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FSU Faces UNC Asheville In Final Non-Conference Game Of Regular Season

Jan. 5, 2001


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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (4-9, 0-1 ACC) vs.
UNC Asheville (6-6, 0-0 Big South)
Saturday, January 6, 2001, 2:00 P.M.
Leon County Civic Center (12,200)
Tallahassee, Florida
Seminole Radio Network, Sunshine Television


“The 6-foot-5 junior tri-captain (Antwuan Dixon) has played much bigger than his stature and well above the rim in the last four games, and his hitting his stride just as the Seminoles enter Atlantic Coast Conference play.”

Mike Wallace – Tallahassee Democrat
Jan. 4, 2001

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays host to UNC Asheville in its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game having won three consecutive non-conference home games and have won each of their non-conference games at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center since defeating Jacksonville, 75-61, on Dec. 17.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Win its fourth consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 3-0, undefeated, in non-conference home games since Dec. 17,
  • Win its final non-conference game of the regular season.

    NOTING THE SEMINOLES

  • Junior Monte Cummings scored his career-high of 19 points against Duke. He shot 6-12 from the field and six-of-seven from the free throw line,
  • Florida State hit a season-high 70.0 percent (seven-of-ten) from the 3-point line against Duke. The Seminoles have made 46.8 percent (22-of-47) of their 3-point shots in the last three games.
  • The Seminoles have scored 70 or more points in each of the last five games and are averaging 77.0 points per game during that span. The team averaged 69.3 points per game in its first eight games of the season,
  • Florida State enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville with four players (Adrian Crawford, Michael Joiner, Delvon Arrington and Monte Cummings) averaging more than 10 points per game. Two more Seminole players (Antwuan Dixon and Nigel Dixon) are averaging more than eight points per game.

    CUMMINGS AND GOINGS
    Junior Monte Cummings, who scored a career-high and team-leading 19 points against Duke on Wednesday night, is in the midst of a torrid five-game stretch. Beginning with the Seminoles’ Dec. 17 game against Jacksonville, Cummings is averaging 14.4 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, shooting 47.1 percent from the field (24-of-51), 86.2 percent from the free throw line (25-of-29) and averaging 25.4 minutes played per game. He enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville as one of four Seminole players averaging in double figures (10.2). He has nearly doubled his overall scoring average from 5.3 points entering the Seminoles’ Nov. 25 game against Rhode Island to his current 10.2 points per game mark.

    FOUR ON THE FLOOR
    At least four Seminoles have scored in double figures in each of the last five games.

    Seminole Head Coach Steve Robinson By The Numbers


    1: Steve Robinson was the first basketball player in Radford University history to receive an athletic scholarship.


    1: Steve Robinson was named the Coach-of-the-Year in the Mountain Division of the Western Athletic Conference in 1997. He guided Tulsa to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record.


    1/3/98: Steve Robinson gained his first career ACC victory as he led Florida State past NC State, 68-55, on Jan. 3, 1998.


    1/4/99: Steve Robinson led Florida State past Wake Forest, 66-64, exactly one year ago tonight.


    2: Steve Robinson was an assistant coach on two University of Kansas teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (1991 and 1993).


    3: Steve Robinson has taken three teams (two at Tulsa and one at Florida State) to the NCAA Tournament in his first five years as a head coach.


    6: Steve Robinson was an assistant coach for six University of Kansas teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament.


    6: Steve Robinson was named the sixth head men’s basketball coach in Florida State history on July 1, 1997.


    7: Steve Robinson needs only seven victories to reach 100 for his head coaching career.


    10: In head coach Steve Robinson’s first 17 years as a coach (assistant and head) on the collegiate level, he has accompanied 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament (58.8 percent).


    23: Steve Robinson averaged 23 wins per seasons as the head coach at Tulsa in 1996 and 1997. The Golden Hurricane had a record of 46-18 (71.9 winning percentage).


    93: Steve Robinson has a career record of 93-75 (55.3) during his six years as a head coach on the collegiate level.


    184: Steve Robinson helped guide Kansas to a 184-51 record in seven years as an assistant coach to Roy Williams.


    1980: Steve Robinson was the basketball team captain at Radford in both 1980 and 81.


    1988: Steve Robinson was an assistant coach at Cornell when the Big Red advanced to the NCAA in 1988.

    TODAY’S OFFICIALS
    Today’s referee is Reggie Cofer and the umpires are Raymond Styons and Alan Spainhour.

    SMASHING ACC DEBUT FOR CUMMINGS
    Senior Monte Cummings led the Seminoles with a career-high 19 points and a career-high seven rebounds against Duke. His seven rebounds included a career-high five on the defensive end. Cummings has seen his rebounding average nearly triple from the first week of the season. He recorded three total rebounds in the first three games of the season and was averaging 1.0 rebound per game following the Seminoles’ game against DePaul on Nov. 24. He enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville with a 2.8 rebounds per game average and at least three rebounds in six consecutive games.

    CONTINUING ON CUMMINGS

  • Monte Cummings has more points in the last five games (72 points/14.4 points per game) than he did in the first eight games of the season (60 points/7.5 points per game),
  • During a five-minute stretch in the first half against Duke, Monte Cummings scored 10 points. The 10 points were more than he had scored in seven total games this season,
  • Monte Cummings has four steals (2.0 steals per game) in the last two games. He recorded a total of three steals in the first 13 games of the season (0.2 steals per game).

    JOINER’S ACC DEBUT ALSO A STRONG ONE
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded two steals as he, too, made his conference debut a successful one. Joiner scored 11 first-half points to mark the third time he had scored in double figures in the first half this season. His 16 points enabled him to keep his scoring average above 10 points per game and he enters Saturday’s game with a 10.6 points per game average.

    JOINER LEADS THE STARTING FIVE
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles’ starting five in field goals made (55), field goal percentage (52.9), total rebounds (76), rebounds per game (5.8) and is tied for the team lead in total points scored (138) and average points per game (10.6).


    CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made 11 3-point field goals in the last three games to bring his season total to a team-leading 29. He has now made 106 3-points shots during his 58-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30.

    ARRINGTON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Senior Delvon Arrington has made and attempted more free throws this season in 13 games (44-60) than he did in 29 games last season (39-55). His single-season career-highs were established during his freshman season (1998-99) when he went 52-of-74 from the line.

    A. DIXON ASSISTING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has nearly as many assists this season (21) in 12 games as he had during the first two seasons (28) of his career in 50 games.

    A. DIXON BLOCKING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has more blocked shots this season (seven) in 13 games than he had during the first two seasons (five) of his career in 50 games. In addition, he has more blocked shots in the last five games (five) than he had in 29 games last season (two).

    A. DIXON STARTING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has started more games this season (13) than he did during the first two seasons of his career (nine). He enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville with 22 starts in 91 career games.

    MATHEWS LEADS SEMINOLE BLOCKING BRIGADE
    Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked at least one shot in 10 of the last 11 games in which he has played. He was held without a block in the Seminoles’ season opener against Florida on Nov. 17 and has blocked at least one shot in nearly every game he has played since Florida State’s game against Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Mathews blocked a career-high five shots against both Minnesota (Nov. 29) and Furman (Dec. 4) in consecutive games. He also added four blocks in Florida State’s victory over Binghamton on Dec. 21.

    WILSON CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
    Freshman Andrew Wilson, one of three freshmen who have played in all 13 games this season, enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville as the Seminoles’ leader from the free throw line. He is shooting 88.5 percent from the line and has made 16 of his last 17 attempts since the first half of Florida State’s game against South Florida on Dec. 7. Wilson played a career-high 20 minutes against Binghamton on Dec. 21 and has scored eight or more points four times this season.

    N. DIXON CONTINUES TO PLAY BIG
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon, who has started nine of the first 13 games of the season, enters Saturday’s game against UNC Asheville with a bevy of career high statistics.

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