Dec. 19, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State has won a season-high four consecutive games and plays host to Stetson on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles have won each of their games since Nov. 29 when they defeated Purdue, 97-57, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee. Florida State’s game against Stetson is their fifth home game of the season where the Seminoles have won each of their first four games by an average of 28.5 points per game. Entering their game against the Hatters, the Seminoles have won seven consecutive non-conference home games and five consecutive home games in the month of December. The Seminoles have won 10 consecutive games against Stetson and have not lost to the Hatters in Tallahassee since March 5, 1953 – a span of 17 consecutive victories for the Garnet and Gold. Following Tuesday’s game against Stetson, the Seminoles play host to Campbell on Dec. 22 before taking time off for the holiday season. Florida State travels to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at Sunrise, Fla., on Dec. 31 before opening conference play on Jan. 4 at Clemson.
MIMS SHOOTING FOR SCHOOL RECORD
Florida State sophomore Ralph Mims enters Tuesday’s game against Stetson having made a school-record tying 31 consecutive free throws. He made his final 14 free throws of the 2004-05 season and has made the first 17 attempts of the 2005-06 season. Jim Oler, the first great scorer in Florida State history, made 31 consecutive free throws during the 1953-54 season and has held the Seminoles’ consecutive free throws made streak for 52 years.
SEMINOLES’ JOHNSON EARNS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Florida State junior Alexander Johnson scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 71-60 victory over Bowling Green to earn the first double-double of his career. The 11 rebounds mark a career-high for the junior who enters Tuesday’s game against Stetson averaging a career-high 6.2 rebounds per game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and improve its record to 7-1. A record of 7-1 would mark the second best eight-game start during the now four-year Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles win their first 10 games of the season during the 2003-04 season – Hamilton’s second as the Seminoles’ head coach;
…Defeat Stetson and win its fifth consecutive home game to begin the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles were 9-0 in non-conference home games during the 2003-04 season when they finished with a 15-3 record in the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Defeat Stetson and gain its seventh win in eight games this season. The Seminoles did not gain their seventh win last season until their 12th game on Dec. 21, 2004.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS THE ACC IN…
…Scoring margin with a +20.7 points per game margin. In its six victories, the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory came against Purdue (97-57, +40) and its smallest margin of victory came against Bowling Green (71-60, +11);
AND RANKS SECOND IN THE ACC IN…
…Field goal percentage defense with a .376 mark. The Seminoles have forced their opponents to miss 239 of 383 shots through the first seven games of the season;
…Rebounding defense as their opponents average 30.7 rebounds per game. The Seminoles have outrebounded each of their last three opponents and four of seven opponents so far this season;
…Steals with a 10.1 per game average. The Seminoles are one of three teams who average 10 or more steals per game. The Seminoles are second in the ACC in steals despite not having a single player ranked in the top 10 in the individual conference statistics;
…3-point field goals made per game with a 7.4 made per game average. The Seminoles are one of four teams in the ACC who average seven or more made 3-point field goals per game. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goals made despite not having a single player ranked in the top-10 in the individual conference statistics.
SEMINOLES’ GET IT GOING FROM THE OPENING TAP
Florida State has begun each of its first seven games of the season at a furious pace and jumped out to quick leads in each game. Despite scoring first in only three of their seven games this season (Florida, Purdue and Bowling Green), the Seminoles have worked hard to gain the early advantage in each of their games. Florida State has held double-digit leads and has led each of its opponents by at least 12 points in the first half of each of its first seven games of the season. The Seminoles held Florida scoreless for the first 4:17 of their game against the Gators (Nov. 25) and held Bowling Green scoreless for the first 7:09 of their victory over the Falcons (Dec. 17).
Seminoles' Quick Starts Opponent Opening Run Opponents' First Score Halftime Scored Jacksonville 13-2 18:51 FSU at halftime - 42-19 Alcorn State 15-5 19:17 FSU at halftime - 50-36 Florida 10-0 15:43 FSU at halftime - 38-30 Purdue 12-2 18:31 FSU at halftime - 58-23 La.-Monroe 17-9 18:54 FSU at halftime - 52-29 Texas Southern 16-9 19:10 FSU at halftime - 48-35 Bowling Green 12-0 12:51 FSU at halftime - 30-28
JOHNSON’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE TIES SEMINOLES’ MARK FOR 2004-05 SEASON
Junior forward Alexander Johnson scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Bowling Green in the Seminoles’ 71-60 victory over the Falcons on Saturday. It marked the fifth time this season a Seminole player had recorded a double-double in points and rebounds. Florida State’s five double-doubles this season match the Seminoles’ team total from the 2004-05 season and are more than the team total from the 2003-04 season (three). Led by All-ACC First-Team selection Tim Pickett’s four double-doubles, the Seminoles recorded seven double-doubles during the 2002-03 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Made more free throws (128) than its opponents have attempted (124) during the first seven games of the season. The Seminoles have made more free throws in than their opponents have attempted in five of their first seven games.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING FIVE…
…Florida State’s starting five (Al Thornton, Alexander Johnson, Jason Rich, Todd Galloway and Isaiah Swann) has combined for more steals as a group (48) than the Seminoles’ opponents have accumulated in the first seven games of the season (40);
…Florida State’s starting five (Thornton, Johnson, Rich, Galloway and Swann) has combined to shoot nearly 50 percent from the field through the first seven games of the season (122-of-246, .496 percent).
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State has made at least one 3-point shot in 244 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR WAY TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is earning its way to the free throw line this season and is scoring more than 18 points per game from the line through the first seven games of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles are averaging 27.3 free throws attempted this season (18.3 made per game) as compared to the 2004-05 season when they averaged 20.2 free throws attempted (13.4 made per game).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against Stetson, 12/30/03) F #32 Alexander Johnson (9.8 ppg, 6.2 ppg; 8 pts and 8 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/30/04) G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/23/04) G #4 Todd Galloway (8.1 ppg, 4.3 apg; 5 pts and 3 asts vs. Stetson, 12/23/04) G #21 Jason Rich (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Stetson, 12/23/04) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (5.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/23/04) F #25 Diego Romero (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 3 pts and 4 rebs vs. Stetson, 12/23.04) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Stetson, 12/23/04) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg; First career game against Stetson) F #41 Uche Echefu (4.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg; First career game against Stetson)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR STETSON F #2 E.J. Gordon (12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 23 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/30/03) C #44 J.J. Hirst (3.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; o pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 12/23/04) G #1 Gabe McMillen (6.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 5 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 12/23/04) G #3 Anthony Register (13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 17 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/30/03) G #12 Will Holloman (11.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 2 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/23/04)
LORIDA STATE VS. STETSON -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 34-11 Last Game: Dec. 23, 2004; Florida State 71, Stetson 61 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 23, 2004; Florida State 71, Stetson 61 Last Stetson Win: March 15, 1975, Stetson 63, Florida State 54 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 23, 2004; Florida State 71, Stetson 61 Last Stetson Win In Tallahassee: March 5, 1953; Stetson 94, Florida State 81 Florida State vs. Stetson, Current Streak: Florida State has won 10 consecutive Leonard Hamilton vs. Stetson: 3-0 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – THE LAST MEETING
Von Wafer scored 22 points and Anthony Richardson added 16 points and 10 rebounds as Florida State beat Stetson 71-61 on Dec. 23, 2004 in Tallahassee. The Hatters stayed close behind the shooting of Anthony Register. Register scored all of his team-high 17 points in the second half, including nine of the Hatters final 15 points. Wafer, six-of-12 on 3-point attempts, gave the Seminoles a 65-51 lead with a pair of free throws and 2:41 to play. Register followed with a 3-pointer and two free throws, and E.J. Gordon’s lay-up got Stetson within 65-58 with 1:50 to go. Adam Waleskowski added 13 points for the Seminoles. Gordon scored 15 points for the Hatters and Borislav Djordjic added 10 for Stetson, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Stetson led 22-21 with 5:20 to play in the first half following a pair of Will Holloman free throws before Florida State went on a 15-5 run to close the half for a 36-27 lead. The Seminoles regained the lead on a Wafer lay-up and he added a 3-pointer to lead the surge. Guard Todd Galloway provided a big lift, feeding Antonio Griffin for a monsterous dunk, and drawing a charge which led to Wafer’s 3-pointer. Galloway followed up with a 3-pointer as the Seminoles pushed their lead to 32-24.