Dec. 20, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Jacksonville in a non-conference, intra-state, pre-holiday game at the Donald L. Tucker Center Tuesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Dolphins is the first of a two-game homestand against teams from the state of Florida. Following Tuesday night’s game against Jacksonville, Florida State plays host to Stetson (Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m.) before taking time off for the holiday season. The Seminoles’ game against the Dolphins is their second of six games against teams from the state of Florida during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles have played Florida International and will play host to Stetson, Florida (Jan. 2, 1:00 p.m.) and Miami (Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.) while also traveling to play the Hurricanes (Jan. 15, 12 noon). Florida State opened its’ Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against Maryland Sunday night and will play four non-conference games before playing host to Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 7 p.m.) in its next ACC game. The Seminoles and Hokies met numerous times as conference foes while the two played in the Metro Conference.
WALESKOWSKI ENJOYS BEST WEEK OF CAREER
Senior forward Adam Waleskowski averaged 23.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting .708 from the field and .857 from the 3-point line in two games last week. He averaged 31 minutes played per game as the Seminoles split two games with a victory over South Alabama and an overtime loss at No. 19 Maryland in their ACC season opener. Waleskowski scored his career-high of 24 points against South Alabama and nearly duplicated the feat with 23 points and a career-high 14 points against Maryland as he earned the first ACC double-double of his career against the Terps. Waleskowski scored his ACC career-high of 23 points and pulled down his ACC career-high of 14 points as he nearly willed the Seminoles to their second consecutive conference season opening victory. He scored 13 second half points and pulled down 10 second half rebounds as he led the Seminoles to a 45-38 advantage in the second 20 minutes to force overtime. Waleskowski enters Tuesday night’s game against Jacksonville as Florida State’s leading scorer with a 9.5 points per game average. He has raised his scoring average by nearly four points in the last two games. Through the first eight games of the season, Waleskowski had scored 48 points and was averaging 6.0 points per game. He has scored 47 points in the last two games and now totals a team-leading 95 points for the season.
DURHAM MAKES RETURN TO TALLAHASSEE
Current Jacksonville head coach Hugh Durham, the winningest coach in Florida State men’s basketball history and an FSU alumnus, returns to Tallahassee Tuesday night to lead his Dolphins against the Seminoles. Durham led the Seminoles to a 229-96 record for a .705 winning percentage from 1967-78. His tenure included four 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Durham led the Seminoles to the 1972 NCAA Tournament Championship game where Florida State fell just short of the national championship in a loss at UCLA. As a player at Florida State, Durham earned All-America honors in 1959 and is the Seminoles’ 14th all-time leading scorer with 1,381 points. Durham is 1-4 against Florida State during his coaching stops at Georgia (1-1, 1979-95) and Jacksonville (0-3, 1998-Pr.).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its sixth game of the season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game having won three of their last five games;
…Win its 13th consecutive game against Jacksonville. The Seminoles have won 12 consecutive games in the series since an 87-63 victory on Jan. 6, 1988;
…Win its fourth home game of the season and up its record at the Donald L. Tucker Center to 4-2.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.1 ppg, 2.1 apg; 10 pts and 3 asts vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Maryland, 12/19/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 19 pts and 4 asts vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.1 ppg, 2.9 apg; 12 pts and 1 steal vs. Maryland, 12/19/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 17 pts and 1 steal against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 16 pts and 13 rebs against Maryland, 12/19/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (7.0 ppg, 1.4 apg; 12 pts and 1 steal vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 23 pts and 14 rebs vs. Maryland, 12/19/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR JACKSONVILLE
F #5 Jesse Kimbrough (10.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Savannah State, 12/11/04)
C #20 Antonio Cool (14.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 17 pts and 3 rebs vs. Tennessee Tech, 12/19/04)
G #22 David Lee (12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 18 pts and 6 rebs vs. Savannah State, 12/11/04)
G #23 Joey Robinson (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Mercer, 12/4/04)
G #25 Haminn Quaintance (12.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 13 pts and 2 stls vs. Tennessee Tech, 12/19/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 42-18
Last Game: Dec. 17, 2000; Florida State 75, Jacksonville 61
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 17, 2000; Florida State 75, Jacksonville 61
Last Jacksonville Win: Jan. 3, 1987; Jacksonville 90, Florida State 78
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 17, 2000; Florida State 75, Jacksonville 61
Last Jacksonville Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 3, 1987; Jacksonville 90, Florida State 78
Florida State vs. Jacksonville, Current Streak: Florida State has won 12 straight
Leonard Hamilton vs. Jacksonville: 2-1 (all at Miami)
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – THE LAST MEETING
Mike Mathews scored 14 points as Florida State beat Jacksonville, 75-61, Dec, 17, 2000 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida St. scored 12 straight points in the middle of the second half to break open the game. Jacksonville was previously unbeaten. Antwuan Dixon and Monte Cummings scored 13 points each for Florida St. Delvon Arrington had 11 and Michael Joiner added 10. Guard Shawn Platts led Jacksonville with 17 points, including 13 in the first half. Brandon Williams scored 12 and Kris Hunter added 12. Jacksonville led at halftime 36-33. Florida St. was trailing 42-40 with 15:27 left when it started its 12-point run with a 3-point shot by Arrington. Jacksonville didn’t draw closer than six points the rest of the game.