Jan. 26, 2001
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (5-14, 0-6 ACC)
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-7, 3-4 ACC)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2001, NOON
ALEXANDER MEMORIAL COLISEUM AT MCDONALD’S CENTER (10,000)
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
FOX SPORTS NET/SPORTS SOUTH TELEVISION
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech to play its third conference road game of the season. The Seminoles have won two of the last three games they have played in Atlanta including Steve Robinson’s first meeting against Georgia Tech on Jan. 18, 1998. The Seminoles are 4-3 against the Yellow Jackets during the Robinson era. Florida State defeated Georgia Tech, 63-62, in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Charlotte last season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
ARRINGTON IS WHITE-HOT
Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington has scored 73 points and is averaging 18.3 points in the last four games. He has scored in double figures in four consecutive games dating to Jan. 14 against Maryland. Arrington scored his career-high of 23 points at Virginia on Jan. 16 and totaled 22 against NC State on Jan. 25.
ARRINGTON AGAINST NC STATE
Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington scored 22 points, recorded three assists, grabbed three rebounds, played 40 minutes and was charged with zero turnovers against NC State on Thursday night.
JOINER NAMED ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL ROOKIE-OF-THE WEEK
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year Candidate Michael Joiner, who averaged 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and one blocked shot in two Florida State games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Rookie-of-the-Week. It marks the second time in the last three weeks and second time during his career that Joiner has earned the award. The Fayetteville, N.C. native scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and was credited with one blocked shot and one assist on the road against Virginia. His eight total rebounds and two on the offensive end led the Seminoles in both categories. He scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and was credited with one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in the Seminoles’ near miraculous come-back against No. 6 North Carolina. The freshman scored eight second half points including six in the first four minutes of the second half as Florida State rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to move within three points of the Tar Heels. Joiner’s play was instrumental in holding the Tar Heels’ starting post players (Kris Lang and Brendan Haywood) to a combined 18 points and nine rebounds.
Today’s referee is Larry Rose and the umpires are Steve Gordon and Alain Spainhour.
JOINER AMONG TOP ACC FRESHMEN
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles in scoring with a 6.4 rebound per game average and is fourth on the team in scoring with a 9.8 points per game average. He has scored in double figures nine times this season and leads all Seminole starters with a field goal percentage of 47.1 for the season.
ARRINGTON IMPROVES HIS PERSONAL SCORING LIST
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington scored 22 points against NC State. His 22 points ranks as the second-highest single-game scoring total during his career. Arrington has recorded three of his top five single-game scoring totals in the last nine days.
ARRINGTON IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior Delvon Arrington is averaging 18.3 points, and shooting 59.5 percent from the field in the last four games. He has scored in double figures four times, shot above 50.0 percent from the field three times, made at least two 3-point field goals in each game and missed only two free throws during the span.
ARRINGTON IS FLORIDA STATE’S LEADING SCORER
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech as Florida State’s leading scorer with an 11.6 points per game average.
ARRINGTON FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 75.0 percent from the 3-point line (eight-of-12) in the last four games. He enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second on the team with 20 3-point shots made.
A. DIXON RETURNS HOME
Junior tri-captain Antwuan Dixon returns to his home state of Georgia to face Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Dixon’s hometown of Marietta, Ga., is located only 20.7 miles from Atlanta.
A. DIXON TIES HIS SINGLE-SEASON HIGH
Junior tri-captain Antwuan Dixon recorded two steals against NC State on Thursday night to bring his season total to a single-season career-high 13. He recorded his career -high of three steals against Furman on Dec. 4.
CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior Adrian Crawford enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech with a team-leading 39 3-point shots made. He has made at least one in nine consecutive games and in 16 of Florida State’s 19 games this season. He is ranked sixth in school history with 116 career 3-point shots made. Crawford is the only player ranked in the Seminoles’ top six who has played only three years at Florida State. He spent his first season under Steve Robinson at the University of Tulsa.
CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO COME ON
Junior Monte Cummings, who scored a near career-high 17 points against NC State enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second on the team with an 11.0 points per game average. He has scored double figures in nine of the last 11 games and is averaging 13.5 points scored per game during the streak. Cummings has scored double figures in four of his first six career ACC games.
CUMMINGS FINDS THE BASKET AGAINST NC STATE
Junior Monte Cummings scored 17 points as he made seven field goals against NC State on Thursday night. His seven field goals made were the second most he has made during a single game this season. He made a career-high eight field goals against Cleveland State on Dec. 19.
CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Monte Cummings has made nine of his last 10 free throw attempts and enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech with an 80.0 percent free throw shooting mark in the Seminoles’ six conference games. He was a perfect six-of-six from the line against North Carolina on Jan. 20 and made a career-high 13 free throws in a career-high 16 attempts against UNC Asheville on Jan. 6.
CUMMINGS CRASHING THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS
Junior Monte Cummings tied his career-high with four offensive rebounds against NC State. He has now grabbed five or more offensive rebounds in five different games this season. Cummings has 22 offensive rebounds in the last 11 games and 27 for the entire season.
Junior Monte Cummings has been credited with 11 assists in the last six games for a 1.8 assists per game average. He is averaging more assists in the last six games (1.8) than he is for the entire season (1.5 in 19 games).
MATHEWS IN THE REBOUND COLUMN
Sophomore Mike Mathews scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds against NC State. His seven rebounds against the Wolfpack marked his ACC career-high and the second most he has been credited with in a single game during his career. Mathews grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.
MATHEWS MINUTES PILING UP
Sophomore Mike Mathews played a career-high 36 minutes against NC State on Thursday night. He played more minutes against the Wolfpack (36) than he had in his previous three games (34). It marked the second time Mathews had played 30 minutes or more in a single game, he played 30 at Cleveland State on Dec. 19.
KEEPING MATHEWS ON THE FLOOR
Sophomore Mike Mathews has proven his value to the Seminoles as he has played in 18 of the Seminoles’ 19 games (starting eight) and averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 20.3 minutes per game this season. He has proven, too, that he must remain out of foul trouble to be effective when he is on the floor.
SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS
Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”
Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.
Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.
Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.
Sophomore center Mike Mathews scored 11 points against NC State. It marked the second time this season that he had scored in double figures in an ACC game. He also scored 15 points against Wake Forest on Jan. 9. Mathews enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech having scored in double figures five times.
MIKE MATHEWS AGAINST NC STATE…
N. DIXON IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has started the last two games (against North Carolina and NC State) and is averaging 6.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He grabbed a career-high tying 10 rebounds against North Carolina on Jan. 20. Dixon has now started a career-high 11 games this season. Prior to this season, Dixon had played in 28 games without having earned a start.
N. DIXON CLEANING THE GLASS
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has 16 rebounds and is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game in the last two games. He tied his career-high with 10 rebounds against North Carolina (in only 19 minutes of play) and has now grabbed double figure rebounds a career-high three times this season. Dixon also grabbed 10 rebounds against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 25) and against Morgan State on Dec. 30.
ANDERSON EARNING PLAYING TIME
Junior David Anderson is averaging 16.0 minutes played in the last three games. He is averaging nearly seven minutes more played per game in the last three (16.0) than he is for the entire season (9.2). Anderson has played 48 minutes in the last three games (Jan. 16 -Jan. 25) as compared to 50 minutes of playing time in the seven games previous to his current streak (Dec. 19-Jan. 14). He has played at least 13 minutes in each of the last three games after not playing more than 11 in any of the previous seven.
ANDERSON CRASHING THE BOARDS
Junior David Anderson is averaging 2.0 rebounds per game in the last four games. He has grabbed at least one offensive rebound in each of the last four games entering Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. Anderson is averaging nearly one assist more per game in the last three games than he is for the Seminoles’ entire 19-game schedule.
WILSON FROM THE FIELD
Freshman Andrew Wilson is a perfect three-of-three from the field in the last two games. He was a perfect two-of-two from the field against NC State on Thursday night. Wilson’s six points against the Wolfpack were his most since scoring eight against Binghamton on Dec. 21.