Nov. 19, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Senior All-America candidate Al Thornton scored 12 points and junior Jason Rich added 11 to lead Florida State to a 69-50 victory over New Orleans at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles outscored the Privateers, 42-14, in the first half and led by as many as 31 in cruising to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. The Seminoles are now 4-0 and play at No. 4 Pittsburgh Friday in their first game against a team ranked in the nation’s top 25 this season.
Florida State scored the first 12 points of the game and held New Orleans scoreless for the first 6:01 of the game. The Seminoles continued to build their lead and led 38-7 with 2:37 remaining in the half. New Orleans scored its 10th point of the game on a free throw with 1:04 remaining in the half.
Thornton led the Seminoles in scoring for the fourth time in four games this season and is now averaging 16.0 points per game. He also added four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 27 minutes of play. Thornton has scored at least 12 points in each of the Seminoles first four games of the season.
Bo McCalebb, the Privateers’ leading scorer, totaled a team-high 24 points to lead New Orleans. He scored 16 of his 24 points after halftime. McCalebb was eight-of-15 from the field and was a perfect eight-of-eight from the free throw line.
Rich was also very economical from the field as he made five of his eight field goal attempts in scoring 11 points. He also added four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of play. Sophomore Toney Douglas scored 10 points and added four assists and three steals. Douglas played his best game of the young season with four assists and zero turnovers.
Florida State limited Now Orleans to 32.6 percent shooting from the field for their best defensive field goal effort of the season. The Privateers shot only 23.8 percent in the first half in scoring only 14 points during the first 20 minutes of the game.
Florida State’s defensive effort extended to the steals column as it earned a season-high 13 takeaways. Thornton, Rich and junior Isaiah Swann all recorded three steals each while seven of the nine Seminoles that earned playing time earned at last one steal.