Jan. 23, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking for its second ACC road win in their first four conference games away from home in 2006, Florida State travels to play at Wake Forest Tuesday Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Florida State earned its first ACC road victory of the season at Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) as the Seminoles outscored the Cavaliers, 10-8, in the overtime period to gain the victory. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game with an 11-4 record – they are 7-1 at home and 4-3 away from the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State is 2-3 in road games with victories at Jacksonville (Nov. 19, 78-48) and at Virginia and is 2-0 in games played at neutral sites with victories against Bowling Green (Dec. 17, 71-60) in the Coors Classic at Mobile, Ala., and against Nebraska (Dec. 31, 74-60) in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla. Florida State’s game at Wake Forest is their third ACC game on the road in a span of four games. Following Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles will play host to Miami on Sunday Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.
THORNTON CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL WITH 19 AGAINST CAROLINA
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton scored 19 points in the Seminoles’ game against North Carolina Sunday night in Tallahassee. He has now scored in double figures in eight straight games including each of the Seminoles’ five ACC games this season. Thornton ranks as Florida State’s leader and is among the ACC leaders with his 22.2 points per game average in conference games. He has started each of the Seminoles’ 15 games this season and is averaging a career-high 17.0 points per game. His career-high scoring average is 7.9 points more per game than he averaged in 29 games during the 2004-05 season. Thornton enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest having scored in double figures in a career-best eight consecutive games and is averaging 18.8 points since totaling 17 points in Florida State’s victory over Stetson (Dec. 22, 75-57). Thornton has scored in double figures in 18 of the Seminoles last 21 games dating back to Feb. 20, 2005 when he scored 20 points against Georgia Tech. Thornton averages 16.1 points per game since scoring 20 against the Yellow Jackets in Tallahassee last season. Thornton scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 91-83 overtime victory over No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005 in Tallahassee. Thornton scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime including the Seminoles’ first four of the overtime period in leading Florida State to the victory.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and win at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time since Jan. 4, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons, 66-64 on the same night the Seminole football team defeated Virginia Tech to win the 1999 National Championship;
…Defeat Wake Forest at win its second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles had one conference road win during the 2004-05 season (at NC State Jan. 26, 2005; 70-64);
…Defeat Wake Forest and win its 12th game of the 2005-06 season. A victory and a 12th win would match the Seminoles’ victory total from the 2004-05 season when they won their 12th game on March 6, 2005 against Virginia.
EMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest having shot 50 percent or better from the field in three consecutive games and are ranked third in the ACC with a .506 team field goal shooting percentage. It marks the first time since the first of the 2003-04 season that the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field in three consecutive games. The Seminoles shot a combined .555 percent in victories over Nicholls State (Nov. 26, 99-54), South Carolina State (Nov. 28, 81-46) and Northwestern (Dec. 1, 71-53) in winning their first 10 games of the season. The Seminoles have shot .500 percent or better from the field in seven of their 15 games this season and have shot below .460 percent only one – in their season opening victory over Jacksonville (Nov. 19, 78-48).
SEMINOLES GETTING GOOD LOOKS FROM LONG RANGE
Led by sophomore Isaiah Swann, who has made nine of his last 16 3-point field goal attempts, Florida State is shooting .471 from the 3-point line in the last three games. The Seminoles have made an average of eight 3-point field goals in their last three outings. Each of the Seminoles’ 11 scholarship players has made at least one 3-point field goal so far this season.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 252 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles finished a game without making a 3-point field goal was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998. Florida State made 12 field goals in the Seminoles’ two games against Wake Forest during the 2004-05 season including nine in their victory over their 91-83 overtime victory over the Demon Deacons on Jan. 18.
SEMINOLES FINDING MORE SUCCESS FROM FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest having shot seven percent or better from the free throw line in three of their last four games and are shooting .717 from the line in their first five ACC games of the season. The Seminoles shot a season-high .800 percent (28-35) from the free throw line in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 7, 74-68).
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State made more free throws (17) than North Carolina attempted (13) in Sunday night’s game in Tallahassee. It marked the eighth time this season the Seminoles have made more free throws than their opponent in a single game. The Seminoles are 7-1 (including a victory over Virginia Tech) when they make more free throws than their opponent attempts. Florida State is making an average of 17.5 free throws per game and shooting .684 from the line this season as compared to making 13.4 free throws per game and shooting .665 from the line during the 2004-05 season.
SEMINOLES WITH POSTIVE ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO IN LAST THREE GAMES
Highlighted by a season-high tying 20 assists (against 16 turnovers) in their overtime victory at Virginia, Florida State has a positive assist:turnover ratio in their last three games. The Seminoles have a ratio of 1.02:1 (47 assists and 46 turnovers) in the last three games as compared to 0.8:1 (204 assists and 246 turnovers) for the entire season .
SEMINOLES SCORING PUNCH FROM THE STARTING LINEUP
Florida State’s starting five (Al Thornton, Alexander Johnson, Isaiah Swann, Todd Galloway and Jason Rich) enter Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest having scored more than 67 percent (821 of 1,212) of the Seminoles total points this season. Thornton (17.0 ppg), Johnson (11.3 ppg) and Rich (10.0 ppg) are all averaging in double figure scoring through the first 15 games of the season. Only one Seminole – Von Wafer – who averaged 12.5 points was a double figure scorer for Florida State in 2004-05.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (17.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 26 pts and 10 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05) F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.3 ppg, 5.5 ppg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/25/04) G #3 Isaiah Swann (9.7 ppg, 3.2 apg; 3 rebs and 2 asts vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.5 ppg, 3.6 apg; 21 pts and 8 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05) G #21 Jason Rich (10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 11 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/12/05) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/10/01) F #25 Diego Romero (5.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/12/05) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, 2/12/05) G #11 Jerel Allen (3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.9 ppg, 21.8 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR WAKE FOREST F #00 Chris Ellis (5.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/25/04) F #31 Eric Williams (16.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg; 15 pts and 14 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/12/05) F #33 Trent Strickland (12.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/12/05) G #1 Justin Gray (19.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/12/05) G #4 Harvey Hale (5.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Wake Forest leads, 19-13 Last Game: Feb.12, 2005; Wake Forest 87, Florida State 48 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 18, 2005; Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT) Last Wake Forest Win: Feb.12, 2005; Wake Forest 87, Florida State 48 Last Florida State Win In Winston-Salem: Jan. 4, 2000; Florida State 66, Wake Forest 64 Last Wake Forest Win In Winston-Salem: Feb.12, 2005; Wake Forest 87, Florida State 48 Florida State vs. Wake Forest, Current Streak: Wake Forest has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Wake Forest: 2-6
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST GAME
Justin Gray scored 20 points, Eric Williams had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and No. 6 Wake Forest defeated Florida State 87-48 on Feb. 12, 2005 in Winston-Salem. Von Wafer had 16 points for the Seminoles who tied it at 17 midway through the first half. Trent Strickland converted a pass from Gray into a layup, the start of a 31-11 run to close the half. Downey made it 39-20 with a 3 and an easy basket after a steal, forcing a timeout by Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton. After Alexander Johnson started the second half with a free throw for the Seminoles, Wake Forest removed any doubt about the outcome with eight straight points, including a beautiful fast-break basket by Gray. He faked a behind-the-back pass to Levy to completely fool Wafer, then cruised in for a layup. Strickland added 10 points and Paul finished with eight points, seven assists and seven steals. Jason Rich scored 11 points for the Seminoles.
Florida State has 60 steals more than its first 15 opponents (152-92) while the Seminoles’ starting lineup has 144 total steals – 22 more than its opponents’ total of 92 steals for the season.