Dec. 6, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. –
Florida State plays its second road game of the week as it travels to play at Georgia State Thursday night in a game scheduled to begin at 7:00. The Seminoles’ game against the Panthers marks the second of four times this season the Seminoles will play consecutive road games after playing at Stetson Tuesday night. Florida State begins play against Georgia State looking to win its third consecutive game after wins against then No. 4/4 Florida (70-66; Dec. 3) and at Stetson (82-63; Dec. 5). The Seminoles opened the season with four consecutive wins over McNeese State (85-65; Nov. 12), Illinois State (73-59; Dec. 13), Southern Methodist (59-52; Nov. 14) and New Orleans (69-59; Nov. 19) and enter Thursday’s game against the Panthers with six victories. Florida State earned its sixth victory of the season Tuesday against Stetson (Dec. 5) after not having reached the-six win milestone until Dec. 17 with a victory over Bowling Green a season ago. Following Thursday’s game against Georgia State, the Seminoles return home and play host to Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center in a game beginning at 2 p.m. Florida State’s game against the Lions is its final game before taking seven days off to study for and take final exams.
THORNTON KEEPS DOUBLE FIGURE STREAK ALIVE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 10 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson to keep his double-figure scoring streak alive at eight games. He has scored 10 or more points in each of the Seminoles’ first eight games of the regular season. With double figures coming in 25 of 30 games during his junior season, he has now scored at least 10 points in 33 of his last 38 games (.868 percent) since scoring 12 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville in the 2005-06 season-opener.
DOUGLAS LEADS SEMINOLES IN SCORING AGAIN
Sophomore Toney Douglas scored a game-high 16 points to lead Florida State past Stetson Tuesday night. It marked the third time in the last four games the transfer from Auburn has led the Seminoles in scoring. Douglas also scored 24 points at Wisconsin and 23 at Pittsburgh and is averaging 14.3 points during the first eight games of his Florida State career. He has already scored 639 career points in 39 career games for a 16.4 career points per game scoring average.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia State and earn its second consecutive road victory after a victory at Stetson on Tuesday night in DeLand, Fla. It would mark the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Seminoles would have won back-to-back true road games. The Seminoles won at DePaul (66-5, Dec, 31, 1997) and at NC State (68-55; Jan. 3, 1998) on their way to an 18-14 overall record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Defeat Georgia State and win a game in the city of Atlanta for the first time since Jan. 9, 1999 when it defeated Georgia Tech, 75-56, in Alexander Memorial Coliseum;
…Defeat Georgia State and win its second road game of the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles had four victories and a 4-6 record on the road during the 2005-06 season.
THORNTON MOVES CLOSER TO REACHING 1,000 CAREER POINT MILESTONE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 10 points in the Seminoles victory over Stetson Tuesday night. He has now scored 959 career points and needs only 41 points to become the 38th player in the school history to score 1,000 or more career points. Thornton enters Thursday’s game against Georgia State averaging 9.886 points during his 97-game career as a Seminole.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST STETSON…
…The Seminoles made a season-high 23 free throws. The 23 free throws made were more than they had made in their last two games (18) combined;
…The Seminoles outrebounded the Hatters, 32-30. It marked the third time this season in eight games that they had outrebounded their opponent. The Seminoles had been outrebounded by 14 total rebounds in their last three games.
SEMINOLES FIND THEIR SHOOTING TOUCH
Florida State shot a near season-high .529 from the field in its victory over Stetson (27-of-51) and is shooting nearly .500 percent from the field in their last two victories. The Seminoles shot .625 from the field in the first half of their victory over Stetson in earning their highest first half point total (50) and second-largest halftime scoring margin (+22 points). The Seminoles led New Orleans 42-14 (+28) at halftime in their 69-50 victory over the Privateers on Nov. 19.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES STEALING WAYS
Led by a season-high tying three steals by junior Isaiah Swann, Florida State recorded 10 steals in its victory over Stetson. The Seminoles forced the Hatters into 16 turnovers from which they earned 10 steals and 23 points off turnovers. The Seminoles are averaging 10.3 steals in their last three games after earning 12 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge against Wisconsin and nine in their victory over Florida. Florida State is averaging more than 10 steals per game (10.3), forcing nearly 15 turnovers per game (14.7) and scoring 21 points off the turnovers it has forced in winning two of their last three games.
FLORIDA STATE GOING POSITIVE IN THEIR ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State recorded a season-high 18 assists and a near season-low 13 turnovers in its victory over Stetson on Tuesday night. It marked the second time this season (and first time since their season-opening victory over McNeese State) that the Seminoles had earned a positive assist:turnover ratio. Florida State has a 1.1:1 assist:turnover ratio in the last two games – a pair of victories over No. 4/4 Florida and Stetson.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO SHOOT WELL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by sophomore Uche Echefu’s career-night of eight of 10 from the free throw line, the Seminoles shot .793 from the line in their victory over Stetson. It marked the fourth time this season Florida State had shot better than .750 from the line and raised its team free throw shooting percentage to .733. Only once this season (.833 at Pittsburgh) have the Seminoles shot better than .750 from the free throw line and not won. Florida State is shooting a combined .772 (34-of-44) from the free throw line in its last two games – both victories. In their victory over Stetson, the Seminoles made more free throws (23) than the Hatters attempted (21).
FLORIDA STATE ON ANOTHER 3-POINT SHOOTING STREAK
Florida State made five 3-point shots in its victory over Stetson and has now made at least one 3-point field goal in 20 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles finished a game without making at least one 3-point shot was against Clemson on Feb. 1, 2006. Entering that game against Clemson, the Seminoles had made at least one 3-point shot in more than 200 consecutive games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg; Season-high 28 points in win over Florida, 12-3-06) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg; Career-high 14 points in win over McNeese St., 11-12-06) G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg; Season-high 14 points in win over Illinois State, 11-13-06) G #23 Toney Douglas (14.3 ppg, 2.8 apg; Season-high 24 points at Wisconsin, 11-28-06) G #25 Jason Rich (8.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg; Season-high 12 points in win over McNeese State, 11-12-06) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (5.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; Season-high 10 points in win over Stetson, 12-5-06) G #11 Jerel Allen (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg; Season-high 11 points in win over SMU, 11-14-06) F #15 Casaan Breeden (1.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg; Season-high 5 points in win over McNeese St., 11-12-06) F #42 Ryan Reid (2.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Season-high 7 points in win over New Orleans, 11-19-06)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA STATE F #1 Rashad Chase (12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs against Hofstra, 12-2-06) F #2 Lance Perique (16.7 ppg. 4.9 rpg; 17 pts and 5 rebs against Hofstra, 12-2-06) G #20 Ryan McBride (7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs against Hofstra, 12-2-06) G #21 Leonard Mendez (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 4 pts and 6 rebs against Hofstra, 12-2-06) G #22 Ron Larris (6.9 ppg, 2.6 apg; 12 pts and 3 rebs against Hofstra, 12-2-06)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA STATE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 3-0 Last Game: Feb. 21, 1976; Florida State 92, Georgia State 70 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 21, 1976; Florida State 92, Georgia State 70 Last Georgia State Win: None Last Florida State Win at Atlanta: Jan. 31, 1976; Florida State 66, Georgia State 58 Last Georgia State Win at Atlanta: None Current Streak vs. Georgia State: Florida State has won 3 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia State: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA STATE – THE LAST TIME
David Thompson scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Seminoles to a 92-70 victory over Georgia State on Feb. 21, 1976 in a game played in Tully Gymnasium on the Florida State campus. Thompson made 12 of 16 field goal attempts and pulled down eight rebounds as the Seminoles took the victory at home. Greg Grady and Eugene Harris scored 12 points each while Harry Davis and Herbie Allen scored nine points each. Thompson and Grady led the Seminoles with eight rebounds each. The Seminoles pulled away to win the game in the second half after leading only 42-39 at the half. Florida State outscored the Panthers, 50-31, in the second half to gain the victory. The Seminoles shot .614 from the field (43-of-70) while limiting their visiting opponents to .463 (31-of-67) shooting from the field. Florida State finished with a 21-6 overall record and a perfect 13-0 mark at home during the 1975-76 season.