Dec. 6, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Texas Southern in its third consecutive home game in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles game against Texas Southern marks the second consecutive season they have played the Tigers in Tallahassee. Florida State began the 2004-05 season with a 71-62 victory over the Tigers in the season-opener. The Seminoles are playing their third game of a three-game homestand which has begun with victories over Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29, 97-57) and Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 2, 82-65). Florida State is 3-0 at home and 1-1 on the road during its first five games of the season. The Seminoles are 24-3 in non-conference home games (.889) during the four-year Leonard Hamilton era. Following Wednesday night’s game against Texas Southern, the Seminoles will take nine days off for their final exam period before traveling to Mobile, Ala., to face Bowling Green in the Coors Classic (Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.).
SPOTLIGHT GROWING HOT ON FLORIDA STATE’S Al Thornton
Junior Al Thornton has scored in double figures on four of the Seminoles’ first five games as he enters Wednesday’s game against Texas Southern averaging a career-high 16.2 points per game. He scored his career-high of 31 points (to go along with 10 rebounds) in the Seminoles’ home opening victory over Alcorn State (Dec. 21) and has two double-doubles in points and rebounds in the first five games of the season. Thornton led Florida State in scoring against Alcorn State (31 points) and Louisiana Monroe (17 points). He as scored in double figures in nine of Florida State’s last 11 games and averages 15.l points per game since Feb. 20 against Georgia Tech.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S 4-1 START…
…The Seminoles have more than twice as many steals (57) as their opponents (28) through the first five games of the season;
…The Seminoles have made as many free throws (94) as their opponents have attempted (94) through the first five games of the season;
…The Seminoles are shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (.495) and are only two made field goals from shooting above 50 percent from the field for the first five games of the season;
…The Seminoles have scored 85 points or more in three of their first five games of the 2005-06 season. By comparison, the Seminoles scored 85 points or more only four times during the 2004-05 season;
…The Seminoles have scored at least 50 points in three of their first five halves of play and are averaging 48 points scored in first half through the first five games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Texas Southern and improve its record to 5-1. The last time the Seminoles won at least five of their first six games was during the 2003-04 season when they opened the season with a 10-0 record on their way to the second round of the NIT;
…Defeat Florida State and improve its record at home to 4-0. It would mark the second time in the last three seasons (also to begin the 2003-04 season) that the Seminoles won at least their first four home games of the season. The Seminoles won their first nine home games of the 2003-04 season and finished with a 15-3 mark in the Donald L. Tucker Center that season;
…Defeat Texas Southern and improve their record in non-conference home games during the month of December under Leonard Hamilton to 13-2.
SEMINOLES KEEPING THE SCOREBOARD OPERATOR BUSY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Texas Southern averaging 82.2 points scored per game and has scored at least 78 points in four of their first five games of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles 82.2 points per game average is their highest through the first five games of the season since the 1996-97 Seminoles averaged 82.6 points per game in winning four of their first five games. Florida State is outscoring its opponents by more than 100 total points (411-308) so far this season.
INDIVIDUAL SEMINOLES IN THE SCORING COLUMN…
…At least three players have scored in double figures in four of the first five games of the season. Junior Alexander Johnson led a season-high four Seminoles in double-figure scoring against Purdue;
…Led by junior Al Thornton’s two doubles-doubles (against Jacksonville and Alcorn State), the Seminoles have had three players earn double-double in the first five games of the season. The Seminoles received a total of five double-double performances during the entire 2004-05 season.
…Led by Al Thornton, who has led the Seminoles in scoring twice (31 vs. Alcorn State and 17 vs. Louisiana Monroe), a total of four different players have topped the Seminoles in scoring.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE SEMINOLES’ QUICK STARTS
Florida State has jumped out to quick starts in each of their first five games of the 2005-06 season and are outscoring their opponents by 48.0-27.4. The Seminoles have led at each of the first five television timeouts and have led by an average of 20.6 points at the half each game. Florida State’s largest halftime lead came in its victory over Purdue (+35, 58-23) while its closest margin at halftime has been eight points against Florida (+8, 38-30).
HAMILTON NAMES TEAM TRI-CAPTAINS
Florida State’s senior trio of Todd Galloway, Diego Romero and Andrew Wilson have been named tri-captains of the Seminole men’s basketball team for the 2005-06 season by fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Galloway and Wilson are in their fourth season while Romero is playing his third season for Hamilton and all will earn degrees in the spring – Galloway and Romero will earn their undergraduate degrees and Wilson his master’s degree in sports administration. Hamilton’s announcement of team tri-captains is the first time he has named team captains during his tenure at Florida State. “This is the right time and these are the right players to lead our team this season,” said Hamilton. “All three are high quality individuals with a great deal of integrity who have really matured during their careers at Florida State. The leadership they will provide to their teammates will undoubtedly help our team reach our goals during the season.”
FLORIDA STATE AMONG THE ACC LEADERS IN STEALS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s night’s game against Texas Southern ranked fourth in the ACC with a 11.4 steals per game average. The Seminoles have recorded at least 10 steals in three of their first five games and recorded a season-high 16 steals against Purdue the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles’ 16 steals against Purdue marked the most by the team since it recorded 17 in a 101-57 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 2004.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC STATISTICS…
…Junior Al Thornton is ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage with a .714 mark. He has made a single-season career-high five of seven attempts from the 3-point arc;
…Sophomore Ralph Mims is tied for first in the ACC in free throw percentage with a perfect 1.000 mark. He is the only player in the ACC who has made at least 13 free throws in 13 attempts;
…Florida State is ranked first in the ACC in turnovers forced per game and second in the conference in turnover margin. The Seminoles are forcing a league-high 22.8 turnover par game;
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in scoring margin with a +20.6 victory margin through the first five games of the season;
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage. The Seminoles have a .385 shooting mark from beyond the arc;
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goals made per game with a 7.40 made per game mark.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #12 Al Thornton (16.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg; 6 pts and 6 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (10.3 ppg, 5.3 ppg; 3 pts and 6 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 8 pts and 1 reb vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.6 ppg, 4.4 apg; 4 pts and 2 asts vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (9.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg; First career game vs. Texas Southern)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (5.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/9/04)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (5.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game vs. Texas Southern)
F #41 Uche Echefu (4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg; First career game vs. Texas Southern)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TEXAS SOUTHERN F #00 Christopher Moore (7.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 16 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Pan American, 11/25/05) F #23 Curtis Smith (5.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Austin Peay, 11/26/05) F #50 Brian Egwautu (2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 4 pts and 5 rebs vs. Connecticut, 12/2/05) G #12 Sean Walker (16.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 23 18 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 11/19/04) G #24 Sollie Norwood (4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Texas Pan American, 11/25/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Nov. 19, 2004; Florida State 71, Tex. Southern 62
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 19, 2004; Florida State 71, Tex. Southern 62
Last Texas Southern Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 19, 2004; Florida State 71, Tex. Southern 62
Last Texas Southern Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Texas Southern, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Texas Southern: 1-0 (at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN – THE LAST MEETING
Florida State newcomers Diego Romero and Ralph Mims combined for 35 points in a season-opening 71-62 victory over Texas Southern on Nov. 19, 2004 in Tallahassee. Romero, playing his first game in two seasons, scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Seminoles. Mims, a freshman guard, added 17 points and seven rebounds. Two free throws by Sean Walker pulled Texas Southern to within 61-57 with 4:28 to play, before Mims finished off a 5-0 run for the Seminoles. His driving layup with 46 seconds to play for a 66-57 lead finished off the Tigers. Romero connected on five of six shots from the floor and seven of 11 from the free throw line, and freshman point guard Isaiah Swann added eight points for the Seminoles. Walker led Texas Southern with 18 points. Florida State threatened to run away with the game midway through the second half, opening up a 50-36 lead. The Tigers countered with 11 unanswered points, capped by Justin Wilson’s 3-pointer, to get within 50-47, but the Tigers could never get closer. Wilson finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Mike Sneed had 10 points and seven rebounds.