Feb. 25, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won seven of its last 12 games against Clemson, plays its seventh ACC road game of the season when it travels to play the Tigers in Clemson Sunday Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game at Clemson marks their fourth road outing in their last six games and comes as their final game in the month of February during the 2004-05 season. Florida State and Clemson have split their last 10 games with the Seminoles winning three games at home and two in the ACC Tournament. Following Sunday’s game at Clemson, the Seminoles close out the road portion of their regular season schedule at North Carolina (March 3, 9:00 p.m.) before playing host to Virginia (March 6, 2:00 p.m.) on senior day in Tallahassee. The collegiate careers of seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski will be celebrated against Virginia on the occasion of the last home game of the regular season.
WAFER CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG ACC LEADERS
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer enters Sunday’s game against Clemson ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goals made with a career-high 65 and fourth in the ACC with a career-high .417 3-point field goal shooting percentage. He is also 19th in the ACC in scoring average with a career-high 14.2 points per game average. Wafer is ranked as the conference’s ninth-highest scoring player against ACC competition with a 16.1 points per game average in 13 ACC games.
HAMILTON TO COACH 500TH CAREER GAME AT CLEMSON
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton will coach his 500th career game Sunday as the Seminoles travel to play at Clemson. He has led five of his last six teams into postseason play – including three NCAA Tournament appearances – and has a record of 98-73 during (.573 winning percentage) during the span. Hamilton’s teams average 16.7 wins per season since the 1996-97 season and have won at least one game in three consecutive postseason appearances. The Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2004 marking the first postseason appearance for the Florida State program since the 1998 season. Hamilton has led Florida State to six wins over ranked opponents in his first three seasons in Tallahassee.
Hamilton’s Milestone Wins
No. Opponent Date Head Coach At
1 Baylor Dec. 1, 1987 Oklahoma State
100 Providence Feb. 11, 1995 Miami
200 Ohio State March 19, 2000 Miami
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and gain a victory in Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since March 3, 2001;
…Defeat Clemson and gain their fifth victory over the Tigers in the last eight meetings between the two teams. The Seminoles have defeated the Tigers at least once in each of the last six seasons and in 12 of the first 13 seasons the Seminoles have been members of the ACC.
GALLOWAY MOVING UP THE ACC RANKINGS
Junior point guard Todd Galloway enters Sunday’s game against Clemson ranked 11th in the ACC in assists per game with a 3.1 assist per game average. He is also ranked 11th in the conference standings in total assists with 83 and 10th with an assist:turnover ratio of 1.32:1
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON SINCE JOINING THE ACC
Florida State is 19-13 and has lost consecutive games to the Tigers only once (the season series during the 1998 season when the Seminoles last played in the NCAA Tournament) since joining the ACC. The Seminoles are also 3-0 in overtime games against the Tigers (one in Tallahassee and twice during the ACC Tournament) since the two teams began their 43-game series during the 1950-51 season.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE I
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer’s single-season career-high 65 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles have made 174 3-point field goals as a team during the first 27 games of the 2004-05 season. That total ranks as the 11th-highest single-season team total in school history. Entering Sunday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles are ranked fourth in the ACC with their .366 shooting percentage mark from the 3-point line and fifth in the league with 174 total 3-point shots made. Florida State led the ACC with 296 total 3-point shots made during the 2004-05 season.
Florida State’s Top 11 3-Point Field Goals Made Seasons
Rank Season 3FGM Rank Season 3FGM
1. 2003-04 296 T7. 1986-87 178
2. 1994-95 211 1998-99 178
3. 1996-97 195 T9. 1995-86 175
4. 1992-93 187 1999-00 175
5. 2002-03 186 11. 2004-05 174
6. 1988-89 181
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE II
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 89 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 223 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Clemson. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE III
Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its three ACC wins, while shooting only .299 (56-of-187) and averaging 4.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its seven ACC losses.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Clemson shooting .455 from the field for the season. The Seminoles are one of only six teams in the conference shooting better than 45 percent from the field for the season. Since joining the ACC the Seminoles have shot better than 45 percent from the field only four times.
Seminoles Straight Shooting From The Field
Rank Pct. Season FGM-FGA Notes
1. .493 1992-93 1,145-2,315 Seminoles advance to within one game of Final Four
2. .484 1991-92 954-1,970 Seminoles advance to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
3. .457 1997-98 836-1,830 Seminoles advance to NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
4. .455 2004-05 661-1,453 Seminoles rank 6th in ACC in FG Pct.
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Clemson with 187 steals as a team and is looking to reach the 200 steals plateau for the fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles have earned at least 200 steals each season since the 2001-02 season and ranked third in the ACC with 291 steals during the 2003-04 season.
A trio of Seminoles – Alexander Johnson, Anthony Richardson and Al Thornton – leads the Seminoles with 14 blocked shots each. The trio has helped the Seminoles block 89 shots through the first 27 games of the season. Florida State needs to block 11 more shots during the remainder of the season to reach the 100 blocked shots plateau for the fifth time in the last six years and for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons.
SEMINOLES IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Von Wafer, who has scored in double figures in 17 of Florida State’s 27 games, heads a list of 12 Seminoles who have scored in double figures at least once this season. Of the 13 players on the Seminole’s roster, 12 have scored in double figures at least once this season and during their careers.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/13/04)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/12/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.7 ppg, 3.1 apg; 11 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 2/22/03)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 7 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 1/31/01)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/12/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.1 ppg, 1.9 apg; 3 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/12/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, 1/12/05)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 2 pts and 2 blks vs. Clemson, 1/15/05)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 8 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 1/13/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2 rebs and 1 ast vs. Clemson, 1/15/05)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 11 pts and 8 rebs vs. Clemson, 3/13/03)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON…
F #32 Sam Perry (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 4 pts and 1 steal vs. Florida State, 1/12/05)
C #44 James Mays (4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 3 rebs and 3 steals vs. Florida State, 1/12/05)
G #5 Sharrod Ford (15.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg; 11 pts and 12 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/12/05)
G #3 Vernon Hamilton (6.4 ppg, 2.5 apg; 7 pts and 7 asts vs. Florida State, 1/13/04)
G #25 Cliff Hammons (10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg: 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/12/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 24-19
Last Game: Jan. 12, 2005; Clemson 56, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 13, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52
Last Clemson Win: Jan. 12, 2005; Clemson 56, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win In Clemson: March 3, 2001; Florida State 75, Clemson 63
Last Clemson Win In Clemson: Jan. 13, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52
Florida State vs. Clemson, Current Streak: Clemson has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 3-5 (3-3 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Jan. 12, 2005 Jan. 13, 2004 March 13, 2003 Feb. 22, 2003
Clemson 56 at Clemson 53 Florida State 72 at Clemson 74
at Florida State 55 Florida State 48 Clemson 61 Florida State 60
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST MEETING
Olu Babalola hit a go-ahead jumper with just over two minutes remaining and Clemson’s defense made up for a poor shooting night to help the Tigers to a 56-54 win over Florida State on Jan. 12, 2005 in Tallahassee. Clemson shot just 35 percent from the field, but took advantage of 22 Seminole turnovers. The Seminoles failed to hit another field goal following Von Wafer’s 3-pointer with 4:26 to play, getting only two free throws from Alexander Johnson the rest of the way. Florida State committed two costly turnovers in the game’s final 1:49. The Seminoles’ leading scorer, Wafer, had been the team’s best long range shooter, but the Clemson defense held him to just five points and one 3-pointer on two-of-eight shooting. Cliff Hammonds led Clemson with 12 points while Sharrod Ford added 11 points and 12 rebounds and Shawan Robinson finished with 10 points. Johnson was the only Florida State player to score in double-figures with a career-high 20 points. Clemson led 27-26 at halftime, despite shooting a dismal 28.6 percent from the field. The Seminoles held Clemson without a basket until Vernon Hamilton’s 3-pointer nearly eight minutes into the game.