Jan. 8, 2001
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2001, 8:00 P.M.
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“The 6-foot-5 junior tri-captain (Antwuan Dixon) has played much bigger than his stature and well above the rim in the last four games, and his hitting his stride just as the Seminoles enter Atlantic Coast Conference play.”
Jan. 4, 2001
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest in its second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. The game marks the first road conference game of the year after the Seminoles opened their 16-game ACC schedule against Duke in Tallahassee on Jan. 4. Florida State defeated Wake Forest, 66-64, in Winston-Salem to open its ACC schedule a year ago and enter Tuesday night’s game looking to win consecutive games in Winston-Salem for the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.,
…Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,
…Defeat a team ranked in the top five of the national polls for the second time in Steve Robinson’s Florida State tenure and for the first time since Dec. 23, 1997. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Arizona, 84-79, in Tallahassee,
…Win its ACC road opener for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles won at Wake Forest to open the 1999-2000 ACC road campaign, won at Virginia to open the 1998-99 season on the road and won at NC State when it opened its 1997-98 ACC road slate.
ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE MICHAEL JOINER
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Tuesday night’s game as Florida State’s leader in total points scored (155), average points per game (11.1) and field goals made (62). In addition, he is ranked among the team’s top five in field goal percentage (53.4, second), free throw percentage (76.5, third), defensive rebounds (53, second), total rebounds (81, second), average rebounds per game (5.8 second), blocked shots (10, second), steals (16, second), minutes played (423, second) and average minutes per game (30.2, second).
CUMMINGS COMING ON
Junior guard Monte Cummings enters Tuesday night’s game ranked second on the Seminoles with a 10.8 points per game average. He has scored in double figures in each of the last six games and has averaged 15.2 points per game during the span. Cummings began his ACC career with a career-high 19-point, career-high seven-rebound performance against Duke on Jan. 6. He is the current Seminole leader in free throws made and attempted (58-of-74) and is among the team leaders in total points scored (151), free throw percentage (78.4) and assists (21, 1.5 apg).
Florida State University Men’s Basketball By The Numbers
Junior Antwuan Dixon is the only Seminole to lead the team in points and rebounds in the same games twice this season. He led the team in both categories against Furman and Binghamton.
Sophomore Nigel Dixon has scored two double-doubles this season. He scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Rhode Island on Nov. 25 and scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds against Morgan State on Dec. 30.
Freshman Andrew Wilson has missed only three free throw shots in 26 attempts this season. He is 26-of-29 from the line for the season.
Florida State plays only its third game on its opponents’ home court when it travels to play Wake Forest on Tuesday night. The Seminoles played at Vanderbilt and at Cleveland State during the month of December.
Florida State has played more games on a neutral floor (three) than on its opponents home court this season (two).
Florida State is undefeated, 5-0, when it outscores its opponent.
Florida State has outrebounded five of its last six opponents.
Delvon Arrington has led the Seminoles in assists in six consecutive and 11 of the team’s 14 games this season.
Florida State is averaging 7.0 3-point field goals made and is shooting 43.1 percent from beyond the arc in its last four games.
Junior Monte Cummings averaged 19.0 points in two games last week.
Freshman Andrew Wilson has not missed a free throw in 32 days. He last missed from the in the second half against South Florida on Dec. 7.
Senior Adrian Crawford has played in 69 minutes more this season (353) in 14 games than he did in 15 games last season (284)
Junior Antwuan Dixon was a perfect four-of-four (1.000 percent) from the 3-point arc against Binghamton on Dec. 21.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #1 Michael Joiner (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 17 pts., 5 rebs., vs. UNC-Asheville, 1-6-01)
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (8.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 10 pts., 11 rebs, vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
C #33 Mike Mathews (6.5 ppg, 3.5 bpg, 14 pts., 6 rebs., vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, Career-high 25 points vs. Vanderbilt, 12/9/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (10.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 14 pts., 7 asts., vs. Binghamton., 12/21/00)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (0.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 11 points, 1 turnover vs. S. Fla., 12/7/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 19 points, 6 rebs., vs. Duke, 1-4-01)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (8.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
C #50 David Anderson (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 11-10
Last Game: Feb. 5, 2000, Florida State 66, Wake 61
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 5, 2000, Florida State 66, Wake 61
Last Wake Forest Win: Feb. 20, 1999, Wake 67, Florida State 65
Last Wake Fla. St. Win In Winston-Salem: Jan, 4, 2000, Florida State 66, Wake 64
Last Wake Win In Winston-Salem: Feb. 20, 1999, Wake 67, Florida State 65
Florida State vs. Wake Forest, Streak: Florida State has won 2
Steve Robinson vs. Wake Forest: 4-2
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
|Feb. 5, 2000||Jan. 4, 2000||Feb. 20, 1999||Jan. 20, 1999|
|at Florida State 66||Florida State 66||at Wake Forest 67||at Florida State 74|
|Wake Forest 61||at Wake Forest 64||Florida State 65||Wake Forest 68|
Tonights referee Larry Rose and the umpires are Rick Hartzell and Leslie Jones
SEMINOLES ON TOBACCO ROAD IN 1999-00
Florida State was one of only four teams in the ACC to post a .500 or better record in games played on Tobacco Road (at Duke, at North Carolina, at NC State and at Wake Forest). The Seminoles were one of only three teams in the conference to win at both North Carolina (Jan. 22, 76-71) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 4, 66-64). Florida State was joined by only Duke (3-0 on Tobacco Road with victories at North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest), Maryland (victories at Duke and Wake Forest) and Virginia (victories at Wake Forest and North Carolina) as the most successful teams against the state of North Carolina.
MR INSIDE AND MR. OUTISDE
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner and newcomer Monte Cummings have proven to be quite an inside and outside tandem in the last six games. The pair, which enters Tuesday night’s game ranked first (Joiner) and second (Cummings) on the team in scoring for the season has led the Seminoles to a 4-2 record in the last six games since Dec. 7. In winning four of its last six games, Florida State has reversed a trend that saw the team win only one of its first nine games. Joiner (Mr. Inside) and Cummings (Mr. Outside) are averaging a combined 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting a combined 51.3 (59-of-115) percent from the field and 76.5 (49-of-64) from the free throw line since the Seminoles defeated Jacksonville on Dec. 17.
Florida State University Men’s Basketball In The Last Six Games
By The Numbers
Florida State has a positive turnover margin (+0.3) in the last six games.
Florida State is averaging 1.6 steals per games more in the last six games (7.8) than its is for its entire 14-game schedule (6.2).
Senior Delvon Arrington is averaging 2.3 steals per game in the last six games.
Florida State is outscoring its opponents by an average of +4.2 points per game in the last six games.
A total of five players (Cummings, 15.2, Joiner, 13.3, Arrington, 11.0, Crawford, 10.2, and A. Dixon, 10.0) are averaging in double figures in the last six games.
Florida State is averaging 5.7 3-point shots made per game in the last six games as compared to 4.9 per game for its entire 14-game schedule.
Florida State owns a +8.1 rebound margin in the last six games.
Florida State is averaging 1.42 assists per game in the last six games.
Junior Monte Cummings is averaging a team-leading 15.2 points per game in the last six games (91 total points).
Florida State is holding its opponents to 42.0 percent shooting from the field in the last six games.
Senior Adrian Crawford is shooting 42.9 percent (15-of 35) from the 3-point line in the last six games.
ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner is shooting 56.9 percent (33-of-58) from the field in the last six games.
Florida State has won 66.7 percent of its last six games (4-2).
Junior Monte Cummings has made 80.9 percent (38-of-47) of his free throws in the last six games.
Florida State has made nearly as many free throws (109) as its opponents have attempted (139) in the last six games.
Senior Adrian Crawford is a perfect four-for-four (1.000 percent) from the free throw line in the last six games.
Freshman Andrew Wilson is a perfect eight-for-eight (1.000 percent) from the free throw line in the last six games.
JOINER LEADS FLORIDA STATE IN SCORING
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner, who enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest with a team-leading 11.1 points per game average, is looking to become the first freshman in school history to lead the team in scoring. No freshman has led the Seminoles in scoring since the NCAA changed the freshman eligibility rule to begin the 1972-73 season.
JOINER STARTS QUICK AND KEEPS IT UP
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner scored 18 points in his first career game against Florida on Nov. 17 and has held his average in double figures for all but eight days during the season. He has scored in double figures in a team-high tying eight games (tied with Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford). Joiner’s scoring average has not dipped below 9.4 points per game at any time this season.
JOINER FROM THE FIELD
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Tuesday night’s game ranked first among Florida State’s starting five with a 53.4 field goal shooting percentage. He is shooting 60.0 percent from the field (21-of-35) in the last four games and has made seven field goals in both of the last two games. He is shooting nearly 10 percentage points higher in the last four games than he did during the first 10 games of the season. Joiner has shot above 58.0 percent in each of the last four games and has hit more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts in nine of Florida State’s 14 games (64.2) this season.
CUMMINGS AND GOINGS
Junior Monte Cummings, who scored a career-high and team-leading 19 points against Duke and UNC Asheville in the last two games, is in the midst of a torrid six-game stretch. Beginning with the Seminoles’ Dec. 17 game against Jacksonville, Cummings is averaging 15.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, shooting 45.6 percent from the field (26-of-57), 80.9 percent from the free throw line (38-of-47) and averaging 25.7 minutes played per game. He enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest as one of four Seminole players averaging in double figures (10.8). He has more than doubled his overall scoring average from 5.3 points entering the Seminoles’ Nov. 25 game against Rhode Island to his current 10.8 points per game mark.
SMASHING ACC DEBUT FOR CUMMINGS
Senior Monte Cummings led the Seminoles with a career-high 19 points and a career-high seven rebounds against Duke in his ACC debut on Jan. 4. His seven rebounds included a career-high five on the defensive end. Cummings has seen his rebounding average nearly triple from the first week of the season. He recorded three total rebounds in the first three games of the season and was averaging 1.0 rebound per game following the Seminoles’ game against DePaul on Nov. 24. He enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest with a 3.1 rebounds per game average and at least three rebounds in seven consecutive games.
CONTINUING ON CUMMINGS…
…Monte Cummings has more points in the last six games (91 points/15.2 points per game) than he did in the first eight games of the season (60 points/7.5 points per game),
…During a five-minute stretch in the first half against Duke, Monte Cummings scored 10 points. The 10 points were more than he had scored in seven total games this season,
…Monte Cummings has five steals (1.7 steals per game) in the last three games. He recorded a total of three steals in the first 13 games of the season (0.2 steals per game).
CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST UNC ASHEVILLE
Junior Monte Cummings made a career-high 13 free throws on a career-high 16 attempts against UNC Asheville on Saturday.
…He made his final four attempts in the final 28 seconds of the game to push the Seminoles lead from 70-68 with 28 seconds remaining to 74-68 with 21 seconds remaining,
…He made seven-of-eight attempts in the second half,
…He made eight of his final nine attempts of the game,
…His 13 free throws made are tied for the 14th most in a single game in school history.
…His 17 free throw attempts is tied for the ninth most in a single game in school history and were the most since Ron Hale also attempted 17 against Florida on Nov. 19, 1999,
…His 17 free throws attempted tied the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center record for free throws attempted.
Cummings tied former Seminole greats Chuck Graham (against Jacksonville on Nov. 26, 1991) and Sam Cassell (also against Jacksonville on Nov. 26, 1991).
A. DIXON CONTINUES TO HOLD HOT HAND
Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, averaged 10 points in two games last week and enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest with a career-high 8.9 points per game average. He has scored in double figures in five of the last six games and is averaging 10.0 points per game during the span.
A. DIXON IN THE LAST SIX GAMES…
…Is averaging 8.9 points per game and has scored in double figures five times,
…Is averaging 7.8 rebounds and has grabbed double figure rebounds twice,
…Is shooting 45.5 percent from the field (20-of-44),
…Is averaging 2.0 assists per games (12 assists in six games),
…Has made seven of his 10 3-point shots for the entire season,
THE TALE OF THREE SEASONS FOR A. DIXON
Junior Antwuan Dixon enters Tuesday night’s game as a season-long member of the starting line-up for the first time in his career. He is one of only three Seminole players who has started all 14 games and has established or re-established career-high of 13 different offensive and defensive categories.
Seminoles’ Defensive Statistics by the Numbers
Sophomore Nigel Dixon is ranked second in the ACC with 41 total offensive rebounds.
Sophomore Mike Mathews is ranked fourth in the ACC with a 1.7 blocked shots per game average.
Senior Delvon Arrington was credited with a career-high tying five steals against Morgan State on Dec. 30.
Junior Antwuan Dixon has more blocked shots this season (seven) than he had during his first two seasons combined (five).
Junior Antwuan Dixon leads the Seminoles and is ranked seventh in the ACC with a 6.6 rebounds per game average.
Florida State made more free throws (18) than Morgan State attempted (17) on Dec. 30.
Florida State outrebounded Morgan State by +19 rebounds in its last outing on Dec. 30.
Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked nearly as many shots as the rest of the team for the season (24-26).
Florida State holds its opponents to 29.5 rebounds per game in its’ five victories this season.
Florida State held Jacksonville to an opponents’ season low 32.0 shooting (16-50) from the field on Dec. 17.
Florida State holds its opponents to a 39.2 shooting percentage in its five victories.
Florida State averages 43.0 rebounds per game in their four victories.
Florida State grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds against Cleveland State on Dec. 19.
Florida State holds its opponents to 64.2 points scored per game in its five victories.
Florida State’s starting five (Joiner, A. Dixon, Mathews, Crawford, Arrington) have been credited with 79.3 percent (69 of 73) of the Seminoles’ total steals through the first 12 games of the season.
A. DIXON FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Junior Antwuan Dixon has made nearly as many 3-point shots this season (10) as he did during the first two years of his career combined (14). He made two as a freshman and hit a single-season career-high 12 as a sophomore.
CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made eight 11-point field goals in the last three games to bring his season total to a team-leading 32. He has now made 106 3-points shots during his 58-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 eighth in school history with 109 3-point shots made.
CRAWFORD BETTER FROM LONG RANGE THAN SHORT RANGE
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford is Florida State’s 3-point shooting specialist. He enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest with a near-career-high 38.6 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
NOTES ON CRAWFORD’S 3-POINT SHOOTING…
…He has attempted 132 field goals in the first 14 games of the season. Of that total, 83 (62.9 percent) have come from beyond the 3-point arc,
…He has made 50 field goals in the first 14 games of the season. Of that total, 32 (64.0 percent) have come from beyond the 3-point arc,
…He is shooting 36.7 percent from inside the arc (18-of-49) and 38.6 percent (32-of-83) from outside the arc,
…He is shooting 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from the 3-point arc in the last four games,
…He has scored 65.3 percent of his points from beyond the 3-point arc (96-of-147).
CRAWFORD RETURNS TO FORM FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made four consecutive free throws dating to the Florida State’s game at Cleveland State on Dec. 19 and enters Tuesday night’s game shooting 71.4 percent from the free throw line. It marks the highest he has shot from the line since his freshman season at the University of Tulsa when he shot a career-best 73.1 percent. He shot a combined 58.2 percent from the line during his first two seasons at Florida State.
Seminole Head Coach Steve Robinson By The Numbers
Steve Robinson was the first basketball player in Radford University history to receive an athletic scholarship.
Steve Robinson was named the Coach-of-the-Year in the Mountain Division of the Western Athletic Conference in 1997. He guided Tulsa to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record.
Steve Robinson gained his first career ACC victory as he led Florida State past NC State, 68-55, on Jan. 3, 1998.
Steve Robinson was an assistant coach on two University of Kansas teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (1991 and 1993).
Steve Robinson has taken three teams (two at Tulsa and one at Florida State) to the NCAA Tournament in his first five years as a head coach.
Steve Robinson was an assistant coach for six University of Kansas teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Steve Robinson was named the sixth head men’s basketball coach in Florida State history on July 1, 1997.
Steve Robinson needs only six victories to reach 100 for his head coaching career.
In head coach Steve Robinson’s first 17 years as a coach (assistant and head) on the collegiate level, he has accompanied 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament (58.8 percent).
Steve Robinson averaged 23 wins per seasons as the head coach at Tulsa in 1996 and 1997. The Golden Hurricane had a record of 46-18 (71.9 winning percentage).
Steve Robinson has a career record of 94-75 (55.6) during his six years as a head coach on the collegiate level.
Steve Robinson helped guide Kansas to a 184-51 record in seven years as an assistant coach to Roy Williams.
Steve Robinson was the basketball team captain at Radford in both 1980 and 81.
Steve Robinson was an assistant coach at Cornell when the Big Red advanced to the NCAA in 1988.
ARRINGTON CONTINUES TO MOVE UP ON ASSISTS LIST
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, who enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest averaging 5.0 assists per game this season, needs only three assists to move into fourth place on Florida State’s all-time career assists list. He currently has 433 career assists in his 73-game Florida State career for a 5.9 assists per game average. Arrington surpassed current New York Knick and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward earlier this season.
ARRINGTON ADDS INCREASED SCORING TO HIS GAME
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, a team-tri-captain, is averaging a career-high 10.1 points per game entering Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest. He entered the season entering 8.5 points during his first two seasons as a Seminole and is currently averaging nearly two points more this season than he has during his career. Arrington has scored in double figures eight times this season including four of the last six games. He scored in double figures 10 times during each of his first two seasons and has a total of 28 for his now 3-year career.
ARRINGTON ADDS SCORING FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Point guard Delvon Arrington has made 46-of-62 free throw attempts for a career-high 74.2 shooting percentage this season. His 46 free throws made and 62 attempted this season are more than he made and attempted last season and nearly as many as he made during his freshman season when he established career highs (52-of-74) for both categories. His 74.2 shooting percentage is nearly four percentage points higher than his two-year career percentage entering the season.
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is one of the keys to the Seminoles’ offensive attacks and defensive games plans.
NORTH CAROLINA NATIVE LOWREY HELPING AT THE POINT
Freshman Ryan Lowery, a native of Gastonia, N.C., has done a fine job of backing-up point guard Delvon Arrington this season. He has played in all 14 games and is averaging 9.6 minutes played per game. The Tar Heel state native has crafted a strong assist:turnover ratio of nearly 2:1. Lowery has recorded multiple assist game eight times and was credited with a career-high four against both Florida (Nov. 17) and Rhode Island (Nov. 25).
WILSON ADDING PUNCH OFF THE BENCH
Freshman Andrew Wilson is averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in his inaugural collegiate season. His 4.1 points per game average leads all Seminoles who have not started a game this season while his 88.5 percent mark from the free throw line leads all Florida State players. He scored his career-high of 11 points against South Florida on Dec. 7 and added 10 against Minnesota during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee in Nov. 29.
Seminoles’ Offensive Statistics by the Numbers
Senior Adrian Crawford has led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high three times this season (against DePaul, Vanderbilt and Morgan State).
Six different Seminoles are averaging 8.0 points per game or more while three Seminoles are averaging 10.0 points per game or more through the first 14 games of the season.
Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponents’ bench 10 times in 124games this season.
Florida State made a season-high 10 3-point shots against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9. Senior Adrian Crawford tied his season high with seven 3-pointers made in that game.
Four of Florida State’s five wins have come by double-digits and the Seminoles are averaging a 13.8 margin of victory in their five victories.
Florida State recorded its season-high of 19 assists against Binghamton on Dec. 21. It was the most by a Seminole team since a 21-assist performance against Georgia on Jan. 9, 1999.
Florida State’s 22-point margin of victory over Binghamton on Dec. 21 is its largest of the season.
Adrian Crawford scored a team-high 25 points (with seven 3-points shots made) against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9.
Senior Adrian Crawford has made a team-high 32 3-point shots this season. He has made nearly as many as the rest of the team (37) for the entire season.
Florida State is shooting 46.9 percent from the field in its five victories this season.
Florida State shot a season-high 54.2 percent from the field against Rhode Island on Nov. 25.
Florida State has hit at least one 3-point shot in 89 consecutive games entering Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest. The last team to hold Florida State without a 3-point shot in a single game was Duke in Tallahassee on Jan. 10, 1998.
WILSON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman Andrew Wilson enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest as the team leader with an 88.5 percent mark from the free throw line. He has hit nine consecutive and 16 of his last 17 (94.1 percent) since the first half of Florida State’s game against South Florida on Dec. 7. Against South Florida, Wilson missed his first free throw attempt, and made his next seven before missing the front end of a two shot foul. He made the back end of the two-shot foul with 35 second remaining in the game against the Bulls and has not missed since. He has gone 81:35 seconds over the span of 32 days without missing a free throw attempt.
MATHEWS LEADS SEMINOLE BLOCKING BRIGADE
Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked at least one shot in 11 of the last 12 games in which he has played. He was held without a block in the Seminoles’ season opener against Florida on Nov. 17 and has blocked at least one shot in nearly every game he has played since Florida State’s game against Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Mathews blocked a career-high five shots against both Minnesota (Nov. 29) and Furman (Dec. 4) in consecutive games. He also added four blocks in Florida State’s victory over Binghamton on Dec. 21.
MATHEWS GIVES TEAM A JUMP START
Sophomore Mike Mathews has started five of the last six games for the Seminoles at the center position and helped the team to a 3-2 record. He joined the starting line-up on Dec. 17 and scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Seminoles defeated Jacksonville, 75-61. Mathews was also in the starting five as the Seminoles defeated Binghamton (79-57 on Dec. 21) and UNC Asheville (76-68 on Jan.. 6).
N. DIXON’S IMPROVED CONDITIONING MEANS IMPROVED STATISTICS
Sophomore Nigel Dixon has worked extremely hard to improve his conditioning. His work as paid off for the center who has started a career-high nine games while playing in all 14 for the Seminoles. He has already scored more than twice as many points this season (121) as he did in 28 games last season (60) and he is averaging nearly three times as many minutes (16.2) as he did last season (6.3).
ANDERSON MOVES INTO TENTH PLACE
Junior center David Anderson recorded one blocked shot against UNC Asheville and moved into 11th-place on Florida State’s all-time career blocked shot list with 59. He surpassed Murray Brown who blocked 58 shots during his 1977-80 career at Florida State.