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Florida State Plays Host To Stetson Thursday At 5:30 P.M.

Dec. 22, 2004

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Stetson in its second of two consecutive home games against teams from the state of Florida and its final game before breaking for the holiday season. Following Thursday night’s game against Stetson, the Seminoles will take two days off from practice and report back to campus Sunday night to begin preparations for their game against LSU in New Orleans Dec. 30. Led by 10 points and 11 rebounds from Anthony Richardson, the Seminoles defeated Jacksonville, 101-57, Tuesday night in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The win marked the first time the Seminoles scored 100 or more points since Feb. 11, 1999 in a 111-108 double overtime loss to Georgia Tech in Tallahassee. Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Stetson having won two of its last three games overall and three of its last four home games. The Seminoles have a margin of victory of 26.8 points in their four victories at home this season and are outscoring their opponents 85.8-59 in victories over Texas Southern (71-62, Nov. 19), Shawnee State (88-65, Nov. 24), South Alabama (83-52, Dec. 16) and Jacksonville (101-57, Dec. 21). The Seminoles’ 101-57 (+44 point margin of victory) victory over Jacksonville was the second largest (behind only a +45 point victory over Nicholls State on Nov. 28, 2003) in the 73-game Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. The Seminoles next game at home following Thursday night’s game against Stetson comes Jan. 2, 2005 as they play host to intra-state rival Florida at 1 p.m.

SEMINOLES’ OFFENSE BEGINS TO ROUND INTO FORM
Florida State is averaging 90.7 points scored in its lat three games after scoring more than 100 points for the first time in 158 games in its victory over Jacksonville Tuesday night. The Seminoles have scored more than 80 points in each of their last three games and are shooting .518 from the field during that span. Florida State is averaging 21.4 points more in the last three games (272 points, 90.7 ppg) than it did in its first eight games of the season (554 points, 69.3 ppg).

FRESHMAN LEADERS FOR THE SEMINOLES
…Freshman guard Isaiah Swann leads the Seminoles in assists with 33 for a 3.0 assists per game average through the first 11 games of the season. He has recorded six steals in three of the first 11 games of his career;
…Freshman guard Ralph Mims leads the Seminoles in steals with 14 for a 1.3 steals per game average through the first 11 games of the season. He earned a career-high six steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and win its seventh game of the season and its second against a team from the state of Florida;
…Defeat Stetson to improve its record to 7-5 and improve to two games over .500 for the first time this season;
…Defeat Stetson and win its ninth consecutive game against the Hatters in a series that dates to Jan. 13, 1948 – the first season of basketball at Florida State. The Seminoles and the Hatters played in the fourth game of the first season of the program;
…Win its 16th consecutive home game against Stetson. The last time the Hatters defeated the Seminoles in Tallahassee was March 5, 1953.

SEMINOLES PUTTING POINTS ON THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State has scored at least 80 points and averages 90.7 points in its last three games. The Seminoles scored a season-high 101 points in their victory over Jacksonville (Dec. 21) and totaled 83 in their win at home over South Alabama (Dec. 16) and scored 88 in its overtime loss at No. 19/23 Maryland (Dec. 19). The last time Florida State scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games was from Dec. 20 through Dec. 30, 1992. in succession, the Seminoles defeated Temple (91-80 in overtime, Dec. 20), Arkansas Little-Rock (95-64, Dec. 22), Maryland Baltimore County (109-80, Dec. 28) and South Florida (94-73, Dec. 30). The Seminoles averaged 97.25 points per game during the stretch. The Sam Cassell, Bob Sura and Charlie Ward led Seminoles finished with a 25-10 record and advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

SEMINOLES SHOOTING AND DEFENDING IN THE LAST THEE GAMES
Florida State is shooting nearly 52 percent and holding its opponents below 37 percent shooting from the field in its last three games. The Seminoles shot above 50 percent in their victories over both South Alabama (Dec. 16) and Jacksonville (Dec. 21) and have shot above 50 percent in five of their first 11 games of the season. Defensively, the Seminoles have held their last three opponents to .364 shooting from the field and held South Alabama below 30 percent (.293). Florida State has held six of their first 11 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field.

Shooting Well and Defending The Basket In The Last 3 Games
Field Goal Percentage Opponent Field Goal Percentage Defense

30-55 (.545) South Alabama 17-58 (.293)
31-71 (.437) at Maryland 30-75 (.400)
40-69 (.580) Jacksonville 20-51 (.392)
101-195 (.518) 2-1 record 67-189 (.364)

SEASON WATERMARKS AGAINST JACKSONVILLE
Florida State established season-high statistics for points scored (101), field goals made (40), assists (24), steals (17), first half points (46) second half points (55) and margin of victory (+44) while tying their season watermarks for 3-point field goals made (eight) and committing a season-low 10 turnovers in its victory against Jacksonville Tuesday night.

SEMINOLES HITTING THE BOARDS
After pulling down a season-high 56 rebounds against Maryland (Dec. 19), Florida State continued to rebound well in its victory over Jacksonville Tuesday night. The Seminoles outrebounded the Dolphins by three rebounds (36-33) to mark the third consecutive team they have outrebounded. Florida State outrebounded South Alabama (Dec. 16) by a season-high 23 and bested Maryland by 12 in the ACC opener for both teams. Maryland entered Sunday’s game as the leading rebounding team in the ACC and owned a +3.1 rebounding margin through their first seven games of the season. Florida State is a combined +38 in the rebound category and has outrebounded each of their last three opponents after finishing its first eight games with a -17 mark and being outrebounded five times in their first eight games.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES…
…Florida State is shooting nearly 10 percentage points higher from the field than its opponents in its first 11 games of the season. The Seminoles are shooting .491 while their opponents are shooting .392 from the field. The Seminoles have made 52 field goals more (4.7 per game) than their opponents through their first 11 games of the season;
…Florida State has held nine of its first 11 opponents under 70 points scored. The Seminoles are allowing only 66.7 points per game during its first 11 games of the season;
…Florida State committed a season-low 10 turnovers in its victory over Jacksonville. The Seminoles had only five turnovers in the first and only five in the second half and allowed the Dolphins to a season-low seven points off turnovers. The Seminoles’ season-low 10 turnovers came only one game after the Seminoles committed a season-high 25 turnovers against Maryland;
…Florida State was credited with a season-high 24 assists against Jacksonville only one game after earning a near season-low 11 assists against Maryland.

SEEING DOUBLE
Sophomore Von Wafer scored 17 points and led five Seminoles in double figure scoring in Tuesday’s victory against Jacksonville. It marked the first time since Nov. 24, 2003 against Georgetown College that five Seminoles had scored in double figures in the same game.

SEEING DOUBLE – NOTE II
Senior Anthony Richardson earned his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Jacksonville. It marked the second consecutive game at least one Seminole had earned a double- double. Adam Waleskowski scored 23 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and sophomore Al Thornton scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds against Maryland.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 4 pts and 4 asts vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
F #25 Diego Romero (6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 4 pts and 6 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.1 ppg, 2.1 apg; 4 pts and 4 asts vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (7.1 ppg, 1.6 apg; First career game vs. Stetson)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.8 ppg, 3.0 apg; First career game vs. Stetson)
G #10 Ralph Mims (5.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game vs. Stetson)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 4 pts and 1 asts vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 2 pts and 5 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 9 pts and 4 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/30/03)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR STETSON
F #2 E.J. Gordon (11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 23 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/30/03)
F #4 Karl Hollingsworth (13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
C #55 Mark Stiles (6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/30/03)
G #3 Anthony Register (12.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 17 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/30/04)
G #12 Will Holloman (8.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 33-11
Last Game: Dec. 30, 2003, Florida State 87, Stetson 72
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 30, 2003, Florida State 87, Stetson 72
Last Stetson Win: March 5, 1975; Stetson 63, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 18, 2002; Florida State 93, Stetson 76
Last Stetson Win In Tallahassee: March 5, 1953; Stetson 94, Florida State 81
Florida State vs. Stetson, Current Streak: Florida State has won 9
Leonard Hamilton vs. Stetson: 2-0 (1-0 at FSU, 1-0 at Miami)

FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – THE LAST MEETING
Florida State guards Nate Johnson, Tim Pickett and Von Wafer led an assault that resulted in a team record 17 3-pointers and an 87-72 victory over Stetson Dec. 30, 2003 in DeLand, Fla. Johnson, a senior, scored a career-high 20 points highlighted by 6-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Wafer, a true freshman, came off the bench in the first half and scored his 11, including three consecutive 3-point baskets, in 13 minutes; Pickett, a senior guard who leads FSU with a 14.3 scoring average, had 12 points on four 3-point baskets. FSU broke its single-game record of 14 3-point field goals against Jacksonville in the 1996-97 season. FSU shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from behind the 3-point arc and at one point in the first half made eight straight baskets from 3-point range. Stetson lost its fifth straight. Sophomore guard E.J. Gordon scored 23 points, his 22nd consecutive game in double figures, to lead the Hatters. Sophomore guard Anthony Register added 17. The game was tied 10-10 before Wafer led Florida State on a 14-2 run midway through the first half, scoring on a baseline lay-up and then hitting three straight 3-point baskets. The Seminoles led 51-32 at the break.

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