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Seminoles Face Cleveland State In Men’s Basketball Tuesday Night

Dec. 19, 2000

CLEVELAND, Ohio –


FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (2-7, 0-0 ACC)
AT
CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS (4-4, 0-0 MWC)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2000, 7:00 P.M.
HENRY J. GOODMAN ARENA (13,610)
CLEVELAND, OHIO
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Adrian Crawford couldn’t care less that he’s the leading scorer at Florida State with a 9.9 average. Or the fact that he scored a career-high 25 points against Vanderbilt and is a team tri-captain for coach Steve Robinson’s squad. He just happy to be playing relatively pain-free again. Everything else is gravy?
David Lee Morgan, Jr.
Akron Beacon Journal
December 18, 2000
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to play Cleveland State in the Seminoles?tenth game of the season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game against the Vikings looking to win consecutive game for the first time this season and are coming off of a 75-61 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday in Tallahassee. Following tonight’s game against the Vikings, the Seminoles return home and play host to Binghamton on Thursday night.


NOTING THE SEMINOLES
…Florida State’s two highest point totals of the 2000-01 season have come in victories. The Seminoles scored 86 points against Rhode Island (Nov. 25) and 75 against Jacksonville (Dec. 17) in winning both games,
…The Seminoles have made an average of 6.0 3-point shots in their last three games. The team made an average of 3.5 shots from the arc in the first six games of the season,
…The Seminoles have held their last two opponents to 36.9 percent shooting from the field (41-111). Florida State held Jacksonville to a season-low 32.0 percent shooting from the field as the Seminoles defeated the Dolphins, 75-61, Sunday in Tallahassee.


LOOK FOR THE SEMINOLES TO
…Win consecutive games for the first time this season,
…Win their first game of the season on an opponents?home court. The Seminoles are playing only their second true road game of the season and have played three games on a neutral court,
…Outrebound their opponent for the sixth time in their first ten games of the season. Florida State outrebounded Jacksonville, 40-27, in Sunday’s Seminole victory.


COMING HOME
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford, and his father, assistant coach Colemen Crawford, will make a homecoming as the Seminoles play Cleveland State Tuesday night. Adrian graduated from Barberton High School in Akron in 1997 while Coleman was the head coach at the University of Akron from 1989-95. Adrian was a top-70 national recruit as a 1996 high school graduate. He spent one year at Tulsa, where he helped the Golden Hurricane reach the NCAA Tournament before transferring to Florida State. Coleman recorded a winning record during his head coaching career at Akron and won 16 games during his first season.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 13 pts., 11 rebs. vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
F #1 Michael Joiner (9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 18 pts. vs. Florida, 11/17/00)
C #33 Mike Mathews (6.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7 pts., 6 rebs., vs. DePaul, 11/24/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 25 pts. vs. Vanderbilt, 12/09/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (9.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 15 pts., 6 rebs., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 4 pts., 1 stl., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (8.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 9 pts., 1 stl., vs. DePaul, 11/24/00)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
C #50 David Anderson (1.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)


FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEVELAND STATE ?A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Feb. 18, 1980, FSU 86, CSU 83
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 18, 1980, FSU 86, CSU 83
Last Cleveland State Win: NA
Last Florida State Win In Cleveland: NA
Last Cleveland State Win Cleveland: NA
Florida State vs. Cleveland State, Streak: Florida State has won 1
Steve Robinson vs. Cleveland State: First meeting


SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State is shooting 36.7 percent and averaging six 3-point shots made in the last three games. Both statistics are a marked improvement from the first six games of the season when the team shot 23.9 percent from the line and averaged 3.5 3-point shots made per game.


Heating Up From Beyond The Arc
Games 3PM-A Pct. 3PM/Game
Last 3 18-49 36.7 6.0
First 6 21-88 23.9 3.5
Improvement +12.8% +2.5 PG


SEMINOLES?3-POINT SHOOTING DEFENSE
Florida State held Jacksonville to a season-low four 3-point shots made on Sunday. It marked the fewest the Seminoles had allowed in their first nine games of the season the second fewest scored by the Dolphins this season. Jacksonville entered the game averaging seven 3-point shots made in its first seven games of the season.


SEMINOLES CUTTING DOWN ON 3-POINTS SHOTS ALLOWED
Florida State’s defense has allowed a total of only 24 3-point field goals made in the last two games. The Seminoles average of six 3-point shots allowed in the last four games is a defensive improvement from the first five games of the season.


Seminoles?3-Point Defensive Pressure
Games 3PM-A Pct. 3PM/Game
First 5 40-107 37.3 8.0
Last 4 24-66 36.3 6.0
Improvement -1.0% -2.0 PG


DEFENSIVE PRESSURE ON ALL FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
Florida State has held its last three opponents below 45 percent shooting for the field and has lowered their defensive field goal percentage for the season to 45.9 percent. The Seminoles have held seven consecutive and eight of their nine opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.


Seminoles?Defensive Pressure
Opponent FGM-A Pct.
South Florida 26-58 44.8%
Vanderbilt 25-61 41.0%
Jacksonville 16-50 32.0%
Total 67-169 39.6%


CLEANING THE GLASS
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game with a +4.6 rebounding margin through their first nine games of the season. The Seminoles outrebounded Jacksonville, 40-27, on Sunday to mark the fifth time this season that they had outrebounded their opponent. Florida State’s +13 rebound margin against the Dolphins in Sunday’s victory was its second largest of the season. The Seminoles outrebounded Rhode Island, 49-27 (+22), in defeating the Rams, 86-71, during the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


MATHEWS REPEATS
Sophomore Mike Mathews, who earned his first career start against Jacksonville, became only the second Seminole to repeat as the teams scoring leader in a game this season. Mathews has led the team in scoring against both Ohio State (career-high 16-points) and Jacksonville (14). He is joined by only Adrian Crawford against DePaul (14 points) and Vanderbilt (career-high tying 16-points) as the two players who have led the Seminoles in scoring twice through the first nine games of the season.


MATHEWS STARTS
Sophomore Mike Mathews was the Seminoles?starting center against Jacksonville on Sunday. It marked the first start of his career. He responded with 14 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes of playing time


MIKE MATHEWS AGAINST JACKSONVILE?
…Made a career-high seven field goals in a career-high 14 field goal attempts,
…Played a near career-high of 27 minutes. He played his career-high if 28 minutes against Minnesota on Nov. 29,
…Had as many rebounds (six) against Jacksonville as he had in his last three games against Furman, South Florida and Vanderbilt (six),
…Scored nearly as many points (14) against Jacksonville as he had in his last four games against Minnesota, Furman, South Florida and Vanderbilt (16).


MATHEWS FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Mike Mathews is shooting 47.6 percent from the field in the last three games. He has made 10-of-21 shots, including a career-high seven against Jacksonville, since Dec. 7.


Mathews Finding The Basket
Games FGM-A Pct.
Last 3 10-21 47.6
First 6 16-42 38.1
Improvement +9.5%


CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL
Junior Monte Cummings made a career-high seven free throws in a career-high eight free throw attempts against Jacksonville and enters Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State averaging a career-high 8.1 points per game.


CUMMINGS PREFERS THE MAINLAND
Junior Monte Cummings has played very well in the Seminoles?five games since the team returned from the Great Alaska Shootout. Since Nov. 29, Cummings is averaging 21.4 minutes, 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 66.7 from 3-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line.


A. DIXON SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Junior tri-captain Antwuan Dixon enters Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State with a career-high shooting percentage of 50.0 percent through the first nine games of the season. He has shot 50 percent or better from the field in five of the first nine games of the season. He is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 55.2 percent from the field in the last five games. In addition, he is averaging a career-high 6.2 rebounds per game entering Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State.


Dixon From The Field
Games FGM-A Pct.
Last 5 21-38 55.2%
First 4 8-20 40.0%
Improvement +15.2%


DIXON DOUBLES HIS DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior Antwuan Dixon recorded his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Jacksonville on Sunday. It marked the second time this season (and second time during his career) that he had recorded a double-double. He also recorded a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds against Furman on Dec. 4.


DIXON BLOCKING
Junior Antwuan Dixon recorded a career-high two blocked shots against Jacksonville. He has more blocked shots in the last two games (three) than he had in the first seven games of the season.


NIGEL STAYING ON THE FLOOR
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has started eight of Florida State’s first nine games this season. He averaged in double figure scoring through the first eight games of the season and enters Tuesday night’s game with a 9.9 points per game average. Dixon is averaging 10.4 points per game as a starter and 6.0 points per game as a reserve. He has started every game of the season except the Seminoles?victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 17.


NIGEL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Sophomore Nigel Dixon is shooting 72.2 percent from the free throw line in the last three games. He enters Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State hitting a career-high 63.9 percent of his shots from the line. Dixon shot 41.7 percent from the line as a freshman, he is shooting 22.2 percentage points better from the line this year as compared to last season.


Dixon From The Line in 2000-01
Games FTM-A Pct.
Last 3 13-18 72.2%
First 6 10-18 55.5%
Improvement +16.7%


LOWERY FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH
Freshman point guard Ryan Lowery has found his shooting touch in the last two games. He has made more field goals (two) than he made in the first seven games of the season (one). Lowery scored a career-high tying three points in Sunday’s victory over Jacksonville as he made the second 3-point shot of his career. His first came in the Seminoles?victory over Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25.


Lowery From The Field
Games FGM-A Pct.
Last 2 2-5 40.0%
First 7 1-4 25.0%
Improvement +15%


THE STORY ON ARRINGTON’S ASSISTS
Senior Delvon Arrington, a team tri-captain, surpassed the 400 assist mark for his career on Sunday against Jacksonville. He enters Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State with 404 career assists and a 5.9 assists per game average for his 68 game career. Arrington recorded a season-high tying seven assists against Jacksonville (also against Minnesota) and has dished out five or more assists in six of Florida State’s nine games this season.


THE ARRINGTON BARMOETER
Senior Delvon Arrington averages 6.6 assists and 5.5 shots in Florida State’s two victories and 4.0 assists and 8.4 shots in Florida State’s losses.


JOINER AMONG TEAM LEADERS
Freshman Michael Joiner enters Tuesday night’s game against averaging 9.4 points per game. He is the only Seminole freshman to have started all nine games this season. He grabbed a career-high tying four offensive rebounds against Jacksonville on Sunday (also against Rhode Island) and is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game.


JOINER FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman Michael Joiner has made 17 of his last 18 free throw attempts entering Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland State. He missed the first attempt of his career against Florida, hit his next 14 before missing and has made three straight in the last three games. During the streak, he is shooting 94.4 percent from the line. For the season, he leads the Seminoles with an 89.5 free throw shooting percentage.

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