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Noles Vs. Butler

Dec. 23, 2010




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HONOLULU, Hi. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won a season-high tying five games, plays Butler in the semifinal round of the second annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu on Thurs, Dec. 23 at 10:00 (EST). The game is scheduled locally for 5:00 (HT). The Seminoles advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament with a 70-62 win over Hawaii – a game which they led by as many as 17 points in the second half of the game. The win marked Florida State’s eighth consecutive regular season tournament victory over the last three seasons. The Seminoles have won two consecutive regular season tournaments with championship title wins at the 2008 Global Sports Classic and the 2009 Old Spice Classic. In defeating Hawaii, the Seminoles win their fourth true road game of the season and their fifth consecutive game as they have won each of their games since a December 5 win over Hartford. Florida State is 5-0 during the month of December entering Thursday’s game and have won 11 consecutive games played in the month of December – a steak that began with an 82-62 victory over Florida International on Feb, 6, 2009. Following Thursday’s game against Butler, the Seminoles will face either Baylor or Washington State in the final round of the tournament on Sat. Dec. 25.

THAT’S A RECORD FOR KITCHEN
Florida State senior guard Derwin Kitchen set a new Diamond Head Classic record for steals in a single game with five in the Seminoles’ victory over Hawaii. His total surpassed the record of four by Paul McCoy of SMU against Northeastern and by Mickey McConnell of St. Mary’s vs. Hawaii in 2009. The five steals for Kitchen also tied his career high; he earned five steals against Duke on Jan. 10, 2009 and against Wake Forest on March 3, 2010.

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE SINGLETON COMES WITHIN ONE OF RECORD
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton pulled 12 rebounds in Florida State’s first round win over Hawaii in the 2010 Diamond Head Classic. He came within one rebound of tying the tournament record for rebounds in a game. The tournament record for rebounds is 13 by Petras Balocka of Hawaii against the College of Charleston in 2009.

FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE CONTINUES ITS REIGN OF TERROR IN HAWAII
Florida State, which has the best defense in all of college basketball, established Diamond Head Classic records in steals in a game (14) and blocked shots in a games (seven) in its victory over Hawaii on Wednesday. Led by Derwin Kitchen’s tournament record five steals, the Seminoles surpassed the tournament record of 11 steals by UNLV against SMU in 2009. In addition, the Seminoles were led by three blocked shots by Bernard James to total seven blocked shots and surpass the previous record of six by St. Mary’s vs. Hawaii in 2009. Florida State’s 14 steals marked its second highest total of the 2010-11 season and raised its average to 9.5 per game. The Seminoles’ 114 steals are the most of any team in the ACC.

FLORIDA STATE’S OFFENSE GETS INTO THE ACT, TOO
Led by a career-high four 3-point field goals made by freshman Okaro White, Florida State made 10 3-point field goals made in its win over Hawaii. The Seminoles 27 3-point field goal attempts tied the tournament record. The College of Charleston also attempted 27 shots from the bonusphere in 2009. The Seminoles’ 10 3-point field goals made tied their season high of 10 which also came in their victory over Florida International on Nov. 18.

FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS AGAINST HAWAII…
…Florida State held Hawaii to .353 shooting from the fields to mark the 12th consecutive opponent this season and the 79th opponent in the last 80 games that the Seminoles have held to 50 percent shooting from the field or lower. Only Gonzaga during the 2010 NCAA Tournament has shot 50 percent or better from the field Seminoles’ last 80 games;
…Florida State’s defense forced Hawaii into 23 turnovers – the second highest total it has forced this season and most since forcing 26 in its’ victory over UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14, 2010;
…Florida State earned 14 steals and enters Thursday’s game against Butler as the ACC leader in steals with 114. The Seminoles have recorded at least 10 steals in five different games this season;
…Florida State scored 70 points and won its ninth game of the season when it has scored at least 70 points. The Seminoles also won as it scored 60 points in defeating Hartford on Dec. 5;
…Florida State made as may free throws (20) as Hawaii attempted (20) in its victory on Wednesday. It marked the fourth time the Seminoles had made at last as many or more free throws than their opponents had attempted in a given game;
…Florida State outrebounded Hawaii by 15 rebounds (48-33). The Seminoles are undefeated when they have outrebounded their opponent this season. Their plus 15 rebound margin was their second highest margin of the season following a plus 28 (59-31) mark in their win over Hartford on Dec. 5;
…Florida State made as many field goals (20) as it did free throws (20) in its win over Hawaii. Only once this season have the Seminoles made more free throws then field goals (32 free throws vs. 28 field goals) in their win over Stetson on Dec. 15;
…Florida State blocked seven shots in its win over Hawaii with six coming from players off of the bench. Bernard James blocked three shots while Okaro White, Terrance Shannon and Jon Kreft blocked one shot each;
…Freshman Okaro White made a single game career high four 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ win over Hawaii. He had made a total of two 3-point field goals in the first 11 games of his career with one each coming against Mercer (Nov. 23) and Clemson (Dec. 12);
…Junior Bernard James entered Florida State’s game against Hawaii with six steals in the first 11 games of the season – he totaled single game career-high of three against the Rainbow Warriors;
…Florida State gained its fourth win of the season on an opponents’ home court – the Seminoles had six true road game victories during the 2009-10 season;

WHITE HAS A BREAKOUT GAME
Florida State’s Okaro White totaled a career-high 19 points on a career-high four made 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ 70-62 win over Hawaii on Thursday night. It was the most point scored by a Seminole freshman since Alexander Johnson also scored 19 in Florida State’s victory over Ole Miss on Dec. 3, 2003. Johnson was a perfect five of five from the field and a near perfect nine of 10 from the field in the Seminoles’ 66-60 victory over the Rebels in Tallahassee.

KITCHEN SCORES 20 AGAINST HAWAII
Senior guard Derwin Kitchen scored 20 points and pulled down four rebounds in Florida State’s win over Hawaii. It marked the second time during his career that he has scored at least 20 points in a game – he scored his career high of 29 points against Maryland on Feb. 4, 2010. It marked the sixth time this season that Kitchen has scored in double figure and the first time this season he has led the team in scoring.

JAMES RAISES BLOCKED SHOTS TOTAL TO 29
Junior Bernard James blocked three shots against Hawaii to raise his total to 29 – he is now Florida State’s leader in blocked shots and is ranked third in the ACC. He has blocked at least three shots in seven of the Seminoles’ 12 games and has blocked at least one shot in 11 of Florida State’s 12 games. James only block-less game came against Loyola Marymount on Dec. 18.

SINGLETON CONTINUES TO LEAD FLORIDA STATE IN STEALS
Junior Chris Singleton, the top contender for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defender, earned two steals to raise his season total to 32 and his per game average to 2.7 per game. He continues to lead the ACC in steals and has earned at least one steal in each the Seminoles’ 12 games this season.

SINGLETON IS THE ACC’S CHIEF THIEF
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton is the chief thief in the ACC in the last two seasons with 103 steals in 47 games for a 2.19 steals per game average. Since the start of the 2009-10 season he has multiple steals in 33 of the Seminoles’ 44 games, at least one steal in 42 of the Seminoles’ 44 games and at least three steals in 14 of the Seminoles’ 44 games. During his 79 game career – he has at least one steal in 69 of 79 games and has never gone more than two games during his career without at least one steal.

SINGELTON’S BLOCKED SHOTS AND STEALS
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton continues to prove himself as the top defender in all of college basketball for the 2010-11 season. He enters Thursday’s game against Butler only four blocks shy of 125 for his career, having already surpassed the 150 mark for steals and only nine rebounds shy of 500 for his career. He is looking to become the first player in school history with 500 career rebounds, 150 steals and 125 blocked shots.

FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 193 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 12, 2005 at Clemson.

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