June 24, 2005
From All-ACC candidate Al Thornton to the current ACC assist leader Todd Galloway to future ACC record holder Andrew Wilson, the Florida State weekly basketball report brings the latest in Florida State news to the basketball world. In this week’s report learn how many combined games the Seminoles’ nine returning letterwinners have played, how well Thornton played down the stretch last season and where Galloway stands on a couple of lists in the Seminole record book.
SEMINOLES HAVE EXPERIENCE ON THEIR SIDE FOR UPCOMING SEASON
The nine returning letterwinners on the Seminoles’ 2005-06 roster have played in a combined 444 games and have earned 156 starting assignments. Included on the roster are six players who have started at least four games and two players who will reach the century mark for games played during the upcoming season. In addition, each of the Seminoles’ nine letterwinners has scored in double figures at least once during their careers;
ENOUGH FOR A STARTING LINEUP
Led by senior Andrew Wilson’s 50 career starts, the Seminoles have six players with starting experience on their 2005-06 roster. Wilson has started 45 games in the last two seasons and returns as one of the most experienced players in the ACC. All five players who started the final game of the 2004-05 season against NC State in the ACC Tournament (Al Thornton, Alexander Johnson, Todd Galloway, Wilson and Jason Rich) are all returning letterwinners for the Seminoles this season.
THORNTON LOOKING TO PICK UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
All-ACC candidate Al Thornton, who averaged 15.1 points per game in the final 15 games of the 2004-05 season, begins his junior season looking to pick up where he ended his sophomore season. He scored in double figures seven times in the second half of the season including five of the last six games of the season. Thornton averaged 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting .688 from the field as a starter in four of the last six games of the season.
THORNTON IS SEMINOLES RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADER
All-ACC candidate Al Thornton is Florida State’s returning leader in five different statistical categories including scoring, rebounding, field goals made and blocked shots. With Thornton leading the way, Florida State returns more than 50 percent of their scoring and rebounding, more than 60 percent of their total minutes played and steals and more than 70 percent of their assists from the 2004-05 season.
THORNTON PROVES TO BE A STRAIGHT SHOOTER
All-ACC candidate Al Thornton enters his junior season with a career field goal shooting percentage of .537 and is ranked 15th in school history for shooting accuracy. He begins the 2005-06 season looking to become only the 11th player in school history to lead the Seminoles in field goal shooting in at least two consecutive seasons.
GALLOWAY IS THE ACC’S RETURNING ASSIST LEADER
Senior Todd Galloway is the ACC’s leader in career assists with 263 entering the 2005-06 season. He has led the Seminoles in assists in two of his first three years and averages nearly 90 assists per season for his career. Galloway is the only point guard in the ACC that starts the season with 250 or more assists for his career.
GALLOWAY MOVING UP IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK FOR ASSISTS
Todd Galloway begins the 2005-06 season as the Seminoles’ Leader in career assists with 263 and needs only 20 assists to move into the Seminoles’ all-time top 15 for career assists. He averages nearly 90 assists per season and begins his second year as a starter as a senior.
GALLOWAY MOVING UP IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK FOR 3-POINT SHOTS MADETodd Galloway is on the verge of moving into the Seminoles’ all-time top 15 for career 3-point shots made. He enters his senior season having made 62 3-point shots during his career after making a career-high 29 shots from the bonusphere as a junior. Galloway averages more than 20 3-point shots made per season during the first three years of his career.
GALLOWAY COMES UP BIG FROM THE FIELD
Todd Galloway will long be remembered in the history of Seminole basketball for his performance against No. 3 ranked Wake Forest in Florida State’s victory over the Demon Deacons last season. He established career-high statistics with 21 points and eight rebounds in an absolutely amazing performance. Galloway outscored Wake Forest, 9-7 in the overtime period in the Seminoles, 91-83 victory. Galloway also hit one of the most memorable shots in school history – a 3-pointer – with eight seconds remaining in regulation against North Carolina Jan. 22, 2004 to tie the game at 78. The basket brought the Seminoles even after trailing by as many as 24 points in the first half and by 14 at halftime. He lost Raymond Felton, his defender, and calmly sank a nothing-but-the-bottom-of-the-net 3-point shot to bring the Seminoles all the way back from the 24-point deficit. He then added two free throws in the overtime period to give the Seminoles the improbable 91-80 victory.
SEMINOLES BY THE NUMBERS
9 Corey Louis blocked an incredible nine shots in an ACC game against Maryland on Jan. 10, 1995. It marks one of only two times in school history that a player has blocked at least nine shots in a game. One incredible aspect of Louis’s outing against Maryland that night was that he was matched up against Joe Smith the No. 1 overall selection of the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 NBA Draft.
10 The school record for 3-point field goals made in a single game is 10 by George McCloud on Feb. 23, 1989. McCloud scored his career-high of 36 points in the game played in Philadelphia. Based on that performance, McCloud is the only player in school history to make 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game. Florida State advanced to the NCAA Tournament at the end of that season;
29.7 The single-season school record for average points in a single season is 29.7 by Jim Oler during the 1955-56 season. Oler scored a single-season school record 742 points as he made more free throws (310) then he did field goals (216) during the season. His 310 free throws made that season still sands as a school record more than 40 years later;
32 Rick Benson pulled down a school record 32 rebounds on January 7, 1955 in a 73-69 victory over Florida Southern. Benson’s rebounding feat makes him one of only two players in school history to pull down 30 or more rebounds in a game and helped lead to his incredible 17.3 rebounds per game average during the 1955 season;
46 The school record for points in a game by an individual player is 46 by Ron King against Georgia Southern on February 11, 1971. During the game, King made a school record 21 field goals in the Seminoles’ 113-81 win.