January 19, 2007 - by
Florida State Plays Host To Miami Saturday At 2:00 P.M.

Jan. 19, 2007

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Florida State, which has now defeated two nationally ranked teams this season, plays host to Miami on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles defeated No. 23/25 Virginia Tech (82-73) on Wednesday and defeated then No. 4/4 Florida (70-66, Dec. 3) earlier this season. Florida State has now defeated at least one ranked team in each of the last 17 years and has nine wins over ranked teams during the first five years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ victory over Virginia Tech was their first ACC victory and 10th victory in 11 games at home this season. Florida State is 10-1 at home (.909 winning percentage), has two road wins (at Stetson and at Georgia State) and has a 1-0 record in neutral site games (92-62 victory over Big East Member Providence on Dec. 29 at the St. Pete Times Forum). The Seminoles are 24-4 (.857) under Leonard Hamilton in the last two seasons and have won six of their last seven ACC games at home. Florida State won its final five ACC home games of the 2005-06 season and has split its first two ACC home games of the 2006-07 season. Dating back to their final conference home game of the 2005-06 season, the Seminoles have two wins over ranked ACC opponents (79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 1, 2006 and 82-73 over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Jan. 17, 2007). Following Saturday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles travel to play at Boston College (Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.) before playing host to both Wake Forest (Jan. 27, 4:00 p.m.) and Maryland (Jan. 30, 8:00 p.m.) to close out the month of January.

The Florida State Department of Athletics and the Men’s Basketball program will celebrate its illustrious history as it welcomes back members of its 1972 NCAA Tournament National Finalist Team, honors legendary coach and player Hugh Durham by honoring his jersey and recognizes Lenny Hall, the first African-American player in school history at Saturday’s game against Miami. The reunion weekend will honor Hall, Durham (a top player and coach in school history), and the 1972 team which barnstormed through the NCAA Tournament before falling in the national championship game to UCLA, as well as all returning members from all the Seminoles’ teams dating back to its first team in 1947. Hall will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony while the returning basketball alumni, the 1972 National runner-up team and Durham will be honored at halftime. Durham will have his uniform number (25) honored and placed among the growing number of honored Seminole uniform numbers.

All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in THE SECOND HALF of the Seminoles’ victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Wednesday. He finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in 37 minutes. With his performance, he earned his 12th career double-double and his 17th career scoring game of 20 or more points. Thornton has now scored in double figures in 48 of his last 54 games. He leads the ACC in conference only scoring with a 23.8 points per game average and is ranked fifth in the ACC in overall games scoring with a career-high 17.8 points per game scoring average. Thornton has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games (25.3 ppg) and his 29 points at North Carolina are the most points by any ACC player against another ACC team this season.

Fans are encouraged to take part in the “Gold Rush” at the Florida State vs. Miami Basketball game this Saturday, January 20th at 2 pm. Gold t-shirts will be provided to all fans in the lower level of the Donald L. Tucker Center courtesy of SunSports and FSN Florida. Fans are asked to either wear gold to the game or wear the gold t-shirt provided.

…Defeat Miami and win its second consecutive ACC game. The Seminoles would improve their conference record to 2-3;
…Defeat Miami and win its second consecutive game against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles most recently won two consecutive games against Miami as a non-league opponent in 2002 and 2003;
…Defeat Miami and win a home game against the Hurricanes for the first time since Dec. 8, 2002 when the Seminoles won at home, 72-55.

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami as the ACC leader in team free throw shooting percentage with a .778 mark for the season. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent in 15 of their 18 games this season and 80 percent or better in six of their 18 games. If the season ended with Florida State shooting exactly the free throw percentage they are shooting entering Saturday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles percentage would be a school record and would rank fifth in conference history for highest percentage in a single season.

All-Time ACC Team Free Throw Percentage Leaders
Rank    Season     Team             FTM    FTA    Pct.
1.      2003-04    NC State         481    602    .799
2.      1977-78    Duke             665    841    .791
3.      1972-73    Duke             496    632    .785
4.      1983-84    N. Carolina      551    704    .783
5       2006-07    Florida State    263    338    .778

The Seminoles shot a season-high .912 (31-of-34) from the free throw line in their victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech Wednesday night. It was the Seminoles’ best performance from the free throw line this season and their most free throws made in game since making 32 of 40 free throws (.800 percent) in their victory over No. 1 ranked Duke on March 1, 2006 (79-74).

Florida State is the best free throw shooting team in the ACC and is especially strong from the line in late game situations. The Seminoles are shooting .830 (59-of-71) from the line in the last five minutes of their 18 games this season.

Florida State has won 10 of its first 11 home games of the 2006-07 season and has won 18 of its last 22 (.818 winning percentage) since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006. The Seminoles won seven of their last eight homes games of the 05-06 season with their only loss coming to South Carolina in the second round of the NIT. Included in that string of victories were wins over five ACC teams (including No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2006), Massachusetts (Feb. 12, 2006) and Butler (March 17 in the first round of the 2006 NIT).

Seminoles At Home In Recent Years
Seasons               Record                      Notable Wins
Last 2 Years          24-4 (.857 winning pct.)    79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 6, 2006
Last 3 Years          33-11 (.750 winning pct.)   91-83 over No. 3 Wake Forest, Jan. 18, 2005
Last 4 Years          48-14 (.774 winning pct.)   90-81 over No. 7 North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2004

F	#12	Al Thornton (17.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg; 18 pts and 13 rebs vs. Miami, March 5, 2006)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (7.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, March 5, 2006)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (8.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; 9 pts and 4 asts vs. Miami, Jan. 29, 2006)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (14.1 ppg, 2.6 apg; First career game against Miami)
G	#25	Jason Rich (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 20 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 29, 2006)
G	#10	Ralph Mims (5.2 ppg, 2.3 apg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 15, 2005)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 5 pts and 0 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 29, 2006)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (3.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game against Miami)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (2.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg; First career game against Miami)

F	#32	Brian Asbury (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2006)
F	#44	Keaton Copeland (3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
C	#21	Dwayne Collins (8.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G	#33	Jack McLinton (16.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G	#12	Anthony Harris (9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 13 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2006)

The Series: Florida State leads, 29-27
Last Game: March 5, 2006; Florida State 67, at Miami 64
Last Florida State Win: March 5, 2006; Florida State 67, at Miami 64
Last Miami Win: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 84, at Florida State 78 (OT)
Last Florida State win in Tallahassee: Dec. 8, 2002; at Florida State 72, Miami 55
Last Miami win in Tallahassee: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 84, at Florida State 78 (OT)
Current Streak vs. Miami: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 3-3 (all at Florida State)

Al Thornton scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as Florida State beat Miami 67-64 in both teams’ regular season finale on March 5, 2006 at the BankAmerica Center in Coral Gables. Florida State scored its final eight points from the free-throw line, including five from Thornton, as the Seminoles took control after trailing Miami for much of the second half. Thornton’s final two free throws gave the Seminoles a 66-61 lead with eight seconds remaining. Miami’s Guillermo Diaz hit a 3-pointer to pull the Hurricanes within two 5 seconds later, but Florida State sealed the win when Todd Galloway converted 1-of-2 free throws with 2.6 seconds left. Robert Hite’s 80-foot desperation shot caught the back of the rim but failed to fall for Miami. Hite scored a game-high 20 points for the Hurricanes. The two teams traded leads before Miami went up 61-59 on a basket by Diaz, who scored 16 points, with 1:57 remaining. But the Hurricanes missed four of their final five shots, while the Seminoles converted 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch. Alexander Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, who outrebounded the Hurricanes 35-27 and shot 50 percent (5-for-10) on 3-pointers. Miami scored 15 of the first 18 points of the second half, taking a 45-38 lead on a 3-pointer by Hite with 12:29 remaining in the game. But Florida State responded by forging a 50-50 tie on a 3-pointer by Galloway at 8:08. The Seminoles regained the lead, going up 55-54 on a free throw by Jason Rich at 6:05. Hite had another 3-pointer to put the Hurricanes up 57-55 at 5:50.

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