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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(3-2, 0-0 ACC) VS
WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS
(3-3, 0-0 SOUTHERN CONF.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2001, 2:00 P.M. EST
TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
SUNSHINE TELEVISION NEWTORK


“I made a shot and my confidence went sky high. I wanted to ignite that flame for us.”

Michael Joiner
Florida State University
Dec. 4, 2001


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, which has won seven consecutive non-conference home games, plays host to Western Carolina in the second game of a two-game home stand at the Leon Country Civic Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Catamounts is their fourth of eight non-conference homes games this season. Florida State defeated Birmingham Southern, 78-62, Tuesday night to improve to 3-2. The Seminoles’ third victory came in their fifth game of the season. The team did not win its third game until its 11th game of the season against Binghamton last season.


FLORIDA STATE’S NON-CONFERENCE HOME STREAK
Florida State has won seven consecutive non-conference home games dating to Dec. 17, 2000. The Seminoles won their final four non-conference home games last season and have won their first three of the 2001-02 season.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO:

  • Win its fourth consecutive home game of the season and run its home record to 4-0 at home on the season,
  • Win its eighth consecutive non-conference home game in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,
  • Score 75 or more points for the fourth time this season after scoring 75 points or more only eight times in 30 games last season,
  • Win its fourth game of the season. The Seminoles fourth victory of the 2000-01 season did not come until Dec. 30 in their 12th game against Morgan State,
  • Outrebound its fifth consecutive opponent for the first time since the 1997-98 season – head coach Steve Robinson’s first in Tallahassee and the most recent time the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament.


    ANTHONY RICHARDSON – ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
    ACC Rookie of the Year Candidate Anthony Richardson is ranked third on the team with a 9.8 points per game average and has scored in double figures in three of Florida State’s five games this season. He is averaging 10.0 points, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in Florida State’s last two games. After a zero-for-three field goal shooting start against Florida, he is shooting 51.5 percent in the last four games. From 3-point range he is shooting 47.0 percent (eight-of-17) after a zero-for-three start from beyond the arc against the Gators. He had a career-high seven rebounds against Elon and career-high’s of four assists and three steals Tuesday.


    SEMINOLES GETTING DEFENSIVE

    Florida State has played stellar defense through the first five games of the season and is enjoying a strong statistical advantage over its opponents in numerous defensive categories. In addition to averaging nearly 42 rebounds per game, the Seminoles are averaging 5.0 blocks, 9.6 steals and are forcing 20.4 turnover per game. The Seminoles’ team statistics through the first five games of the 2001-02 season are markedly ahead of last years pace in just about every defensive category.


    FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S GAME

    Following Saturday’s game against Western Carolina, Florida State opens its ACC season as it travels to Wake Forest Dec. 16.

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