Jan. 3, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won each of its non-conference home games in the last two seasons, plays host to La Salle in its final non-ACC regular season game of the 2007-08 season on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Saturday’s game is presented by Governor’s Square Mall. The Seminoles have won 19 consecutive non-conference home games including all eight of their non-ACC games at home this season. Florida State has won eight of its last 10 games including a 66-64 victory over Georgia Tech in its ACC season opener on Dec. 30. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in no conference home games in the last two seasons – 11 during the 2006-07 season and eight this season. Following Saturday’s game against La Salle, the Seminoles will continue ACC play at Clemson (Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.) before playing host to Duke (Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m.) in their first conference home game of the season.
DOUGLAS NAMED ACC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Toney Douglas scored 22 points, including nine in the decisive second half, to lead the Seminoles over Georgia Tech, 66-64, in the conference opener for both teams, was named the ACC Men’s Basketball co-player of the week. It marks the first time Douglas has been named the ACC Player of the Week. He shared the honor with North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough. In addition to his 22 points, Douglas added two rebounds, two assists and four steals in 39 minutes as the Seminoles won their ACC opener for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Douglas played well throughout the entire win and turned up his game in the final 6:00 of the second half. He scored five points as Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 16-10, in the final minutes to win the game. He brought the Seminoles to within one (at 54-53) on an old fashioned three-point play with 5:50 to play. He then brought the Seminoles to within one for a second time (63-62) with a lay-up at the 1:01 mark. Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 4-1, from that point on to win the game.
RICH TO BECOME FLORIDA STATE’S NEXT 1,000 POINT SCORER
Senior Jason Rich enters Saturday’s game against La Salle with 999 career points – his next basket will give him at least 1,000 career points and make him the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. Rich scored 11 points – including the game-winning basket with 4.3 seconds remaining – to vault Florida State over Georgia Tech (66-64) in its ACC opener.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat La Salle and run its non-conference home winning streak to 20 games. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in non-conference games in the last two seasons and last fell at home to a non-ACC opponent against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT on March 21, 2006;
…Defeat La Salle and win its 27th consecutive non-conference regular season game at home. The Seminoles have not lost to a non-ACC opponent at home during the regular season since Dec. 12, 2004.
HAMILTON ONLY TWO WINS FROM 300 FOR HIS CAREER
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against La Salle with 298 career wins and needs only two to reach the 300 wins plateau for his career. With a 98-75 record at Florida State, he is also only two victories from 100 during his career at Florida State.
ALABI AND VAUGH LOST INDEFINITELY
Two Florida State freshmen basketball players – Solomon Alabi and Julian Vaughn – will be sidelined because of medical conditions that need to be corrected in order to allow both players to recover as soon as possible to continue their productive careers. Alabi underwent successful surgery on Jan. 2 to correct a tibial stress fracture in his right leg and will be out indefinitely and Vaughn will be out indefinitely while undergoing medical testing. Both players will miss their second games against La Salle on Saturday.
FLORIDA STATE IS THE TOP SHOOTING TEAM IN THE ACC
Florida State, which leads the ACC in free throw shooting percentage and ranks third in field goal shooting percentage, is the only team to rank among the top five conference teams in each of the three shooting categories – field goal, free throw and 3-point shooting. The Seminoles are shooting .785 from the free throw line (first), .474 from the field (third) and .376 from the 3-point line (fifth).
FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State has shot above 50 percent from the line in five different games this season (against Nicholls State, UAB, Maine, Providence and Georgia Tech) and is 4-1 in the contests;
…Florida State is ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring defense as it allows only 63.7 points per game through its first 15 games of the season. The Seminoles have held nine of their opponents to 64 points or less;
…Florida State has made double-digit free throws in 10 different games – the Seminoles are 8-2 in those 10 games;
…Florida State is 9-0 when leading at the half – wins that include its victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Seminoles also led then No. 24 Florida, 34-21, at the half and won that game, 65-51;
…Florida State has earned 136 steals (9.1 steals per game) in its first 15 games of the season. The Seminoles have earned double digit steals in six different games (against Nicholls State, Georgia State, Minnesota, Stetson, Butler and Georgia Tech). The Seminoles are second in the ACC in total steals and are one of only four conference teams that have earned 100 or more steals.
DOUGLAS LEADS ACC IN STEALS
Junior Guard Toney Douglas, the current ACC Player of the Week, enters Saturday’s game against La Salle as the ACC leader in steals with 40 0and a career-high 2.7 steals per game average. He has at least one steal in each of the Seminoles’ last 12 games and has multiple steals in 11 of the Seminoles’ 15 games this season. Douglas has 118 steals in 76 career games (43 during his freshman season at Auburn and 75 steals in 45 games in two seasons as a Seminole) and averages nearly 1.6 steals per game for his entire career.
DOUGLES IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Junior guard Toney Douglas has scored in double figures in all 15 of Florida State’s games this season and enters Saturday’s game against La Salle averaging 13.9 points per game. Dating back to the final two games of the 2006-07 season, Douglas has scored in double figures in 17 consecutive games. Douglas has scored in double figures in more than 75 percent of his career games with double figures coming in 23 of 30 games as a sophomore at Florida State.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #33 Matt Zitani (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; Season-high 3 points vs. Georgia Tech, 12/30/07) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg; Season-high 18 pts vs. Georgia State, 11/20/07) G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; Season-high 28 pts vs. UAB, 11/16/07) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; Season-high 22 points vs. Georgia Tech, 12/30/07) G #25 Jason Rich (11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; Season-high 27 pts vs. Providence, 12/22/07) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (9.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Season-high 16 pts vs. Ga. State, Stetson and Butler) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg; Season-high 6 pts vs. Georgia State, 11/20/07) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 9 pts vs. Cleveland State, 11/17/07)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR LA SALLE F #12 Yves Mekongo Mbala (7.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg; Season-high 15 points vs. Ole Miss, 12/21/07) C #31 Paul Johnson (5.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg; Season-high 9 points vs. Morgan State, 12/8/07) G #5 Kimmani Barrett (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; Season-high 12 points vs. Howard, 11/17/07) G #10 Rodney Green (12.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg; Season-high 19 points vs. UMBC, 11/13/07) G #11 Darnell Harris (16.3 ppg, 1.9 apg; Season-high 25 points vs. Bucknell, 12/3/07)
FLORIDA STATE VS. LA SALLE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: The series is tied, 1-1 Last Game: Dec. 9, 1990; Florida State 83, La Salle 74 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 9, 1990; Florida State 83, La Salle 74 Last La Salle Win: Feb. 23, 1989; La Salle 101, Florida State 100 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Dec. 9, 1990; Florida State 83, La Salle 74 Last La Salle Win in Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. La Salle: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. LA SALLE – THE LAST MEETING
Michael Polite scored 24 points to lead four Seminoles in double-figure scoring as Florida State defeated La Salle, 83-74, on Dec. 9, 1990 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Polite made nine field goals and was a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line and pulled down 17 rebounds in the victory. Also in double figures for Florida State were Aubry Boyd (17 points), Chuck Graham (16) and Douglas Edwards (12). The Seminoles led 45-34 at halftime and earned their third victory of the season. Florida State outrebounded La Salle, 43-31, and shot 43 percent from the field in gaining the victory. Along with Polite’s perfect performance from the free throw line, teammate Derrick Myers made seven of eight free throws in scoring nine points.