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Seminoles Battle Cavaliers

Feb. 20, 2002


FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(10-13, 3-9 ACC) VS
NO. 15 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
(16-7, 6-6 ACC)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2002
7:00 P.M.
TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER
(12,200)
TALLAHASSEE, FL
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“Blame Duke for Monte Cummings’ dilemma as a marked man in the Atlantic
Coast Conference. The Florida State guard made his name known throughout the league when he
scored the game-winning basket to topple the No. 1 Blue Devils six weeks
ago. His drive around Jason Williams and layup over Mike Dunleavy was
featured on ESPN’s Plays of the Week. Cummings later participated in an
Internet chat, in part to discuss those heroics.”


Mike Wallace
Tallahassee Democrat
Feb. 14, 2002


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays to host No. 15 Virginia looking for its second victory
over a team ranked in the nation’s top 15 this season. The Seminoles
defeated then No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, in
Tallahassee Jan. 6. Florida State has defeated at least one team ranked in
the nation’s top-25 in each of the last 12 years. The Seminoles’ victory
over No. 1 ranked Duke was their first ever over a team ranked as the
nations best at the time of the game.


ALL-ACC CANDIDATE MONTE CUMMINGS
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings scored a career-high tying 28 points
against North Carolina Sunday. He enters Wednesday’s game averaging a
career-high 15.0 points per game. He is ranked second in the conference in
field goal percentage (55.2), seventh in free throw percentage (75.0) and
11th in scoring (15.0 ppg). Cummings has scored in double figures in 18 of
22 games this season (81.8 percent), 10 of 12 ACC games (83.3 percent) and
has scored 20 points or more in four different ACC games this season. In
addition, Cummings is averaging 1.5 points per game more in ACC games (16.5
ppg) than he is for the entire season (14.5 ppg).


ALL-ACC CANDIDATE DELVON ARRINGTON
All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia
ranked third in the ACC in assists (6.5 apg), fifth in steals (2.1 spg),
fifth in assist:turnover ratio (1.7:1) and 24th in scoring (11.0 ppg). He
ranks 14th all-time in the ACC in career assists (456) and 18th in steals
(212). In addition, he is averaging a career-low 3.7 turnovers per game.


ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE ANTHONY RICHARDSON
ACC Rookie of the Year candidate Anthony Richardson has scored in double
figures four times this season and is ranked in the top four in four
different categories in the Seminoles’ statistics sheet. In addition, his
21 3-point shots made is the seventh highest single-season total by a
Seminole freshman in school history. Richardson scored his career-high of
19 points in his first return to NC State and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
Jan. 8. He earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance against
the Wolfpack.



LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO:

  • Earn its fourth ACC victory of the season and match last year’s conference
    win total. The Seminoles won their fourth ACC game last season as they
    defeated Clemson, 75-63, March 3,
  • Defeat a ranked Virginia team for the first time since Feb. 8, 1993 when
    the 10th-ranked Seminoles defeated the 24th-ranked Cavaliers, 99-84, in
    Tallahassee. Virginia, when playing as a ranked team, has defeated Florida
    State three consecutive times,
  • Win its 10th home game of the season. The Seminoles won six games at home
    during the 2000-01 season,
  • Gain a second victory over a ranked team in a single season for the second
    time during Steve Robinson’s tenure at Florida State. The Seminoles
    defeated three teams ranked in the nation’s top 15 during the 1997-98
    season – Robinson’s first in Tallahassee.
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