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Florida State plays host to No. 15 Georgia Tech Tuesday

Feb. 2, 2004

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two of its last three games against ranked opponents, plays host to No. 15 ranked Georgia Tech Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. In facing Georgia Tech, the Seminoles will play their fourth consecutive top 15 ranked conference opponent after victories over then No. 7 ranked North Carolina (Jan. 22, 90-81 win in overtime in Tallahassee) and then No. 10 ranked Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 75-70 win in Tallahassee) and a game against No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 29, 49-56 loss in Durham). The Seminoles play their fifth ACC home game of the season as they attempt to improve to 4-1 in league play in the TLCCC after wins over then No. 24 ranked Maryland (Dec. 28, 79-75), North Carolina and Wake Forest and a loss to NC State (Jan. 11, 53-58). The Seminoles have won four ACC games at home in each of the last two seasons. In addition to their 3-1 record in ACC home games, the Seminoles are 9-0 at home in non-conference games making their home record a stellar 12-1 this season. A victory over Georgia Tech would give Florida State 13 wins at home – the most it has had since winning 13 home games during the 1996-97 season. The school record for home wins in a single season is 15 during the 1974-75 season. Following Tuesday night’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles travel to play at Maryland (Feb. 8) and NC State (Feb. 10) before returning home to play host to Clemson (Feb. 14).


ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who scored 30 points in Florida State’s come from behind victory over North Carolina Jan. 22, continued his outstanding play as he scored 24 points (in only 16 minutes of playing time) in the Seminoles victory over Savannah State Sunday. In scoring 24 points, Pickett tied his career-high with six 3-point field goals and made a season-high nine field goals against the Tigers. He also earned a season-high tying five steals, one assist and one blocked shot. Pickett is ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring (15.4 ppg), tied for second in the ACC in steals per game (2.33 spg) and first in the ACC in 3-point field goals made with 63 (2.00 3fgmg).


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat a ranked opponent for the third time in the last four ACC games. The Seminoles defeated then No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 22) and then No. 10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25) in consecutive games to mark the first time in school history the Seminoles have defeated top-10 ranked teams in back-to-back games;
…Improved to 4-4 in the ACC after the first round of games and has a .500 or better conference after eight games for the first time since the 1998-99 season;
…Defeat a ranked Georgia Tech team for the first time since Jan. 29, 1994 when the Seminoles defeated the then No. 21 ranked Yellow Jackets, 74-73, in Atlanta. The Seminoles are 3-2 all-time against ranked Georgia Tech teams;
…Win its 16th game of the season to mark the most wins in the last six years for the Seminoles. The Seminoles last won 16 or more games during the 1997-98 season when they finished with an 18-14 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Defeat its fourth ranked ACC team of the season. The Seminoles last defeated four ranked conference teams in a single season during the 1996-97 season.


SEMINOLES FINDING THE W COLUMN
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Georgia Tech with a 15-6 record. The 15 wins are the most by the Seminoles since the 1997-98 season when they had an 18-14 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the five years prior to this season, the Seminoles averaged 12 wins (60 total) and 17.4 losses (87 total) for a .408 winning percentage. The Seminoles are 15-6 this season for a winning percentage of .714.


HAMILTON’S FIRST TWO YEARS
Second-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has a 29-21 record for a .580 winning percentage during his first 50 games as Florida State’s head coach. He is the third winningest second-year head coach in Seminoles history.


SEMINOLES’ SECOND HALF MAGIC
Florida State rallied in the second half to win its games against both No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 22) and No. 10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25) and nearly rallied in the second half to defeat No. 1 ranked Duke Thursday in Durham. In their first seven ACC games of the season, the Seminoles have outscored their opponents five times in the second half and have only been outscored once in the second 20 minutes of the game. Florida State’s game against NC State was tied 28-28 in the second half. Statistically, the Seminoles have a +3.7 scoring margin in the second half of their first seven ACC games of the season.


HOLDING ONTO BASKETBALL LEADS TO SECOND HALF RALLIES
Florida State is averaging just over seven turnovers in the second half of its first seven ACC games of the season including only three against Wake Forest. The Seminoles recovered from a one-point deficit against the Demon Deacons to gain the victory. The Seminoles have been charged with nine or fewer turnovers in the second half of their ACC games leading into Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech.


NOTING THE SEMINOLES…
…Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense. Only two teams – Pittsburgh and Florida – have shot above 50 percent from the field against the Seminoles this season. Both the Panthers and the Gators have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 throughout the season;
…Florida State was credited with a season-high 25 assists against Savannah State in its victory over the Tigers Sunday. The Seminoles entered the game averaging 1.47 assist per game and record 10.3 assists more than their season average in their win over the Tigers;
…Florida State earned 12 steals in its victory over Savannah State. It marked the sixth time in the last 10 games the Seminoles had record 10 or more steals in a single game. The Seminoles have 60 steals in their last six games for a 10.0 steals per game average.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 8 pts and 6 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/28/01)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs against Georgia Tech, 1/27/01)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech)
G #10 Nate Johnson (5.4 ppg, 3.9 apg; 8 pts and 3 asts against Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
G #22 Tim Pickett (15.4 ppg, 2.3 spg; 13 pts and 5 stls against Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.6 ppg, 2.7 apg; 9 pts and 6 rebs against Georgia Tech, 2/15/03)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 13 pts and 3 rebs against Georgia Tech, 2/28/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs against Georgia Tech, 2/15/03)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 18 pts and 5 rebs against Georgia Tech, 2/15/03)


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH
F #2 Isma’il Muhammad (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State/ 2/15/03)
F #55 Anthony McHenry (2.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs against Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
C #12 Luke Schenscher (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 2 pts and 2 blks against Florida State, 1/14/03)
G #1 B.J. Elder (15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 19 pts and 1 reb against Florida State, 2/15/03)
G #3 Jarrett Jack (13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 16 pts and 7 rebs against Florida State, 2/15/03)


FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 27-22
Last Game: Feb. 15, 2003; Florida State 71, Georgia Tech 64
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 15, 2003; Florida State 71, Georgia Tech 64
Last Georgia Tech Win: Jan. 14, 2003; Georgia Tech 81, Florida State 74
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 15, 2003; Florida State 71, Georgia Tech 64
Last Georgia Tech Win in Tallahassee: March 2, 2002; Georgia Tech 86, Florida State 78
Florida State vs. Ga. Tech, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 1-2 (two at Florida State, 1 at Miami)


FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Forward Anthony Richardson scored 18 points to lead Florida State to a 71-64 victory Over Georgia Tech Feb. 15, 2003 in Tallahassee. Richardson added five assists, five rebounds and five blocked shots in his best game of the season. He had four points and an assist after the Yellow Jackets cut a 15-point halftime deficit to 57-53 with 10:08 to play. Florida State went on a 35-13 run over the final 12:20 of the first half to take control of the game. The Seminoles erased a 17-10 deficit against a Georgia Tech team that tried for its first road win in nine games this season. Reserve forward Adam Waleskowski, who scored a career-high 12 points, ignited the charge with a 3-pointer. Trevor Harvey’s put back basket with 8:59 to go in the first half gave the Seminoles a 22-21 lead they never relinquished. Harvey also finished with 12 points. Sophomore guard B.J. Elder scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that left the Seminoles clinging to a 57-53 lead at the end of a 27-8 run by the Yellow Jackets.

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