Nov. 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which opens its regular season at home on Friday night against North Florida at 8:30, will play host to Mid-Continent University in its second of two exhibition games Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles defeated Rollins College, 95-74, in their first exhibition and will look to finish their exhibition season with a perfect 2-0 record against the Cougars.
Junior Wooden Award and All-American candidate Chris Singleton scored a game-high 22 points and earned a game-high five steals to lead Florida State to a 95-74 victory over Rollins College on Nov. 3 Singleton led five Seminoles in double figure scoring and helped the home team to 14 steals and five blocked shots as they continued their preparations for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
With its 10-6 record in ACC play during the 2009-10 season, Florida State has won more games in the last four seasons in ACC play (34) than it did in the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State (23). Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in a school record five consecutive seasons including a 9-7 record and fifth place finish during the 2005-06 season and a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish during the 2008-09 season. Florida State was 23-41 (.359 winning percentage in ACC play) in the first four years of ACC play under Leonard Hamilton and is 34-30 (.531 winning percentage in the ACC) in the last four seasons under Hamilton.
Singleton, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was outstanding both offensively and defensively in the 23 minutes he played. In addition to his 22 points and five steals, he totaled three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Singleton shot the ball well from the field (seven of 12), the 3-point line (four of six) and the free throw line (four of six). He scored nine points in the first half in leading Florida State to the wire-to-wire win.
Mid-Continent of the Tran South Conference has already played four games and has a 2-2 record. The Cougars have recorded wins over Missouri Baptists and Miami-Hamilton and will play their final exhibition game of the season before getting back into regular season play against Wright State – Lake on Friday night. The Cougars are averaging 76.8 points scored in their first four games of the 2010-11 season.
Mid-Continent set a school record with 24 victories and finished in second place in their conference race with a 12-4 record.
Admission for Tuesday night’s game is free and general seating is available.