November 20, 2005 - by
Seminoles Host Alcorn State In Basketball Home Opener

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Nov. 20, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated Jacksonville Saturday night to win its fourth consecutive season opener, plays host to Alcorn State Monday night in its home opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 78-48, in its season opener while Alcorn State fell to South Florida in Tampa, 69-52. The Seminoles enter Monday’s game looking to win their fifth consecutive home opener and looking to begin their season with a 2-0 record for the third time in the last four seasons. The Seminoles meeting against the Braves is the second meeting between the two programs in school history with Florida State holding a 1-0 series advantage. Florida State took an 84-62 victory in the first round of the Red Lobster Classic in Orlando on Dec. 29, 1986. The Seminoles won the tournament championship one night later with a 91-90 victory over Tennessee.

THORNTON AND ROMERO DOUBLE UP JACKSONVILLE IN OPENER
Junior forward Al Thornton scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and senior forward Diego Romero scored 11 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds as both players recorded double-doubles in the Seminoles’ season opening victory over Jacksonville. It marked the third double-double of Thornton’s career and the first of Romero’s career. It marked the first time since Dec. 19, 2004 that two Seminoles had recorded double-doubles in the same game. The last time it was accomplished – Thornton was also part of the double double-double. Thornton (16 points and 13 rebounds) and Adam Waleskowski (23 points and 14 rebounds) pulled off the double double-double against Maryland in the Comcast Center.

RICH SCORES CAREER-HIGH IN VICTORY OVER JACKSONVILLE
Sophomore Jason Rich scored his career-high of 13 points as Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 78-48, Saturday night. He surpassed his previous career-high of 12 points in Florida State’s victory over Ole Miss on Dec. 4, 2004. Rich has led Florida State in scoring four times during his career.

SEMINOLES LOOKING TO UP NOVEMBER RECORD UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Alcorn State looking to up their record at the Donald L. Tucker Center to 8-1 during the Leonard Hamilton era.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Alcorn State and win its home opener for the fifth consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Savannah State to open the home schedule in 2002 has won all three home openers during the Leonard Hamilton era (to begin the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons);
…Defeat Alcorn State and win its home opener for the 54 time in the 59-year history of the program. The Seminoles have won 35 of their last 36 home openers with their only non-win coming in 2001.

SEMINOLES’ MARGIN OF VICTORY IS SEVEN LARGEST UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State’s 30-point victory over Jacksonville marked the seventh largest margin of victory during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have now defeated Jacksonville by a total of 74 points in the last two meeting between the two schools. The victory also marked the eighth time the Seminoles have held an opponent under 50 points during the Hamilton era.

SEMINOLES’ DEFENSE HOLDS JACKSONVILLE UNDER 30 PERCENT SHOOTING
Florida State’s defense held Jacksonville to .293 percent shooting from the field and forced the Dolphins into 22 turnovers. It marked the sixth time during the Leonard Hamilton era but only second time in the last two years that the Seminoles had held its opponent under 30 percent shooting from the field. The field goal percentage defense statistic is Hamilton’s favorite and was most evident while he was the head coach at Miami as the Hurricanes ranked No. 1 in the nation in field goal percentage defense during the 1998 season.

SEMINOLES BENCH CONTINUES TO BE PRODUCTIVE
Florida State’s utilized the talents of seven players off the bench in their victory over Jacksonville – with five players earning playing time for the first time during the Seminole careers. Led by sophomore Jason Rich, the reserves outscored the starters by a 41-37 margin. The Seminoles led the ACC in bench scoring during the 2004-05 season as their bench scored 41 percent of their points during the season.

SWANN EARNS FIRST CAREER START – LEADS SEMINOLES IN ASSISTS
Sophomore guard Isaiah Swann made his first career start and led the Seminoles in assists with three in Florida State’s season opening victory over Jacksonville. It marked the 11th time during his 32-game career that he has led the Seminoles in assists. Swann also earned a career-high tying four steals to lead the Seminoles in the theft category against the Dolphins.

WILSON PLAYS IN 100TH CAREER GAME
Senior Andrew Wilson played in his 100th career game against became the first player in ACC history to play at least one game in six different years. The graduate student in sport administration has now played in 100 career games and started 51 times. Wilson, a starter against Jacksonville, has been in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in 46 of Florida State’s last 64 games. He has now started at least one game in five different seasons during his collegiate career.

THORNTON FINDING HIS STROKE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Al Thornton was a perfect six of six from the free throw line in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville. It marked the first time Thornton was perfect from the line on at least six free throw attempts while his six free throws made tied his single-game career-high for free throw made in a single game. Though statistics from exhibition games do cot count in the regular season statistics, Thornton has now made 13 of 14 free throws (.929) in two outing this season. He entered the 2005-06 season with a career-mark of .527 from the free throw line.

MIMS CONTINUES TO SHOOT STRAIGHT FROM FREE THROW LINE
Sophomore Ralph Mims was a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line against Jacksonville as he continues to be one of the Seminoles’ top free throw shooters. He made 29 of 34 free throws (.853) as a freshman and has made 35 of 40 shots (.875 career percentage) during his 30-game career. Mims enters Monday’s game against Alcorn State having made 20 consecutive free throws and has not missed from the line since Dec. 21, 2005 against Jacksonville.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #12 Al Thornton (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg in 2004-05; 12 pts and 10 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg in 2004-05; 11 pts and 10 reb vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg in 2004-05; Did not play vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 2004-05; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg in 2004-05; 3 pts and 2 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #21 Jason Rich (5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg in 2004-05; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 2004-05; 9 pts and 3 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg in 2004-05; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (Second career game; 5 pts and 4 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
F #41 Uche Echefu (Second career game; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR ALCORN STATE
F #20 Almaad Jackson (7.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg in 2004-05; 5 pts and 9 rebs vs. South Florida, 11/18/05)
F #33 Patrick Horton (1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg in 2004-05; 7 pts in 22 mins vs. South Florida, 11/18/05)
C #23 Juan Wyatt (6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg in 2004-05; 0 pts and 4 rebs vs. South Florida, 11/18/05)
G #0 Delvin Thompson (14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg in 2004-05; 18 pts and 3 stls vs. South Fla., 11/18/05)
G #3 Alleo Frazier (4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg in 2004-05; 3 pts and 5 asts vs. South Florida, 11/18/05)

FLORIDA STATE VS. ALCORN STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 29, 1986; Florida State 84, Alcorn State 62
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 29, 1986; Florida State 84, Alcorn State 62
Last Alcorn State Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: None
Last Alcorn State Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Alcorn State, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Alcorn State: First Meeting
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