Jan. 26, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University senior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting .500 from the field, .438 from the 3-point line and .867 from the free throw line in leading the Seminoles to victories over No. 10 North Carolina and No. 7 Wake Forest, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second time this season and third time during his career that he has earned the weekly award.
Pickett scored 30 points including 22 after halftime and six in overtime to lead the Seminoles to a 90-81 overtime victory over North Carolina Thursday night in Tallahassee. It marked the third time during his 47-game Seminole career the guard had scored at least 30 points in a single game.
Pickett made eight field goals (three from 3-point range) and 11 free throws in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina. He scored eight first half points, 16 in the second half and six in the overtime period. In the last five minutes of the second half he made a lay-up to cut the Seminoles deficit to three at 71-74, two free throws to again cut the deficit to three at 73-76 and two more free throws to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to three again at 75-78. In the overtime period he made a 3-pointer to put Florida State up five at 83-78, a jumper to put the Seminoles up 75-78 and a free throw to put the Seminoles ahead 90-81 with 17 seconds left in the contest.
Pickett scored 18 second-half points against Wake Forest to lead the Seminoles past the Demon Deacons for the first time in the last eight games. After being held scoreless in the first half, Pickett broke out and made six of nine shots from the field (including four of six from 3-point range) and two free throw shots in two attempts. His 18 points in the final 20 minutes allowed the Seminoles (who trailed by as many as eight during the half) to stay close before taking their first lead of the game with 0:45 seconds remaining in the game. Pickett then closed out the game with two free throws for the final winning margin.
Pickett enters the final week of January as the team leader in several statistical categories. He is the Seminoles’ leading scorer with a 14.9 points per game average, a 2.3 steals per game average, 55 3-point field goals made a .857 free throw shooting percentage.
Florida State travels to play at Duke Thursday at 9 p.m. in a game televised on espn2. The Seminoles return home and play host to Savannah State Sunday Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for that and all of the reaming home games for the Seminoles.