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Florida State Plays Host To Georgia Tech Sunday At 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 19, 2005

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Georgia Tech in its first home game in two weeks as the Yellow Jackets come to the Donald L. Tucker Center for a 1:30 p.m. start on Sunday Feb. 20. The Seminoles are at home for the first time since Super Bowl Sunday when the team played host to second ranked North Carolina. Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech is its first of two consecutive home games – the Seminoles play host to Miami Tuesday night (Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.) and the first of three home games to close out the regular season. In addition to their games against Georgia Tech and Miami, the Seminoles play host to Virginia (March 6, 2:00 p.m.) in their final regular season game of the season. In between, the Seminoles play at Clemson (Feb. 27, 2:00 p.m.) and North Carolina (March 3, 9:00 p.m.) to close out their regular season road schedule. Florida State has won eight home games this season with ACC home wins coming against Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 78-70) and No. 3/3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime). Florida State, which won 15 games in the Donald L. Tucker Center last season, has averaged 10 home wins a season since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.

WAFER AMONG THE ACC LEADERS
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.434), third in total 3-point field goals made (63), third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.74), 13th in field goal shooting (.458) and 18th in scoring (14.5 points per game). He has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games and leads the Seminoles in scoring, all 3-point field goal shooting categories, steals and minutes played.

HAMILTON UNDEFEATED AT HOME AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Third-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has a 2-0 record against Georgia Tech in games played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets, 71-64, on Feb. 15, 2003 and beat them a second consecutive time, 81-65, on Feb. 3, 2004. The Seminoles’ victory over Georgia Tech last season came against the No. 7 ranked Yellow Jackets and was the largest margin of victory over the national runners-up during the season. Hamilton is also undefeated at home against Virginia whom the Seminoles play host to on the final day of the regular season (March 6).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and gain its third consecutive victory over the Yellow Jackets in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech at home during both the 2003 (Feb. 15, 2003, 71-64) and 2004 seasons (Feb. 3, 2004, 81-65) seasons;
…Defeat Georgia Tech at home during the month of February for the fifth consecutive season. The Yellow Jackets have not won in Tallahassee during the month of February since a 111-108 double overtime victory during the 1999 season (Feb. 11, 1999);
…Defeat Georgia Tech and break its current five-game losing streak – it’s longest of the season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its fourth ACC game of the season. The Seminoles have won at least four conference games in each of the first 13 years they have been members of the ACC.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES…
…Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 3-point field goals made in its three ACC victories. The Seminoles are shooting .331 (46-of-139) and averaging 5.8 3-point field goals made in their eight ACC losses;
…Florida State has led six of its 11 ACC games at halftime. The Seminoles have won three of those games – against Virginia Tech (Jan. 8), Wake Forest (Jan. 18) and NC State (Jan. 26);
…Florida State has outrebounded two of its last three opponents including Virginia (30-29, +1) and Massachusetts (33-24, +9) on the road. The Seminoles outrebouded Wake Forest at home in their victory over the Demon Deacons (35-34, +1) on Jan. 18. Wake Forest is ranked second in the ACC with a +6.7 rebounds per game margin;
…Florida State has scored at least 70 points in 12 different games this season and is 10-2 in those games. The Seminoles scored a season-high of 101 points in their victory over Jacksonville (Dec. 21) and totaled an ACC high of 91 points in their victory over No. 3/3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18). Florida State averages 79.3 points in their ACC victories as they scored 77 points in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 8), 91 against Wake Forest and 70 in their win at NC State (Jan. 26);
…Florida State pulled down its season high of 21 offensive rebounds (56 total rebounds) as it took Maryland to overtime in its ACC season opener (Dec. 19). The Seminoles outrebounded the Terps, 48-25 (+23) for the largest rebounding margin of the season;
…Florida State has played (or will play) 12 of its 30 regular season games against teams who are ranked, or who have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 sometime during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles’ schedule is ranked a the 14th toughest nationally and the fourth toughest in the ACC;
…Florida State’s Von Wafer is ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage. He is looking to become the second Seminole in the last two years to finish in the top three in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage. Tim Pickett, who earned All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC First-Team honors as a senior last season, ranked third in the conference in 2003-04 with a .407 shooting mark from beyond the arc;
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in all 87 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 221 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998;
…Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponents bench in 19 of its first 24 games of the season. The Seminoles have received at least 30 points from the bench 12 times including five of 11 ACC games entering Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech;
…Sophomore Anthony Richardson is currently ranked 42nd in school history with 954 career points. He is looking to become only the 38th player in school history with 1,000 or more career points;
…Senior Anthony Richardson enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech with 94 career steals. He is tied for 22nd all-time in school history with Bobby Parks (1978-81) and Tat Hunter (1986-89) and needs only five steals to move into the Seminoles’ all-time top 20 for career steals;
…Senior Adam Waleskowski is tied for 19th in school history with 53 career blocked shots. He averages more than 13 blocked shots per season during his four-year Seminole career;
…Senior Anthony Richardson is ranked 15th in school history with a .767 career free throw percentage. He has made 214 of 279 career free throws and leads the Seminoles with a .800 free throw shooting percentage this season;
…Senior Anthony Richardson has made 60 career 3-point field goals as is ranked 22nd in school history in that category. He needs to make 12 more 3-point field goals to move into Florida State’s all-time top 20 in the category;
…Sophomore Von Wafer is shooting .383 percent (106-271) from the 3-point line for his career. He is ranked 13th all-time in school history and is one of only 13 players in school history who has a long range shooting percentage of better that 38 percent for his career;
…Florida State leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech by a 28-14 margin. The Seminoles also leads the all-time series in games played in Tallahassee by a 15-8 margin. The Seminoles have won five of the last eight games against the Yellow Jackets in Tallahassee;
…Florida State ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring defense as it allows only 69.9 points per game during its first 25 games of the season. Florida State led the ACC in scoring defense during the 2002-03 season and second in the conference during the 2003-04 season;
…Three Seminoles – Alexander Johnson, Al Thornton and Andrew Wilson – are from the state of Georgia. Wilson was recruited to play at Georgia Tech by former Yellow Jacket Head Coach Bobby Cremins – but chose to play at the alma mater of both his mother (Kim) and father (Tom). He father, played baseball at Florida State in 1969 and 1970 for Head Coach Jack Stallings;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in all 25 games this season and all 87- games during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have blocked at least one shot in 111 consecutive games. The last block-less game for Florida State came against Birmingham Southern on Dec. 4, 201;
…Florida State has shot .500 percent or better from the field in eight different games this season and is undefeated in all eight of those games. Included in those wins are victories over Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 33-66, .500), Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 24-41, .585). Florida State is 19-1 (.950 winning percentage) under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton when shooting 50 percent or better in a single game. Included in those wins are victories over No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2, 2003, 75-70) in Hamilton’s first season in Tallahassee and against Florida (Jan. 2, 2005, 82-69) earlier this season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; pts and 2 asts vs. Georgia Tech, 2/3/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 20 pts and 9 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 20 pts and 9 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.6 ppg, 3.2 apg; 9 pts and 4 asts vs. Georgia Tech, 1/15/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 18 pts and 5 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/2/05)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.0 ppg, 2.1 apg; 2 pts and 1 ast vs. Georgia Tech, 2/2/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/2/05)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 6 pts and 5 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/2/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 10 pts and 1 blk vs. Georgia Tech, 2/205)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/2/05)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/15/03)

PROBABLE STARTERS GEORGIA TECH
F #2 Isma’il Muhammed (10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 9 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/2/05)
F #55 Anthony McHenry (4.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/3/04)
C #12 Luke Schenscher (9.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 10 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/2/05)
G #1 B.J. Elder (12.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/6/04)
G #3 Jarrett Jack (15.3 ppg, 4.5 apg; 18 pts and 12 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/6/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads the series, 28-24
Last Game: Feb. 2, 2005; Georgia Tech 64, Florida State 61
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 3, 2004; Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 2, 2005; Georgia Tech 64, Florida State 61
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 3, 2004; Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Last Georgia Tech Win In Tallahassee: March 2, 2002; Georgia Tech 86, Florida State 78
Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, Current Streak: Ga Tech has won 1/Fla St. has won straight 2 at home
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 2-4 (all at Florida State)/2-0 vs. Ga. Tech at home

FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 2, 2005 March 6, 2004 Feb. 3, 2004 Feb. 15, 2003
at Georgia Tech 64 at Georgia Tech 63 at Florida State 81 at Florida State 71
Florida State 61 Florida State 60 Georgia Tech 65 Georgia Tech 64

FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST MEETING
Will Bynum hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to give No. 25 Georgia Tech a 64-61 victory over Florida State. Bynum, who shot 1-of-8 in the opening half, hit the game-winner after Florida State made up a 12-point deficit by going on a 19-7 run to tie it at 61 on a 3-pointer by Von Wafer with 1:29 remaining. Bynum finished with 19 points. Luke Schenscher scored six points and Mario West five during a 27-9 run for a 54-42 lead with 9:55 to go. The Seminoles, however, weren’t done, allowing only seven points in the final nine minutes until Bynum’s big basket. Florida State took a 33-27 lead on a 3-pointer by Jason Rich as time ran out in the first half. The Seminoles got off to a quick start, leading 18-10 with 9:13 gone on a 3 by leading scorer Wafer, who had eight first-half points and finished with 18. Diego Romero was the only other Florida State player in double figures, scoring 10. Georgia Tech, however, went on an 11-2 run capped by a 15-foot jumper from Anthony McHenry to claim its first lead of the game at 21-20 with 7:02 left before halftime.

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