current 5-game win streak)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CAMPBELL F #21 Maurice Latham (14.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg; 13 pts and 11 rebs vs. Indiana State, 12/19/05) C #44 Comerlee Poole (6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 9 pts and 5 rebs vs. Mercer, 12/3/05) G #5 Ruell Pringle (13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 20 pts and 4 rebs vs. Indiana State, 12/19/05) G #11 Eric Smith (19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 23 pts and 6 rebs vs. North Carolina A&T, 12/14/05) G #12 Ledell Eackles (6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 11 pts and 6 asts vs. North Carolina A&T, 12/14/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CAMPBELL — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 29, 2001; Florida State 93, Campbell 47
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 29, 2001; Florida State 93, Campbell 47
Last Campbell Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 29, 2001; Florida State 93, Campbell 47
Last Campbell Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Campbell, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Campbell: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. CAMPBELL – THE LAST MEETING
Nigel Dixon scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Florida State to a 93-47 victory over Campbell on Dec. 29, 2001 in the Leon County Civic Center. Dixon played only 18 minutes during the win but connected on six of nine shots and contributed two assists. Anthony Richardson added 14 points in the win. The Seminoles took the lead after the opening tap on a two-foot jumper by Dixon and never trailed during the game. The Seminoles outscored Campbell 45-23 in the first half and led by as many as 50 in the Second half. Campbell’s Jonte’ Edwards led the Camels with 10 points but was unable to defend Dixon throughout the game. Dixon scored eight points in a 23-4 run by Florida State to open the second half. Florida State forced the Camels to struggle offensively, as the missed 36 of 52 shots during the game and had 15 turnovers. The Seminoles, meanwhile, shot 53 percent from the field for the game. Florida State’s Monte Cummings scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Delvon Arrington scored 15 points and added six assists. The Seminoles committed a season-low six turnovers.