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Florida State Plays Host To Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday at 2 p.m.

Dec. 5, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
At 6-0, Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson looking for its first 7-0 start to a season since the 1988-89 season and only the third 7-0 start to a season during the 57-year history of the program. The Seminoles began both the 1988-89 and 1977-78 seasons with perfect 8-0 records. Both times Florida State won at least its first seven games of a single season, it appeared in the NCAA Tournament at the conclusion of that season. The Seminoles’ game against Fairleigh Dickinson is their third all-time against the Knights whose campus is located in Teaneck, N.J. – a short 10-minute drive from the George Washington Bridge and the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is the first game for the Seminoles against a team from New Jersey since they played host to Seton Hall during the 1999-00 season. Following Saturday’s game, the Seminoles will not play until Dec. 14 when they travel to play Miami for an ACC/Big East match up in Coral Gables. Saturday’s game is the seventh in a 16-day span for the Seminoles who opened the 2003-04 season with a victory over Maine Nov. 21.


ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett REMAINS HOT
Senior All-America candidate Tim Picket enters Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game, a team-leading 2.7 steals per game, having made a team-leading 35 field goals, a team-leading 19 3-point field goals and is a perfect nine-of-nine from the free throw line. Pickett is ranked fifth in the ACC in steals, ninth in scoring, second in 3-point field goals made and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage entering Saturday’s game.


PICKETT LOOKING TO REACH CENTURY MARK IN STEALS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson with 98 steals and is looking to become only the 17th player in school history with 100 or more steals in a career. Pickett has 98 steals in only 35 career games for a school-record 2.8 steals per game average.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its seventh consecutive game and run its record to 7-0. It would mark the first time since the 1988-89 season the Seminoles had won at least seven games to open a season;
…Run its current winning streak to seven games – its longest since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles won eight consecutive from Jan. 31 through Feb. 20, 1993. Included in that winning streak were six victories against ACC teams and one against both Jacksonville and Connecticut;
…Play its final game before breaking for the University’s final exam period. The Seminoles will not play next week and return to the court at Miami Dec. 14. Florida State’s next home game is scheduled for Dec. 18 against Wagner;
…Win its 11th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are looking for the seventh consecutive non-conference home victory of the 2003-04 season after winning their final four of the 2002-03 season.


IN FLORIDA STATE’S FIRST SIX GAMES…
…The Seminoles have scored first in each game;
…The Seminoles have scored at least 26 first half points and led five of their first six games at halftime. Florida State recovered from a 31-26 halftime deficit against Northwestern to win 71-53 Dec. 1 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.
…The Seminoles have held four of their six opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field for the entire game. Florida State held South Carolina State to a .231 field goal shooting percentage;
…The Seminoles have won five of their first six games by double figures;
…The Seminoles have led five of their six opponents at halftime.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson averaging 77.8 points scored per game and have scored at least 66 points in each of its first six games. The Seminoles finished ninth in the ACC in scoring last season with a 68.1 points per game scoring average and are averaging nearly 10 points scored per game more this season as compared to last season.


Seminoles On The Scoreboard
Season PPG Notes

2003-04 77.8 Season-high 99 points against Nicholls State, Nov. 26
2002-03 68.1 Season-high 93 points against Stetson, Dec. 18
Improvement +9.7 ppg Six Seminoles average 6.0 points or more per game


FLORIDA STATE KEEPING ITS OPPONENTS OFF THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State is allowing its opponents to shoot .359 from the field and is allowing only 54.8 points per game. The Seminoles are ranked first in the ACC in scoring defense heading into the weekend after leading the league in scoring defense last season. Over the course of Leonard Hamilton’s 35-game tenure at Florida State, the Seminoles are limiting their opponents to .386 shooting percentage of 64.5 points per game.


Seminoles’ Defense Under Leonard Hamilton
Season FG Pct. Defense Points Allowed Notes

2003-04 .359 54.8 Allowed 55 points or fewer 3X
2002-03 .391 66.6 Allowed 55 points or fewer 4X
Totals .386 64.5 Led ACC in scoring defense in 02-03


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FIELD
Florida State is shooting .508 from the field through its first six games of the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better in three of the last five games and are shooting .531 in the last five games after opening the season with a .389 shooting performance against Maine. The Seminoles shot .551 from the field in their victory over Nicholls State, .554 against South Carolina State and .563 against Northwestern.



Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who is shooting .452 from the 3-point line, Florida State is shooting .415 from the bonushpere as a team through the first six games of the season. Only twice in school history (.438 in 1987-88 and .410 in 1986-87) have the Seminoles shot above 40 percent from the 3-point line for an entire season.


DISTRIBUTING THE MINUTES
Florida State plays its seventh game in a span of 16 days as it plays host to Fairleigh Dickinson. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has certainly realized the need to evenly distribute the minutes played during the last two weeks and has done well in utilizing the depth on the Seminoles’ roster. Only three players (seniors Tim Pickett, Nate Johnson and Michael Joiner) are averaging 20 minutes or more per game while 10 players are averaging 11 or more minutes played per game. An 11th player – Andrew Wilson – is averaging 9.4 minutes played per game. Pickett’s 26.0 minutes per game are more than seven minutes fewer per game than he averaged last season. Of the six returning players who averaged more than 10 minutes per game a year ago, all are averaging fewer minutes but nearly as many points.


The Seminoles’ Minute Per Game Chart
Season Pickett Johnson Joiner Richardson Galloway Waleskowski

2002-03 33.1 30.8 26.7 29.0 23.8 17.1
2003-04 26.7 24.0 20.0 25.0 16.2 16.5
Decrease -6.4 -6.8 -6.7 -4.0 -7.6 -0.6


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg; Needs 221 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg; Career-high 27 points on 10 FGM vs. NW)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 104 career blocked shots is 6th in FSU history)
G #10 Nate Johnson (2.5 ppg, 5.2 apg; Only 3 turnovers in last three games)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg; Needs 2 steals for 100 in his FSU career)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.0 ppg, 3.7 apg; 6 assists and 1 turnover against Nicholls State)
F #12 Al Thornton (5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 12 points in 18 minutes against SC State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg; Back from injury – has played in 5 of 6 games)
G #23 Von Wafer (8.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg; ACC Rookie of the Week, Dec. 1)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg; Season-high 19 points against Ole Miss)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (3.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Season-high 9 points against SC State)


FLORIDA STATE VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON —  A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 2-0
Last Game: Jan. 11, 1978; FSU 85, FDU 43
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 11, 1978; FSU 85, FDU 43
Last Fairleigh Dickinson Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 11, 1978; FSU 85, FDU 43
Last Fairleigh Dickinson Win In Tallahassee: None


FLORIDA STATE VS. OLE MISS – THE LAST TWO GAMES
Feb. 26, 1974 Jan. 11, 1978
at Florida State 86 at Florida State 85
Fairleigh Dickinson 58 Fairleigh Dickinson 43


FLORIDA STATE VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON – THE LAST GAME
Harry Davis and David Thompson scored 23 and 20 points respectively to lead Florida State past Fairleigh Dickinson, 85-43, in Tully Gym on the Florida State campus Jan. 11, 1978. The Seminoles led, 39-16, at halftime and outscored the Knights, 46-27, in the second half to gain the victory. The Seminoles scored first on a Eugene Harris lay-up and raced to as much as a 23-point lead in the first half. The Seminoles’ defense, which limited Fairleigh Dickinson to 33 percent shooting in the first half, held the Knights under double figure scoring for the first 11:58 of the game. Harris was the third Seminole to score in double figures as he scored 10 points and added six assists. Florida State had 11 steals and forced FDU into 26 turnovers in gaining the victory.


PICKETT SELECTING THE RIGHT SHOTS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has improved many facets of his game including his shot selection. He is shooting .467 from the field including .452 from 3-point range entering Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson. Pickett is averaging 2.5 field goals attempted per game fewer and only one point less per game this season as compared to last season.


Pickett Finds His Shooting Touch
Season FG% 3FG% FT% Notes

2003-04 .467 .452 1.000 15th in ACC in FG% / 5th in ACC in 3FG%
2002-03 .382 .324 .865 12th in ACC in FG% / 11th in ACC in 3FG%
Improvement +8.5% +12.8% +13.5% Best increases on team from 02-03 to 03-04


Tim Pickett HAS…
…Made 103 career 3-point field goals for a 2.9 3-point field goals made average for his career;
…98 steals in 35 games for a 2.8 steals per game average over his career;
…Made at least two 3-point field goals in nine of his last 10 games and all six games this season;
…Missed only two free throws in his last 10 games (21-of-23) for a .913 free throw percentage
…A career free throw shooting percentage of .878 in 35 career games (86-of-98) and has missed only 12 free throws during his Seminole career.


JOINER FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Michael Joiner is among Florida State’s leaders with a .833 free throw shooting percentage (five-of-six for the season) entering Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson. He is enjoying a much better start to the season from the line after shooting a career-low .460 from the line as a junior. Joiner is a career .642 shooter from the line and has made 99 career free throws.


JOINER FINDING THE BASKET FROM THE FIELD
Senior Michael Joiner, who is ranked fifth on the team in scoring with a 6.2 points per game average, is shooting .538 from the field through the first six games of the season. He made four of his five shots from the field in scoring 10 points during Florida State’s victory over Ole Miss Wednesday night. Joiner is looking to shoot above 50 percent from the field for an entire season for the first time in his career.


Joiner From The Field
Seasons FGM FGA Pct. Notes

2003-04 (2 Yrs) 113 230 .491 Shooting a career-high .538 during 03-04 season
2001-02 (2 Yrs) 179 465 .385 Made a career-high 109 field goals in 00-01
Improvement +.106 Above 50 percent in 03-04 for first time


JOINER FROM THE 3-POINT SHOT
Senior Michael Joiner has made 74 of 200 3-point shots during his career. His 74 3-point shots made are tied for 17th all-time in school history with Charlie Ward while his 200 3-point attempts are ranked 16th in school history.


JOHNSON ENJOYS BREAKOUT GAME AGAINST OLE MISS
Freshman Alexander Johnson scored his career-high of 19 points on a perfect five-of-five shooting from the field and a near perfect nine-of-ten shooting from the free throw line. His 19 points marked the most by a freshman since Anthony Richardson scored 19 against NC State Jan. 8, 2002. Johnson made all of his field goal attempts for the second time this season (he was six-of-six for 12 points in Florida State’s victory over Nicholls State) in establishing career-highs for both free throws made and attempted.


Alexander Johnson ENTERS SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST FDU…
…Having made five consecutive field goals and shooting .792 from the field (19-of-24) for the season;
…Having made two consecutive free throws and shooting .679 from the line (19-of-28) for the season;
…Having scored in double figures in three of six games and averaging 9.5 points per game for the season. He is ranked third on the team in scoring;
…Ranking first on the team in field goal percentage (.792), first on the team in free throws made (19) and first on the team in free throw attempted (28).


THE SCHOOL RECORD FOR FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE SHOOTING
The single season school record for highest field goal shooting percentage is .691 by Murray Brown during the 1977-78 season.


JOHNSON AND GALLOWAY – DOUBLE TROUBLE
Senior Nate Johnson and sophomore Todd Galloway, Florida State’s stellar point guard duo, have ranked among the team and ACC leaders in assists and assist: turnover ratio in both of the last two seasons. Galloway led the Seminoles with a 3.3 average last season and Johnson leads the Seminoles with a 5.2 average this season.


The Seminoles’ Two-Headed Point Guard (2 year total)
Category Johnson Galloway Notes

Assists 115 119 234 assists in 35 games
Assists/Game 3.3 3.4 6.7 assists in 35 games
A:TO Ratio 2.2:1 1.5:1 1.8:1 in 35 games
TO/Minute 1 / 19.6 1 / 9.8 1 TO every 21.5 mins.


?NATE JOHNSON – MR.OUTSIDE
Senior point guard Nate Johnson has made five field goals through the first five games of the season with each of them coming from 3-point range. He has attempted only three field goals from inside of the arc. For his career Johnson has made 47 field goals with 35 (nearly 75.0 percent) coming from long range. Entering Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson, each of his last six made field goals (dating back to last season) have come from the 3-point line.


JOHNSON TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Senior point guard Nate Johnson has 31 assists and only five turnovers in 144 minutes of play through the first six games of the 2003-04 season. He is ranked first in the ACC in assist:turnover ratio with a 6.2:1 mark and has committed only one turnover for ever28.8 minutes played. Johnson is enjoying a better start to the season in 2003-04 with 31 assists and only five turnovers in 144 minutes as compared to 30 assists and 16 turnovers in 180 minutes through the first six games of the 2002-03 season.


Johnson Enjoying Fine Start To Season
Season Games Assists TO Mins. Notes

2003-04 6 31 5 144 1 TO every 28.8 minutes
2002-03 29 84 48 180 1 To every 11.3 minutes


Todd Galloway – MR OUTSIDE
Sophomore point guard Todd Galloway is shooting an even .500 (11-of-22) from the field and is finding his way into the paint to do much of his damage. Of his 11 field goals made, 11 have come from inside of the arc while a full one-third of his point total has come from the free throw line. Galloway is shooting .692 (nine-of-13) from inside of the arc, .222 (two-of-nine) from beyond the arc and .706 (12-of-17) from the free throw line.


Galloway Going To The Basket
Season FG% 3FG% FT% Notes
2003-04 .692 .222 .706 Averaging 6.0 ppg and 3.7apg
2002-03 .424 .397 .642 Averaged 6.9 ppg and 3.3 apg
Improvement +26.8% -17.5% +6.4% Played in 35 consecutive games at FSU


THORNTON MAKING HIS PRESENCE FELT EARLY ON
Freshman forward Al Thornton is among the team leaders in field goal percentage (second, .684) and free throws attempted (third, 14) and is Florida State’s third leading scoring off the bench with a 5.5 points per game average. He tied for the team lead in rebounding with five against both Nicholls State and South Carolina State.


Thornton From The Field
Games FGM FGA Pct. Notes

First 3 6 9 .667 6.3 ppg in 3 wins
Last 3 7 10 .700 4.7 ppg in 3 wins


WAFER NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Seminole freshman guard Von Wafer, who averaged 11.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals while making six 3-point shots in three victories for the Seminoles last week, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week announced the conference office. The heralded freshman scored in double figures in all three games last week and averaged 20.0 minutes played per game as he began his collegiate career. Wafer is Florida State’s fourth leading scorer with a 9.0 points per game average entering Wednesday night’s game against Ole Miss in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Wafer enjoyed his best game as he scored 12 points (on five of 11 shooting from the field) as he helped Florida State past South Carolina State for the Seminoles fourth consecutive victory. He made a season-high five field goals, including a 3-pointer to go along with two rebounds and two assists in the victory.


RICHARDSON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE HIS SCORING AVERAGE
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson enters Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson averaging a career-high 13.7 points per game. He is averaging more points (13.7) in fewer minutes (25.0) as compared to last season when he averaged a single-season career-high 12.4 points in 29.0 minutes played per game. Richardson is shooting a career-high .627 from the field through the first six games of the season.


Richardson’s Scoring Progression
Season PPG MPG Notes

2003-04 7.2 17.6 HM Mention All-ACC Rookie Team
2002-03 12.4 29.0 Ranked second on team in scoring
2001-02 13.7 25.0 Ranks second on team in scoring
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