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Florida State Plays Host To Furman

Dec. 2, 2000

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (1-4, 0-0 ACC)
VS.
FURMAN PALADINS (3-2, 0-0 SC)
MONDAY, DEC 4, 2000, 8:00 P.M.
LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
SUNSHINE NETWORK
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK


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


  • Florida State’s +22 rebound margin against Rhode Island is the largest in the ACC during the first three weeks of the season.


  • Florida State is tied for first in the ACC with a 14.8 offensive rebounds per game average.


  • Florida State has used the same lineup in all five games this season (Joiner, A. Dixon, N. Dixon, Crawford, Arrington).


  • Florida State’s Michael Joiner is one of only two freshmen in the ACC this season to have posted a double/double in points and rebounds so far this season. He scored 12 points and added 10 rebounds against Rhode Island on Nov. 25. Only Clemson’s Chris Hobbs joins him as ACC freshmen with at least one double/double this season.


  • Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in free throw percentage with a 73.2 mark.


  • Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in rebound margin with a +5.4 mark.


  • The Seminoles are averaging 2.6 points per game more than they did last season.


  • Michael Joiner leads the ACC freshmen class in starts with five. He has been in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in each game this season.


  • Sophomore Mike Mathews has 64.2 percent (nine of 14) of the Seminoles’ total team blocks this season.


  • Florida State’s senior class (Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford) has scored a team-high 27.5 percent (101 of 366) of the Seminoles’ team points this season.


  • Delvon Arrington is averaging a team-high 32.4 minutes per game. He averaged 32.3 minutes per game as a junior and 30.7 as a freshman.


  • Florida State is shooting 47.8 percent (55-115) from the field in the last two games.


  • Florida State has won 87.1 percent (54-8) of its non-conference home games since the beginning of the 1991-92 season.

    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 OFFICIALS
    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


  • Nigel Dixon has already established single game career-highs for points (23 vs. Rhode Island), field goals made (nine vs. Rhode Island), field goals attempted (12 vs. Rhode Island), free throws made (five), free throws attempted (nine), total rebounds (10 vs. Rhode Island) and minutes played (22 vs. Rhode Island).


  • Nigel Dixon recorded his first career double/double of 23 points and 10 rebounds against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


  • Nigel Dixon is averaging 3.0 offensive rebounds this season. He averaged 0.7 offensive rebounds as a freshman.


  • Nigel Dixon is averaging nearly three times as many rebounds this season (6.1 ) as he did last season (2.1) as a freshman.


  • Nigel Dixon is averaging more than five times as many points this season (11.6) than he did last season (1.8) as a freshman.


  • Nigel Dixon has started a career-high five games this season.


  • Nigel Dixon is averaging 10 minutes more per game this season (16.4) than he did as a freshman (6.4).


  • Nigel Dixon has made as many free throws this season (10) as he did as a freshman (10) last season.


  • Nigel Dixon is shooting 10.7 percentage points higher from the field this season (53.3) than he did last season (42.6).


  • Nigel Dixon is shooting 13.9 percentage points higher from the free throw line (55.6) than he did last season (41.7).


  • Nigel Dixon has made more field goals this season (24) in five games then he did last season (20) in 28 games.


  • Nigel Dixon has more points this season (58) in five games than he had last season (50) in 28 games.


  • Nigel Dixon has played 82 minutes this season. He didn’t earn his 82nd minute until his 18th game (Feb. 2) as a freshman.

    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.

    UPCOMING MILESTONES
    Steve Robinson
    Career Victories
    90 (current)
    +10 (needs)
    100
    Robinson averaged 17.8 victories in his first five years as a head coach.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Assists
    392 (current)
    +5 (needs)
    397
    to pass Charlie Ward and move into sixth place on the Seminoles’ all-time
    career assists list.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Assists
    392 (current)
    +8 (needs)
    400
    to become the sixth player in school history with 400 or more career assists.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Steals
    112 (current)
    +12 (needs)
    124
    To pass Doug Edwards and move into 13th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career steals list.

    Adrian Crawford
    Career Points
    593 (current)
    +7 (needs)
    600
    Crawford currently averages 7.1 points per game in 84 career games.

    David Anderson
    Career Blocked Shots
    53 (current)
    +6 (needs)
    59
    To pass Murray Brown and move into 11th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career blocked shots list.

    Antwuan Dixon
    Career Points
    191 (current)
    +9 (needs)
    200
    Dixon enters Monday’s game against Furman averaging a career high 6.6 points per game.

    Nigel Dixon
    Season Offensive Rebounds
    15 (current)
    +5 (needs)
    20
    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.

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