Feb. 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two consecutive games against Georgia Tech and Massachusetts, travels to NC State for its 22nd game and its sixth conference road game of the season on Wednesday Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against the Wolfpack having won multiple road games in the ACC for the first time since the 2000-01 season when they won at both Maryland and Clemson. The Seminoles last won at least three conference road games during the 1992-93 season when they won four conference road games (at Clemson, at Wake Forest, at NC State and at Georgia Tech) in finishing with an 11-5 ACC record. The Seminoles are 3-4 in true road games this season with victories in its season opener at Jacksonville (Nov. 19, 78-48) and in ACC games at Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68). The Seminoles’ three road victories are as many as they had during the 2004-05, 2003-04 and 2002-03 seasons (three each). The last time Florida State had more than three road wins in a season was during the 1998-98 season when the Seminoles won six road games. Following Wednesday’s night’s game at NC State, the Seminoles play two consecutive home games as they play host to Virginia (Feb. 18, 4 p.m.) and Maryland (Feb. 22, 9 p.m.) in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
JUNIOR ALL-ACC CANDIDATE THORNTON RETURNS TO NORTH CAROLINA
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton, who is averaging a team-leading and career-high 16.5 points per game, returns to the state of North Carolina – the state which hosted the best performance of his career – as the Seminoles play at NC State. Thornton’s most recent game in the Tar Heel State saw a dominating career-high tying 37-point, 15-rebound, five assist performance as Florida State played No. 2 ranked Duke to a one-point decision in Cameron Indoor Stadium. For the season, Thornton has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games (.905 percent) and has scored more than 30 points three times. Thornton’s three 30 point games are only two away from tying the single-season school record of five by Sam Cassell (1992-93 and Bob Sura (1993-94).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and gain a victory over a nationally ranked team for the first time this season. It would also mark the 16th consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in a season;
…Defeat NC State and earn a victory over a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland in Cole Field House in College Park;
…Defeat NC State and gain its third ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles have won on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11) and Wake Forest (Jan. 24) so far this season. The last time the Seminoles won three or more ACC road games in the same season was during the 1992-93 season when they won at Clemson, at Wake Forest, at NC State and at Georgia Tech;
…Defeat NC State and win in Raleigh for the second consecutive season. The last time the Seminoles won in the same ACC venue on the road was in 1998 and 1999 when they won at Georgia Tech in two consecutive seasons. Since joining the ACC, Florida State has won consecutive road games at Clemson (1994 and 1995), at Georgia Tech (1998 and 1999), at NC State (1992 and 1993), at Virginia (1998 and 1999) and at Wake Forest (1992 and 1993).
NOTING THE SEMINOLES 5-5 RECORD IN THE ACC…
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State looking to gain its sixth ACC win in its first 11 games which would mark the third earliest ever and the earliest the Seminoles have earned six ACC win in 13 years (since the 1993-94 season);
…During the 1992-1993 season (The Seminoles’ second season in the ACC), Florida State finished 12-4 in the ACC and earned its sixth ACC win in its eighth 8th attempt that season against Georgia Tech (Jan. 31, 1993, 96-77);
…During the 1991-1992 season (Florida State’s first in the ACC), the Seminoles finished 11-5 in the
ACC and won their sixth 6th ACC game in their ninth attempt against Wake Forest (Feb. 1, 1992, 79-78);
…From 1993-1994 to last season, the Seminoles have not won more than six games in any ACC season. The Seminoles have been at .500 after 10 games of the ACC only three times since the 1994 season.
…During the 1997-98 season (the Seminoles’ last trip to the NCAA Tournament), Florida State was 5-5 in the ACC heading into a Feb. 7, 1998 game at home against Maryland. The Seminoles led for 37 minutes before falling, 68-62. That loss led to a five-game losing streak and a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-10 league record;
…During the 1998-1999 season, the Seminoles won five of their first seven ACC games (which matched the best ACC start in school history) but closed the season with nine consecutive league losses.
SEMINOLES SHOOT ABOVE 70- PERENT SUCCESS RATE FROM FREE THROW LINE
Florida State shot .905 from the free throw line (19-of-21) in its victory over UMass and enters Wednesday’s game shooting a season-high .707 from the free throw line. Junior Alexander Johnson led the Seminoles against the Minutemen as he made nine of 10 attempts (including seven of eight in the second half). The Seminoles have shot better than 90 percent from the line in two of the last three games (also .909 at Duke).
SEMINOLES FROM THE LINE IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State ranked fifth in the ACC in the team free throw shooting percentage category. The Seminoles ranked ninth in the 11-team ACC last season with a .665 mark. The last time the Seminoles finished a season with a free throw shooting percentage above 70 percent was during the 1988-89 NCAA Tournament season when they shot .727 from the line.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM 3-POINT LINE
Florida State has made 15 of its 36 3-point field goal attempts (.417 shooting percentage) in its last two wins against Georgia Tech (Feb. 9, 7-21, .333) and UMass (Feb. 12, 8-15, .533). The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC with a .385 shooting mark from the bonusphere. The school record for highest 3-point shooting percentage for an entire season is .437 in 30 games during the 1987-88 season. The Seminoles began the 3-point shot era with a .416 mark in 1986-87 and a .437 mark in 1987-88 for the two highest 3-point shooting marks (and only two times Florida State has shot above 40 percent from beyond the arc) in school history.
BREAKING THE SEMINOLES BLOCKED SHOTS STREAK
Florida State did not block a shot in its victory over UMass on Feb. 12. It marked the first time since Dec. 4, 2001 – a span of 137 games – that the Seminoles did not block a shot in a game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #12 Al Thornton (16.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 8 pts and 7 rebs vs. NC State, 3/10/05)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. NC State, 3/12/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; 4 pts and 1 ast vs. NC State, 3/10/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.9 ppg, 3.4 apg; 13 pts and 3 asts vs. NC State, 1/18/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. NC State, 3/10/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 7 pts and 1 asts vs. NC State, 3/12/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. NC State, 3/10/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 7 pts and 1 reb vs. NC State, 3/10/05)
G #11 Jerel Allen (3.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)
F #41 Uche Echefu (2.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE F #3 Ilian Evtimov (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 18 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/10/05) C #33 Cedric Simmons (12.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 7 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 1/26/05) G #13 Cameron Bennerman (13.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/10/05) G #14 Engin Atsur (10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/10/05) G #22 Tony Bethel (9.7 ppg, 3.0 apg; 6 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, 3/10/05)FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: NC State leads, 23-15 Last Game: March 10, 2005; NC State 70, Florida State 54 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 26, 2005; Florida State 70, NC State 64 Last NC State Win: March 10, 2005; NC State 70, Florida State 54 Last Florida State Win In Raleigh: Jan. 26, 2005; Florida State 70, NC State 64 Last NC State Win In Raleigh: Feb. 10, 2004; NC State 75, Florida State 59 Florida State vs. NC State, Current Streak: NC State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 1-6
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST GAME
Ilian Evtimov had five 3-pointers in the first half and scored 18 points, helping NC State hold off Florida State 70-54 in the opening round of the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Engin Atsur added 17 for the Wolfpack. Julius Hodge had 14 points and seven assists to help N.C State. Anthony Richardson led the Seminoles with 16. The Seminoles scored only 19 points in the first half – two more than their previous low – and shot 31 percent. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack took control, with Evtimov leading the way. The Wolfpack stretched the margin to 24 points in the second half before the Seminoles used a furious rally to get to 59-51. Al Thornton capped the comeback with a putback before N.C. State finished off their fourth straight opening-round victory at the free throw line.