Jan. 28, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking to win its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference game of the 2005-06 season, Florida State plays host to Miami on Sunday Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. The Seminoles enter their game against the Hurricanes with 12 overall wins in its first 16 games – a win total that matches their victory total from the 2004-05 season when they finished with a 12-19 record. Florida State has a 7-1 record at home this season with its only blemish in the Tucker Center coming against No. 23/24 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 80-81). The Seminoles have won eight of their last nine overall games at home and have a winning home record in each of the first three years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Florida State is 1-1 in ACC play at home this season and is playing only its third conference home game of the season leaving it with four home games in the month of February and one in the month of March. Overall, the Seminoles will play five of their final eight games at home to close out the regular season. In Miami, Hamilton is facing a team which he coached to a 144-147 record (.495 winning percentage) from 1991-2000. He guided the Hurricanes to the post season five times including into the NCAA Tournament in each of his final three seasons. Following Sunday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles will play host to Clemson (Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m.) before traveling to play at Duke (Feb. 4, Noon).
JUNIOR ALL-ACC CANDIDATE Al Thornton CONTINUES TO EXCEL
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton enters Sunday’s game against Miami averaging a team-leading and career-high 16.8 points per game and a career-high 7.6 rebounds per game. He is ranked ninth in the ACC in scoring and sixth in the ACC in rebounding. Thornton has scored in double figures in a career-high nine consecutive games (163 total points / 18.1 ppg), has scored 30 or more points twice (30 vs. Alcorn State and a career-high 37 at Boston College), has scored 20 or more points in a career-high four games and has scored at least 11 points in 14 of the Seminoles 16 games so far this season. Thornton has failed to reach double figures only twice this season – as he scored nine points against both Florida (15 minutes with foul trouble) and against Bowling Green (17 minutes with foul trouble). He is tied for second in the ACC with a single-season career-high five doubles in the fist 16 games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its 13th game of the season. A victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday would give the Seminoles more wins this season than they had in 31 games during the 2004-05 season (12);
…Defeat Miami and win its fourth ACC game of the season. A victory over the Hurricanes would match the Seminoles’ conference victory total from a season ago when they had a 4-12 record in the ACC. The Seminoles earned their fourth conference victory of the 2004-05 season in their final regular season game of the season with a victory over Virginia on March 6, 2005;
…Defeat Miami and guarantee itself at least a .500 record in its third consecutive month. The Seminoles were 3-1 in November, a perfect 6-0 in December and enter Sunday’s game with a 3-3 record and two games remaining in the month of January.
UPDATING THE SEMINOLES’ RECORD BOOK…
…Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton’s 37 points against Boston College is tied for the 13th highest single-game scoring total in school history and is tied for the highest single-game scoring total in an ACC game in school history. Ron King scored a school record 46 points against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 1971 while Ron Hale scored 37 points against Wake Forest on Jan. 4, 2000;
…Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton’s 15 field goals made against Boston College are tied for the 10th highest single-game total in school history. The total ranks as the most field goals made in an ACC game by a Seminole player. Ron King holds the school record with 21 field goals made in scoring his school-record 46 points against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 1971;
…Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton enters Sunday’s game against Miami in a tie for 14th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career field goal shooting percentage list with a .546 mark from the field for his career. He has made 225 of 412 shots during his career;
…Andrew Wilson’s four-of-five performance (.800 percent) from the 3-point line in the Seminoles’ victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 31, 74-60) is tied for the 15th best single game shooting performance beyond the arc in school history;
…Andrew Wilson enters Sunday’s game against Miami ranked 14th in school history with a .770 free throw shooting percentage. He has made 107 of 139 free throw attempts during his six-year career;
…Todd Galloway’s six steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson (Dec. 20, 75-57) is tied for the ninth highest single-game total in school history. Tony William (against Memphis State on Feb. 26, 1983) and Charlie Ward (against South Carolina on March 2, 1991) hold the single game school record with nine steals in a single game;
…Alexander Johnson enters Sunday’s game against Miami ranked 23rd in school history on the Seminoles’ all-time career field goal shooting percentage list with a .515 mark.
SOME OF THE STATISTICS FROM THE SEMINOLES’ VICTORY OVER WAKE…
…Led by Todd Galloway’s five assists in the Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest, Florida State recorded 17 assists on 25 field goals in the victory. It marked the Seminoles’ highest assist:basket ratio of the season;
…Led by Andrew Wilson’s four 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ victory over the Demon Deacons, Florida State made 11 3-point field goals. It marked the Seminoles’ third highest total of the season and most in an ACC game since making 11 in their victory over No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005;
…With only three total turnovers by its three starting guards (Swann, Galloway and Rich) the Seminoles committed a season-low nine turnovers in its victory over Wake Forest. It was the Seminoles’ fewest amount of turnovers since committing only nine in defeating No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005;
…Florida State allowed only 68 points to the Deacons – tied for the fewest it had allowed in an ACC game this season. The Seminoles are 10-1 this season when they allow 70 or fewer points in a single game;
…Florida State limited Wake Forest to .351 shooting from the field in its victory over the Deacons. It was the Seminoles best field goal percentage defense effort in ACC play this season and the best in ACC play since limiting Clemson to a .351 mark from the field on Jan. 12, 2005.
THE OFFENSE – AND THE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Miami averaging 80.4 points scored per game (an improvement of 11.8 points per game as the Seminoles averaged 68.6 points per game last season) and 9.8 steals per game earned (an improvement of nearly three steals per game as compared to last season). The Seminoles have scored 220 points more than their opponents and have 60 steals more than their opponents through the first 16 games of the season. Last season, the Seminoles scored only 48 points more and had 35 fewer steals than their opponent in 31 games.
WHERE FLORIDA STATE’S POINTS ARE COMING FROM THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Miami ranked third in the ACC with an 80.4 points scored per game average. The Seminoles are earning more points from the free throw line and from inside of the arc this season as compared to last season.
IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES…
…The Seminoles are shooting .525 from the field and have shot 50 percent or better from the field three times. Florida State shot .600 from the field in its overtime victory over Virginia (Jan. 4, 87-82);
…The Seminoles are shooting .493 from the bonusphere and have shot better than 50 percent or better from beyond the arc three times in the last four games. Florida State shot .550 from long range in its victory over Wake Forest and is averaging 8.8 3-point field goals made since making eight in its victory over Virginia.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (16.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 12 pts and 8 rebs vs Miami, 2/22/05) F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.5 ppg, 5.5 ppg; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03) G #3 Isaiah Swann (9.3 ppg, 3.2 apg; 9 pts and 4 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.2 ppg, 3.7 apg; 4 pts and 1 ast vs. Miami, 12/14/03) G #21 Jason Rich (9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (7.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, 2/22/05) F #25 Diego Romero (5.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 2/22/05) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05) G #11 Jerel Allen (4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game vs. Miami) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.9 ppg, 21.8 rpg; First career game vs. Miami) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI F #50 Anthony King (9.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 8 pts and 6 blks vs. Florida State, 1/15/05) C #2 Gary Hamilton (4.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 2 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/22/05) G #12 Anthony Harris ( 10.3 ppg, 1.7 apg; 13 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, 1/22/05) G #12 Guillermo Diaz (16.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 19 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/22/05) G #22 Robert Hite (15.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 28-26 Last Game: Feb. 22, 2005; Miami 65, Florida State 49 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58 Last Miami Win: Feb. 22, 2005; Miami 65, Florida State 49 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58 Last Miami Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 22, 2005; Miami 65, Florida State 49 Florida State vs. Miami, Current Streak: Miami has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 2-2 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST GAME
Guillermo Diaz scored 19 points and Robert Hite added 17 to lead Miami to a 65-49 win over Florida State on Feb. 22, 2005 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Miami led 30-17 at the half. Al Thornton came off the bench to lead the cold-shooting Seminoles with 12 points and eight rebounds while Isaiah Swann added 10 points. Anthony Harris had 13 points and William Frisby 11 for Miami while Diaz and Hite led the Hurricanes in rebounds with 8 and 7, respectively. Miami shot 45.7 percent, but hit 8 of 16 from 3-point distance and had a 40-33 rebound advantage.
A NOTE ON THE SEMINOLES’ ROAD WINS IN THE ACC
With victories on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68), Florida State has won more ACC road games this season than they did last season (one). The Seminoles most recently won two conference games on the road during the 2000-01 season (at Maryland and at Clemson) and won three conference games during the 1995-96 season.