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Florida State Plays Host To Coastal Carolina Saturday At 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 21, 2008




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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won its first three games, plays host to Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Global Sports Classic at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Chanticleers is the first of four games (two in Tallahassee and two in Las Vegas) the Seminoles will play over the next eight days in the Global Sports Classic. The event includes eight teams from eight different leagues who will all met at the Thomas & Mack Center next Friday and Saturday to declare the tournament champion. Florida State plays Coastal Carolina (Nov. 22) and Western Illinois (Nov. 24) in Tallahassee and travels to play Cincinnati (Nov. 28) and UNLV or Cal (Nov. 29) in Las Vegas. The Seminoles are in the midst of a three-game home stand which is their longest of the season. Florida State also plays three home games (Dec. 16-21) before getting into the heart of ACC play. Florida State plays at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3 at 9:30 in its first game after playing in the Global Sports Classic Tournament.

GLOBAL SPORTS CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
Florida State plays host to Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Global Sports Classic. The Seminoles will play four teams in the pre-determined round robin tournament which began with a UNLV victory over Texas Pan American on Nov. 18. Following its game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, the Seminoles will play host to Western Illinois before flying to Las Vegas and playing Cincinnati in the third round of the event at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Seminoles will then play either Cal or UNLV in the final round of the event. The Seminoles are 1-0 all-time against Coastal Carolina, will meet Western Illinois for the first time in school history, are 21-15 against Cincinnati, could play Cal for the first time in school history and are 0-1 against UNLV.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Coastal Carolina and improve to 4-0 on the season. It would mark the first time since the 2006-07 season and third time during the Leonard Hamilton era that the Seminoles will have won their first four games of the season;
…Defeat Coastal Carolina for the second consecutive time and raise it record to 2-0 against the Chanticleers. The Seminoles defeated Coastal Carolina 78-65 on Dec. 21, 2006 in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Coastal Carolina and win its 31st consecutive regular season non-conference home game. The Seminoles current streak began with a victory over South Alabama on Dec. 16, 2004 and includes one victory over the Chanticleers (Dec. 21, 2006).

FLORIDA STATE VS. COASTAL CAROLINA’S CLIFF ELLIS
Florida State’s game against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 22 marks the Seminoles’ only game of the season against a team whose head coach is a Florida State alumnus. Cliff Ellis earned his bachelors degree in physical education from Florida State in 1968 and is in his second season as the head coach of the Chanticleers. Ellis coached at Clemson from 1984-1994, putting together a 177-128 (.580) record in his tenure. While at Clemson, Ellis led the Tigers to the 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference title, the only in the school’s history, with a 24-8 overall record, a 10-4 ACC mark and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

SEMINOLES UTILIZING THE BLOCKED SHOT AS A DEFENSIVE WEAPON
Florida State enter Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina averaging 8.0 blocked shots per game and has blocked eight shots in each of first three games of the season. The school record for blocked shots in a single game in 15 against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 3, 1994 while the single-season record for blocked shots is 210 during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles’ 1994-95 team averaged a school record 6.2 blocked shots per game. The Seminoles blocked 130 shots and averaged 3.8 blocked shots per game during the 2007-08 season/

SEMINOLES BACK ON TARGET FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State shot a season-high .824 from the free throw line in its victory over Stetson. It marked second consecutive game the Seminoles shot 75 percent or better from the line after a .750 performance form the line in their victory over La Salle.

DOUGLAS APPROACHES 1,500 POINT MARK
Senior guard Toney Douglas scored 26 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson and enters Saturday’s game needing only 11 points to reach 1,500 for his career. His 26 points mark the most since he totaled 28 in consecutive games against Miami (Feb. 6. 2008) and at Wake Forest (Feb. 14, 2008) during his junior season. Douglas has now scored at least 25 points six times in his career including his career-high 38-point performance while a freshman at Auburn against Nicholls State.

DOUGLAS LEADS SEMINOLES IN SCORING IN FIRST THREE GAMES
Senior Toney Douglas has scored in double figures and led Florida State in scoring in each of the first three games of the season. It marks the first time in his Seminole career that he has led the team in scoring in three consecutive games and is the 35th time in the 37th games that he has scored in double figures.

DOUGLAS’ STEALS STREAK
With two steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson, senior guard Toney Douglas now has at least one steal in 33 of the last 34 games. The only team to hold Douglas steal-less was Akron in the first round of the 2008 NIT.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg; First Career game against Coastal Carolina)
F #42 Ryan Reid (8.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Dec. 21, 2006)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; First career game against Coastal Carolina)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg; First career game against Coastal Carolina)
G #23 Toney Douglas (20.0 ppg, 2.7 spg; 17 pts and 1 ast. Vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 21, 2006)
...AND TOP RESERVES
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game against Coastal Carolina)
G #3 Luke Loucks (2.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg; First career game against Coastal Carolina)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game against Coastal Carolina)
G #21 Brian Hoff (3.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg; First Career game against Coastal Carolina)
F #41 Uche Echefu (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 21, 2006)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR COASTAL CAROLINA
F #00 Joseph Harris (14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State on Nov. 21, 2006)
F #10 Logan Johnson (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State on Nov. 21, 2006)
F #42 Anthony Breeze (12.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G #4 Mario Sisinni (2.5 ppg, 3.0 apg; 2 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Nov. 21, 2006)
G #32 Mario Edwards (5.5 ppg, 1.5 apg; First career game against Florida State, Nov. 21, 2006)

FLORIDA STATE VS. COASTAL CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 21, 2006, at Florida State 78, Coastal 65
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 21, 2006, at Florida State 78, Coastal 65
Last Coastal Carolina Win: None
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee:  Dec. 21, 2006, at Florida State 78, Coastal 65
Last Coastal Carolina win in Tallahassee: None
Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Coastal Carolina: 1-0 (at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. COASTAL CAROLINA – THE LAST MEETING
Al Thornton scored 21 points to help Florida State beat Coastal Carolina 78-65 Dec. 21, 2006 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Chanticleers never found an answer for Thornton, who finished 6-for-8 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds and four steals. The Seminoles also got 17 points from Toney Douglas, and Jason Rich added 15. Most of Coastal Carolina’s offense came from Jack Leasure. Leasure’s 13 second-half points brought his team back into the game after trailing 41-33 at halftime. He finished with 17 to lead the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina pulled within six points with 3:34 left in the game, but the Seminoles rattled off nine straight points to seal Florida State’s sixth consecutive win. The Chanticleers made 6-of-13 3-pointers in the second half. Moses Sonko recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Chanticleers, who also got 14 points from Joshua Mack.

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