Nov. 29, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three consecutive games, plays host to Stetson on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Hatters marks the sixth consecutive season the two teams will meet with Florida State having won each of those five meetings. The Seminoles won at Stetson last season and have won 12 consecutive games against the Hatters – a streak that dates back to the 1975 season. Florida State enters Friday’s game looking to win their season-high fourth game of the season and win its seventh game in the month of November for the first time in school history. Following their game against Stetson, the Seminoles’ play host to Samford on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
DOUGLAS SURPASSES AS SWANN AND RICH APPROACH 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Junior Toney Douglas surpassed the 1,000 point mark against Minnesota and enters Friday’s game against Stetson with 1,005 career points. Senior guards Isaiah Swann (902 career points) and Jason Rich (899 career points) are both approaching the career milestone. Swann is Florida State’s leading scoring with 131 points and a career-high 16.4 points per game scoring average while Rich is averaging 9.5 points scored per game in his fourth season as a starter for the Seminoles. Swann and Rich are looking to become the 39th and 40th members of the Seminoles’ 1,000 point club.
Three Seminoles and the 1,000 Point Club Player Career Points Needs For 1,000 Career PPG Toney Douglas 1,005 -- 14.6 Isaiah Swann 902 98 8.6 Jason Rich 899 101 8.7
HAMILTON APPROACHING 300 CAREER COACHING VICTORIES
Sixth-year Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Friday’s game against Stetson with 293 career victories and needs only seven to earn career-victory No. 300. He also has 93 victories as Florida State’s head coach and needs only seven to reach the century mark for wins as the Seminoles’ court boss.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and win its season-high fourth consecutive game of the season. The Seminoles enter Friday’s game with consecutive victories over Georgia State, No. 24 Florida and Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge;
…Defeat Minnesota and win its 16th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 4-0 at home this season and were 11-0 in non-ACC games in the Donald L. Tucker Center during the 2006-07 season.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Stetson shooting an ACC leading .830 from the free throw line. Senior Isaiah Swann leads the team with a perfect 1.000 shooting percentage from the stripe – he leads six Seminoles who are shooting at least 77 percent from the free throw line for the season. The Seminoles’ shot .844 percent from the line in their victory over Minnesota and have shot 80 percent or better from the line five times in their first eight games of the season. The Seminoles have made more than twice as many free throws as their opponents (142-69) and have made 31 more free throws (142) than their opponents have attempted (142-111).
SEMINOLES AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State, which led the ACC and ranked ninth nationally in free throw shooting percentage during the 2006-07 season, is once again ranked as the ACC leader and among the national leaders in free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles’ .830 free throw shooting percentage is nearly 10 percentage points higher than Virginia’s success rate from the line through the first three weeks of the season.
Free Throw Shooting Numbers To Shoot For Leader FTM FTA Pct. Notes All-Time ACC 481 602 .799 NC State in 2004 / 21-10 Record / NCAA Tourn. All-Time NCAA 535 651 .822 Harvard in 1984 / 15-11 / No Postseason
NOTING THE SEMINOLES IN THE ACC FREE THROW SHOOTING RACE
Florida State enters Friday night’s game against Stetson as the ACC leaders in free throw shooting percentage with a .830 mark. The Seminoles are the only team in the league that is shooting better than 74 percent from the line with only four of the league’s 12 teams shooting better than 70 percent from the line for the season. Florida State has shot a league-high 142 free throws – the second ranked team (Duke) has made 18 free throw fewer than the Seminoles. The Seminoles and Blue Devils are tied for the league lead with 171 free throw attempts each. Entering this weekend’s game, the Seminoles have made more free throws than Georgia Tech (128), Clemson (126), Miami (115), NC State (115) Wake Forest (94), Boston College (92) and Virginia Tech (75) have all attempted.
SEMINOLES BLOCKING SHOTS AT VERY HIGH RATE
With five players on the roster who have blocked at least five shots in the first eight games of the season, the Seminoles have blocked more than twice as many shots as their opponents (37-18) in winning six of their first eight games of the season. The Seminoles enter Friday’s game against Stetson averaging 4.6 blocks per game as compared to last season’s average of 3.3 blocked shots per game. Included in the Seminoles’ total of 37 blocks are only three blocked shots in three games played by Solomon Alabi – who is Florida State’s tallest player at 7-1.
SEMINOLES GETTING INTO THE PASSING LANE AND EARNING MANY STEALS
Led by junior guard Toney Douglas’s 20 steals and 18 by senior guard Ralph Mims, the Seminoles have earned 73 steals (9.1 spg) in their first eight games of the season. The Seminoles have earned double figure steals in three of their eight games (in victories over Nicholls State, Georgia State and Minnesota) and rank fourth in the ACC with their 9.1 steals per game average. Three Seminoles — Douglas, Isaiah Swann and Jason Rich – average at least one steal per game for their entire careers.
Seminoles' Current Career Steals Leaders Player Steals Games SPG Toney Douglas 98 69 1.4 Isaiah Swann 119 104 1.1 Jason Rich 103 103 1.0
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is 34-6 (.850 winning percentage) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won all four of its home games this season, has won 19 of its last 22 home games (.864) and 27 of its last 33 (.818 winning percentage) games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 2 pts and 7 rebs vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006) G #3 Isaiah Swann (16.4 ppg, 3.8 apg; 9 pts, 5 rebs and 4 asts vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006) G #23 Toney Douglas (12.5 ppg, 2.8 apg; 16 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006) G #25 Jason Rich (9.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 10 pts and 3 asts vs. Stetson Dec. 5, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES F #21 Julian Vaughn (5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson) G #10 Ralph Mims (8.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 10 pts and 7 asts vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR STETSON F #4 Oliver Sheldon (8.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #44 J.J. Hirst (1.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 5, 2006) G #2 A.J. Smith (11.2 ppg, 2.3 apg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 5, 2006) G #14 Garfield Blair (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 15 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 5, 2006) G #21 Kris Thomas (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 11 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 20, 2005)
FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State Leads Series, 36-11 Last Game: Dec. 5, 2006; Florida State 82, Stetson 63 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 5, 2006; Florida State 82, Stetson 63 Last Stetson Win: Mar. 5, 1975; Stetson 63, Florida State 54 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 20, 2005; Florida State 75, Stetson 57 Last Stetson Win In Tallahassee: Mar. 5, 1953; Stetson 94, Florida State 81 Current Streak: Florida State has won 12 straight Leonard Hamilton vs. Stetson: 5-0 (5-0 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – THE LAST MEETING
Toney Douglas scored 16 points to lead Florida State to an 82-63 victory over Stetson on Dec. 5, 2006 in Deland, Fla. The Seminoles, fresh off a victory over defending national champion Florida, used their depth to wear down the Hatters. Florida State’s reserves outscored Stetson’s subs 25-8, led by Ralph Mims’ 10 points. Stetson’s Garfield Blair and Gabe McMillen led the Hatters with 15 points apiece. Florida State scoring leader Al Thornton finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, but received plenty of help. Uche Echefu added 12 points for the Seminoles, while Jason Rich finished with 10. The Seminoles led 65-40 midway through the second half before Stetson rallied to within 71-57 with 2:46 remaining. Florida State led 50-28 at halftime, using a 17-4 run to erase a 10-7 deficit. Mims sparked a 90-second surge, sandwiching a four-point play and a 3-pointer around and a put-back dunk and two free throws from Thornton.