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Florida State Travels To Play At Massachusetts Tuesday At 7 P.M.

Feb. 14, 2005


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Amherst, Mass. –
Florida State closes out a three-game road trip and plays its final non-conference game of the regular season as it travels to play at Massachusetts Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Minutemen is their 14th non-conference game of the season – they have an 8-5 record against non-ACC teams this season with victories over Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69), Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) to their credit. Florida State is the only team in the nation with victories on the road on a Big Ten court (at Minnesota), an SEC court (at Ole Miss) and an ACC court (at NC State). The Seminoles have won four of their last five non-ACC games with their victory over Florida coming as their most recent non-league game and most recent non-league victory. Florida State has defeated teams from nine different states this season and is playing in a team from the 13th different state Tuesday night as it travels to play at Massachusetts. Following Tuesday night’s game against Massachusetts, the Seminoles will play host to both Georgia Tech (Feb. 20, 1:30 on ABC) and Miami (Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.) as they continue league play. Florida State has five regular season games remaining on their schedule after Tuesday night’s game – all are ACC contests heading into the 51st annual ACC Tournament at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C (March 10-13).

WAFER RANKS AMONG ACC LEADERS
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer has made a single-season career-high 61 3-pointers entering Tuesday’s game against Massachusetts. His 61 3-point field goals made rank as the 12th highest single-season total in Florida State history. Wafer is ranked second in the ACC with a .449 3-point field goal shooting percentage and third in the nation’s top conference with his 61 3-point field goals made. Former Seminole Tim Pickett, a 2004 All-America Honorable Mention and All-ACC First-Team selection, led the ACC with 110 3-point field goals made last season. Wafer has made 104 3-point shots during his 53-game career – a total that ranks as the 12th-highest career total in school history.

RICHARDSON CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Senior forward Anthony Richardson, who has played in 112 career games, enters Tuesday night’s game against Massachusetts with 949 career points. He needs only 51 points to become only the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. The last Seminole to reach the 1,000 career point mark was Tim Pickett during the 2003-04 season. Pickett closed his career with 1,038 career points in 62 career games.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Massachusetts and win its ninth non-conference game of the season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s night’s game with three victories in their last four non-ACC game including a victory over Florida;
…Defeat Massachusetts and gain a victory over a team from the current Atlantic 10 for the first time since Nov. 25, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated Rhode Island, 86-71, in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout;
…Play a game in the state of Massachusetts for only the second time in school history. The Seminoles played at Massachusetts on Feb. 3, 1994.

SEMINOLES PLAY NON-CONFERENCE GAME IN FEBRUARY
Florida State travels to Massachusetts to play a non-league game in the month of February. The Seminoles have won four consecutive and six of their last eight non-ACC games played during the second month of the calendar year since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Among the Seminoles’ six wins in February non-conference games is a victory at Connecticut during the 1992-93 season (Feb. 6, 1993, 86-74).

Seminoles In Non ACC Games In February
Date Opponent Outcome Notes

Feb. 1, 2004 Savannah State W, 88-73 FSU wins four of five games including Sav. St.
Feb. 2, 1999 South Florida W, 77-66 FSU breaks 2-game losing streak with win
Feb. 19, 1997 Alabama State W, 94-49 FSU advances to NIT finals at end of season
Feb. 1, 1995 UNC Greensboro W, 75-65 FSU All-America Bob Sura plays final season

SEMINOLES ALL-TIME IN NON-CONFERNCE FEBRUARY GAMES
Florida State has an all-time record of 31-19 (.620 winning percentage) in non-conference game played during the month of February. The Seminoles’ record dates back to the 1976-77 season when the program moved from independent status into the Metro Conference. Florida State played as members of the Metro Conference from the 1976-77 season until the 1990-91season when the Seminoles left the Metro and joined the ACC.

SEMINOLES IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has a 29-9 record (.763 winning percentage) in non-conference games under Leonard Hamilton in the last three seasons. Hamilton led the Seminoles to 21 wins in their first 25 games (.840 winning percentage) during his first two seasons in Tallahassee. Florida State’s non-conference wins this season have come against teams in two of the nation’s top conferences with wins over Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) and Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69) of the SEC and Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) of the Big Ten. Hamilton is 2-2 in non-conference games against current team from the Atlantic-10 with wins over both Fordham and George Washington.

Seminoles In Non-ACC Games In The Last Three Seasons
Season Record Winning Pct. Notes
2002-03 9-2 .818 Wins over Iowa (Big Ten) and Miami (Big East)
2003-04 12-2 .857 Seminoles won first 10 non-ACC games of season
2004-05 8-5 .615 Wins over Minnesota (Big Ten) and Ole Miss (SEC)
Totals 29-9 .763 Seminoles average 9.7 non-conf wins/year under Hamilton

SEMINOLES IN NON-ACC TRUE ROAD GAMES UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State is 5-2 in true non-conference road games during the 86-game tenure of Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. The Seminoles are a perfect 2-0 (1.000 winning percentage) this season with wins at both Minnesota and Ole Miss in consecutive games in November and December. Florida State won at Wichita State (March 17, 2004; 91-84 in double-overtime) in the first round of the NIT last season and enters Tuesday’s game against Massachusetts having won three consecutive true non-ACC road games.

>Seminoles In Non-ACC True Road Games In The Last Three Seasons
Season Record Winning Pct. Notes

2002-03 1-0 1.000 Seminoles win at Virginia Tech (Big East)
2003-04 3-2 .600 Seminoles win at Miami (Big East) and Stetson (A-SUN)
2004-05 2-0 1.000 Seminoles win at Minnesota (Big Ten) and Ole Miss (SEC)
Totals 5-2 .714 Seminoles have won 3 consecutive true non-ACC road gms

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 86 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 220 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s game against Massachusetts. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.

SEMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer, Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Massachusetts averaging 6.5 made 3-point field goals per game and is shooting .380 from long range for the season. The Seminoles are shooting better from the 3-point line this season (.380) than they did last season (.376) when they finished second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage.

SEMINOLES BLOCKING SHOTS
Florida State has blocked at least one shot in all 24 games this season after being credited with four blocked shots against Wake Forest. Senior Anthony Richardson and sophomore Alexander Johnson lead Florida State with 13 blocked shots each. Richardson enters Tuesday’s game against Massachusetts ranked 11th in Florida State history with 81 career blocked shots. He is one of only 11 players in school history with 80 or more career blocked shots.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 6 pts vs. Minn., 11/30/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 16 pts vs. J’Ville, 12/21/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 16 pts. vs. Stet., 12/23/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.7 ppg, 3.1 apg; Non-ACC scoring high of 10 pts vs. Minn., 11/30/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 22 pts vs. Stetson, 12/23/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.0 ppg, 2.0 apg; Non-ACC scoring high of 10 pts vs. Kent State, 11/27/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 17 pts vs. Tex. Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 17 pts vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.3 ppg, 1.8 apg; Non-ACC scoring high of 12 pts vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 18 pts vs. Tex. South., 11/19/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg; Non-ACC scoring high of 24 pts vs. S. Ala., 12/16/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MASSACHUSETTS
F #3 Maurice Maxwell (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 14 points in victory over Rhode Island, 2/9/05)
F #5 Stephane Lasme (6.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 18 points in victory over St. Bonaventure, 1/26/05)
C #1 Rashaun Freeman (15.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 27 points against Fordham, 2/12/05)
G #2 Chris Chadwick (5.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 4 points and 4 steals against Fordham, 2/12/05)
G #12 Anthony Anderson (11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 15 points in victory over St. Bonaventure, 2/5/05)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MASSACHUSETTS – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Massachusetts leads 2-1 (FSU is 0-1 at Amherst)
Last Game: Dec. 18, 1999; Massachusetts 69, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 2, 1992; Florida State 67, Massachusetts 64
Last Massachusetts Win: Dec. 18, 1999; Massachusetts 69, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win In Amherst: Florida State has never won in Amherst (0-1)
Last Massachusetts Win In Amherst: Feb. 3, 1994; Massachusetts 62, Florida State 68
Florida State vs. Massachusetts, Current Streak: Massachusetts has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. Massachusetts: Has never faced Massachusetts

FLORIDA STATE VS. MASSACHUSETTS – THE LAST THREE GAMES
December 18, 1999 February 3, 1994 December 2, 1992
vs. Massachusetts 69 at Massachusetts 62 at Florida State 67
Florida State 60 Florida State 58 Massachusetts 64

FLORIDA STATE VS. MASSACHUSETTS – THE LAST MEETING
Monty Mack scored a season-high 30 points and hit eight free throws in the final minute as Massachusetts beat Florida State 69-60 in the Orange Bowl Classic Dec. 18, 1999 in Miami. Mack was fouled four times after the Seminoles cut the lead to 60-58, and was flawless from the free-throw line. The senior point guard didn’t miss from the free-throw line as he hit all 12 of his free throws. Chris Kirkland added 16 points for the Minutemen. Massachusetts led 39-31 with 14 minutes to play in the second half and looked as if it would pull away. But the Seminoles used an 11-0 run to regain the lead for the first time since having a 19-18 edge early in the first half. Ron Hale ignited the run with seven straight points before teammates Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford chipped in with baskets. Hale finished with 22 points. Arrington and Anderson added 10 points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 45 percent from the field.

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