Aug. 6, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With less than 10 weeks until the start of men’s basketball practice, the Florida State men’s basketball team is busy preparing for the upcoming season. The student-athletes recently completed their second session of summer school and are preparing for the upcoming fall semester which begins on Aug. 29. Until then, the players will take some need time off before returning to campus. The weekly edition of the Florida State Basketball Report tells of the history of the Seminole program – both past and present -including Anthony Richardson earning his degree at Florida State commencement exercises on Aug. 6.
CELEBRATING THE SEMINOLES’ PROUD HISTORY
James Pavy, the point guard on Florida State’s first men’s basketball team, died on July 22 at the age of 82. Pavy scored the first two points in school history in the Seminoles’ first game against Spring Hill on Dec. 10, 1947. The Seminoles won that game 39-36. He played in 34 games during his Seminole career and averaged just over four points scored per game. He helped lead Florida State to 17 victories in its first two seasons. Following his graduation from Florida State he went on to become a very successful high school coach in the panhandle before becoming the head coach at Chipola Junior College in Marianna for 28 years. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested remembrances sent to LifePath Hospice in his name.
RICHARDSON EARNS DEGREE
Seminole forward Anthony Richardson, who finished his career tied for sixth in school history with 119 games played in 11th with a .772 free throw percentage, received his bachelor’s degree in sport management on Aug 6 in the Donald L. Tucker Center. He walked across the commencement stage in the same building which he played college basketball during his career. Richardson is now pursuing a professional career in Italy.
SCHEDULE ADDITION AS FULL RELEASE DRAWS CLOSER
The newest addition to the schedule is Bowling Green on the Mid-American Conference who the Seminoles will play on Nov. 17 at the Coors Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Florida State will play the Falcons in game one of a doubleheader with South Alabama playing Houston in the second game. The event is a Classic with each team playing only one game. There is no game between the winners and losers and no champion is declared. Florida State’s game against Bowling Green is the first meeting between the two teams in the sport of men’s basketball. Bowling Green is a member of the Mid-American Conference – a league that also includes Ball State, Marshall, Ohio and Northern Illinois among others. Bowling Green finished with an 18-11 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the MAC. The Falcons finished in third place in the Western Division of the conference. The Falcons earned victories over Ohio and Buffalo last season – both of whom played in the postseason. The Falcons are coached by Dan Dakich – who was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1986-97 under Bobby Knight. He helped lead the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA Championship with a victory over Syracuse. The Seminoles’ complete schedule will be released around the 15th of August.
KING HOLDS FLORIDA STATE’S SINGLE-GAME SCORING RECORD
The Seminole basketball record for points in a single game is 46 by Ron King against Georgia Southern on Feb, 11, 1971. King led the Seminoles past the Eagles, 113-81, that night and to a 17-9 record that season. On his way to scoring 46 points, Kings set the school record for field goals made in a single game with 21.
OLER HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR POINTS SCORED
The school record for points in a single-season is 742 for a 29.7 points per game average by Jim Oler during the 1955-56 season. Oler’s point total that season would stand as the 60th highest total for a career by a Florida State player. As it is, Oler is the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,820 career points.
WIGGINS HOLDS CAREER SCORING AVERAGE RECORD
The school record for average points per game in a career is 23.2 points by Mitchell Wiggins. Wiggins, who transferred to Florida State from Clemson, scored 1,067 points during his two-year career in Tallahassee. He played in only 46 games during his career and ranks 30th on the Seminoles’ all-time scoring list.
SURA HOLDS ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
Bob Sura holds the all-time school record for points in a career with 2,130 during his four-year career in the Garnet and Gold. Sura was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992 and was the Seminoles’ first-ever All-ACC First-Team selection in 1994. Sura holds the all-time school record for field goals attempted in a career with 1,626.
SURA WAS SEMINOLES’ FIRST ALL-ACC FIRST-TEAM SELECTION
The first player in school history to earn All-ACC First-Team honors was Bob Sura during the 1993-94 season. He averaged a career-high 21.2 points and 7.9 rebounds that season and recorded the first triple-double of his career that year.
WERNKE WAS THE SEMINOLES’ FIRST ALL-AMERICAN
The first All-American in school history was Ham Wernke who earned All-America honors from the Helms Foundation in 1953. He averaged 21.3 points and led the Seminoles in scoring, field goals and free throws made for the 11-11 Seminoles during the 1953 season. Wernke earned All-America honors three times during his career.
SEMINOLES FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
The Seminoles’ first NCAA Tournament appearance came in 1968 when the Seminoles played East Tennessee State in their first ever NCAA tournament game. Dave Cowens led the Seminoles with an 18.8 scoring average as Florida State finished with a 19-8 record.
SEMINOLES ENTER NATIONAL RANKINGS FOR FIRST TIME IN 1970
Florida State’s first ever national ranking came during the 1969-70 season when the Seminoles were ranked 18th during the week of January 27. The Seminoles had won 11 of their first 13 games of the season at that point and finished the year with a 23-3 record.
SEMINOLES WIN METRO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The first conference championship in school history came during the 1990-91 season when the Seminoles won the Metro Conference title. The Charlie Ward led Seminoles defeated Louisville for the championship. The 1990-91 season was the Seminoles last in the now defunct Metro Conference.