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Seminoles On The Road To Play At No. 6 Wake Forest

Feb. 11, 2005

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –
Florida State plays its second consecutive ACC road game as it travels to play No. 6/6 Wake Forest at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Seminoles and Deacons meet just 25 days after Florida State defeated No. 3/3 Wake Forest, 91-83 in overtime, in Tallahassee on Jan. 18. The Seminoles’ victory over the Deacons was their eighth over a ranked ACC team in the last four years. Florida State’s game against Wake Forest marks its second of the season against a ranked Demon Deacon team and ninth against a team that is currently or which has been ranked in the national polls at some point in time this season. The Seminoles are scheduled to play at least three more teams who have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams this season during the remainder of the regular season. Florida State’s game at Wake Forest is their second of three consecutive road games – the Seminoles played at Virginia (Feb. 8, 61-64) and travel to play at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.) before returning home to face Georgia Tech (Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.). The Seminoles have found success on the road this season with victories at Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69), Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) and NC State (Jan. 26, 70-64) making Florida State to only team in the nation to win on a Big Ten court, an SEC court and an ACC court this season.

WAFER CONTINUES TO BE ON THE MARK FROM LONG RANGE
Sophomore Von Wafer made four 3-point shots against Virginia Wednesday night to bring his season total to 59 and his career total to 102 for his 53-game career. Wafer enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with 59 3-point field goals made and a .440 3-point shooting mark. His 59 3-point field goals made rank as the 12th-best single-season effort in school history while his .440 3-point shooting percentage currently ranks as the sixth-best single-season mark in the Seminoles’ record book.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and defeat the Demon Deacons on the road for the first time since Jan. 4, 2000. The last time the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest in Winston-Salem was the same day the Seminole football team won the 1999 National Championship with a 46-29 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl;
…Defeat Wake Forest and beat a ranked ACC team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles Defeated No. 18 ranked Maryland, 74-71, in Cole Field House. The victory by the Seminoles was the last by an opposing team in Cole before the Terps moved into the Comcast Center;
…Defeat a ranked Wake Forest team in Winston-Salem for the first time since Jan. 11, 1992 when the Seminoles defeated the No. 19 ranked Deacons, 85-80 in overtime, in their fourth ever ACC game;
…Defeat Wake Forest and sweep the season series from the Deacons for the first time since the 2000 season when the Seminoles defeated the Deacons in both Winston-Salem and Tallahassee. The Seminoles have swept the Deacons in the season series the times since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a victory over a nationally ranked team for the ninth time in the last four seasons. The Seminoles have earned five wins over top-10 ranked teams during the playing careers of seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski.

NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER WAKE FOREST ON JAN. 18…
…Florida State’s victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest marked the first time this season and for the 15th consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked ACC team each year since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Florida State’s first ACC victory (in its’ first ACC game) came against No. 5 ranked North Carolina (Dec. 15, 1991, 86-74 in Chapel Hill);
…Three different Seminoles (Von Wafer, 30; Al Thornton, 26; Todd Galloway, 21) all earned career-high statistics for points scored in a game against the Deacons;
…Florida State shot .500 percent (33-of-66) from the field in the win marking one of eight times the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field this season. The Seminoles are 8-0 when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field in a game during the 2004-05 season;
…Florida State made a season-high 12 3-point field goals (Von Wafer made a career-high seven) and shot 50 percent (12-of-24) from the bonusphere in the victory. The Seminoles are averaging 6.7 3-point field goals made per game as a team and shooting .386 from long range this season;
…Florida State made 13 of 19 free throws (including 11 of 16 in the second half and overtime periods) and shot .684 from the line in the win. The Seminoles are averaging 13.7 made free throws per game and are shooting .666 from the line this season;
…Florida State scored 91 points (76 in regulation) in the win. The Seminoles are averaging 70.3 points scored per game and have scored 90 points or more twice this season;
…Florida State turned the ball over a season low nine times in its victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are averaging 16.6 turnovers in 23 games this season;
…Florida State held Wake Forest to a .450 shooting mark from the field. The Deacons are one of only four teams this season (Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Florida, Wake Forest and Duke) to shoot .450 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles.

SEMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer, Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest averaging 6.7 made 3-point field goals per game and is shooting .386 from long range for the season. The Seminoles are shooting better from the 3-point line this season (.386) than they did last season (.376) when they finished second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage. Florida State made a season-high 12 3-point field goals (and shot .500 percent from the bonusphere) in its victory over Wake Forest Jan. 18.

Florida State Recently From Long Range
Opponent 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes
Wake Forest 12 24 .500 Wafer leads with 7 3 FGM
Duke 4 16 .250 Wafer/4 players tied with 1 3FGM
at NC State 8 16 .500 Wafer leads with 5 3FGM
at Georgia Tech 5 19 .263 Wafer leads with 3 3 FGM
N. Carolina 9 21 .429 Wafer leads with 4 3 FGM
at Virginia 8 17 .471 Wafer leads with 4 3FGM
Totals 46 113 .407 Wafer shooting 24-47 (.511) in last 6 games

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 85 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 219 consecutive games entering Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.

NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its three ACC wins and is shooting .344 (43-of-125) and averaging 6.1 field goals made from the 3-point line in its seven ACC losses.

TO GIVE TO A TEAMMATE IS A GOOD THING
Led by junior Todd Galloway’s career-high tying nine assists against Virginia, Florida State has improved its assist:turnover ratio to 1:1 in three of the last four games. The Seminoles had as many assists as turnovers against NC State (Jan. 26, 12A/12TO in 70-64 victory), North Carolina (Feb. 6, 12A/12TO) and Virginia (Feb. 9, 15A/15TO). Florida State has earned an even or positive assist:turnover ratio of six of its 23 games this season. Florida State recorded 17 assists against only nine turnovers in its victory over Wake Forest Jan. 18. The Seminoles 1.9:1 assist:turnover ratio against the Deacons ranks as its best of the season in ACC play.

FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE GLASS
Led by Sophomore Alexander Johnson’s career-high 10 rebounds against Virginia, Florida State outrebounded Virginia, 30-29, in Charlottesville Wednesday night. It marked the second time in five ACC road games that the Seminoles had outrebounded their opponent. Florida State outrebounded Maryland by an ACC season-high 12 (56-44) in the conference opener for both teams on Dec. 19. Florida State outrebounded Wake Forest, 35-34, in its victory over the Demon Deacons Jan. 18.


F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/9/01)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/26/03)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/25/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.7 ppg, 3.0 apg; 21 pts and 8 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 30 pts on 7 3FGM vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 26 pts and 10 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 2 asts and 5 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 1 reb and 1 ast vs. Wake Forest, 1/18/05)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 16 pts and 5 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/25/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR WAKE FOREST
F #1 Justin Gray (16.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 31 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/25/04)
F #10 Jamaal Levy (7.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 8 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/04)
F/C #31 Eric Williams (16.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 18 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/18/05)
G #3 Chris Paul (15.1 ppg, 6.6 apg; 29 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/18/05)
G #4 Taron Downey (9.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 21 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/18/05)

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Wake Forest leads, 18-13
Last Game: Jan. 18, 2005; Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 18, 2005; Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
Last Wake Forest Win: Feb. 25, 2004; Wake Forest 90, Florida State 87 (OT)
Last Florida State Win In Winston-Salem: Jan. 4, 2000; Florida State 66, Wake Forest 64
Last Wake Forest Win In Winston-Salem: Feb. 25, 2004; Wake Forest 90, Florida State 87 (OT)
Florida State vs. Wake Forest, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 2-4

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Jan. 18, 2005 Feb. 25, 2004 Jan. 25, 2004 March 14, 2003
at Florida State 91 at Wake Forest 90 (OT) at Florida State 75 vs. Wake Forest 69
Wake Forest 83 (OT) Wake Forest 87 Wake Forest 70 Florida State

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST MEETING
Todd Galloway scored nine straight points in overtime and finished with a career-high 21 points to help Florida State snap No. 3 Wake Forest’s 10-game winning streak with a 91-83 victory Jan. 18 in Tallahassee. Wake Forest had a chance for a miraculous win at the end of regulation when Taron Downey was fouled while making a desperation 3-point field goal that tied the game at 76. But Downey missed the free throw, the Deacons’ first miss from the line after making an NCAA record 50 straight. Wake Forest made 32 straight against North Carolina and its first 18 straight before Downey’s miss. Von Wafer scored 25 of his career-high 30 points in the first half as Florida State twice opened up 19-point leads on its way to a 46-32 halftime lead. Wafer was six-of-eight from 3-point range and nine of 13 overall in the first half. He was one of three Seminoles who scored career-highs in the game. Thornton scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime including four in overtime and finished with a game high 10 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 29 points for the Deacons.

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