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Florida State Plays Host To Coastal Carolina Thursday At 7 P.M.

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Dec. 20, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won a season-high five consecutive games, plays host to Coastal Carolina in its third of four consecutive home games Thursday at 7 p.m. The Seminoles face the Chanticleers with victories in each of their games since defeating No. 4/4 Florida (70-66, Dec. 3) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State has now won 10 consecutive home games played in the month of December and 18 consecutive regular season non-conference home games. The Seminoles have not lost a game in the month of December since Dec. 12, 2004. The Seminoles have three games remaining in the month of December as they look to go undefeated during the month for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles are 7-0 at home this season and 2-2 on the road games. The first neutral site game for the team comes against Providence (Dec. 29, 9 p.m.) at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Florida State’s current five-game winning streak is their longest of the season and longest since winning seven consecutive games from Dec. 29 (97-57 vs. Purdue) through Dec. 31 (74-60 vs. Bowling Green) during the 2005-06 season. Following Thursday’s game against Coastal Carolina, the Seminoles play host to Saint Peter’s (Dec. 23, Noon) and travel to play Providence in Tampa.

GAME TIME CHANGE FOR SATURDAY’S GAME VS. ST. PETER’S
Florida State’s game against Saint Peter’s will begin at 12 Noon on Saturday in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game time was changed to accommodate travel considerations for the Peacocks who will travel back to New Jersey following the game in Tallahassee.

THORNTON HITS 1,000 POINTS MARK – NOW ON THE FASTRACK UP THE LIST
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 22 points against High Point Monday night and has now scored 1,011 career points. He begins play in Thursday’s game against Coastal Carolina within reach of the next three players above him on the scoring list. Thornton trails Wayne Smalls (36th place, 1,016 career points) by five points, Tom McLaughlin (35th place, 1,021 points) by 10 and LaMarr Greer (34th place, 1,022 points) by 11 points. Should Thornton reach his season scoring average of 16.4 points per game against Coastal Carolina, he would find himself in 34th place on Florida State’s all-time scoring list by the end of Thursday’s game.

THORNTON ON WOODEN AND NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR LISTS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton is on both the John R. Wooden and James Naismith Award lists as one of college basketball best players. He is one of 50 players on both lists which will both be presented at the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta. Thornton was also selected as the pre-season runner-up for the ACC Player of the Year award.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Coastal Carolina and win its season-high sixth consecutive game of the season. The Seminoles have won each of their last five games since defeating No. 4/4 Florida (77-60) on Dec. 3 at home;
…Defeat Coastal Carolina and win their eighth consecutive home game. The Seminoles are 7-0 at home this season;
…Defeat Coastal Carolina and win its 18th consecutive non-conference regular season home game. The Seminoles’ winning streak began with a victory over South Alabama (83-52) on Dec. 16, 2004 and includes two victories over the Florida Gators.

FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS DURING ITS FIVE GAME WINNING STREAK…
…The Seminoles have won five consecutive games with victories over No. 4/4 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66), at Stetson (Dec. 5, 82-63), at Georgia State (Dec. 7, 87-55), Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 10, 88-62) and High Point (Dec. 18, 81-64);
…The Seminoles are averaging 81.6 points scored per game and have scored 80 points or more in four of the five wins. The only time Florida State scored less than 70 points was during its 70-66 victory over Florida;
…The Seminoles are enjoying a +19.6 point margin of victory since defeating Florida in Dec. 3. They have won each of their last four games by at least 17 points;
…The Seminoles are shooting .505 (149-of-295) from the field during the streak as compared to shooting .479 (158-of-330) from the field during their first six games of the season;
…The Seminoles are shooting nearly 80 percent (.792) from the free throw line and have made more free throws (80) than their opponents have attempted (62) in their last five games;
…The Seminoles have blocked 19 shots in their last five games (3.8 bpg) as compared to 19 blocked shots in their first six games of the season (3.2 bpg).

LORIDA STATE’S RECENT WINNING STREAKS
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Coastal Carolina looking to win its sixth consecutive game. Since the beginning of the 1988 season, the Seminoles have earned eight winning streaks of six or more games. The longest winning streak in school history, 11 games, came during the 1069-70 season. The longest winning streak during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State is 10 games which were all won to open the 2003-04 season.

Recent Seminole Winning Streaks
Dates                         Consecutive 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
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2005         7                    FSU runs out to season opening 9-1 mark
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
Dec. 3-Dec. 18, 2006          5                    Current streak dates to win over No. 4/4 Florida

THORNTON LEADS BLOCK PARTY AGAINST HIGH POINT
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton blocked a career-high four shots and the Seminoles blocked a season-high nine shots in their victory over High Point. It was the most blocked shot in a single game by the Seminoles since they had nine against Iowa State in the second round of the NIT on March 23, 2004. Florida State has already blocked 38 shots this season (3.5 bpg) as compared to its 2005-06 season total of 72 blocked shots in 30 games (2.4 bpg).

ECHEFU LEADS SEMINOLES ON THE BOARDS AGAINST HIGH POINT
Sophomore Uche Echefu pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds (to go along with 11 points) as he earned the first double-double of his career in the Seminoles’ victory over High Point. It was Echefu’s effort that helped Florida State win the battle of the boards for the fourth consecutive game as it outrebounded High Point, 38-37. The Seminoles’ 38 rebounds were their most in a game this season and marked the third consecutive game they have pulled down eat least 36 rebounds. Florida State holds a positive rebounding margin during their current five-game winning streak and was outrebounded only by Florida during the streak.

FREE THROW SHOTS CONTINUE TO FALL FOR FLORIDA STATE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton leads the Seminoles with a career-best .828 free throw shooting percentage. He is one of the main reasons why Florida State is the ACC leader in team free throw shooting percentage with a .755 mark through the first 11 games of the season. The Seminoles shot a stellar .737 from the field in its victory over High Point. Florida State has shot better then 73 percent in each game during their current five game winning streak and eight times in 11 games this season. The Seminoles’ starting five is shooting .797 (59-of-74) from the line in the last five games.

Florida State's Free Throw Shooting Under Leonard Hamilton
Year        Pct.    ACC rank    Notes
2002-03     .672    6           Tim Pickett led team with .865 FT Pct.
2003-04     .686    6           Anthony Richardson led team with .815 FT Pct.
2004-05     .665    9           Anthony Richardson led team with .822 FT Pct.
2005-06     .704    6           Ralph Mims led team with .788 FT Pct.
2006-07     .757    1           Al Thornton leads with .828 FT Pct.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F	#12	Al Thornton (16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 18.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 7.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 8.4 ppg and 3.8 apg in current 5-game winning streak)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (14.9 ppg, 2.5 apg; 14.8 ppg, 1.8 apg in current 5-game winning streak)
G	#25	Jason Rich (9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 10.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G	#10	Ralph Mims (4.9 ppg, 1.9 apg; 5.2 ppg and 2.0 apg in current 5-game winning streak)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (6.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 7.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (3.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 6.0 ppg and 1.5 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (3.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 3.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg in current 5-game winning streak)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR COASTAL CAROLINA
F	#00	Joseph Harris (8.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg; 14 pts and 13 rebs vs. Campbell, Nov. 16, 2006)
F	#14	Moses Sonko (15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 20 pts and 11 rebs vs. Wright State, Nov. 19, 2006)
G	#34	Everage Richardson (5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 13 pts and 1 asts vs. Asbury, Nov. 22, 2006)
G	#2	Joshua Mack (10.4 ppg, 3.8 apg; 17 pts and 4 asts vs. Asbury, Nov. 22, 2006)
G	#44	Jack Leasure (13.9 ppg, 3.3 apg; 19 pts and 4 asts vs. Campbell, Nov. 16, 2006)

FLORIDA STATE VS. COASTAL CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Coastal Carolina Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Coastal Win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Current Streak vs. Coastal Carolina: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Coastal Carolina: First Meeting
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