Nov. 28, 2004
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. –
Florida State faces Texas Christian University in the final round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. The Seminoles begin play against the Horned Frogs looking to win their third game of the season and even their record at 2-2 in the four-game Corpus Christi Challenge. The Seminoles look to get back on the winning track against TCU as they play their second game in two days. It marks the only time during the regular season that Florida State plays on consecutive days. The next time the Seminoles could play on back to back days is in the ACC Tournament (March 10-13) in Washington, D.C. Sunday’s game against TCU is the second of four consecutive road games for the Seminoles as they travel to play at Minnesota (Nov. 30; 7:30 p.m.) in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge Tuesday night in Minneapolis and at Ole Miss (Dec. 4; 2:00 p.m.) in Oxford, Miss. The Seminoles return to the friendly confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee against Florida International (Dec. 12; 3:30 p.m.) the day after Florida State celebrates its winter graduation.
CORPUS CHRISTI CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Florida State closes out the inaugural Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge Sunday against Texas Christian University. The Seminoles have faced Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Shawnee State and Kent State with today’s final game coming against TCU. The Seminoles did not face Old Dominion during the event. The event began Nov. 21 and concludes Nov. 28 with 12 games being played among the six teams.
Game By Game In The Corpus Christi Challenge
Date Time Opponents
Nov. 21 4:00 p.m. Shawnee State (60) at TCU (74)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (70) at Florida State (67)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Kent State (59) at Old Dominion (64)
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Shawnee State (65) at Florida State (88)
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (58) at Kent State (76)
Nov. 25 7:00 p.m. Old Dominion (67) at TCU (62)
Nov. 27 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion (99) vs. Shawnee State (54)
Nov. 27 6:00 p.m. Florida State (59) vs. Kent State (69)
Nov. 27 8:30 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (85) vs. TCU (79)
Nov. 28 2:00 p.m. Kent State vs. Shawnee State
Nov. 28 6:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. Old Dominion
Nov. 28 8:30 p.m. TCU vs. Florida State
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat TCU and wins its third game of the season. It would mark the second consecutive season and third time in four years that the Seminoles have won at least three games during the month of November;
…Defeat TCU and beat a current team from Conference USA for the first time since defeating TCU in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated the Horned Frogs, 96-87, in the first round of the tournament in Oklahoma City on March 13, 1998.
SWANN REMAINS PERFECT FROM FREE THROW LINE
Freshman guard Isaiah Swann was two-of-two from the free throw line against Kent State and enters Sunday’s game against TCU a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line during the first four games of his career. He was four-of-four against both Texas Southern and Shawnee State and is tied for the team lead with 10 free throws made while leading the team in free throw percentage (1.000).
SWANN AMONG THE TEAM LEADERS
Freshman guard Isaiah Swann leads the team in assists (14) and free throw percentage (1.000) while ranking tied for first in free throws made (10), second on the team in steals (six) and seventh on the team in scoring (6.8 ppg).
SWANN RECORDS FIVE CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST KENT STATE
Freshman guard Isaiah Swann record career-highs in minutes played (24), field goals made (five), field goals attempted (seven), field goal percentage (.571) and steals (four) against Kent State in the third round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge. He has six assists in each of the last two games and his 14 assists on the season leads the team.
GALLOWAY FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Junior guard Todd Galloway is Florida State’s leader with five 3-point field goals made during the first four games of the season. He has made five of his last eight attempts from the bonusphere (.625) in the last three games and has made at least one long range field goal in each of the last three games. Since making his historic 3-point shot against North Carolina last Jan. 11 to tie the Seminoles’ game with the Tar Heels at 78 and help Florida State recover from a 24-point deficit, Galloway is shooting .340 (16-of-47) from the 3-point arc. Galloway’s 3-point shot in January helped the Seminoles beat the No. 7 ranked Tar Heels, 90-81, in Tallahassee.
Junior Todd Galloway recorded one steal against Kent State to bring his team-leading total to seven. He has at least one steal in three of Florida State’s first four games of the season.
THORNTON TRIPLES HIS PLEASURE
Sophomore forward Al Thornton is averaging a career-high 26.3 minutes played per game through the first four games of the season. He is averaging nearly 18 minutes played per game more this season (26.3 mpg) than he did during his freshman season (7.9 mpg). Thornton played in a freshman season-high of 18 minutes against South Carolina State on Nov. 28, 2003. He has played in 18 or more minutes in three of the first four games of the season and earned a career-high 25 minutes of playing time against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 22.
NOTING Al Thornton…
…He begins Sunday’s game against TCU ranked second on the team with 20 rebounds and a career-high 5.0 rebounds per game average;
…He is third on the team with six offensive rebounds – he totaled 17 offensive rebounds in 30 games as a freshman;
…He has made 10 field goals in four games this season including five against Texas A&M Corpus Christi – he made 30 field goals in 30 games as a freshman;
…He scored his career-high of 15 points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Nov. 22 – he scored 84 total points (2.8 ppg) in 30 games as a freshman.
J. RICH ENJOYS BEST GAME OF EARLY CAREER
Freshman Jason Rich scored his career-high of 11 points on a career-high five field goals to go along with a career-high four assists in a career-high 24 minutes played against Kent State Saturday night. His outing marked the first time during his three game career that he had scored in double figures – he scored more points against Kent State (11) than he did during the first two games of his career (eight against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and two against Shawnee State). Rich’s five-of-seven shooting night against Kent State upped his field goal shooting percentage to .563 and made him one of five Seminoles who enter Sunday’s game against TCU to be shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
J. RICH BY THE NUMBERS…
…He is averaging 9.5 points scored per game in the last two games (19 total points) after scoring just two points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in his collegiate debut Nov. 22;
…He entered Saturday’s game against Kent State shooting .444 from the field and left the game shooting .563 from the field. He raised his shooting percentage by 12 percentage points with his five-of-seven shooting performance from the field against the Golden Flashes;
…He has eight assists against only two turnovers in the last two games and enters Sunday’s game against TCU ranked second on the team with eight assists;
…He is among the team leaders with a 4:1 assist:turnover ratio. He recorded a perfect night against Shawnee State with four assists and zero turnovers. He has recorded four assists in each of the last two games and in two of his first three games as a Seminole.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (6.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 14 pts and 9 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.3 ppg, 1.8 apg; 10 pts and 2 assts vs. Texas A&M C.C, 11/22/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
F #2 Antonio Griffin (3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.8 ppg, 3.5 apg; 10 pts and 6 asts vs. Kent State, 11/27/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/22/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (7.0 ppg, 2.7 apg; 11 pts and 4 asts vs. Kent State, 11/27/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Kent State, 11/27/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 9 pts and 2 rebs vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
F #32 Marcus Sloan (4.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg; Team leader with 9 blks, team leader in blks last 2 yrs)
C #12 Femi Ibikunle (4.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg; Among team leaders in both pts and rebs per game)
G #3 Corey Santee (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg; Season-high 20 points vs. Texas Tech, 11/23/04)
G #3 Nile Murry (10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg; Fourth on team in scoring with 10.5 ppg average)
G #10 Marcus Shropshire (12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; Season-high 21 pts vs. Tex.-Arlington, 11/19/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TCU – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: The series is tied, 1-1
Last Game: March 13, 1998; FSU 96, TCU 87
Last Florida State Win: March 13, 1998; FSU 96, TCU 87
Last TCU Win: Dec. 12, 1963; TCU 66, FSU 60
Last Florida State Win On A Neutral Site: March 13, 1998; FSU 96, TCU 87
Last TCU Win In Neutral Site: None
Florida State vs. TCU, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. TCU: 0-1
THE FLORIDA STATE/TCU SERIES
The Florida State/Texas Christian University series dates back to the 1963-64 season and is tied at one win for each team. The Seminoles won the most recent, and most important, meeting between the two teams in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Playing as the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles defeated the No. 5 seeded (and No. 15 ranked) Horned Frogs, 96-87, in a game played in Oklahoma City. Following their victory over TCU, the Seminoles fell to No. 13 seeded Valparaiso, 83-77, in overtime during the second round of the tournament. Florida State was led by Randell Jackson (12.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Terrell Baker (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Lamar Greer (11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Corey Louis (10.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) in finishing with an 18-14 record that season.
WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS
Florida State junior Diego Romero and Texas Christian senior Aaron Curtis were teammates for two years at Lon Morris Junior College in Texas during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. The pair helped Lon Morris advance to the Region XIV Tournament both seasons and to the National Junior College Championship Tournament in 2002.
ROMERO HOT FROM THE FIELD
Junior Diego Romero enters Sunday’s game against TCU shooting .700 from the field. He has made each of his six field goal attempts in the last two games (1.000 percent) and has made eight consecutive shots since early in the second half of the Seminoles’ game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Romero made six of his first 12 shots from the field in his first two games and has made each of his last eight attempts in the last three games. He is perfect for the season (three of three) from the 3-point line.
JOHNSON ALSO HOT FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Alexander Johnson has made each of his last six field goal attempts and enters Sunday’s game against TCU shooting .632 percent. He has made 12 of his last 14 shots (.857) in the first four games of the season; 11 of his last 13 attempts (.846) in the last three games; nine of his last 11 shots (.818) in the last two games and was a perfect two-of-two from the field against Kent State.