November 23, 2008 - by
Florida State Plays Host To Western Illinois On Monday At 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 23, 2008



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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won its first four games of the 2008-09 season, plays host to Western Illinois in the second round of the Global Sports Classic on Monday Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles defeated Coastal Carolina in the first round of the event as the first two rounds of the event were played on campus sites. The semifinals and championship round of the tournament will be played at the UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Florida State is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2006-07 season and for the third time during the Leonard Hamilton era. Florida State opened its 2006-07 season with a 4-0 record and won its first 10 games of the 2003-04 season. Following Monday’s game against Western Illinois the Seminoles will travel to Las Vegas to play Cincinnati in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic on Friday Nov. 28 at 10:30 EST. The Seminoles will then play either UNLV on its home court or Cal for the first time in school history in the final round of the event on Saturday, Nov. 29. Florida State will play its third consecutive road game after completing play in the Global Sports Classic as they travel to play at Northwestern in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. EST. Florida State’s next home game comes on Dec. 7 against Florida for a nationally televised game beginning at 6:00 p.m.

DOUGLAS SURPASSES 1,500 CAREER POINT MARK
With the fifth 30-point performance of his career in the Seminoles’ victory over Coastal Carolina, guard Toney Douglas surpassed the 1,500 point mark for his career. His 30 point against the Chanticleers gives him 1,519 points for his 99 game career – a per game average of 15.4 points per game for his entire career. Douglas’s 30-point effort against Coastal Carolina was the third time in his career that he has scored at least 30 points in a game and the first time since Isaiah Swann scored 31 points against Mississippi State on March 20, 2007 in the NIT that a Seminole player had scored at least 30 points in a game.

DOUGLAS NEEDS SIX POINTS TO REACH 1,000 FOR HIS SEMINOLE CAREER
Senior guard Toney Douglas enters Monday’s game with 994 points during his 68-game Florida State career and needs only six points to become the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Douglas averages 14.7 points scored in each of his games as a Seminole.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Western Illinois and win its fifth consecutive game to open the 2008-09 season. It would mark the first time since the start of the 2003-04 season and second time in the Leonard Hamilton era that the Seminoles have won at least five consecutive games to open the season. The Seminoles win their first 10 games of the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat Western Illinois and run its winning streak to five games. It would mark the Seminoles’ longest winning streak since the 2007-08 season when they won six straight games from Nov. 20 through Dec. 8. The Seminoles have recorded five winning streaks of at least five games during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State;
…Defeat Western Illinois and gain a victory over a team from the Summit League for the first time since Dec. 20, 1987 when it defeated Chicago State in the third round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic. Chicago State has since left the Summit League and is now playing as a member of the Great West Conference.

SEMINOLES ON A SHOT BLOCKING TEAR
Florida State has blocked at least five shots in each of its four games of the season and enters Monday night’s game against Western Illinois averaging 7.3 blocked shots per game. The Seminoles blocked eight shots in each of their first three games of the 2008-09 season. Center Solomon Alabi leads the Florida State with seven blocked shots (1.8 bpg) while nine of the 11 Seminoles who have earned playing time in the first four games of the season have blocked at least one shot.

SEMINOLES NOT ALLOWING THEMSELVES TO HAVE THEIR SHOTS BLOCKED
With 29 blocked shots in the first four games of the season, Florida State is using the art of the shot block as a defensive weapon. On the other end of the floor the Seminoles are not allowing their opponents to utilize the blocked shot as a defensive weapon as Florida State has had only six of its shots blocked in the first four games of the season (1.4 opponents’ bpg).

SEMINOLES BACK TO FORM FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State has shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line in the last two games and at least 75 percent in their last three games. The Seminoles are quickly improving their team free throw shooting percentage after hitting only .533 of their shots (16 of 30) in their season-opening victory over Jacksonville. Florida State has led the ACC in both of the last two seasons, ranked fifth in the nation a year ago and ranked third in the nation with a cumulative average of .766 in the last two seasons.

FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES ITS STEALING WAYS
Led by Toney Douglas, the ACC’s Chief Thief, Florida State has 42 steals in its first four games of the season for a 10.5 steals per game average as a team. Douglas has 12 of the Seminoles’ 42 steals (nearly 30 percent) with eight of the 11 Seminoles who have earned playing time in the first four games of the season having earned at least one steal so far this season. Florida State ranked third in the ACC with an 8.5 steals per game average during the 2007-09 season.

FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State has a total of 25 steals in the last two games (10 against Stetson and 15 against Coastal Carolina). After averaging 8.5 steals per game in the first two games of the season the Seminoles averaged 12.5 steals per game in their last two games.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ STATISTICS SHEET…
…Senior guard Toney Douglas has led the Seminoles in scoring in each of the Seminoles’ first four games of the season. He led the Seminoles in scoring a total of 10 times in 34 games as a junior during the 2007-08 season;
…Freshman forward Chris Singleton has two double-doubles in the first four games of the 2008-09 season. He earned a double-double in his career debut with 12 points and 17 rebounds against Jacksonville and totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson. Uche Echefu led the Seminoles with six double-doubles during the 2007-08 season;
…Led by senior guard Toney Douglas’ four double figure scoring games, a total of six Seminoles have scored in double figures a total of 12 times. A total of seven Seminoles scored in double figures during the 2007-08 season.

DOUGLAS’ THREE CAREER 30+ POINT GAMES
Senior guard Toney Douglas, who needs only six points to become only the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points, scored his Florida State career-high of 30 points in the Seminoles victory over Coastal Carolina. It marked the fifth time in his career that he has scored 30 points or more in a single game. Douglas enters Monday’s game against Western Illinois looking to score 30 or more points in consecutive games for the second time in his career. He scored 33 points against Virginia and 32 points against Wofford in back to back game during his freshman season at Auburn.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (11.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg; Team leader in rebounds vs. Jacksonville and Stetson)
F #42 Ryan Reid (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Team leader in blocked shots in victory over Stetson)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Team leader in blocked shots vs. La Salle, Stetson and CC)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (5.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; Team Leader in assists vs. La Salle and Stetson)
G #23 Toney Douglas (22.5 ppg, 3.0 spg; Team leader in scoring in each of first four games)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (5.0 ppg, 3.3 apg; Team leader in assists vs. Stetson and Coastal Carolina)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 3 points in 9 minutes played in victory over La Salle)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 6 pts in 23 minutes played in victory over La Salle)
G #21 Brian Hoff (1.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg; 3 pts in 4 minutes of play in win over Jacksonville)
F #41 Uche Echefu (7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 8 pts in 15 minutes of play in win over Stetson)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR WESTERN ILLINOIS
F #33 Julian Jones (0.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 2 pts and 4 rebs vs. Northern Illinois, Nov. 15, 2008)
G #3 Tommie Tyler (5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 13 pts and 2 asts vs. Eureka, Nov. 19, 2008)
G #5 David Nurse (6.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 11 pts and 5 asts vs. Northern Illinois, Nov. 15, 2008)
G #11 Josh Rivers (9.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 14 pts and 2 stls vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 22, 2008)
G #45 David Dubois (18.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 22, 2008)

FLORIDA STATE VS. WESTERN ILLINOIS - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Western Illinois Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Western Illinois win in Tallahassee: First Meeting
Current Streak: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Western Illinois: First Meeting

WESTERN ILLINOIS – A FIRST TIME SEMINOLE OPPONENT
Florida State will play a first time opponent when it plays host to Western Illinois on Monday night. It marks the first of possible two – the Cal Bears later in the Global Sports Classic – during the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles play host to Western Illinois in the first round of the Global Sports Classic Monday night in Tallahassee. Western Illinois is coached by Jim Molinari who is in his first season with the Leathernecks. The Leathernecks were 12-18 and 7-11 in the Summit League last season. The Seminoles could meet the Bears in the final round of the Global Sports Classic on Nov. 29. The Seminoles open the tournament with two games in Tallahassee (against Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina) and then travel to Las Vegas for the final two games of the event. The Seminoles play Cincinnati in the third round of the event and then meet either UNLV or Cal in the final round of the tournament.

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