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Seminoles Host South Carolina State Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 27, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to South Carolina State in a non-conference game Friday at 5:30 that sees the Seminoles attempt to improve their record to 4-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season and for the 12th time in school history. The Seminoles mot recently won their first four games of that season in advancing to the championship game of the preseason NIT and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the 1997-98 season. Florida State’s best ever start to a season, 8-0, came during the 1977-78, 1988-89 and 1993-94 seasons – the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament during two of those three seasons.


SEMINOLES GET OFFENSIVE AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE
Florida State defeated Nicholls State, 99-54, Wednesday night in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. It marked the most points scored by the Seminoles under head coach Leonard Hamilton and the most since scoring 108 in an overtime loss to Georgia Tech Feb. 11, 1999. Florida State had not scored at 99 points or more in 128 games. The Seminoles shot 55.1 percent from the field – the best field goal shooting percentage mark under Hamilton. Florida State made a season-high 38 field goals, a near school record 13 3-point field goals and dished out 22 assists on its 38 baskets.


ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE PICKETT CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State averaging 16.0 points, 2.3 steals, 1.0 blocked shots and has made 10 3-point field. He is shooting .400 from long range and has scored in double figures in 29 of 32 career games including eight straight dating to Feb. 26, 2003 against Wake Forest.


FRESHMAN JOHNSON ENTERS THE GAME ON A HOT STREAK
Freshman forward Alexander Johnson enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State having made nine consecutive field goal attempts. He made his final three attempts in Florida State’s victory over Georgetown Monday night and was a perfect six-of-six from the field against Nicholls State. Johnson has made 12 of his 14 field goal attempts for a shooting percentage of .857 through the first three games of his career. He is averaging 11.0 points per game.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Improve to 4-0 for the first times since the 1997-98 season and for the 12th time in school history. The Seminoles has won at least their first four games of a season three times and their first five games of the season eight times. The school record for wins to open a season is eight during three different seasons – most recently during the 1993-94 season;
…Finish the month of November undefeated for the second consecutive season and the second time under second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles won their first two games of the 2002-03 season with victories over Savannah State and Mercer;
…Tie the school record for wins in the month of November with four. The Seminoles opened the 1997-98 season with four wins including three in the pre-season NIT. The Seminoles advanced to the championship game of the preseason NIT, won 18 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season.


SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE
Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett’s four 3-point baskets, Florida State made a near-school record 13 3-point shots in its victory over Nicholls State Wednesday. The school record for 3-point shot made in a single game by the Seminoles is 14 in a 108-84 victory over Jacksonville Dec. 14, 1996.


Seminoles All-Time From Long Range
Rank 3FGM Opponent Date Result

1. 14 Jacksonville Dec. 14, 1996 W, 108-84
2. 13 Nicholls State Nov. 27, 2003 W, 99-54
13 La Salle Feb. 23, 1989 L, 100-101
13 North Carolina Feb. 27, 1992 W, 110-96
13 NC State Jan. 25, 1992 W, 98-76


SEMINOLES UNDER HAMILTON FROM 3-POINT RANGE
Florida State made a near-school record 13 3-point field goals in its victory over Nicholls State Wednesday night and is averaging nine 3-point field goals made per game this season. The Seminoles ranked sixth in the ACC with a 6.4 3-point shots made per game average last season. Under second year head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have made 213 3-point field goals in 32 games. Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has made 94 of those long range shots (.441 percent).


SEMINOLES ON THE DEFENSIVE EARLY ON IN 2003-04
Florida State, one of the nation’s top defensive teams last season under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, has intensified its defensive ways through the first three games of the 2003-04 season. In its victory over Nicholls State, Florida State earned 18 steals, forced the Colonels into 29 turnovers and held them to .364 shooting from the field.


Seminoles’ Clamping Down
Season SPG TO Forced FG Pct. Defense Rebound Margin

2003-04 12.0 23.3 .349 +7.3
2002-03 9.4 16.3 .391 -2.3
Improvement +2.6 +6.0 -.561 +5.0


SEMINOLES PUTTING THE BASKETBALL IN THE BUCKET
Florida State enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State averaging 83.0 points through their first three games of the season. The Seminoles scored a Leonard Hamilton era record 99 points against Nicholls State and totaled 81 in their victory over Georgetown College. The Seminoles have scored 80 points or more in two of their first three games after reaching the 80 point plateau only four times in 29 games during the 2002-03 season.


Seminoles Lighting Up The Scoreboard
Season PPG FG Pct. FGM/G 3FGM/G

2003-04 83.0 .483 29.6 9.0
2002-03 68.1 .432 24.7 6.4
Improvement +14.9 +0.61 +4.9 +2.6


FINDING THE SCORING COULMN
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson led Florida State with 19 points as 13 of the 14 Seminoles who played against Nicholls State scored at least two points. It marked the third consecutive game that at least 10 players had scored for the Seminoles this season. Florida State’s starting five has scored 130 of the Seminoles 249 total points (.522 percent) while its reserves have scored 119 total points (.478).


Keeping The Scoreboard Operator Busy
Opponent FSU Points High Scorer Players in Scoring Column

Maine 69 Pickett, 18 10 of 11
Georgetown 81 Pickett, 14 11 of 12
Nicholls State 99 Richardson,19 13 of 14


SIMILARITY IN STARTING LINEUPS
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has utilized the same starting lineup (Joiner, Richardson, Mathews, Johnson and Pickett) through the Seminoles’ first three games of the season.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (5.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Needs 241 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (15.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 19 pts in 18 mins played against Nicholls St)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 101 career blocked shots to ranked 8th in FSU history)
G #10 Nate Johnson (4.0 ppg, 4.3 apg; 4 assists and 0 turnover against Nicholls State)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Season-high 4 steals in victory over Nicholls State)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.0 ppg, 3.7 apg; 6 assists and 1 turnover against Nicholls State)
G #21 Benson Callier (2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4 points and 3 rebounds against Nicholls State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg; Back from injury – has played in all 3 games)
G #23 Von Wafer (10.5 ppg, 3.5 ppg; double figure scoring in first two career games)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; Season-high 13 points against Georgetown)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (2.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Season-high 8 rebounds against Georgetown)


FLORIDA STATE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last South Carolina State Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last South Carolina State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Florida State vs. South Carolina State, Current Streak: First Meeting


SEMINOLES AGAINST THE MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Florida State plays host to South Carolina State Friday night marking the first time since Dec. 30, 2000 that the Seminoles have played a member of the MEAC. The Seminoles defeated Morgan State, 74-64, the last time it played against a MEAC member. Florida State is 11-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC with victories over Bethune Cookman (1-0), Florida A&M (5-0), Maryland Eastern Shore (1-0), Morgan State (3-0) and Norfolk State (1-0).


SEMINOLES AGAINST 2003 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Florida State plays host to South Carolina State Friday – the first of nine NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago on the Seminoles’ 2003-04 schedule. In addition to the Bulldogs, Florida State will also play Miami (Fla.), Wagner, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Florida, NC State, Wake Forest and Duke – all of who appeared in last years NCAA Tournament. Pittsburgh, the Seminoles’ opponent in the final round of the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic and Maryland, both advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.


SEMINOLES PLAYING SEVEN GAME HOMESTAND
Florida State matches up with South Carolina State in its fourth game of a season-opening seven game homestand. The Seminoles play in the Lcon County Civic Center in each of their first seven games and are fortunate not to have to play on an opponents’ home court until they travel to play at Miami (Fla.) Dec. 14. Florida State is scheduled to play a school record 17 home games this season.


PICKETT IS ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP DEFENDERS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who ranked fourth in the nation with 82 steals as a junior, has continued to show the basketball world why he is one of the best defenders in the nation. He has continued his stealing ways with seven in three games this season (to bring his career total to 89) and he has added the blocked shot to his defensive repertoire. Pickett blocked a career-high tying two shots in Florida State’s victory over Georgetown and added a third in the Seminoles’ victory over Nicholls State. He has three blocks in three games after recording 10 blocks in 29 games last season. Pickett is tied for Florida State’s lead in blocked shots with junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson.


RICHARDSON FINDING THE BASKET
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting a career-best .655 from the field. He has scored in double figures in all three games this season including a season high 19 points against Nicholls State. Richardson’s 19 points against Nicholls State were just one short of tying his career high of 20 which came against Georgia Tech Jan. 14. 2003. He has scored in double figures in six straight games and in 33 of his 60 career games. Richardson has increased his scoring output as he has increased his field goal shooting percentage. Through the first three games of the season, he is shooting .655 from the field as compared to his two-year career percentage of .411 entering the 2003-04 season. Richardson made a career-high eight field goals in Florida State’s victory over Nicholls State.


Richardson From The Field
Seasons FGM-A Pct. Notes

2004 (1 year) 19-29 .655 Averaging 6.3 field goals made per game / this season
2002-03 (2 yrs) 204-496 .411 Averaged 3.6 field goals made per game / first two years
Improvement +.244 Averaging 2.7 field goals made per game more this season


RICHARDSON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson has made all four of his free throw attempts this season and enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State having made 13 consecutive attempts. He has made all of his free throw attempts since the first half of Florida State’s victory over Virginia on March 1. His personal career best record for consecutive free throws made is 13 during his sophomore season.


RICHARDSON IN THE SECOND HALF AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson made six of his seven field goal attempts including his final five attempts of the contest. He enters Friday’s game against South Carolina State having made five consecutive field goal attempts.


GALLOWAY AND JOHNSON HOLDING ONTO THE BALL
Florida State’s outstanding point guard tandem of senior Nate Johnson and sophomore Todd Galloway has been credited with a total of 24 assists and only five turnovers through the first three games of the season. Johnson and Galloway, who have split the point guard duties in each of the last two years have a combined assist:turnover ratio of 4.8:1.


Seminoles’ Strong Point Guard Tandem
Player Maine Georgetown Nicholls State Totals

Nate Johnson 6 A / 0 TO 3 A/ 3 TO 4 A/ 0 TO 13 A / 3 TO
Todd Galloway 2 A / 0 TO 3 A / 1 TO 6 A/ 1 TO 11 A / 2 TO
Totals 8 A / 0 TO 6 A / 4 TO 10 A / 1 TO 24 A / 5 TO


TAKING A LOOK AT THE SEMINOLE NEWCOMERS
Florida State’s trio of newcomers – Von Wafer, Alexander Johnson and Al Thornton – have made quite a splash for the Seminoles’ during the first three games of the season. Wafer is averaging 19.0 minutes per games and 10.5 points, Johnson is averaging 18.7 minutes and 11.0 points and Thornton is averaging 12 minutes and 6.3 points. Wafer and Johnson were major parts of the Seminoles’ No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2003 while Thornton was one of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s first recruits who signed his NLI to play at Florida State during the summer of 2002.


Seminole Diaper Dandy’s
Player FGM-A FTM-A 3FGM-A RPG PPG MPG

Von Wafer 9-17 4-8 5-12 7/3.5 21/10.5 38/19.0
Alexander Johnson 12-14 9-16 0-0 12/4.0 33/11.0 56/18.7
Al Thornton 6-9 6-13 1-3 10/3.3 19/6.3 36/12.0
Totals 27-40 19-37 6-15 29/9.7 73/24.3 130/43.3
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