Nov. 13, 2010
|Sunday, November 14th – 3:30 p.m. EST|
|Greensboro Coliseum | Greensboro, NC|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Following its ninth consecutive season opening win – a 75-55 victory over North Florida — on Friday night in Tallahassee, Florida State travels to play UNC Greensboro on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Spartans will be played in the same building as the 2011 ACC Tournament – the Greensboro Coliseum. The Seminoles will join the 11 other league teams in the 58th Annual ACC Tournament March 10-13 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Seminoles’ game against UNC Greensboro marks the first time since Feb. 1, 1995 that they will play a game in the state of North Carolina against a team not from the ACC with their last non-ACC opponent in the Tar Heel state against none other than UNC Greensboro. The last time Florida State played UNC Greensboro the Seminoles took a 75-65 win back to Tallahassee during the 1994-95 season. After Sunday’s game against UNC Greensboro, the Seminoles return home to face Gardner Webb (another team from the state of North Carolina) on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 before closing out their season-opening four games in seven days bonanza at FIU on Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
WOODEN AWARD CANDIDATE Chris Singleton STAYS ON THE DEFENSIVE
Junior Chris Singleton, who is considered by most college basketball experts to be the nation’s top defender, earned three blocked shots and two steals in Florida State’s season opening win over North Florida. It marked the 10th time in the last two years and the 15th time during his career that he has earned at least two blocked shots and two steals in the same game. Singleton enters Sunday’s game against UNC Greensboro with 127 career steals and 98 career blocked shots. He is looking to become the FIRST player in school history with at least 125 career steals and at least 100 blocked shots.
NEWCOMER JAMES EARNS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Newcomer Bernard James scored his first career double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in Florida State’s season opening victory over North Florida. His 15 points and 10 rebounds both ranked as career-high statistics for the Seminoles against the Ospreys. James and current Seminole All-American candidate Chris Singleton now share one more thing in common with double doubles in their first career games. Singleton earned a 12 point and 17 rebound performance in his first career game against Jacksonville on Nov. 15, 2008 in the season opener to the 2008-09 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UNC Greensboro and win its second game to open the 2010-11 season. The Seminoles have won at least their first two games in each of the last six regular seasons;
…Defeat UNC Greensboro and win its second consecutive regular season road game in the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles won at UNC Chapel Hill, 77-67, on Feb. 24, 2010;
…Defeat UNC Greensboro and win its fifth consecutive game in the month of November. The Seminoles closed the month of November in 2009 with three consecutive wins to claim the championship of the Old Spice Classic (with wins over Iona, Alabama and Marquette) and opened the 2010-11 season with a victory over North Florida.
SINGLETON AMONG LEGENDARY SEMINOLE DEFENDERS
Junior Chris Singleton is two blocked shots away from becoming only the third player in school history with at least 100 steals and at least 100 blocked shots in his career. He would join Randy Allen (1980-84, 116 steals, 103 blocked shots) and Douglas Edwards (1991-93, 123 steals, 121 blocked shots) as the only players in school history to reach the century mark in both steals and blocked shots. Edwards was the 15th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
SINGLETON’S STRONG SECOND HALF AGAINST NORTH FLORIDA
Junior Chris Singleton enjoyed a particularly strong second half in helping the Seminoles to their season-opening 75-55 win over North Florida. He scored nine points, blocked three shots and earned two steals in 19 minutes of play as the Seminoles pulled away for the win. After zero blocks and zero steals in seven foul-plagued first half minutes, Singleton played like his offensive and defensive self as Florida State pulled away for the victory,
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO RANK AS NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
…Florida State held North Florida to a 34.0 percent shooting mark from the field in its season opening win over the Ospreys. It marked the 33rd time in the last 34 games that the Seminoles have held their opponent below 50 percent shooting form the field. Florida State ranked as the statistical national champions during the 2009-10 season as it limited its opponents to a .377 shooting mark from the field;
…Florida State earned 10 steals – with junior guard Deividas Dulkys earning a career-high tying four steals – in its win over North Florida. It marked the fourth time in the last seven games that the Seminoles have earned at least 10 steals. Florida State ranked second in the ACC with an 8.3 steals per game average last season;
…Florida State blocked seven shots – with three each coming from Wooden Award and All-American candidate Chris Singleton and Bernard James – in defeating North Florida on Friday night. The Seminoles led the ACC with a 6.9 blocked shots per game average.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE AGAINST NORTH FLORIDA…
…Every Seminole that played against North Florida (10 players) each had at least one rebound;
…Six of the 10 Seminoles who earned playing time against the Ospreys earned at least one steal. All-American candidate Chris Singleton (two) and junior Deividas Dulkys earned multiple steals;
…Freshman Ian Miller led the Seminoles with three assists. He was one of six Seminoles who earned at least one assist in the season opening victory;
…Florida State never trailed and led by as many as 21 points. The game was tied a 2-2 but the lead never changed hands during the game.
NEWCOMER Bernard James LED FLORIDA STATE IN…
…Points scored (15), rebounds (10), field goals made (seven), field goals attempted (10), free throws attempted (four), offensive rebounds (three), defensive rebounds (seven), total rebounds (10), blocked shots (three) and minutes played (28) in his career debut against North Florida on Friday night.
FLORIDA STATE’S FABULOUS NEWCOMERS
Florida State’s fabulous newcomers – junior college transfer Bernard James (15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), freshman Okaro White (six points, five rebounds and one blocked shot) and freshman Ian Miller (zero points, three rebounds and three assists) combined for 21 points, 18 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists in the Seminoles’ win over North Florida. James led the way with a team-high tying 28 minutes played.
FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING FIVE AGAINST NORTH FLORIDA
Florida State’s starting line-up of forwards Xavier Gibson (four career starts) and Chris Singleton (67 career starts) and guards Deividas Dulkys (23 career starts), Michael Snaer (11 career starts) and Derwin Kitchen (49 career starts) made up the Seminoles’ starting line-up for the first time in their victory over North Florida. That particular line-up has started a cumulative total of 154 games in the last three seasons. All-American candidate Chris leads the group with 67 career starting assignments.
KITCHEN PERFECT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Derwin Kitchen was a perfect four of four from the free throw line – with two coming in each half – to lead Florida State from the line against North Florida. Kitchen’s second free throw in the second half (which gave Florida State an 11 point lead, 58-47) was the 100th made free throw of his career.
LOUCKS’ PENCHANT FOR BIG 3-POINT SHOTS
Junior guard Luke Loucks made another one of his particularly big 3-point shots in the second half of Florida State’s win over North Florida. After the Ospreys have whittled a once 19-point lead by the Seminoles (with 16:24 remaining in the game) to a mere five points lead (with 10:46 left to play), Loucks nailed a 3-pointer from the right elbow to increase the Seminoles’ lead back out to eight points. Loucks’ 3-point shot stopped a 14-0 run that saw the score go from 50-31 to 50-45 in a matter of just over five minutes. He most recently made a game-winning 3-point shot with 1:52 left against Miami on March 6, 2010 to give the Seminoles a 61-60 advantage – in their 61-60 win over the Hurricanes. Loucks has now made 41 3-point shots for his career.