Dec. 2, 2000
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (1-4, 0-0 ACC)
FURMAN PALADINS (3-2, 0-0 SC)
MONDAY, DEC 4, 2000, 8:00 P.M.
LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
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SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State (1-4, 0-0 ACC) plays host to Furman (3-2, 0-0 SC) in a non-conference game in the Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles enter Monday night’s game having won two of their last three non-conference December home games and seven of their last nine non-conference games in the friendly confines during the twelfth month. Florida State is 15-6 under head coach Steve Robinson in non-conference home games since the beginning of the 1997-98 season (Robinson’s first in Tallahassee). Monday night’s game against the Paladins is the second of three consecutive and first of five home games during the month of December.
Did You Know?
At No. 2, Michael Joiner is the only freshmen in the ACC to rank among the league’s top 10 in free throw shooting with an 93.3 mark.
At No. 6, Mike Mathews is the highest ranking sophomore in the ACC in blocked shots with a 1.8 blocked shots per game average.
Nigel Dixon is ranked second among all ACC players with 15 offensive rebounds and 11th among all players with a 6.2 rebounds per game average.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES
Sophomore Mike Mathews blocked a career-high five shots against Minnesota on Wednesday night. His five blocked shots are tied for the 14th-best single game effort in school history. It is also tied for the fifth-best single game effort by a sophomore in school history. Andre Reid blocked a single-game school-record nine shots against Bethune Cookman on Dec. 5, 1993. Mathews’ five blocks were the most by a Seminole player since David Anderson blocked six against Duke on Jan. 16, 2000.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
Led by Monte Cummings’ career-high 15 points, four Seminoles scored in double figures against Minnesota. It marked the second consecutive game four players had scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Nigel Dixon led the scoring parade against Rhode Island with a career-high 23 points on Nov. 25. It marked the first time since consecutive games against Mississippi State (Dec. 29, 1998) and Murray State (Dec. 30, 1998) that four players had scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
WILSON IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Freshman Andrew Wilson, the second-leading scorer among Seminole freshmen (behind Michael Joiner), has scored in double figures in both of Florida State’s last two games. He scored 10 points in Florida State’s victory over Rhode Island and added 10 more against Minnesota during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Wilson was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line against the Golden Gophers on Nov. 29. His four free throw attempts were the first four of his collegiate career.
Florida State University Men’s Basketball By the Numbers
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 10 pts., 3 rebs, vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
F #1 Michael Joiner (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, Career-high 12 rebounds vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 16 pts., 3 asts. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (10.0 ppg, 4.2 apg, 13 pts., 7 asts., vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (5.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 10 points, 0 turnovers vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (7.2 ppg, 1.8 apg, 15 pts., 2 rebs., vs. Minn, 11/29/00)
F #33 Mike Mathews (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7 pts., 6 rebs., vs. DePaul, 11/24/00)
C #50 David Anderson (2.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)
FLORIDA STATE VS. FURMAN – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads the series, 7-2
Last Game: Dec. 29, 1984, FSU 97, Furman 75
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 29, 1984, FSU 97, Furman 75
Last Furman Win: Jan, 6, 1962, Furman 67, FSU 64
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 30, 1983, FSU 93, Furman 91
Last Furman Win In Tallahassee: NA
Florida State vs. Furman, Streak: Florida State has won 3
Tonight’s referee is Mike Wood and the umpires are Reggie Cofer and Raymond Styons.
CRAWFORD EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK
Senior guard Adrian Crawford made an early 3-point shot against Minnesota and enters Monday night’s game against Furman with a team-high 10 3-point shots made this season. He has hit at least one 3-point attempt in all five Seminole games this season. He hit a season-high four attempts against DePaul in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 24.
CRAWFORD MOVES UP CAREER 3-POINT LISTS
Senior guard Adrian Crawford, a team tri-captain, has made 87-of-237 3-point shot attempts during his three-year career at Florida State. He enters Monday night’s game against Furman ranked 10th in career 3-point shots made, tied for ninth in career 3-point shots attempted and seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage in the Seminole record books.
CRAWFORD FOR HIS CAREER FROM LONG RANGE
Senior guard Adrian Crawford has made 113-of-311 (36.3) 3-point shots during his now four-year collegiate career. During his first (and only) season at Tulsa, he made 26-of-74 from the bonusphere for a percentage of 35.1 during 34 games. He helped the Golden Hurricane advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
As a team, Florida State is shooting 75.3 percent from the free throw line this season. The Seminoles have shot at least 72.2 percent in four of their five games and have shot below 70 percent only once this season. With three of its five starters shooting above 75 percent from the line, Florida State is shooting nearly seven percentage points higher from the line this season than it did last season.
Nigel Dixon By The Numbers
SEMINOLE IMPROVEMENT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by Nigel Dixon’s marked 13.9 increase from the free throw line this season, four Seminole players are shooting better from the line this season than they did last season. Dixon, a sophomore, shot 41.7 percent from the line (10-of-24) last season and is shooting 55.6 percent from the line this season. In addition to Nigel Dixon, juniors David Anderson and Antwuan Dixon and senior Delvon Arrington have shown marked improvement from the line during the first five games of the 2000-01 season.
SEMINOLES’ FRESHMEN CLASS FROM THE LINE
The Seminoles’ current three-member freshmen class (Andrew Wilson, Ryan Lowery and Michael Joiner) are shooting a combined 95.2 percent from the free throw line and have missed only one free throw through the first five games of the season. Wilson and Lowery are a combined perfect six-of-six (1.000 percent) while Joiner has connected 14 consecutive attempts after missing his first collegiate attempt against Florida on Nov. 17.
JOINER LEADS SEMINOLES FROM LINE
Freshman Michael Joiner is shooting 93.3 percent from the free throw line entering Monday night’s game against Furman. He missed his first collegiate attempt and has 14 consecutive entering Monday’s game against Furman.
SINGLING OUT JOINER
Freshman Michael Joiner is enjoying a fine start to his collegiate career. He ranks among the Seminoles’ leaders in nearly every offensive and defensive category
SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS
Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”
Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.
Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.
Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.
“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”
ANTWUAN DIXON CONTRIBUTING AS A JUNIOR
Junior forward Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, is averaging a career-high 6.6 points, a career-high 4.4 rebounds and putting up career-high statistics from the field (48.1 percent) and the free throw line (85.7). He broke into the starting lineup to begin the season and has started all five games. Dixon has started nearly as many games this season as he started last season (nine).
WINNING THE BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Florida State has won the battle of the boards in each of the last three games and owns a +5.4 rebounding margin through the first five games of the season. The Seminoles enjoyed a margin of +22 in their victory against Rhode Island in the third round of the great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25. During the Great Alaska Shootout, Florida State enjoyed a positive rebounding margin of +6.3 rebounds per game despite being outrebounded by 14 by Ohio State during the first round of the tournament. The Seminoles’ positive rebounding margin in the last three games marks the first time since the beginning of the 1998-99 season that the Seminoles have outrebounded three consecutive teams. The last time Florida State outrebounded four consecutive opponents was during the month of February in the 1987-88 season.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED…
…The last time the Seminoles outrebounded their opponent in three consecutive games was Dec. 17 (Jacksonville), Dec. 20 (Georgia Southern) and Dec. 23 (Butler) during the 1998-99 season,
…The last time the Seminoles outrebounded thier opponent in four consecutive games was Feb. 7 (Maryland), Feb. 10 (Duke), Feb. 15 (Clemson) and Feb. 18 (Georgia Tech) during the 1987-88 season.
SEMINOLES IN THE POSITIVE REBOUNDING COLUMN
Florida State enters Monday night’s game against Furman with a +5.4 rebound margin through the first five games of the season. The Seminoles have held a positive margin in three of their five games and three of the last five seasons. The program has enjoyed a rebound average of 5.0 or better during only 11 full seasons in its 53-year history. Head coach Steve Robinson’s first Florida State team averaged a 5.0 rebound margin in advancing the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Robinson averaged 17.8 victories in his first five years as a head coach.
to pass Charlie Ward and move into sixth place on the Seminoles’ all-time
career assists list.
to become the sixth player in school history with 400 or more career assists.
To pass Doug Edwards and move into 13th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career steals list.
Crawford currently averages 7.1 points per game in 84 career games.
Career Blocked Shots
To pass Murray Brown and move into 11th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career blocked shots list.
Dixon enters Monday’s game against Furman averaging a career high 6.6 points per game.
Season Offensive Rebounds
Dixon enters Monday’s game against Furman with 15 offensive rebounds in five games. He had 19 in 28 games last season.
BLOCKING AWAY THE GOPHERS
Led by sophomore Mike Mathews‘ career-high five blocked shots, the Seminoles blocked seven shots against Minnesota on Nov. 29. It was the seventh time in the last two seasons that the Seminoles had recorded seven or more blocks in a single game. The last time Florida State blocked seven or more shots in a game was against Duke on Jan. 16, 2000. Current junior David Anderson recorded a career-high six blocks against the Blue Devils during that game.
INCREASING THE BLOCK-ABILITY
Florida State is averaging 3.7 blocks per game in its last three games as compared to 1.5 blocks per game in its first two games of the season. The Seminoles are averaging 2.8 blocked shots per game through the first five games of the season.
SEMINOLES KEEPING THEIR HANDS ON THE BALL
Florida State turned the ball over a near season-low 10 times against Minnesota on Nov. 29. The Seminoles nearly matched their season-low of nine turnovers against Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Seminoles are averaging more than one turnover less per game this season than they did during the 1999-00 season.
ARRINGTON LEADS AS THE POINT GUARD
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, a team tri-captain, is one of four Seminoles who enters Monday night’s game against Furman averaging in double figures scoring. His 10.0 points per game average is the fourth highest among all team members. He entered the 2000-01 season with an 8.5 points per game average for his 59 game-career.
ARRINGTON DISHING THE BALL
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is averaging a team-leading 5.8 assists per game and has a 2.64:1 assist to turnover ratio entering Monday night’s game against Furman. He currently has 392 assists and needs only eight to reach the coveted 400 assist plateau for his career. Arrington recorded at least five assists in every game this season.
ARRINGTON HOLDING ONTO THE BALL
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington owns a career-high 2.64:1assist:turnover ratio. He is averaging nearly two fewer turnovers per game (4.2 in 1999-00, 2.2 in 2000-01) and is enjoying an A:TO ratio more than one point higher (1.47:1 in 1999-00, 2.63:1 in 2000-01) than last season.
CUMMINGS COMES ALIVE AGAINST MINNESOTA
Junior Monte Cummings scored a career-high a team-leading 15 points against Minnesota. He was five-of-seven from the field, five-of-seven from the free throw line, had two rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal. He entered the Seminoles’ game against Minnesota with 21 points in the first four games of the season and nearly doubled his scoring output for the season against the Gophers.