TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State men’s basketball team wraps up its two-game exhibition season as it plays host to Thomas University on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its annual game benefiting the Aubry Boyd Foundation. A donation of $5 will be accepted at the door with all proceeds going to Boyd, a Seminole basketball player from 1988-91.
Season-ticket holders should have received their season-ticket package in the mail with a ticket for the game included. A $5 charge for all tickets purchased the night of the game will be donated to the Aubry Boyd Foundation. Florida State students with a valid student ID will be admitted for free. Parking is free for in the Tucker Center Parking Lot.
The game against the Nighthawks is being played to benefit the Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation, marking the 17th consecutive year the Seminoles will help raise funds for Boyd, who was injured during a pick-up football game and paralyzed from the neck down in 1995.
Boyd, a four-year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, broke the fourth vertebrate in his neck, leaving him a paraplegic.
A regular at most of Florida State’s home basketball games at the Tucker Center, Boyd can often be found behind the Seminole’s bench cheering his team and school to victory.
“Aubry is part of the fabric of our program,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He is the type of person we have worked to continue to bring into our program. He is one of the most courageous people I have ever met. His positive attitude toward life is contagious.”
Boyd signed with the Seminoles as a highly-touted recruit from Southwest High School in Macon, Ga., and made an immediate impact on the court. From 1988-91, Boyd appeared in 116 games and averaged 6.7 points per game during the 1990-91 season. In Boyd’s senior year, he started 31 of 32 games and averaged 11.8 points per game as the Seminoles cruised to a 21-11 record, won the Metro Conference Championship, and later advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Southern California.
Florida State won its first exhibition games on Oct. 26 with a resounding 116-68 victory over Central Missouri. Junior Terance Mann scored 12 points and added six rebounds and PJ Savoy scored 19 points. The Seminoles knocked down 13 shots from the 3-point line, with Savoy leading the way for four of his own.
Thomas (2-0) is averaging 90.5 points in its first two games with victories over Point University and the University of the Virgin Islands. Thomas University is in Thomasville, Ga., about 30 miles north of Tallahassee.
Florida State opens its regular season at home against George Washington on Nov. 14.