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Seminoles And Tigers Will Battle Thursday

March 5, 2001

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Florida State Seminoles (9-20, 4-12 ACC)
Vs.
Clemson Tigers (11-18, 2-14 ACC)
48th Anual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Thursday, March 8, 2001 – 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Ga.
Seminole Radio Network
ESPN National Television


“In the first half of the season we established that no matter what, we were going to play hard every night. Most of our guys had no idea what the ACC was all about. Now they do.”

Steve Robinson
Florida State University
Feb. 27, 2001

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The Florida State University men’s basketball team will wear a patch with the football uniform number of Devaughn Darling for the remainder of the season. Darling passed away Monday (Feb. 26) at the completion of an off-season workout on the FSU campus. At this time, the cause of death is unknown. A memorial service, attended by more than 1,000 people was held on campus last Thursday. A funeral is scheduled in the Darlings’ hometown of Houston, Tex., Saturday. At the memorial service was a large bouquet of orange and white flowers sent by the Clemson University Department of Athletics.

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays Clemson in the first round of the 48th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Thursday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles enter the tournament having won two consecutive games with victories over Georgia Tech (69-59, Feb. 28) and Clemson (75-63, March 3). It marks the first time in school history that the Seminoles enter the ACC Tournament with a two game winning streak and the first time since the 1998 tournament that Florida State comes to the tournament having won their final regular season game. Florida State has won both of the last two games played in the first round of the ACC tournament.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

  • Win its first game of the ACC Tournament for a school-record third consecutive season,
  • Defeat a conference team for the third consecutive time for the first time since Jan. 15-21, 1995. The Seminoles defeated NC State (107-79), Clemson (67-66) and Duke (78-75) within the span of seven days,
  • Defeat Clemson three times in the same season for the first time ever. The Seminoles and Tigers have met three times in the same season twice during the 1993 and 1999 seasons. Both times the Seminoles won two of the three games,
  • Defeat an ACC team three times in the same season for the first time 1992. The Seminoles defeated NC State at home (98-76, Jan. 25), on the road (87-79, Feb. 10) and in the ACC Tournament (93-80, March 13).

    FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
    Florida State has won two of its last four ACC Tournament games and is looking to win at least one game in the tournament for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles have won one game in each of the last two ACC Tournaments.

    FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON A SERIES HISTORY
    The Series: Florida State leads, 19-14
    Last Game: March 3, 2001, Florida State 75, Clemson 63
    Last Florida State Win: March 3, 2001, Florida State 75, Clemson 63
    Last Clemson Win: Feb. 12, 2000, Clemson 84, Florida State 58
    Last Florida State Win In ACC Tourn: March 4, 1999, Florida State 87, Clemson 85 (OT)
    Last Clemson Win In ACC Tourn:March 12, 1993, Clemson 87, Florida State 75
    Current Streak: Florida State has won 2
    Steve Robinson Vs. Clemson:5-5

    FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT A SERIES HISTORY
    The Series: Florida State is 3-9 in nine ACC Tournaments
    Last Game: March 10, 2000, Maryland 82, Florida State 61
    Last Florida State Win: March 9, 2000, Florida State 63, Georgia Tech 62
    Current Streak: Florida State has lost 1
    Steve Robinson in ACC Tournament: 2-3 (entering his fourth tournament)

    JOINER IN THE SCORING COLUMN AGAINST CLEMSON
    Freshman Michael Joiner scored a near-ACC career-high 14 points against Clemson on March 13 and scored in double figures six times during the conference season. Joiner’s 14 points against Clemson nearly tied his ACC career-high of 16 that he scored against Duke on Jan. 4.

    JOINER AGAINST CLEMSON
    Freshman Michael Joiner averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games against Clemson during the regular season. He scored 14 points in both meetings and shot an even 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field against the Tigers.

    JOINER FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    Freshman Michael Joiner made a career-high two 3-point shots against Clemson in the final game of the regular season. He has now made 13 shots from beyond the arc and ranks fourth on the team in that category. Joiner enters the ACC Tournament having made four 3-point shots in the last five games.

    JOINER TO JOIN SELECT GROUP
    Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Thursday’s ACC Tournament game against Clemson as the Seminoles’ leader in rebounds with a 6.1 rebounds per game average. He is looking to become only the third true freshman to lead the Seminoles in rebounding.

    COMPARING ARRINGTON’S CAREER STATISTICS
    Senior Delvon Arrington has established career-high statistics in seven categories and he is approaching career-high statistics in several more categories.

    ARRINGTON PLAYING
    Senior Delvon Arrington will start his career-high 30th game of the season against Clemson in the ACC Tournament. He has played in a career-high 960 minutes this season and is averaging a career-high 33.1 minutes per game. He is looking to become only the third Florida State player in the last eight years to play 1,000 or more minutes in a single season.

    ARRINGTON’S MINUTES

  • He has played at least 30 minutes a game in seven consecutive games,
  • He has played at least 30 minutes in 13 of the last 14 games,
  • He has played at least 30 minutes in 22 of Florida State’s 29 games this season.

    IN DELVON ARRINGTON’S LAST SIX GAMES

  • He has played 175 minutes and is averaging 34.2 minutes per game,
  • He has scored 83 points for a 13.8 points per game average,
  • He is shooting 55.3 percent from the field (31-of-56),
  • He has grabbed 41 rebounds for a 6.8 rebounds per game average,
  • He has been credited with 32 assists for a 5.3 assists per game average,
  • He has been credited with ten steals for a 1.7 steals per game average.

    ARRINGTON NEARING 500 CAREER ASSISTS
    Senior Delvon Arrington enters Thursday’s game against Clemson in the ACC Tournament as one of only three players in school history with 500 or more career assists. He currently ranks third on the Seminoles’ all-time career assists list. Arrington needs only 99 assists to become the all-time career leader in assists at Florida State.

    MORE ON ARRINGTON’S ASSISTS
    Senior Delvon Arrington recorded a near season-high seven assists against Clemson in the final game of the regular season on March 3. It marked the eighth time this season that he had recorded seven or more assists in a single game this season. The Seminoles are 6-2 this season when Arrington has seven or more assists in a single game.

    ARRINGTON CONTINUES TO IMPROVE SCORING AVERAGE
    Senior Delvon Arrington is averaging a career-high 11.7 points per game this season and has seen his scoring average increase during each of his three seasons in Tallahassee. He has scored a career-high 339 points this season.

    CUMMINGS STEALING AND ASSISTING
    Junior Monte Cummings has recorded 45 assists this season for a 1.6 assists per game average and has 20 steals. He has at least one assist in the last 15 games and seven steals in the last six games (1.2 spg).

    CUMMINGS IN HIS LAST OUTING AGAINST CLEMSON

  • He was credited with a career-high tying four assists,
  • He grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds,
  • He grabbed a career-high six offensive rebounds.

    CUMMINGS BLOCKING SHOTS
    Junior Monte Cummings blocked his third career shot against North Carolina on Feb. 22. He blocked two shots in ACC competition during the regular season with his first coming against NC State on Jan. 25.

    CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Junior Monte Cummings, who leads the team with 105 free throws made and 139 free throws attempted, was a near perfect three-of-four from the free throw line against Clemson in the final game of the regular season.

    CRAWFORD BREAKS OUT AGIANST GEORGIA TEACH
    Senior Adrian Crawford enjoyed a senior night to remember against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. He scored 20 points on a near perfect seven-of-eight shooting from the field, was a near perfect three-of-four from the 3-point arc and grabbed career-high five defensive rebounds in the Seminoles’ 69-59 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

    CRAWFORD HITS FOR 20 POINTS AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
    Senior Adrian Crawford scored a near-career high 20 points against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28 as he celebrated his own senior night at the Leon County Civic Center. He was the only player honored for Florida State as the team’s only graduating senior. Crawford’s 20-point outing marked the second time this season and fifth time during his career that he scored 20 or more points in a single game. He scored his ACC career-high of 20 points against Virginia on Dec. 1, 1999 and added 20 against Clemson on March 4, 1999.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford made two 3-point shots against Clemson on Feb. 28 and has made 132 during his Florida State career. He currently stands in fourth place on Florida State’s all-time career 3-points shots made list. He enters the ACC Tournament with a team-leading 55 3-point shots made. Crawford has made 132 3-point shots during his 74-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30 and is currently ranked fourth in school history with 132 3-point shots made.

    MORE OF CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
    Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made 55 3-point shots this season. His career-high for 3-point shots made in a single-season is 64 during the 1998-99 season.

    CRAWFORD RECENTLY FROM THE FIELD

  • He is shooting 64.3 percent from the field in the last two games,
  • He is shooting 55.5 percent from the 3-point line in the last four games.

    A. DIXON TO TIE CAREER-HIGH
    Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, enters the ACC Tournament as a probable starter for the Seminoles. He has played in all 29 games this season and needs to play in only one more game this season to establish a single-season career for games played.

    A. DIXON ON THE BOARDS
    Junior Antwuan Dixon enters Thursday’s ACC Tournament game against Clemson with a career-high 5.8 rebounds per game average. He is averaging more than twice as many rebounds this season (5.8) as he did during his first two years as a Seminole (119 total rebounds, 2.4 rebounds per game). He grabbed a near-career high seven defensive rebounds against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28. It marked the third time during his career that he had been credited with seven or more defensive rebounds in a single game.

    A. DIXON AGAINST GEORGIA TECH ON FEB. 28

  • He blocked a career-high tying two shots against the Yellow Jackets. He has now blocked a single-season career high 10 shots entering Thursday’s ACC Tournament game Clemson,
  • He recorded five blocked shots in his first two seasons as a Seminole,
  • He recorded three assists against Georgia Tech and enters Thursday’s game against Clemson with a single-season 42 assists. He was credited with 28 assists during his first two seasons as a Seminole,
  • He was credited with a career-high tying three steals against Georgia Tech. He has now recorded a single-season career-high 22 steals this season. Dixon was credited with 13 steals during his first two seasons as a Seminole.

    A. DIXON IN DOUBLE FIGURES
    Junior Antwuan Dixon, who scored 10 points in the regular season finale against Clemson, scored in double figures in an ACC career-high six games this season. He scored in double figures in three ACC games during his first two seasons. In two games against Clemson during the regular season he averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds.

    A. DIXON STEALING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has recorded a single-season career-high 22 steals this season. Twice in the last three games (against North Carolina and Georgia Tech) he has tied his single-game career-high with three steals. He his averaging more than one steal per game more in the last three games (eight steals, 2.0 spg) than he is for the entire season (22 steals, 0.8 spg).

    MATHEWS CONTINUES TO BLOCK SHOTS
    Sophomore center Mike Mathews blocked three shots in the final game of the regular season against Clemson to bring his season total to 44. His 44 blocked shots rank as the second highest single-season total by a sophomore in school history. He needs only three blocked shots to establish the single-season record for blocked shots (passing Randell Jackson) of 46.

    MATHEWS SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
    Sophomore Mike Mathews shot six-of-10 from the field (60.0 percent) against Clemson in scoring 13 points. He has made 53.8 percent of his field goal attempts in the last four games to raise his field goal shooting percentage to 46.6 percent for the season.

    MATHEWS AGAINST CLEMSON THIS SEASON
    Sophomore Mike Mathews is averaging 10.0 points and 2.5 blocked shots per game in two games against Clemson this season.

    MATHEWS HOT IN THE LAST SIX GAMES
    Sophomore Mike Mathews is shooting 62.5 (20-32) percent from the field and averaging 8.8 points scored per game in the last seven Florida State games.

    N. DIXON PLAYING AND STARTING
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon enters Thursday night’s ACC Tournament game against Clemson having started 12 of the last 13 Seminole games including nine consecutive. He has now started 20 games this season after not starting any as a freshman. In addition, he has matched his single-season career-high with 28 games. Dixon started the first eight games of the year and the last nine of the regular season.

    N. DIXON PERFECT AGAINST VIRGINIA
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon was a perfect three-of-three (1.000 percent) >from the field against Virginia on Feb. 17 in scoring seven points.

    N. DIXON’S AVERAGES SKYROCKETING
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon has improved his statistics in just about every category this season and is one of the most improved players in the ACC this season.

    N. DIXON FROM THE LINE AGAINST CLEMSON
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon was a near-perfect four of five from the free throw line against Clemson on Saturday. The four free throws made were the most for the center since also making four against Jacksonville on Dec. 17. He had made nine free throws in his previous 14 ACC games entering the Seminoles’ game on Saturday.

    NUMBERS ON MARCELL HAYWOOD

  • He has played in five consecutive games starting Feb. 17 against Virginia,
  • He grabbed his career-high of two rebounds against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28,
  • He was credited with a career-high two assists against Georgia Tech on Feb. 28 and Clemson on March 3,
  • He scored his first career field goal against North Carolina on Feb. 22,
  • He has played in 26 minutes in his last five games after playing in five minutes in his first three games,
  • He was credited with a career-high two steals against Clemson on March 3.

    WILSON CONTINUES TO GIVE HIS ALL
    Freshman Andrew Wilson scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against North Carolina on Feb. 22 as he continued his strong freshman season at Florida State. He tied his ACC career-highs of four field goals made and three offensive rebounds against the Tar Heels.

    BREAKING DOWN WILSON’S SEASON
    Freshman Andrew Wilson is enjoying a strong start to his career at Florida State and a strong start to his ACC career. He is averaging more points, more rebounds and more minutes played in his 16 games in conference competition than compared to his 13 games against non-conference competition.

    ANDERSON APPROACHING PERSONAL RECORD
    Junior David Anderson, who has played in 58 consecutive games since his arrival last season, will play in his career-high 30th game against Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament. He has played in double figure minutes in 12 of the team’s first 29 games and played an ACC season-high of 24 minutes against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27.

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