December 24, 2010 - by
Noles Vs. Baylor

Dec. 24, 2010




HONOLULU, Hi. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won four of its five games away from home this season, plays No. 15/15 Baylor in the third place game of the 2010 Diamond Head Classic on Sat. Dec. 25, 2010 at 2:30 (HT) at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii. Florida State defeated Hawaii, 70-62, in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday before falling, 67-64, to Butler in the semifinal round on Thursday. After a day off in between games, the Seminoles complete play in the third round of the event against the Bears in the first Christmas day game in school history. Florida State’s game against No. 15 Baylor marks Florida State’s third game of the season against a ranked team; the Seminoles have also played No. 2/2 Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and No. 14/16 – with both of those games coming in Tallahassee. Following Saturday’s game against Baylor, Florida State will travel back to Tallahassee before taking on Auburn of the SEC on Jan. 3 in Auburn, Ala. The Seminoles’ game against Auburn will be their final regular season non-conference game before they gat back into ACC play at Virginia Tech on Jan. 8. Florida State opened ACC play with a 75-69 win over Clemson on Dec. 12 in Tallahassee.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
Florida State’s game against Baylor on Christmas Day in the Diamond Head Classic marks the first game in school history that will be played on Christmas Day.

FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters its game against No. 15/15 Baylor in the Diamond Head Classic with 17 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first nine years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 17 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006) and No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009). The Seminoles most recently defeated a top 15 ranked team as they defeated No. 15 Georgia Tech (Dec. 20, 2009, 66-59 in overtime) to open their ACC schedule last season. Florida State has defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team three times with its most recent coming over No. 1 ranked North Carolina (Feb. 14. 2009) in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament – a win that advanced Florida State to the championship game of the tournament for the first time in school history. Most recently, the Seminoles defeated two nationally ranked Georgia Tech teams last season to run the Seminoles’ consecutive season streak of defeating a ranked team to 21 consecutive years.

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE SINGLETON GETS BACK ON TRACK
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton nearly earned his fifth double double of the season with a 28 point, nine rebound and one blocked shot performance in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic against Butler. Singleton was only one rebound shy of his fifth double double of the season. His 28 points against the Bulldogs marked the second highest single game scoring total of his career – behind only his 30 point performance in the Seminoles’ win over Gardner Webb on Nov. 15, 2010.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Baylor and gain a win over a nationally ranked opponent for the first time this season. It would mark a win over at least one ranked team for the 22nd consecutive season;
…Defeat Baylor to earn its 11th victory of the season before the end of the month of December for the fifth consecutive season. The Seminoles average 22.0 wins per season in the last four years and are the fourth winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2006-07 season.

SINGLETON ENJOYS BEST HALF OF CAREER
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton scored 26 of his 28 total points in the second half of Florida State’s game against Butler on Thursday for the best single scoring half of his career. In scoring his 26 second half points, Singleton made eight of 11 field goal attempts (.727), was six of nine from the 3-point line (.667) and was a perfect four for four (1.000) from the free throw line. His 26 second half points surpassed his total of 17 points in the first half against Gardner Webb on Nov. 15 as he scored his career high of 30 points against the Bulldogs.

SINGLETON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior All-American Chris Singleton was a perfect four of four form the free throw line against Butler on Thursday and has made 11 of his last 12 free throw attempts (.917) since the second half of Florida State’s victory over Stetson on Dec. 15. He enters Saturday’s game against Baylor shooting a career high .762 from the free throw line this season after shooting .496 from the line as a sophomore. The All-American continues to improve in all areas of his game but in none more than from the free throw line where he entered the season shooting a combined .548 from the line in the first two seasons of his career. Singleton has made nearly as many free throws this season (48 / 3.7 free throws made per game) as he did last season (57 / 1.8 free throws made per game).

KITCHEN LEADS FLORIDA STATE IN REBOUNDS AGAINST BUTLER
Senior guard Derwin Kitchen pulled down 10 rebounds – the second time this season he has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in a game – as he pulled down a game high for rebounds against the Bulldogs. It marked the third time this season the Seminoles’ point guard has been the leading rebounder in a game. He pulled down a game and career high 13 rebounds against Hartford (Dec. 5) and a game high nine rebounds in the Seminoles’ ACC victory over Clemson (Dec. 12).

KITCHEN FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior guard Derwin Kitchen has made five consecutive free throws and enters Saturday’s game against Baylor shooting a career-high .784 from the free throw line. He made seven of 10 shots from the free throw line in the Seminoles’ win over Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic and is shooting .750 (nine of 12) from the free throw line in his first two games of the Diamond Head Classic. Kitchen is averaging a career high 2.2 free throws made per game this season as compared to 0.9 free throws made per game as a junior.

SNAER PERFECT IN LAST FIVE GAMES FROM FREE THROW LINE
Sophomore Michael Snaer has made 10 consecutive free throws and is shooting a career-high .826 from the free throw line. He has made each of his shots from the free throw line since the second half of Florida State’s win over Mercer on Nov. 23. Snaer has made two free throws each against Clemson (Dec. 12), Stetson (Dec. 15), Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18), Hawaii (Dec. 22) and Butler (Dec. 23) and has made 18 of his last 21 free throws since making five of six shots in the Seminoles’ win over Gardner Webb on Nov. 15.

SHANNON CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
Sophomore Terrance Shannon scored five points in Florida State’s game against Butler to mark the fourth consecutive games in which he has scored at least five points. He scored his career high of 13 points in the Seminoles’ win over Stetson and is averaging 8.3 points per game in his last four games. Shannon has already scored 51 points and is averaging 5.1 points score per game this season and has already scored more points this season in 10 games (51 / 5.1 points per game) than he scored in 18 games (31 points /1.7 points per game) as a freshman. Shannon has already scored more points this season (51-31), played more minutes (99-93) and pulled down nearly as many rebounds this season (15-19) as he did during his entire freshman season.

JAMES BLOCKS SHOT AGAINST BUTLER; LEADS SEMINOLES WITH 30 BLOCKS
Junior Bernard James blocked one shot in Florida State’s game against Butler and enters Saturday’s game against Baylor as the Seminoles’ leader with 30 blocks and a 2.3 blocked shots per game. He has blocked at least one shot in 12 of the Seminoles’ 13 games (he did not block a shot in the Seminoles’ game against Loyola Marymount) and has blocked multiple shots in seven of the first 13 games of his Seminole career.

SINGLETON AND JAMES – TOP SHOT BLOCKING TANDEM
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton (27 blocked shots) and junior Bernard James (30 blocked shots) are the second highest shot blocking tandem in the ACC. Singleton and James have blocked at least one shot each in 12 of the Seminoles’ 13 games (each game but the Seminoles’ victory over Loyola Marymount) and have allowed the Seminoles to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the second consecutive season. Singleton and James (57 combined blocked shots) have more blocked shots than six ACC teams – more than Clemson (52), Virginia Tech (49), Duke (49), Miami (49), Virginia (38) and Boston College (34).

SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State, which outrebounded Hawaii (48-33, +15) and Butler (38-25, +13) by an average of 14 rebounds in the first two rounds of the Diamond Head Classic, leads the ACC with a +8.3 rebound margin. The Seminoles have outrebounded 11 of their first 13 opponents including seven of their 13 opponents by 10 or more rebounds. Florida State outrebounded Hartford by 28 rebounds (59-31) in defeating the Hawks on Dec. 5. The Seminoles’ limited Hartford to nine points and 8.8 shooting from the field in the second half of their 60-38 win in Tallahassee.

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