November 26, 2004 - by
Florida State Plays Kent State In Men’s Basketball Saturday

Nov. 26, 2004

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. –
Florida State travels to the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to play the Kent State University Golden Flashes in the third round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge Saturday at 5 p.m. CST. The Seminoles are 1-1 in the event with a victory over Shawnee State (88-65, Nov. 24) and a loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi (70-67, Nov. 22). Following Saturday’s game against Kent State, the Seminoles play TCU Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The Seminoles are playing their first game away from the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee and their first of four consecutive road games as they face Kent State. Florida State’s first true road game comes Tuesday night as the Seminoles travel to play at Minnesota (7:30 p.m./espn2) in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Seminoles are scheduled to played seven games at home and six games away from home during the months of November and December. Under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton, Florida State is 21-5 (.808 winning percentage) during the months of November and December in the last two seasons.

CORPUS CHRISTI CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Florida State will play four games in the Corpus Christi Challenge which runs from Nov. 21 through Nov. 28. The Seminoles are joined by the host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Kent State, Old Dominion, Shawnee State and Texas Christian in the University in the six-team event. The event began Nov. 21, continued with two games Monday, two games Wednesday, one game Thursday and concludes with games Saturday and Sunday.

Game By Game In The Corpus Christi Challenge
Date Time Opponents

Nov. 21 4:00 p.m. Shawnee State (60) at TCU (74)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (70) at Florida State (67)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Kent State (59) at Old Dominion (64)
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Shawnee State (65) at Florida State (88)
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (58) at Kent State (76)
Nov. 25 7:00 p.m. Old Dominion (67) at TCU (62)
Nov. 27 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion vs. Shawnee State
Nov. 27 6:00 p.m. Florida State vs. Kent State
Nov. 27 8:30 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. TCU
Nov. 28 2:00 p.m. Kent State vs. Shawnee State
Nov. 28 6:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. Old Dominion
Nov. 28 8:30 p.m. TCU vs. Florida State

OOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Kent State and win its second consecutive game. The Seminoles defeated Shawnee State, 88-65, Wednesday in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Kent State for the second time in three games against the Golden Flashes in a series that dates back to the 1968-69 season;
…Defeat Kent State and win its second game of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge. The tournament’s pre-determined format is not a true round robin and will crown the champion by the team with the best record at the end of the event. The two tie breakers include head to head competition and defensive points.

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
Saturday’s game against Florida State and Kent State brings a family flavor to the court at the American Bank Center. On the Florida State sideline is graduate assistant Dennis Gates and on the Golden Flash sideline is guard Armon Gates. Dennis and Armon are brothers.

SEMINOLES CREDITED WITH 13 STEALS AGAINST SHAWNEE STATE
Florida State was credited with a season-high 13 steals in its victory over Shawnee State Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Kent State with 28 steals in their first three games for an average of 9.3 steals per game. Florida State ranked fifth in the ACC with an 8.8 steals per game average last season. Junior Todd Galloway leads the Seminoles with six steals and is one of 10 players who has at least two steals through the first three games of the season. A total of 11 of the 13 players on the roster have been credited with at least one steal.

SEMINOLES SETTING A BLOCKING PACE IN EARLY SEASON
Junior Diego Romero and sophomore Al Thornton lead the Seminoles with three blocked shots each and the Seminoles have 12 blocks in their first three games of the season. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Kent State averaging 4.0 blocked shots per game. The Seminoles are ahead of their per game pace of a season ago when they averaged 3.8 blocked shots per game.

SWANN BEGINS CAREER PERFECT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman guard Isaiah Swann has started his collegiate career on fire from the free throw line as he has made each of his first eight attempts. He was a perfect four-of-four during the first game of his collegiate career against Texas Southern and was perfect for a second time during his first three games with a second four-of-four performance against Shawnee State. Swann has scored nearly half of his point total (eight of 17, 47 percent) from the free throw line.

SEMINOLES FRESHMAN FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State’s trio of freshman – Ralph Mims, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann – are shooting a combined .900 from the free throw line through the first three games of the season. Mims and Swann have both made eight free throws each while Rich is a perfect two-of-two from the line.

Newcomers Making The Free Ones
Player FTM FTA Pct. Notes

Ralph Mims 8 10 .800 Third on team in free throws attempted
Isaiah Swan 8 8 1.000 Perfect against both Tex. Southern and Shawnee St.
Jason Rich 2 2 1.000 Perfect two-of-two vs. Shawnee State
Totals 18 20 .900 Team shooting percentage is .603

Ralph Mims IN HIS FIRST THREE CAREER GAMES…
…Is averaging 10.0 points per game and is one of three double figure scorers for the Seminoles entering Saturday’s game against Kent State;
…Is tied for second in scoring behind only Diego Romero and averaging only 1.0 points per game fewer than the junior starter;
…Is tied for third on the team with eight free throws made. Romero leads the team with 10 made while Al Thornton has made nine from the free throw line;
…Is one of only three players (also Isaiah Swann and Jason Rich) on the Seminoles’ roster who is shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.

THORNTON HAS EARNED HIS PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Al Thornton, one of the Seminoles’ hardest working players over the past summer in both the weight room and on the court, is reaping the fruits of his labor during the early part of the season. Beginning with his minutes per game average (a career-high 20.7 minutes per game), Thornton’s statistical averages are way up as compared to his freshman season. Thornton enters Saturday’s game against Kent State ranked fourth on the team in scoring (he was tenth on the team last season) and third on the team in rebounding (he was tied for ninth last season).

Thornton’s Improved Statistics
Year MPG PPG RPG FGM FGA APG

2004-05 20.7 9.0 4.7 3.0 5.3 1.0
2003-04 7.9 2.8 1.8 1.0 1.9 0.2
Improv. +12.8 +6.2 +2.9 +2.0 +3.4 +0.8

THRONTON CONTINUES TO SHOOT THE BALL WELL – BETTER THAN LAST SEASON
Sophomore Al Thornton is ranked among the team leaders with a .563 shooting percentage through the first three games of the season. After finishing second among the Seminole regulars in 2003-04 with a .517 shooting percentage fro the field, he has improved his looks by nearly five percentage points this season. He has made at least 50 percent of his shoots in each of the Seminoles’ three early season games.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 14 pts and 9 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.3 ppg, 2.0 apg; 10 pts and 2 assts vs. Texas A&M C.C, 11/22/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
F #2 Antonio Griffin (3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 6 pts and 6 asts vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/22/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 8 pts and 4 asts vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 9 pts and 2 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KENT STATE
F #1 Scott Cutley (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 8 pts and 1 reb vs. Old Dominion, 11/22/04)
C #42 Kevin Warzynski (12.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 20 pts and 14 rebs vs. Marquette, 11/20/04)
G #5 Jason Edwin (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 16 pts and 5 asts vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/24/04)
G #13 Jay Youngblood (12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 16 pts and 1 stl vs. Marquette, 11/20/04)
G #23 DeAndre Haynes (9.0 ppg, 6.5 apg; 7 pts and 7 asts vs. Old Dominion, 11/22/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. KENT STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: The series is tied, 1-1
Last Game: Feb. 5, 1970; Florida State 80, Kent State 79
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 5, 1970; Florida State 80, Kent State 79
Last Kent State Win: Jan. 13, 1969; Kent State 76, Florida State 67
Last Florida State Win On A Neutral Site: None
Last Kent State Win In Neutral Site: None
Florida State vs. Kent State, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Kent State: First Meeting

THE FLORIDA STATE/KENT STATE SERIES
Florida State and Kent split a home-and-home series in back-to-back years during one of the many periods of glory during the history of the Seminole men’s basketball program. Kent State defeated Florida State, 76-67, in the first meeting between the two teams in Tallahassee on Jan. 13, 1969 while the Seminoles won the next season at Kent, 80-79, on Feb. 5, 1970. Dave Cowens, the first All-American in Florida State men’s basketball history, averaged 20.3 points and 17.5 rebounds during the 1968-69 season (Kent State win) and averaged 17.8 points and 17.2 rebounds during the 1969-70 season (Florida State win). Cowens led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time during the 1968 season and helped Florida State to a 60-19 record during his three-year varsity career in the garnet and gold. Cowens became the fourth overall selection in the 1970 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.

RICH CONTINUES TO WORK HIS WAY BACK INTO SHAPE
After missing 12 practice sessions in the last month, freshman guard Jason Rich continues to work his way back into playing shape. He began to scratch the surface of his potential as he scored eight points and was credited with four assists against Shawnee State. He missed the Seminoles’ season opener against Texas Southern with an eye injury and is averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 assist in the first two games of his collegiate career. Rich was credited with four assists against zero turnovers to go along with two steals in 17 in minutes against Shawnee State.

WAFER CONTINUES TO STEP UP DURING THE EARLY SEASON
Sophomore guard Von Wafer, who ranked third on the team in scoring as a freshman with a 7.9 points per game average, enters Saturday’s game against Kent State averaging 10.0 points per game. He has scored 10 points in both of the games he has played this season. Wafer was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and recorded a career-high three steals in Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State.

Wafer’s Early Season Increased Numbers
Season MPG PPG Notes

2004-05 21.5 10.0 Florida State’s third leading scorer
2003-04 17.5 7.9 Florida State’s third leading scorer
Improv. +4.0 +2.1 Averages 8.1 points per game in 34 career games

ROMERO ALREADY MAKING HIS MARK
Junior Diego Romero, who is playing his first season as a Seminole, is already making his mark on the team in many different ways. One of those ways is on the statistics sheet. Entering Saturday’s game against Kent State, he is Florida State’s leader in points scored (33), points per game (11.0), field goals made (10), field goal percentage (.625), 3-point field goal percentage (1.000), blocked shots (1.0) and is tied for the team lead with six offensive rebounds.

ROMERO AND JOHNSON WITH PAIR OF NEAR DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior Diego Romero scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Texas Southern and sophomore Alexander Johnson scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Shawnee State as both players came within one rebound of recording their respective first career-double-doubles.

JOHNSON CONTINUES TO FIND THE BASKET
Sophomore Alexander Johnson, who has made nine of his last 11 shots in the last two games (.818) enters Saturday’s game against Kent State ranked second on the team in field goal shooting percentage with a .588 mark. Johnson led the Seminoles with a .551 mark from the field last season. Since missing his first five shots of the season against Texas Southern, Johnson has made 10 of 12 since the second half of the Seminoles’ season-opening victory and is shooting at an .833 shooting clip in the last five halves of basketball.

Johnson Among Seminoles’ Career Leaders From The Field
Season FGM FGA Pct. Notes

2003-04 103 187 .551 Ranked first on the team in FG%
2004-05 10 17 .588 Ranks third on team in FG%
Totals 113 204 .554 Ranked among top 15 in school history

WALESKOWSKI CONTINUES CAREER-LONG STANDARD OF SOLID PLAY
Senior Adam Waleskowski, who scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State, scored in double figures against the Bears for the 11th time in his career Wednesday night in Tallahassee. He is averaging 6.7 points per game through the first three games of the season and 6.7 points per game over the course of the last two years of 36 games of his career.

Adam Waleskowski AGAINST SHAWNEE STATE
Senior Adam Waleskowski recorded his career-high of three assists and was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line against Shawnee State Wednesday night in Tallahassee. He has four assists in the last two games and is shooting .750 from the free throw line during the first three games of the season.

RICHARDSON HITS FROM THE BONUSPHERE AGAIN
Senior Anthony Richardson made his 50th career 3-pooint shot in Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State. He became only the 23rd player in school history to make 50 more or career 3-point shots. Richardson is tied for 23rd in school history with former Seminole point guard Kerry Thompson who played from 1997-98 and scored 562 career points. Richardson has scored 816 career points and needs only 184 points to become the 38th player in school history with 1,000 or more career points.

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