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Florida State Plays Host To Georgia Southern Monday At 9:00 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2007

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Florida State, which defeated Nicholls State in its season opener, plays host to Georgia Southern in its second game and second home game of the 2007-08 season at the Donald L. Tucker Center Monday at 9 p.m. The Seminoles and the Eagle renew a series that dates back to the 1948 season – the first season of Seminole basketball. Florida State played host to Georgia Southern on Jan. 15, 1948 in the fifth men’s basketball game in school history. The Seminoles fell to the Eagles (then known as Georgia Teacher’s College), 60-56, in a game played in Tallahassee. The game is the first round of the inaugural Glenn Wilkes Classic which features eight teams playing four games each. Each of the eight teams will play a first round game at a pre-determined home site and then all eight teams will travel to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., for their remaining three games of the event. Florida State will play UAB Friday night at 8:15 at the Ocean Center in the second round of the classic.

Florida State will play host to Georgia Southern in the first round and travel to Daytona Beach to play UAB (Nov. 16, 8:15 p.m.), Cleveland State (Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.) and USF (Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m.) in the eight-team Glenn Wilkes Classic. Four schools (Florida State, Rhode Island, Alabama Birmingham and USF) will (or have) played host to first round games. Following the first round games at the home sites, the four traveling teams (Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic, Stetson and Cleveland State) will join the four hosts in Daytona Beach for three days of basketball with four games on each day at the 8,000 seat Ocean Center. The classic falls under the NCAA’s Multiple Team Event Format which allows teams to play multiple games with all four counting as only one date on each team’s maximum 28-date schedule of games.

Toney Douglas, Florida’s States leading returning scorer from last season, has been named a candidate for the 2008 Bob Cousy Award presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Cousy Award recognizes the top collegiate point guard participating in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. Douglas averaged 12.7 points per game for the Seminoles to go along with 2.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. The junior from Jonesboro, Georgia shot 47.5% from the field and 78.8% from the charity stripe. Douglas is one of seven players from the ACC named as a candidate and only one of forty players nominated nationwide.

…Defeat Georgia Southern and win its second game of the season. It would mark the third consecutive season and fifth time under sixth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles will have won at least their first two games of a season;
…Defeat Georgia Southern and defeat a Southern Conference team for the first time since Nov. 23, 2001 when it defeated Elon, 89-59, in Tallahassee.

Florida State will play four games – starting with Monday night’s game against Georgia Southern – in the inaugural Glenn Wilkes Classic. The Seminoles’ game against the Eagles is the third of the four first round games that will be played in the event.

First Round Games 
Cleveland State (73) at South Florida (70) - Friday, November 9
Florida Atlantic (63) at Rhode Island (90) - Friday, November 12
Georgia Southern at Florida State - Monday, November 12; 9:00 p.m.
Stetson at UAB - Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16 (Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.) Noon Cleveland State vs. Georgia Southern 2:15 South Florida vs. Rhode Island 6:00 Florida Atlantic vs. Stetson 8:15 Florida State vs. UAB

Saturday, Nov. 17 (Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.) Noon South Florida vs. Florida Atlantic 2:15 Georgia Southern vs. UAB 6:00 Florida State vs. Cleveland State 8:15 Rhode Island vs. Stetson

Sunday, Nov. 18 (Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.) Noon Cleveland State vs. Florida Atlantic 2:15 UAB vs. Rhode Island 6:00 Stetson vs. Georgia Southern 8:15 Florida State vs. South Florida

Florida State is 30-6 (.833 winning percentage) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last three seasons.

Florida State has, which won its 2007-08 season opener at home, has won 16 of its last 19 home games (.842) and 24 of its last 30 (.800 winning percentage) games at hone since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.

Seminoles At Home In Recent Years
Seasons          Record                         Notable Wins
Last 3 Years     30-6 (.833 winning pct.)       79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 6, 2006
Last 4 Years     39-13 (.750 winning pct.)      91-83 over No. 3 Wake Forest, Jan. 18, 2005
Last 5 Years     54-16 (.771 winning pct.)      90-81 over No. 7 North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2004

Florida State enters Monday’s game against Georgia Southern having won 12 consecutive (1.000 winning percentage) non-conference home games. The Seminoles defeated Nicholls State (Nov. 9; 81-58) to open the 2007-08 season and were a perfect 11-0 at home during the 2006-07 season. Florida State is 19-1 (.950) in the last three seasons in the Donald L. Tucker Center against non-ACC teams. The Seminoles’ only non-conference loss at home in the last three seasons came against South Carolina (March 21, 2006; 69-68 in overtime) in the second round of the NIT.

…Forward Julian Vaughn became the first true freshman in the Leonard Hamilton era a Florida State to start in the first game of his career. He became the first true freshman at Florida State to start in his first career games since Michael Joiner started for the Seminoles against Florida on Nov. 17, 2000;
…Led by five steals each by guards Toney Douglas (career-high) and Ralph Mims (one below his career-high), the Seminoles earned 18 steals against the Colonels. It was the most steals in a single game for the Seminoles since earning 18 against Nicholls State on Nov. 26, 2003;
…Guard Isaiah Swann made five 3-point field goals (each of his first five attempts of the night) to mark the second consecutive game he has made at least five 3-point field goals. He made his career-high of nine 3-point field goals against Mississippi State in the final game of the 2006-07 season. He has made 14 of his last 21 (.667) shots from the bonusphere;
…Guard Jason Rich made his career-high of three 3-point field goals in scoring his game-high of 17 points. It marked the eighth time in his career that he had led the Seminoles in scoring;
…Florida State’s starting five shot .522 from the field (23 of 45) from the field and .421 (eight of 19) from the 3-point line.

F	#21	Julian Vaughn (8 pts and 4 rebounds in first career start against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (10 pts and 3 rebs in 18 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (15 pts and 5 asts in 33 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (10 pts and 5 stls in 32 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
G	#25	Jason Rich (17 pts and 3 stls in 29 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
G	#10	Ralph Mims (5 pts and 5 stls in 22 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (9 pts and 3 stls in 20 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (4 pts and 2 rebs in 14 minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)
F	#2	Jordan Demercy (2 rebs and 2 asts in nine minutes of play against Nicholls State, 11/9/07)

F	#	Matt Fields (6.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Duke, 11/13/06)
F	#	Louis Graham (14.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg; 15 pts and 12 rebs vs. Clemson, 12/19/06)
C	#	Ryan Hynes (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Duke, 11/13/06)
G	#	Dwyane Foreman (9.6 ppg, 6.1 apg; 18 pts and 4 rebs vs. Duke, 11/13/06)
G	#	Anthony Marshall (3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Duke, 11/13/06)

The Series: Florida State leads, 14-4
Last Game: Dec. 20, 1998; Florida State 80, Ga. Southern 43
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 20, 1998; Florida State 80, Ga. Southern 43
Last Georgia Southern Win: Jan. 14, 1956; Ga. Southern 90, Florida State 81
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 20, 1998; Florida State 80, Ga. Southern 43
Last Georgia Southern Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 19, 1952; Ga. Southern 93, Florida State 75
Florida State Streak: Florida State has won 8 straight
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Southern: First Meeting

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