November 17, 2003 - by
Second Half Surge Leads to 75-65 Victory For FSU Men’s Basketball

Nov. 17, 2003


An 18-4 run to start the second half paved the way for a 75-65 exhibition victory over Team Nike by the Florida State University men’s basketball team on Monday (November 17). The Seminoles shot 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the floor in the second frame to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit.

Only two Florida State players reached double digits, led by senior guard Tim Pickett (Daytona Beach, Fla.). The Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection topped the Tribe with 23 markers, including 5-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. He added seven boards, three assists, one steal and a block.
Also getting into double-digit action was rookie forward Alexander Johnson (Albany, Ga.) as he added 11 points off the beach. Twin digits were put up in the rebounding column by forward Anthony Richardson (Raleigh, N.C.). The junior pulled down 11 boards, while adding six points.

A cold shooting hand by the hosts, combined with good shooting and rebounding from Team Nike, led to a 40-27 halftime advantage by the visitors. Florida State shot just 11-of-37 (29.7 percent), while being outrebounded 28-19 in the first stanza.

“This was game of two different halves,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “As a coach some times you wonder how you can do all the things to prevent you from having a start to any game like that. The only thing positive I can say about the first half is that hopefully we got it out of our system and maybe our guys will take from this how not to do things.”

The tables were turned during the second 20 minutes as the Seminoles held a 23-13 rebounding advantage while holding Team Nike to just 30 percent shooting in the final stanza. Florida State picked up its perimeter defense in the second half, limiting the visitors to 1-of-14 in the second half after Team Nike went 9-of-30 from behind the arc to start the game.

Coming out of the locker room the Seminoles went inside to center Mike Mathews (Blountstown, Fla.) as he scored all six of his points in the first four minutes. Johnson added five markers, including a three-point play, and Todd Galloway’s (Baltimore, Md.) lay-up with 14:55 remaining gave FSU the lead for good at 45-44.

“On a positive note, I thought we came back in the second half and played with a lot more energy,” Hamilton added. “We were a little smarter with the ball. We ran some more sets the second half and we generated some offense from our defense.”

Monday’s contest was Florida State’s last tune-up before the season opener on Friday. The Seminoles start the regular season with a 7 p.m. contest against Maine at the Leon Count Civic Center.

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