November 19, 2008 - by
Florida State Plays Host To Stetson In Home Opener Thursday At 8:00 p.m.

Nov. 19, 2008



Game Notes 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking to win its third consecutive game, Florida State plays host to Stetson on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game is the home opener for the Seminoles and is the first time in school history they will play their home opener against Stetson. The Seminoles have won their first two games of the season with victories at Jacksonville (Nov. 15, 59-57) and at La Salle (Nov. 18, 65-61). It marks the first time since the 1950-51 season that the Seminoles have won two road games to open the season. Florida State’s game against the Hatters is the first of three consecutive home games as the Seminoles play host to Stetson. Coastal Carolina (Nov. 22, 4:00 p.m. – note time change) and Western Illinois (Nov. 24, 7:00 p.m.).

GAME TIME CHANGE FOR SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST COASTAL
The game time for the Florida State men’s basketball game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 22 has been changed to 4:00 p.m. and will not be televised. Additionally, the game time for Florida State’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 3 has been changed to 4:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net-Florida.

DOUGLAS APPROACHING 1,500 CAREER POINTS
Senior Toney Douglas scored 18 points in the Seminoles’ victory over La Salle and enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson with 1,463 career points. He needs only 37 points to reach the 1,500 point mark for his career. He has scored 938 points during his Seminole career and needs only 62 points to become only the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.

DEMERCY ENJOYS THE BEST GAME OF HIS SEMINOLE CAREER
Sophomore Jordan DeMercy scored nine points, including the game-winning basket, to help the Seminoles to their 65-61 victory over La Salle on Tuesday night. In addition to his nine points, he pulled down a career-high six rebounds, was credited with a career-high four assists, tied his career-high with two steals and tied his career-high with one blocked shot.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and win its 14th consecutive game against the Hatters. The Seminoles’ current winning streak against Stetson began on Dec. 11, 1975;
…Defeat Stetson and win its 17th consecutive home game against the Hatters. The Seminoles current home court winning streak began on Dec. 18, 1953;
…Defeat Stetson and win its home opener for the eighth consecutive season. The Seminoles are undefeated in home openers under head coach Leonard Hamilton and have won each of their home openers since the beginning of the 2001-02 season;
…Defeat Stetson and win its 30th consecutive regular season non-conference home game. The Seminoles current streak began with a victory over South Alabama on Dec. 16, 2004;
…Defeat Stetson and win its sixth consecutive game against a team from the state of Florida. The Seminoles opened the season with a victory over Jacksonville and won its final four games of the 2007-08 season against Sunshine State teams (two victories over Miami, one against Florida and one against Stetson).

FLORIDA STATE IN SEASON OPENERS
Florida State has won 15 of its last 18 season openers dating to the opening game of the 1990-91 season. Entering Thursday’s game against Stetson, the Seminoles have won each of their last six home openers. The Seminoles are 54-7 (.885 winning percentage) all-time in home openers.

FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON
Florida State opens its regular season home schedule against Stetson on Thursday night. The Seminoles have won 13 consecutive games against Stetson and have not lost to the Hatters since March 5, 1975. Stetson joins Florida as the only non-conference teams the Seminoles have played in each of the first seven years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee.

SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE LATE IN THE VICTORY OVER LA SALLE
Florida State was six of eight (.750) from the free throw line in the last five minutes and nine of 11 in the final 10 minutes (.818) of its victory over La Salle on Tuesday night. The two most important free throws came from sophomore Jordan DeMercy – he was two-of two – with 12 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles their final margin of victory in the game.

SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN THE SECOND HALF AGAINST LA SALLE
Led by senior guard Toney Douglas, who was a perfect three-of-three from the 3-point line, the Seminoles were five-of-eight from the bonusphere in the second half of their victory over La Salle. After making one of seven shots from long range in the first half, Florida State outscored the Explorers 15-3 from the 3-point arc in the second half in earning the 65-61 victory. The Seminoles’ defense limited La Salle to one-for-eight shooting from long range in the second half with their only 3-point shot coming with 12:22 remaining in the game.

SEMINOLES OUTSCORE LA SALLE 19-12 IN THE FINAL EIGHT MINUTES OF VICTORY
With six different players scoring at least two points in the final eight minutes of its victory over La Salle, Florida State outscored the explorers 19-12 in the final eight minutes of its victory on the road on Tuesday night. Junior Ryan Reid, sophomore Jordan DeMercy and freshman Chris Singleton scored four points each, Deividas Dulkys scored three points and Solomon Alabi added two points. Florida State trailed 49-46 with 8:15 remaining in the game and won the game 65-61.

SEMINOLES BLOCKING OUT THEIR OPPONENTS IN THE FIRST TWO GAME
Led by a career-high tying two blocked shots by center Solomon Alabi the Seminoles blocked eight shots for the second game in the a row in their victory over La Salle. The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s game averaging 8.0 blocked shots per game after ranking 10th in the ACC with a 3.8 blocked shots per game average during the 2007-08 season.

THREE DIFFERENT PLAYERS GAVE FLORIDA STATE A LEAD LATE AGAINST LA SALLE
Proving that basketball is certainly a team game, three different Seminoles gave Florida State a lead within the final 4:10 of the Seminoles’ victory over La Salle.

Seminoles Taking A Lead
Player             Play            Time Remaining   Made Score
Deividas Dulkys    3-point shot    4:10             55-52
Chris Singleton    Free Throw      2:00             59-58
Chris Singleton    Free Throw      1:09             61-60
Jordan DeMercy     Jumper          0:28             63-61 (Game winning basket)

SEMINOLES KEEP UP THEIR STEALING WAYS
Florida State, which averages 8.4 steals per game under Leonard Hamilton, earned eight steals in its victory over La Salle. Senior guard Toney Douglas, center Solomon Alabi and sophomore Jordan DeMercy had two steals each for the Seminoles.

FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 73 consecutive games entering Thursday night’s game against Stetson. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 4, 2005 at Clemson;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in 49 consecutive games entering Thursday night’s game against Stetson. The last time the Seminoles did not block a shot was in a 96-79 victory over Maryland on Feb. 30, 2007.

DOUGLAS IS FLORIDA STATE’S CHIEF THIEF
Senior guard Toney Douglas earned two steals in the Seminoles’ 65-61 victory over La Salle to bring his season total of six (3.0 spg) and his career total to 174 (1.79 spg). He has at least one steal in 34 of the last 37 games in the last two years and needs only 26 steals to reach the 200 mark for his career. Douglas has more steals after two games this season (six) than he did last year after two games (five) when he led the ACC in steals with 90. Douglas has eight steals (including six on Nov. 30, 2007) in two career games against Stetson.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 2 pts and 7 rebs vs. Stetson Nov. 30, 2007)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 6 pts and 2 blks vs. Stetson, Nov. 30, 2007)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (9.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Stetson, Nov. 30, 2007)
G #23 Toney Douglas (17.0 ppg, 3.0 spg; 16 pts and 6 stls vs. Stetson, Nov. 30, 2007)
...AND TOP RESERVES
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson) G #3 Luke Loucks (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson) G #21 Brian Hoff (3.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg; 2 pts and 0 rebs vs. Stetson, Dec. 5, 2006)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR STETSON
F #4 Sheldon Oliver (5.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Nov. 30, 2007)
C #22 Tim Lang (3.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Nov. 30, 2007)
G #2 A.J. Smith (12.0 ppg; 4.5 apg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Nov. 30, 2007)
G #14 Garfield Blair (12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 13 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Nov. 30, 2007)
G #15 Mark Lohuis (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Nov. 30, 2007)

FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 37-11
Last Game: Nov. 30, 2007; Florida State 72, Stetson 59
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 30, 2007; Florida State 72, Stetson 59
Last Stetson Win: March 5, 1975; Stetson 63, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee:  Nov. 30, 2007; Florida State 72, Stetson 59
Last Stetson win in Tallahassee:  March 5, 1953; Stetson 94, Florida State 81
Current Streak: Florida State has won 13 consecutive
Leonard Hamilton vs. Stetson: 7-0 (6-0 at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – THE LAST MEETING
Ralph Mims and Toney Douglas scored 16 points each and Florida State beat Stetson 72-59 on Nov. 30, 2007 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Mims made three 3-pointers during Florida State’s decisive 18-2 run midway through the second half. The run broke open a seven-point game, and cemented the Seminoles fourth straight win. Douglas added six steals and four assists to his 16 points. Florida State had 14 steals and scored 21 points off Stetson’s 18 turnovers. The Seminoles had 13 players see action, including 10 in the first half. Florida State struggled to find an offensive rhythm against Stetson’s zone and led 29-21 at halftime. Eric Diaz scored 14 for Stetson and Garfield Blair and Kris Thomas both added 13 for the Hatters.

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