Feb. 23, 2001
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State concludes its’ two-game, four-day trip to the state of North Carolina with a Sunday game against NC State. The Seminoles left Tallahassee on Wednesday night, played at North Carolina on Thursday night, practiced in the area on Friday and Saturday and are scheduled to return to the Sunshine State after this afternoon’s game. The road trip is the second longest of the season following its’ November trip to Alaska to play in the Great Alaska Shootout. The Seminoles left Tallahassee on Nov. 20 (Monday) and returned home on Nov. 26 (Sunday). Following Sunday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles play host to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night on Senior Night when head coach Steve Robinson will host a celebration of Adrian Crawford’s collegiate career.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its second game in its last four outings. The Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland, 74-71, on Feb. 14 in College Park,
…Play its second consecutive ACC road game for the first time this season.
ARRINGTON HEATS UP IN BID FOR POST-SEASON HONORS
All-ACC candidate Senior Delvon Arrington, a team tri-captain, is in the midst of the best season of his career. He enters Sunday’s game against NC State with a career-high 11.8 points per game average, a 4.9 assists per game average, a near career-high 2.0 steals per game average and a near career-high 4.1 rebounds per game average.
ARRINGTON IN THE LAST THREE GAMES
All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington has scored in double figures in each of the last three games and helped lead Florida State to a victory over then No. 17 Maryland on Feb. 14. In the last three games, Arrington is averaging 16.3 points per game (49 total points), 2.3 steals per game (seven steals), 6.0 assists per game (18 assists), 6.0 rebounds per game (18 rebounds) and is shooting 59.4 percent (19-of-32)from the field and 60 percent (six-of-10) from the 3-point line since Florida State’s victory over Maryland.
ARRINGTON LEADS ACC
All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game as the league leader in steals in ACC games only. The speedy senior has recorded 32 steals in 13 ACC games for a 2.5 steals per game average. He has been credited with multiple steals in 11 of Florida State’s 13 conference games and recorded his career-high with six steals against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27.
Today’s referee is Duke Edsall and the umpires are Curtis Shaw and Michael Kitts.
ARRINGTON HEADING TOWARDS 900 MINUTES
All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game against NC State with a team-leading 33.1 minutes per game average. He has played 860 minutes in the Seminoles’ 26 games this season and is nearing the 900 minutes played plateau for the season. He played career-high 938 minutes during his sophomore season (1998-99)
ARRINGTON NEARING 500 CAREER ASSISTS
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game against NC State with 490 career assists (5.7 assists per game). He needs only 10 assists to become only the third player in Florida State history to record 500 or more career assists. He currently ranks third on the Seminoles’ all-time career assists list.
ARRINGTON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE SCORING AVERAGE
Senior Delvon Arrington is averaging a career-high 11.1 points per game this season and has seen his scoring average increase during each of his three seasons in Tallahassee. He has scored a career-high 305 points this season.
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner is ranked second on the team in both blocked shots (23) and steals (28) entering Sunday’s game against NC State. He added to both totals with one blocked shot and one steal against North Carolina. He recorded a career-high tying three blocked shots against Virginia on Feb. 17and has three blocked shots in the last four games (1.5 bpg).
JOINER IN THE ACC DEFENSIVE STATISTICS…
…He is ranked 11th in the ACC with a 0.9 blocked shots per game average. He is the only freshmen to ranked among the league’s top 15 player in blocked shots in all games,
…He is ranked ninth in the ACC in conference game only with a 1.2 blocked shots per game average. He is the only freshman ranked among the top 10 in blocked shots in ACC games only,
…He is ranked 15th in the ACC with a 4.0 defensive rebounds per game average.
ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner recorded two assists against North Carolina and enters Sunday’s game against NC State with 40 assists in the first 26 games of his career. He is ranked third on the team with his 40 total assists and 1.5 assists per game average.
CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Monte Cummings has made six straight free throws entering Sunday’s game against NC State and is shooting 76.4 percent from the line for the season. He was perfect against North Carolina (two-of-two) and Virginia (four-of-four) in the last two games.
CUMMINGS STEALING AND ASSISTING
Junior Monte Cummings has recorded 40 assists this season for a 1.6 assists per game average and has 20 steals for a 0.8 steals per game average. He has at least one assist in the last 12 games and seven steals in the last three games (2.3 spg).
CUMMINGS BLOCKING SHOTS
Junior Monte Cummings blocked his third career shot against North Carolina on Thursday night. He now has two blocked shots in ACC competition with his first coming against NC State on Jan. 25.
A. DIXON ALSO HOT FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Junior Antuwan Dixon was two-of-three from the 3-point line against North Carolina. He is shooting 45.4 percent from the 3-point arc in the last five games (five-of-11) and ranks third on the team with a career-high 23 3-point shots made. Dixon has made nearly twice as many 3-point shots this season (23) than he did during the first two seasons of his career (14). He has made at least one 3-point shot in four consecutive games – the longest streak of his career from beyond the arc.
A. DIXON REBOUNDS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Junior Antwuan Dixon grabbed a team-high seven rebounds against North Carolina on Thursday night in Chapel Hill. It marked the second time this season that Dixon grabbed seven rebounds against the Tar Heels and tied his career-high in an ACC game. He has grabbed at least four rebounds in 11 of Florida State’s 13 conference games this season.
A. DIXON STEALING
Junior Antuwan Dixon recorded a career-high tying three steals against North Carolina and enters Sunday’s game against NC State with a single-season career-high 17 steals. He has more steals this season (17) than he did in his first two seasons combined (13).
CRAWFORD SURPASSES 200 ASSIST MARK
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford recorded two assists against North Carolina to raise his season total to 42 and his career total to 211 for his 105-game career. He averages 2.1 assists per game for his career. Crawford has been a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1997 at Tulsa and 1999 and Florida State). He has 10 assists, including a season-high five against Wake Forest on Feb. 10, in the last five games.
CRAWFORD PERFECT FROM THE ARC AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Senior Adrian Crawford was a perfect four-of-four (1.000 percent) from the 3-point arc against North Carolina. He enters Saturday’s game against NC State ranked ninth in the ACC with a 1.9 3-point shots made per game average. Crawford’s four 3-point shots made against North Carolina marks his career-high for an ACC game. The four shots are also the most by Crawford since he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30. Crawford was seven-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the 3-point arc in two games against North Carolina this season.
CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford made four 3-point shots against North Carolina to bring his career total to 126 and move into fifth place on Florida State’s all-time career 3-points shots made list. He enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina with a team-leading 49 3-point shots made. Crawford has made 126 3-point shots during his 71-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 and is currently ranked fifth in school history with 126 3-point shots made. He needs only three 3-point shots to surpass Tharon Mays and move into fourth place on Florida State’s all-time career list.
Seminoles Sign Pair of Top
Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”
Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.
Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.
Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.
WILSON CONTINUES TO GIVE HIS ALL
Freshman Andrew Wilson scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against North Carolina as he continued his strong freshman season at Florida State. He tied his ACC career-highs of four field goals made and three offensive rebounds against the Tar Heels. He has scored at least two points in each of Florida State’s 13 conference games.
BREAKING DOWN WILSON’S SEASON
Freshman Andrew Wilson is enjoying a strong start to his career at Florida State and a strong start to his ACC career. He is averaging more points, more rebounds and more minutes played in his 13 games in conference competition when compared to his 13 games against non-conference competition.
HAYWOOD IN THE GAME
Sophomore Marcell Haywood earned a career-high six minutes of playing time against North Carolina on Feb. 22. He played as many minutes (six) against the Tar Heels as he did in his four previous games and has played in consecutive games for the first time in his two-year career. In addition, he scored his first career basket on his first career field goal attempt against the Tar Heels.
MURRAY EARNS PLAYING TIME
Freshman walk-on Pete Murray earned playing time in an ACC game for the second time in his career against North Carolina on Thursday night. He grabbed his first career offensive rebound and attempted his first two career free throws.
MATHEWS FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Mike Mathews has scored in double figures in two of the last four games and is averaging 9.5 points per game since scoring 15 points at Maryland on Feb. 14. His 15 points against the Terps tied his ACC career-high.