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Florida State Takes On No. 2 Duke

Feb. 2, 2001


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Florida State, fresh off its Atlantic Coast Conference victory over
Clemson on Thursday night, travels to Durham, N.C., to face the No. 2 ranked Blue Devils. The game marks the Seminoles’ eighth game against a ranked opponent and the second time this season that Florida State will face Duke as a top-5 nationally ranked team. The Seminoles and Blue Devils squared off earlier this season with the No. 3 ranked Devils taking a 99-72 victory in Tallahassee.

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (6-15, 1-7 ACC)
AT
NO. 2 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (19-2, 7-1 ACC)


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2001, 1:00 P.M.

COACH K COURT AT CAMERON IN DOOR STADIUM (9,314)

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK

JEFFERSON PILOT SPORTS/RAYCOM SPORTS

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.,

…Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,

…Defeat a team ranked in the top five of the national polls for the second time in Steve Robinson’s Florida State tenure and for the first time since Dec. 23, 1997. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Arizona, 84-79, in Tallahassee.

JOINER AMONG TOP ACC FRESHMEN
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles in rebounds with a 6.3 rebound per game average and is fourth on the team in scoring with a 9.7 points per game average. He has scored in double figures 10 times this season.

JOINER EARNS TWO ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARDS
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has earned ACC Rookie-of-the Week honors twice this season. He is only the fourth player in school history to earn the award. In addition, he is only the second player (joining All-American and current NBA star Bob Sura) to earn the award multiple times. Joiner earned the award for the weeks of Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.

ARRINGTON HEATING UP ALONG WITH CONFERENCE PLAY
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game as Florida State’s leading scorer with an 11.8 points per game average. He has scored in double figures in each of the last six games and is averaging 16.5 points since the Seminoles’ game against Maryland on Jan. 14. He scored his career-high of 23 points at Virginia on Jan. 16 and added 22 against NC State. He has scored 247 points this season. His single-season career-best is 258 in 29 games during the 1999-00 season.

TODAY’S OFFICIALS
Today’s referee is Frank Scagliotta and the umpires are Duke Edsall and Curtis Shaw.

SEMINOLES ATTACKING THE BASKET
Florida State shot 33 free throws against Clemson on Thursday night to mark the sixth time this season it had shot more than 30 free throws in a game this season.

FLORIDA STATE FROM LONG RANGE
Led by Delvon Arrington’s three 3-point shots made against Clemson, Florida State made nine shots from beyond the arc. It marked the second highest 3-point shots made total of the season. It ranked behind only the Seminoles’ performance of 10 3-points shots made against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9.

FLOIRDA STATE STEALING FROM OPPONENTS
Florida State recorded eight steals against Clemson and has recorded 19 steals in the last two games. The team has recorded double figure steals in three games this season and is averaging 6.1 steals per game as a team this season. Florida State is averaging nearly one steal more per game this season as compared to last season.

SEMINOLES ASSISTING
Led by Delvon Arrington’s ACC season-high tying seven assists against Clemson, Florida State recorded 17 assists on Thursday night. It marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles had recorded 17 or more assists in a single game.

JOINER STATISTICALLY AMONG OTHER ACC FRESHMAN
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has started an ACC freshmen-high 21 games and is averaging an ACC freshman high 29.9 minutes played per game. He is the only ACC freshman to rank among the leagues top 15 in rebounding and blocked shots.

JOINER AGAINST ACC COMPETITION
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner is ranked ninth in rebounding (7.2 rpg), ninth in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) and 13th in steals (1.4 spg) against ACC teams. He is the only freshman to rank in the top-10 in steals and blocked shots and the only freshman to rank in the top 15 in steals, blocked shots and rebounds.

JOINER IN OVERTIME AGAINST CLEMSON
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner scored five points, grabbed one rebound and recorded one blocked shot in overtime against Clemson on Wednesday night. His block came on the Tigers’ first possession of the extra session and allowed Florida State to score the first point (a made free throw by Delvon Arrington) of the extra session. It gave the Seminoles a lead they did not relinquish in winning the game, 88-84. He was one-for-one from the field and three-of four (75.0 percent) from the line in five overtime minutes played.

JOINER FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has made one 3-point shot in each of the last two games. His 3-point shot against Clemson gave the Seminoles a 27-17 lead late in the first half of the Seminole victory on Wednesday night. He has made four 3-point shots in ACC competition including one against Duke on Jan. 4.

ARRINGTON’S ASSISTS
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game against Duke with 101 assists. He has recorded at least 100 assists during each of his three years at Florida State. Arrington became only the fourth player in school history to record 100 or more assists in three seasons as a Seminole point guard with a seven-assist performance against Clemson on Wednesday night in Tallahassee.

ARRINGTON LOGGING THE MINUTES
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, who is averaging 40.7 minutes played per game in the last three games, enters Sunday’s game against Duke averaging a career-high 33.1 minutes per game. He has played at least 33 minutes in each of the last six games and played his career-high of 46 minutes against Cleveland State on Dec. 19. Arrington is averaging a career-high and team-leading 11.8 points per game to go along with his career-high 33.0 minutes per game.

ARRINGTON FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Senior guard Delvon Arrington has made 13 3-point shots and is shooting 50.0 percent from the arc in the last six games. He tied his career-high with three 3-point shots against Clemson on Wednesday night. Arrington’s 13 3-point shots made in the last six games nearly match his 3-point field goals made total from his sophomore season when he made 16. Arrington enters Sunday’s game against Duke having made a near career-high 25 3-point shots (his career-high is 29 during the 1999-00 season) and he has tied his single-season career-high for 3-point shots attempted with 29 (also attempted 29 during the 1999-00 season).

SPLITING CUMMINGS’ SEASON IN HALF
Junior Monte Cummings enters Sunday’s game against Duke averaging 11.4 points per game to rank second on the team and among the top 30 in the ACC. He has scored in double figures in four consecutive and 11 of the last 13 games. Cummings has realized increases in each of his statistical categories and ranks among the team leaders in free throws made (83, 1st), free throws attempted (106, 1st), scoring (11.4, ppg, 2nd) and field goal shooting percentage (46.1, 1st among starters).

CUMMINGS EARNING PLAYING TIME
Junior Monte Cummings has played at least 23 minutes in 12 consecutive games and is averaging 23.6 minutes played per game.

CUMMINGS REBOUNDING
Junior Monte Cummings is averaging a career-high 3.2 rebounds per game entering Sunday’s contest against Duke. He grabbed five rebounds against Clemson on Wednesday night and is averaging 4.3 rebounds in his last four games.

NOTES ON CUMMINGS INCREASED SCORING…
…Cummings has scored in double figures in 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) of Florida State’s games this season,

…Cummings is the Seminoles’ second leading scorer despite starting only one game (Dec. 4 against Furman),

…Cummings scored his ACC career-high of 19 points against Duke in his first career ACC game on Jan. 4 in Tallahassee,

…Cummings has scored in double figures in six of his first eight career ACC games and averages 13.5 points in conference play,

…Cummings has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 games after scoring in double figures in only one of the first eight games of his career.

SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS


Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”

Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.

Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.

Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.

“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”

A. DIXON IN OVERTIME AGAINST CLEMSON
Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, scored nine points in the overtime period in leading the Seminoles to the 84-80 victory over the Tigers. He was a perfect one-of-one from the field and a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line. Dixon hit two free throws with three seconds remaining in the overtime period to boost the Seminoles’ lead to the final score of 88-84. Clemson had pulled to within two at 86-84 on a made 3-pointer by Tony Stockman before Dixon iced the game.

A. DIXON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Antwuan Dixon has hit seven consecutive free throws entering Sunday’s game against Duke. He hit his final attempts against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27 and was a perfect six-of-six against Clemson.

A. DIXON IN THE LAST TWO GAMES…
…Is averaging 13.5 points per game,

…Is shooting 60.0 percent (six-of-10) from the 3-point line,

…Is shooting 90.0 percent (nine-of-10) from the free throw line.

A. DIXON HELPING CLEAN THE GLASS
Junior Antwaun Dixon enters Sunday’s game against Duke averaging a career-high 6.0 rebounds per game and ranks second on the team in that category. He has been credited with a career-high 46 offensive rebounds, a career-high 81 defensive rebounds and a career-high 127 total rebounds. He has more total rebounds this season (127) than he had during the first two years of career combined (119).

A. DIXON HAS…
…More rebounds this season (127) than he had in his first two seasons combined (119),

…More assists this season (33) than he had in his first two seasons combined (28),

…More blocks this season (eight) than he had in his first two seasons combined (five),

…As many steals this season (13) as he had in his first two seasons combined (13).

CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior Adrian Crawford, who has made a team-leading 42 3-point shots this season, has made at least one 3-point shot in 11 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Duke.

CRAWFORD IN THE LAST SIX GAMES
Senior Adrian Crawford, a team-tri-captain, is averaging 12.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in the last six games entering Sunday’s contest against Duke.

CRAWFORD’S POINTS COME FROM ALL OVER THE COURT
Senior Adrian Crawford has scored 224 total points for a 10.7 points per game average. He is looking to average in double figures for the third time during his career. Crawford enters Sunday’s game against Duke having scored more than half of his point total for the season from beyond the 3-point arc.

CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made seven 3-point field goals in the last four games to bring his season total to a team-leading 42. He has now made 119 3-points shots during his 65-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30 and is currently ranked sixth in school history with 119 3-point shots made. He needs only five 3-point shots to surpass LaMarr Greer and move into fifth place on Florida State’s all-time career list.

RYAN LOWERY HOLDING ONTO THE BALL
Freshman point guard Ryan Lowery, a Gastonia, N.C., native has played in all 21 games this season and is averaging 8.3 minutes played per game. He has 30 assists and only 19 turnovers in 174 minutes played. Lowery has committed only two turnovers in his last 18 minutes (five games) played.

WILSON FROM THE FIELD
Freshman Andrew Wilson scored his ACC career-high of seven points in Florida State’s victory over Clemson. It marked his highest point total since he scored eight against Binghamton on Dec. 21.

N. DIXON IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has started two of the last four games (North Carolina, NC State and Clemson) and is averaging 6.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He grabbed a career-high tying 10 rebounds against North Carolina on Jan. 20. Dixon has now started a career-high 12 games this season. Prior to this season, Dixon had played in 28 games without earning a start.

N. DIXON CLEANING THE GLASS
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has 23 rebounds and is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game in his last three games. He tied his career-high with 10 rebounds against North Carolina on Jan. 20 (in only 19 minutes of play) and has grabbed double figure rebounds a career-high three times this season. Dixon also grabbed 10 rebounds against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 25) and against Morgan State on Dec. 30.

N. DIXON’S LAST THREE GAMES (ALL STARTS)…
…He is averaging 6.0 points per game,

…He is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game,

…He is averaging 16.0 minutes played per game.

ANDERSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior David Anderson has made at least one field goal in three consecutive and four of the last five games.

ANDERSON AGAINST GEORGIA TECH ON JAN. 29…
…He played a season-high 24 minutes against the Yellow Jackets. It was the most minutes he had played in a single game since playing 28 against North Carolina on Jan. 28, 2000,

…He grabbed a season-high five rebounds and a season-high and career-high tying three offensive rebounds.

DRIVING DIRECTONS
Florida State has two North Carolina natives on its roster who will both play in Sunday’s game against Duke. ACC Freshman-of-the-year candidate Michael Joiner hails from Fayetteville which is located approximately 88 miles from Durham. Reserve point guard Ryan Lowery is from Gastonia, which is about 160 miles from Durham.

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