Nov. 25, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three of its first four games of the 2009-10 season, opens play in the Old Spice Classic against Iona on Nov. 26 at 9:00 p.m. at the Milk House in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Seminoles are playing in the classic for the first time in the four-year history of the event and are facing Iona for the first time in school history. The Seminoles enter their game against the Gaels looking for the 1,000th victory in school history. Florida State began its season with three consecutive victories over Jacksonville (Nov. 16, 87-61), Stetson (Nov. 18, 80-38) and at Mercer (Nov. 21, 80-38) as the scored an average of 85.3 points and surrendered an average of 49.7 points per game. Following Thursday night’s game in the Old Spice Classic, the Seminoles will face either Baylor or Alabama in the second round of the event at either 5:00 or 7:30 on Friday. The tournament concludes on Sunday with four additional games.
SEMINOLES’ ALABI ON TOP OF SCORING AND BLOCKED SHOTS CHARTS
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the nation’s top collegiate player, enters Thursday’s game against Iona in the Old Spice Classic as the Seminoles’ leader in scoring (11.3 ppg), blocked shots (2.5 bpg) and free throw percentage (.917 percent). He has blocked 10 shots in the first four games of the season and has 94 career blocked shots – he needs only six blocked shots to become only the ninth player in school history with 100 or more career blocked shots.
FLORIDA STATE’S SINGLETON FILLING UP THE STATSITICS SHEET
Sophomore honors candidate Chris Singleton, who nearly earned the first triple-double of his career against Mercer with nine points, 14 rebounds and seven assists on Saturday, is enjoying a spectacular start to his sophomore season. He is averaging a near double-double of 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while having already been credited with 12 assists (4.0 apg), nine steals (2.3 spg) and seven blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Singleton is also ranked second on the team in 3-point field goals made with five and leads the team in minutes played with a 26.0 minutes per game average.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Iona and win for the fourth time in five games this season. It will mark the seventh time in Leonard Hamilton’s eight seasons at Florida State that the Seminoles have won at least four of its first five games;
…Defeat Iona and bet a team from the state of New York for the first time since defeating Wagner College, 83-62, in the second round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 18, 2003;
…Defeat Iona and open its fourth consecutive in-season tournament with a victory. The Seminoles opened the 2006 Colonial Classic with a victory over McNeese State, began the 2007 Glenn Wilkes Classic with a win over Alabama-Birmingham and opened the 2008 Global Sports Classic with a victory over Coastal Carolina. The Seminoles won the 2008 Global Sports Classic with four consecutive wins over Coastal Carolina, Western Illinois, Cincinnati and Cal;
…Defeat Iona and win its fourth consecutive non-conference neutral site game played within the state of Florida. The Seminoles most recently defeated Western Kentucky, 82-69, in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Dec. 28, 2008.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg; 9 pts and 14 rebs vs. Mercer, Nov, 21, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (8.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 11 pts and 8 rebs vs. Stetson, Nov., 18, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (11.3 ppg, 2.5 bpg; 17 pts and 8 rebs. vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 14 pts and 2 blks vs. Mercer, Nov. 231, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (9.5 ppg, 4.0 apg; 10 pts and 2 stls vs. Mercer, Nov. 21, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs, Mercer, Nov. 21, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (2.0 ppg, 3.3 apg; 4 pts and 3 asts vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 11 pts and 6 blks vs. Stetson, Nov. 18, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 14 pts and 2 blks vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.7 ppg, 1.3 apg; 6 pts and 1 sat vs. Mercer, Nov. 21, 2009)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR IONA F #1 Mike McFadden (7.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg; Season-high 13 points vs. Norfolk State, Nov. 21, 2009) F/C #30 Jonathan Huffman (8.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 14 points vs. Hampton, Nov. 17, 2009) G #3 Scott Mocha do (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 20 points vs. Norfolk State, Nov. 21, 2009) G #15 Jerome Jenkins (9.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 14 points vs. Boston University, Nov. 13, 2009) G #33 Kyle Smith (9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 14 points vs. Norfolk State, Nov. 21, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. IONA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: First Meeting Last Game: First Meeting Last Florida State Win: First Meeting Last Iona Win: First Meeting Last Florida State Win in Orlando: First Meeting Last Iona Win in Orlando: First Meeting Current Streak: First Meeting Leonard Hamilton vs. Iona: First Meeting
… All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the nation’s top collegiate player, has made seven consecutive free throws entering Thursday’s game against Iona;
…All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the nation’s top collegiate player, enters Thursday’s game against Iona having blocked at least one shot in each of Florida State’s four games this season and in 25 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 3, 2009;
…Honors candidate Chris Singleton has at least two steals in each of the Seminoles’ four games this season and at least one steal in eight of the last nine Seminole games;
…Junior Jordan DeMercy has played in 68 consecutive games with his streak dating back to his freshman season. His streak began on Nov. 20, 2007 against Georgia State;
…Junior guard Derwin Kitchen has at least one assist in 29 consecutive games and in 29 of his 30 games played as a Seminoles. The only game during his Florida State career that he did not record an assists was his first career game against Georgia State in which he played a total of six minutes;
…Senior Ryan Reid has pulled down at least one rebound in 22 consecutive games and in 96 of the 99 games in which he has played in as a Seminole.