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Seminole Men’s Basketball Team Plays Host To Texas A&M Corpus Christi Monday

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Nov. 21, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the first round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge Monday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Islanders is the first round of the four-game exempt tournament which will continues Wednesday night in Tallahassee as Florida State plays host to Shawnee State at 7 p.m. The event than moves to the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Tex., where the Seminoles face Kent State (Saturday, Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m.) and TCU (Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 p.m.). The schedule for the tournament is predetermined with the team with the best record during the event being crowned as the champion. As one of the many exempt tournaments being played in college basketball again this season, the four games in the event count as one against Florida State’s limit of 27 regular season games during the regular season. The Corpus Christi Challenge will also utilize a three experimental rules during each of the 12 games of the tournament – the 3-point line is moved back nine inches and will stretch to 20’6″ inches from the basket, the lane is wider by 1½ feet on both sides and an arc underneath the basket which gives both offensive and defensive players the abilities to make plays when attempting to establish position and create and draw a charge.

CORPUS CHRISTI CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Florida State will play four games in the Corpus Christi Challenge which runs from Nov. 21 through Nov. 28. The Seminoles are joined by the host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Kent State, Old Dominion, Shawnee State and Texas Christian in the six-team event. The event began Sunday as TCU played host to Shawnee State and continues Monday with two games including the Seminoles and the Islanders and Old Dominion hosting Kent State.

Game By Game In The Corpus Christi Challenge
Date Time Opponents

Nov. 21 4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at TCU
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Florida State
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Kent State at Old Dominion
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Florida State
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Kent State
Nov. 25 7:00 p.m. Old Dominion at TCU
Nov. 27 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion vs. Shawnee State*
Nov. 27 6:00 p.m. Florida State vs. Kent State*
Nov. 27 8:30 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. TCU*
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*
*denotes games at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi / Times Listed at EST

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and wins its second game of the season. It would mark the third time in Leonard Hamilton’s three-year tenure that the Seminoles had won their first two games of a season;
…Win its eight consecutive game against a team from the state of Texas. The Seminoles have not lost to a team from the Lone Star state since falling to Houston, 79-74, on Jan. 5, 1974.

SEMINOLES PLAY IN SECOND CONSECUTIVE EXEMPT TOURNAMENT
Florida State opens play Monday in the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Seminoles played in a similar tournament last season – the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic – and finished with a 3-1 record.

SEMINOLES OPEN SEASON WITH THREE-GAME HOMESTAND
Including Monday night’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Florida State plays its first three regular season games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles were 15-3 at home last season and have won 13 consecutive regular season non-conference home games. Included in that streak of wins is a 72-56 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 6, 2003. Florida State is 16-1 at home in non-conference regular season games under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton.

ONLY ONE WIN FROM 900
Florida State begins play in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Challenge with 899 wins in program history and need only one to reach the 900 mark. The Seminoles have enjoyed 36 winning season and 12 season of 20 wins or more.

NOTES FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER TEXAS SOUTHERN…
…Florida State won its third consecutive season opener and the 46th in the 58 year history of the men’s basketball program with its 71-62 victory over Texas Southern Friday night at the Donald Tucker Center;
…Florida State held the Tigers to .353 shooting from the field to mark the 30th time in 63 games the Seminoles have held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field;
…Led by junior Diego Romero’s 18 points, all 10 players who played in the game for the Seminoles scored at least two points;
…Junior Andrew Wilson was in the starting lineup against Texas Southern to mark the second time in four years he was in the Seminoles’ opening day starting lineup. He scored 11 points as a starter against Savannah State in a 79-46 Seminole victory Nov. 24, 2002;
…Freshman Ralph Mims scored 17 points to rank second on the team in scoring. It marked the 26th time in the last two seasons a Seminole freshmen had scored in double figures. Mims’ 17 points matched Von Wafer’s 17-point outing at Virginia Jan. 16, 2004 and nearly matched Alexander Johnson’s 19-point outing against Mississippi on Dec. 3, 2003;
…Sophomore Al Thornton tied his career-high with six rebounds against the Tigers. He pulled down six rebounds against South Carolina State (Nov. 28, 2003) and Wagner (Dec. 18, 2003).

ROMERO LEADS SEMINOLES IN SCORING IN DEBUT
Junior Diego Romero scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Texas Southern. He led the team in both statistical categories. Romero became the first Seminole since Tim Pickett to lead Florida State in scoring in his Seminole debut. Pickett scored a team-high 16 points in leading Florida State past Savannah State, 79-46, on Nov. 24, 2002. Other notable Seminoles who led Florida State in scoring in their career debuts include Douglas Edwards (19 points against Texas Southern, Nov. 27, 1990) and Bob Sura (24 points against Siena, Nov. 18, 1992).

MIMS TOTALS 17 POINTS IN DEBUT
Guard Ralph Mims scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Texas Southern to lead Florida State’s outstanding freshman class in both statistical categories. It was the most points by a freshman in his collegiate debut since Michael Joiner scored 18 points in the first game of his career against Florida Nov. 17, 2000.

SEMINOLE FRESHMEN ENJOY OUTSTANDING DEBUT
A pair of freshman – guards Ralph Mims and Isaiah Swann – totaled 25 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 total minutes of play against Texas Southern. The pair combined to shoot eight-of-12 (.667) from the field and seven-of-eight (.875) from the free throw line in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory. Mims led the Seminoles with two 3-point shot made while Swann was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line.

THE NEWCOMERS VS. THE VETERANS
Florida State’s quartet of newcomers (Diego Romero, Antonio Griffin, Isaiah Swann and Ralph Mims) outscored the Seminoles’ group of six veterans (Alexander Johnson, Anthony Richardson, Todd Galloway, Andrew Wilson, Al Thornton and Adam Waleskowski) by a total of 47-24 in Friday night’s victory over Texas Southern. The veteran group pulled down 25 rebounds to the newcomers’ 18.

FAST STARTS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State is 7-0 in the month of November under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles won each of their four November games to begin the 2003-04 season as they bolted out to a school-best tying 10-0 start. Florida State began the Leonard Hamilton era with two November wins to begin the 2002-03 season in winning its first three games of the year. Florida State plays six games during the month of November to begin the 2004-05 season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (18 pts and 9 rebs in career debut vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (3 pts and 6 rebs in starting role against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
C #54 Anthony Richardson (2 pts and 5 rebounds against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (4 pts and 2 asts in second career start against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4 pts and 3 rebs against Texas Southern in 18 consec. Start, 11/19/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #22 Von Wafer (Did not play in season opener against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #2 Antonio Griffin (4 pts and 1 blk against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (8 pts and 1 ast in 12 minutes against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5 pts and 5 rebs against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (17 pts and 7 rebs in career debut against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (6 pts and 6 rebs against Texas Southern, 11/19/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
F #11 Travis Bailey (8 pts and 3 stls against Texas A&M International, 11/20/04)
F #20 Taurean Mitchell (2 pts and 3 rebs against Texas A&M International, 11/20/04)
C #33 Corey Lamkin (13 pts and 10 rebs against Texas A&M International, 11/20/04)
G #5 Corey Stokes (14 pts and 5 rebs against Texas A&M International, 11/20/04)
G #15 Nick Jackson (7 pts and 3 rebs against Texas A&M International, 11/20/04)

TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS
Tonight’s officials will be announced at game time.

FLORIDA STATE VS. TEXAS A7M CORPUS CHRISTI – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Jan. 6, 2003; FSU 72, TAMCC 56
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 6, 2003; FSU 72, TAMCC 56
Last Texas A&M CC Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 6, 2003; FSU 72, TAMCC 56
Last Texas A&M CC Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Texas A&M CC, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Texas A&M CC: 1-0

LAST TIME AGAINST TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI – JAN. 6, 2003
Junior Tim Pickett scored 26 points and contributed the game-breaking play as Florida State defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 72-56, Jan. 6, 2003 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were up by two points, 45-53, with 10:40 remaining in the game when Pickett sprinted across the court on defense to play a shot by Kemar Burrowes. Teammate Trevor Harvey grabbed the deflection and passed to Todd Galloway who scored to begin a 16-3 run for the Seminoles. The Seminoles pushed their lead to 61-46 with the run. Brothers Travis and Thomas Bailey led the Islanders with 13 and 10 points respectively. Corey Lamkin pulled down nine rebounds for the Islanders. Pickett added a team-high seven rebounds and Anthony Richardson added 15 points for the Seminoles.

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