December 30, 2002 - by
Seminole Men’s Basketball Team Plays Davidson In Fiesta Bowl Calssic

Dec. 30, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. –
Florida State plays Davidson College in the Fiesta Bowl Classic Honoring Bobbi Olson. The Seminoles have won six of their first nine games of the Leonard Hamilton era which began with three consecutive victories. The Seminoles are facing Davidson College for the first time Monday marking one of only two teams on their schedule for the first time during the 2002-03 season. Florida State plays host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi Jan. 6 in the first meeting between the two schools. The Seminoles’ game against the Wildcats is the second of three consecutive games away from home – a road swing that concludes at Virginia Tech Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Florida State’s next home game is Jan. 6 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.


PICKETT CONTINUES TO PUT UP STRONG NUMBERS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett scored 10 points and had three steals against Boston University Saturday. It marked the ninth consecutive game (every Seminole game this season) he has scored in double figures and the seventh time in nine games he has earned three or more steals. Pickett enters Monday’s game against Davidson as the Seminoles’ leader in scoring (15.7 ppg) and steals (3.4 spg) as well as 11 other categories.


JOINER EARNS THIRD CAREER DOUBLE/DOUBLE
Junior All-ACC candidate Michael Joiner scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to secure his third career double/double in Saturday’s game against Boston University and first since his freshman season. He nearly earned a double/double against Stetson Dec. 18 as he scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over the Hatters. Joiner is averaging 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in the last three Florida State games.


SEMINOLES HOLD NINTH OPPONENT BELOW .460 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD
Florida State, which ranked first in the nation in field goal shooting percentage defense in the NCAA statistics dated Dec. 15, held Boston University to .441 shooting from the field in Saturday’s game. It marked the ninth consecutive time this season the Seminoles had held their opponent below .460 shooting from the field. Entering Monday’s game against Davidson, the Seminoles have held each of their opponents below .460 shooting and are holding their opponents to .350 shooting from the field.


SEMINOLES OVER .800 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST BOSTON UNIV.
Florida State shot a near-season high .806 (25-of-31) from the free throw line in Saturday’s game against Boston University. It marked the second time this season the Seminoles had shot above .800 percent from the free throw line (also .818 in their Dec. 2 victory over Iowa). Florida State has made 30 of its last 37 free throw attempts in its last two games for a .789 shooting percentage. Sophomore Anthony Richardson (seven-of-seven), junior Tim Pickett (four-of-four), and freshman Todd Galloway (six-of-six) were all perfect on at least four shots from the line against the Terriers. The Seminoles were 16-of-19 in the second half including 12 of 14 made free throws in the final 10 minutes of the game. Florida State enters Monday’s game shooting a season-high .694 from the line.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Play and defeat Davidson College for the first time in school history. The Seminoles and the Wildcats have never met in the sport of men’s basketball;
…Close out the calendar year with a victory for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Campbell to close out 2001 and beat Morgan State to close out 2000;
…Earn its seventh victory of the season and stop its current, season-long two game losing streak. Florida State opened the season with three consecutive victories before falling to then No. 8 ranked Florida, 58-57, Dec. 6.


NOTING MICHAEL JOINER
…Michael Joiner is playing his second game against a team from his home state of North Carolina as the Seminoles face Davidson College Monday. He had four points and grabbed four rebounds against the North Carolina Tar Heels Dec. 22;
…Michael Joiner has scored in double figures in two of the last three games and five times total this season. He enters Monday’s game averaging 10.7 points per game;
…Michael Joiner pulled down a season-high ten rebounds against Boston University. He earned a season-high nine defense rebounds.


NOTING MARCELL HAYWOOD
…Marcell Haywood earned four minutes of play against Boston University and scored two points on two made free throws. He has now played in four games this season and scored points in all four games;
…Marcell Haywood made a career-high two free throws in a career-high tying two attempts against Boston University. He was perfect from the free throw line for the second time during his career against the Terriers;
…Marcell Haywood was credited with his first assist of the season against Boston University.


NOTING TODD GALLOWAY
…Todd Galloway recorded the first blocked shot of his career in the second half of Florida State’s game against Boston University;
…Todd Galloway tied his career-high with 29 minutes played against Boston University;
…Todd Galloway has made three of his last four 3-point shots in the last three games and has made at least one 3-point shot in four of the last five games (five-of-eight, .625).


NOTING NATE JOHNSON
…Nate Johnson and Tim Pickett are the only two Florida State players who have started each of the Seminoles’ nine games this season;
…Nate Johnson is shooting .800 from the free throw line in the last four games and was a perfect two-of-two against North Carolina;
…Nate Johnson has recorded multiple assists in each of the Seminoles’ nine games and was credited with a career-high 10 assists in Florida State’s victory over Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


NOTING TREVOR HARVEY
…Trevor Harvey scored 10 points against Boston University to mark the third time this season he had scored in double figures. He has scored in double figures in two of the last three games and is averaging 10.3 points per game since Florida State’s victory over Stetson;
…Trevor Harvey has blocked at least one shot in eight of Florida State’s nine games this season. He leads the team with 16 blocked shots and a 1.8 blocks per game average;
…Trevor Harvey has three assists this season including one in each of the last two games. He had four assists in 28 games during the 2001-02 season.


NOTING TIM PICKETT
…Tim Pickett is shooting .899 (24-of-27) from the free throw line. He was a perfect four-of-four from the line against Boston University and has made seven consecutive attempts from the line entering Monday’s game against Davidson;
…Tim Pickett had made at least one 3-point shot in all nine Florida State games and has made multiple 3-points shots in seven of the nine games;
…Tim Pickett has pulled down at least five rebounds in eight of Florida State’s nine games this season and averages a team leading 6.3 rebounds per game. He has pulled down 22 defensive rebounds in the last three games;
…Tim Pickett was credited with four assists against Boston University and enters Monday’s game against Davidson ranked second on the team in assists with 20 for a 2.2 assists per game average.


NOTING MIKE MATHEWS
…Mike Mathews was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line against Boston University and enters Monday’s game against Davidson with six consecutive made shots from the line;
…Mike Mathews has not missed a free throw shot since the season opener against Savannah State, Nov. 24.


NOTING ADAM WALESKOWSKI
…Adam Waleskowski made his first start of the season (and third of his career) against Boston University. He responded with eight points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of play;
…Adam Waleskowski tied his career-high with two assists against Boston University Saturday. He now has eight assists in nine games this season;
…Adam Waleskowski scored his season-high of eight points against Boston University. His eight points were more than he had scored combined (six) in the last three Seminoles games;
…Adam Waleskowski pulled down sis rebounds against Boston University marking the third time this season he had earned six or more rebounds.

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