Nov. 18, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State opens its 58th season of men’s basketball as it plays host to Texas Southern in its 2004-05 season opener. The Seminoles open the season with 898 wins in program history and need only two to reach the 900-win mark. Florida State has won two consecutive season openers (both under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton) and are looking to match their longest winning streak in season opening games since winning three straight to begin the 1997, 1998 and 1999 seasons.
FLORIDA STATE IN SEASON OPENERS
Florida State has won 11 of its last 14 season openers dating to the opening game of the 1990-91 season. Entering Friday’s game against Texas Southern, the Seminoles have won 11 of their last 12 and 39 of 40 all-time season home openers.
Florida State In The First Game of the Season
Category Record Winning Percentage
Home Openers 39-1 .975
Road Openers 5-10 .333
Neutral Site Openers 1-1 .500
Season Openers 45-12 .789
NOTEWORTHY SEMINOLE NOTES…
…Florida State won its season opener last year with a 69-49 victory over Maine Nov. 21 in the Civic Center;
…Florida State is 45-12 in season openers dating to a 39-36 victory over Spring Hill (Fla.) College Dec. 10, 1947 – the first game in Seminole history;
…Florida State is 53-4 in its home openers during the first 57 years of the Seminole basketball program. The Seminoles have won three consecutive and 43 of their last 44 home openers;
…Florida State opens its season against a team from the state of Texas for the first time since defeating Sam Houston State, 88-51, to being the 1998-99 season;
…Florida State is playing Texas Southern in its season opener for the second time in school history. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers, 95-71, at home to open the 1990-91 season. Florida State ended the in the second round of the NCAA Tournament after beginning the season with a victory over Texas Southern.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its season opener for the third consecutive season and the third-straight year under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated Savannah State, 79-46, to begin the 2002-03 season and beat Maine, 69-49, to being the 2003-04 season;
…Win for the 40th time in 41 games when the season opener is also the home opener. The Seminoles won their first 37 season openers when the first game of the season came at home;
…Play and defeat a school from the state of Texas for the first time since defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 72-56, on Jan. 6, 2003 in Tallahassee.
SEASON-OPENING SEMINOLE NOTES
…Florida State’s largest margin of victory in a season opener came in a 133-79 (+54) victory over UCF on Nov. 25, 1978. The 54-point victory stands as the seventh largest margin of victory in school history;
…The most points scored by a Seminoles’ opponent in a season opener is 97 by Georgia Southern in a 109-97 victory by Florida State to open the 1972-73 season on Dec. 1, 1973;
…The fewest number of points scored in a season opener was 39 against Spring Hill College in a 39-36 victory by Florida State to open the 1947-48 season on Dec. 10, 1947. That game was the first in the history of the Seminole men’s basketball program;
…Florida State has scored 100 points or more nine time in a season opener – most recently the Seminoles defeated Florida Atlantic, 110-59, to open the 1993-94 season on Dec. 1, 1993;
HAMILTON IN SEASON OPENERS
Third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Friday night’s game against Texas Southern having won nine consecutive season openers as a head coach on the collegiate level. He guided Florida State to a 69-49 victory over Maine last season. Hamilton has an 11-5 record (.688) during his collegiate career in season openers.
Hamilton Successful In Season Openers
Date School Opponent Outcome
1986-87 Oklahoma State at Pepperdine L, 61-79
1987-88 Oklahoma State at BYU-Hawaii L, 59-62
1988-89 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh L, 75-93
1989-90 Oklahoma State at North Texas W, 94-66
1990-91 Miami vs. George Mason L, 91-97
1991-92 Miami vs. Barry University W, 80-67
1992-93 Miami vs. Florida International L, 64-72
1993-94 Miami vs. Florida Atlantic W, 85-53
1994-95 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 66-48
1995-96 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 81-58
1996-97 Miami vs. Buffalo W, 78-61
1997-98 Miami at Southern Illinois W, 73-61
1998-99 Miami at Florida Atlantic W, 97-73
1999-00 Miami at Central Florida W, 81-54
2002-03 Florida State vs. Savannah State W, 79-46
2003-04 Florida State vs. Maine W, 69-49
SEMINOLES RECEIVE VOTE IN PRE-SEASON ESPN/USA TODAY POLL
Florida State earned one vote in the ESPN/USA Today poll which was released prior to the season. With one vote the Seminoles’ were tied for 44th in the nation in the pre-season poll. A total of seven Seminole opponents are ranked in the top-25 of the ESPN/USA Today poll.
FAST STARTS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State is 6-0 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.
DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING
Team defense, a staple of every Leonard Hamilton coached team, was on display in Florida State’s lone exhibition game which began the 2004-04 season. The Seminoles limited Pan American University of Mexico to 37 points (17 in the second half), .304 shooting from the field (.273 in the second half) and outrebounded the visitors 51-28 (27-12 in the second half).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ADAM
Senior forward Adam Waleskowski will celebrate his 22nd birthday on November 19 as the Seminoles play host to Texas Southern in their season opener. It will be the first game of his collegiate career on his birthday for Florida State’s leading returner in both rebounds and blocked shots.
SEMINOLES AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Former Seminoles Tim Pickett (New Orleans Hornets), Bob Sura (Houston Rockets) and Charlie Ward (Houston Rockets) began the season on the roster of an NBA team. Ward is the Rockets’ starting point guard and averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 assists per game. Pickett was activated from the injured list Nov 16 and Sura began the season on the injured reserve list.
SEMINOLES PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH AT ACC OPERATION BASKETBALL
Florida State was picked to finish seventh in the ACC in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association at the annual ACC Operation Basketball Oct. 31 in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles were selected to finish seventh in the league behind Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke, NC State and Maryland and were followed by Virginia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami.
EYE-POPPONG NUMBERS ON FLORIDA STATE’S FRESHMEN
Florida State’s trio of freshmen (Ralph Mims, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann) is accustomed to winning and bring an attitude of winning to the Seminoles’ lineup. The three players led their respective prep teams to a combined record of 65-10 (.867 winning percentage) and averaged 24.7 points per game during the 2003-04 high school season. Mims led his team to the state championship game in Maine while Swann led his team to the high school national championship.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (10 pts and 8 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (14 pts and 11 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
C #54 Anthony Richardson (6 pts and 4 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (11 pts and 3 asts vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (6 pts and 1 ast vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #22 Von Wafer (Did not play against Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
G #2 Antonio Griffin (9 pts and 4 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (4 pts and 5 asts vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (Did not play vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
F #10 Ralph Mims (14 pts and 4 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (16 pts and 7 rebs vs. Pan American in exhibition game, 11/10/04)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TEXAS SOUTHERN
F #50 Raymond Warner (1.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg in 19 games as a junior in 2003-04)
F #55 Jason Arbet (1.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg in 8 games as a freshman in 2003-04)
G #11 Justin Wilson (14 pts in 3 asts against Texas A&M Kingsville, 11/10/04)
G #12 Sean Walker (10.6 ppg, 3.1 in 28 games as a junior in 2003-04)
G #23 Mike Sneed (8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg in 29 games as a junior in 2003-04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Nov. 27, 1990; FSU 95, TSU, 75
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 27, 1990; FSU 95, TSU, 75
Last Texas Southern Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 27, 1990; FSU 95, TSU, 75
Last Texas Southern Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Texas Southern, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Texas Southern: 1-02004-05 FLORIDA STATE ROSTER
No. Name Yr. Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
2 Antonio Griffin Jr. F 6-6 210 Compton, Calif.
3 Isaiah Swann Fr. G 6-1 197 Germantown, Md.
4 Todd Galloway Jr. G 5-11 178 Baltimore, Md.
10 Ralph Mims Fr G 6-2 200 Pensacola, Fla.
12 Al Thornton So. F 6-7 208 Perry, Ga.
20 Andrew Wilson Jr. G 6-6 206 Kennesaw, Ga.
21 Jason Rich Fr. G 6-3 185 Pensacola, Fla.
22 Von Wafer So. G 6-5 210 Homer, La.
24 Ben Engstrom So. G 6-2 175 Libertyville, Ill.
25 Diego Romero Jr. F 6-10 245 Comodoro, Argentina
32 Alexander Johnson So. F 6-6 250 Albany, Ga.
51 Adam Waleskowski Jr. F 6-8 240 Kettering, Ohio
54 Anthony Richardson Jr. F 6-7 205 Raleigh, N.C.