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Florida State Plays Host To St. Peter’s Saturday At Noon

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Dec. 22, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which is looking to win its seventh consecutive game, plays host to Saint Peter’s of New Jersey Saturday at Noon in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are undefeated since earning a 70-66 victory over No. 4/4 Florida (Dec. 3) in a game played at home in the Tucker Center. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game with a 12-0 record in games played during the month of December in the last two seasons. Florida State was 6-0 during the month of December in 2005 and is 6-0 in the month of December this season. During the first five years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State, the Seminoles are 29-7 (.806 winning percentage) at home during the month of December. Florida State is 8-0 at home and 2-2 on the road through the first 12 games of the season with wins coming at Stetson (Dec. 5, 82-63) and at Georgia State (Dec. 7, 87-55). The Seminoles will play their first neutral site game of the season against Providence of the Big East on Dec. 29 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Following its game against St. Peter’s, the Seminoles travel to play against Providence before returning home to start Atlantic Coast Conference play against Clemson on Jan. 3 at 7.

THORNTON CONTINUES TO ROLL UP POINTS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton has now scored 1,032 career points and ranks 34th in career scoring at Florida State entering Saturday’s game.

FLORIDA STATE RIDING SIX-GAME WINNING STREAK
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Saint Peter’s looking to win its seventh consecutive game. Since the beginning of the 1988 season, the Seminoles have earned nine winning streaks of six or more games. The longest winning streak in school history, 11 games, came during the 1969-70 season. The longest winning streak during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State is 10 games which were all won to open the 2003-04 season.

Recent Seminole Winning Streaks
Dates                       Consec. Wins    Notes
Nov. 21-Dec. 20, 2003       10              All 10 wins to open 2003-04 season
Jan. 31-Feb. 20, 1993       8               6-0 in ACC games; win over UConn
Feb. 21-March 14, 1991      8	       Won Metro Conference Championship
Nov. 25-Dec. 28, 1988       8	       All 8 wins to open 1988-89 season
Jan. 4-Jan. 26, 1989        8	       FSU wins 16 of first 17 games of season
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2005       7               FSU runs out to season opening 9-1 mark
Dec. 14, 1996-Jan. 4, 1997  6               Victories over Florida and NC State
Jan. 11-Jan. 27, 1992       6               4 ACC wins and victory over Florida
Dec. 3-Dec. 21, 2006        6               Current streak dates to win over Florida

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Saint Peter’s and win its seventh consecutive game. The Seminoles have won every game they have played since defeating Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66) at home;
…Defeat Saint Peter’s and win its first game against a team from the state of New Jersey since Dec. 6, 2003 when the Seminoles defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 83-46. The Seminoles are 10-3 all-time against teams from the Garden State;
…Defeat Saint Peter’s and win its third consecutive pre-Christmas Day game. The Seminoles defeated Stetson in 2004 and Campbell in 2005 before breaking for the holiday period.

FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT RECORDS AFTER 12 GAMES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Saint Peter’s with a 10-2 record. It marks the ninth time in school history the Seminoles have won at least 10 of their first 12 games of a single season and is only one win short of tying the school record for the best 12-game start in school history (11-1 under Leonard Hamilton to begin the 2003-04 season). The Seminoles have won at least 10 of their first 12 games of a season for the third time during the Hamilton era after beginning the 2003-04 season with an 11-1 record and starting the 2005-06 season with a 10-2 record. Florida State is 10-2 after 12 games for the second consecutive season.

Seminoles Off To Grand Start
Season    12-Game Start   13-Game Start        Notes
1954-55   10-2            11-2                  22-4 final record; 1-1 in NAIB Tourn
1969-70   10-2            11-2                  20-3 final record; No. 11 in AP Poll
1971-72   10-2            11-2                  27-6 final record; NCAA Champ Gm.
1977-78   10-2            11-2                  23-6 final record; NCAA First Rd
1979-80   10-2            10-3                  22-9 final record, NCAA Second Rd
1988-89   10-2            11-2                  22-8 final record; NCAA First Rd.
1997-98   10-2            11-2                  18-14 final record; NCAA Second Rd
2003-04   11-1            12-1                  19-14 final record, NIT Second Rd
2005-06   10-2            11-2                  20-10 final record; NIT Second rd
2006-07   10-2            12/23 vs. St. Peter's 10-2 current record; 8-0 at home

FLORIDA STATE REACHES 10 WINS IN MONTH OF DECEMBER
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Saint Peter’s with a 10-2 record and has reached the 10 win plateau in the month of December for jus the third time in school history and the second time under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The school record for wins by the end of the month of December is 12 (12-1 record) during the 2003-04 season.

Seminoles With 10 Wins in December
Season      Record By End Of December             Season Record
1997-98     11-2                                  18-14
2003-04     12-1                                  19-14
2006-07     10-2 (two games remain to be played)  vs. Saint Peter's/vs. Providence

SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO PLAY WELL AT HOME
Florida State has won each of its first eight home games of the 2006-07 and has won 15 of its last 16 games (.938 winning percentage) since defeating Clemson 69-59 on Feb. 1, 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 are 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         22-3 (.880 winning pct.)     79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 6, 2006
Last 3 Years         31-10 (.756 winning pct.)    91-83 over No. 3 Wake Forest, Jan. 18, 2005
Last 4 Years         46-13 (.779 winning pct.)    90-81 over No. 7 North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2004

SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD ACC FROM FREE THROW LINE
Led by Jason Rich’s .833 shooting night from the free throw line (five-of-six) the Seminoles shot .762 from the free throw line in their victory over Coastal Carolina. It marked the sixth consecutive game and the ninth time the Seminoles have shot better than 73 percent from the free throw line this season. The Seminoles have shot below 70 percent from the free throw line only twice this season. In addition, the Seminoles have made nearly as many free throws (161/13.4 FTMPG) as their opponents have attempted (165/13.8 FTAPG) through the first 12 games of the season.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE…
…The Seminoles rank first in the ACC in free throw shooting with a current school-record mark of .756 from the line;
…The Seminoles were ranked 11th in the nation in the NCAA statistics in free throw shooting entering the week of Dec. 18. Florida State is one of only 20 teams in Division I basketball that is shooting 75 percent or above from the free throw line;
…The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…The Seminoles have made 161 free throws – nearly as many as the Clemson Tigers have attempted (165) in their first 11 games of the season. Florida State opens its ACC schedule against the Tigers on Jan. 3;
…The Seminoles are one of only four teams in the ACC who are shooting 70 percent or better from the free throw line.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F	#12	Al Thornton (16.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 18.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 6.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 7.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (15.1 ppg, 2.4 apg; 11.6 ppg and 2.9 apg in eight home games in 2006-07)
G	#25	Jason Rich (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 11.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G	#10	Ralph Mims (4.9 ppg, 2.0 apg; 5.4 ppg and 1.7 spg in eight home games in 2006-07)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 7.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (3.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 4.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (3.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 3.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg in eight home games in 2006-07)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SAINT PETER'S
F	#32	Quentin Martin (5.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 9 pts and 7 rebs vs. Loyola (Md.), 12-8-06)
F	#34	Todd Sowell (13.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rebs vs. UMBC, 11-11-06)
G	#5	Raul Orta (16.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs vs. Loyola (Md.), 12-8-06)
G	#10	Kevin Spann (15.8 ppg, 4.1 apg; 20 pts and 4 asts vs. UNC Greensboro, 12-21-06)
G	#21	Tim Spitler (5.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 4 pts and 11 rebs vs. Loyola (Md.), 12-8-06)

FLORIDA STATE VS. SAINT PETER'S - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Saint Peter's Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Saint Peter's win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Saint Peter's: First Meeting

FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE GARDEN STATE
Florida State as a 10-3 record (.769 winning percentage) against teams from the state of New Jersey. The Seminoles most recently played, and defeated, Fairleigh Dickenson, on Dec. 3, 2006 in their most recent game against a team from the Garden State.

Seminoles' New Jersey Opponents
School                  FSU Record   Last Meeting    Consecutive Wins
Fairleigh Dickinson     3-0          Dec. 6, 2003    3
Monmouth College        2-0          Feb. 2, 1998    2
Rider                   1-0          Jan. 4, 1989    1
Rutgers                 1-0          Dec. 22, 1967   1
Seton Hall              3-1          Dec. 11, 1999   --
Princeton               0-2          Dec. 28, 1998   --

FLORIDA STATE’S NEW JERSEY-ITES
The Florida State basketball program has traveled to New Jersey to land some of the players on its roster in recent years. New Jersey native Terrell Baker averaged 13.2 points in 61 career games and ranks in the top 60 in school history in scoring.

Recent Seminoles From The Garden State
Player          Years      Hometown              PPG    RPG
Terrell Baker   1997-98    Lawnside, N.J.        13.2   4.3
LaMarr Greer    1995-98    Cape May, N.J.        8.7    3.7
Kirk Luchman    1994-97    Medford Lakes, N.J.   6.8    5.0
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