Nov. 17, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State Seminoles, under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, opens its 59th season of basketball as it travels to play Jacksonville in its 2005-06 season opener at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The Seminoles enter the game having won three consecutive season openers – each opener during the Hamilton era in Tallahassee.
HAMILTON LOOKING TO STAY PERFECT IN SEASON OPENERS
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against Jacksonville looking to improve his record in season openers as Florida State’s court boss to 4-0. He has led the Seminoles to season-opening victories over Savannah State (Nov. 24, 2002; 79-46), Maine (Nov. 21, 2003; 69-49) and Texas Southern (Nov. 19, 2004; 71-62). Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against Jacksonville looking to become only the third coach in school history to win at least his first four season openers.
FLORIDA STATE IN SEASON OPENERS
Florida State has won 12 of its last 15 season openers dating to the opening game of the 1990-91 season. Entering Saturday’s game against Jacksonville, the Seminoles have won three of their last five season openers when they have been on the road.
Florida State In The First Game of the Season
Category Record Winning Percentage
Home Openers 40-1 .976
Road Openers 4-11 .333
Neutral Site Openers 1-1 .500
Season Openers 45-13 .776
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its fourth consecutive season opener – each of the four season openers during the Leonard Hamilton era;
…Defeat Jacksonville and improve its season-opening game record to 19-4 against teams from the state of Florida during the 59-year history of the Seminole program;
…Defeat Jacksonville in its season opener for the second time in school history. The Seminoles defeated Jacksonville, 100-91, in the 1991-92 season opener.
SEASON-OPENING SEMINOLE NOTES
…Florida State’s largest margin of victory in a season opener came in a 133-79 (+54) victory over UCF on Nov. 25, 1978. The 54-point victory stands as the seventh largest margin of victory in school history;
…The most points scored by a Seminoles’ opponent in a season opener is 97 by Georgia Southern in a 109-97 victory by Florida State to open the 1972-73 season on Dec. 1, 1973;
…The fewest number of points scored in a season opener was 39 against Spring Hill College in a 39-36 victory by Florida State to open the 1947-48 season on Dec. 10, 1947. That game was the first in the history of the Seminole men’s basketball program;
…Florida State has scored 100 points or more nine times in a season opener – most recently the Seminoles defeated Florida Atlantic, 110-59, to open the 1993-94 season on Dec. 1, 1993.
HAMILTON IN SEASON OPENERS
Fourth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday night’s game against Jacksonville looking to win his 11th consecutive season opener. He guided Florida State to a 71-62 victory over Texas Southern last season. Hamilton has an 12-5 record (.706) during his collegiate career in season openers.
Hamilton Successful In Season Openers
Date School Opponent Outcome
1986-87 Oklahoma State at Pepperdine L, 61-79
1987-88 Oklahoma State at BYU-Hawaii L, 59-62
1988-89 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh L, 75-93
1989-90 Oklahoma State at North Texas W, 94-66
1990-91 Miami vs. George Mason L, 91-97
1991-92 Miami vs. Barry University W, 80-67
1992-93 Miami vs. Florida International L, 64-72
1993-94 Miami vs. Florida Atlantic W, 85-53
1994-95 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 66-48
1995-96 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 81-58
1996-97 Miami vs. Buffalo W, 78-61
1997-98 Miami at Southern Illinois W, 73-61
1998-99 Miami at Florida Atlantic W, 97-73
1999-00 Miami at Central Florida W, 81-54
2002-03 Florida State vs. Savannah State W, 79-46
2003-04 Florida State vs. Maine W, 69-49
2004-05 Florida State vs. Texas Southern W, 71-62
SEMINOLES DEFEAT DELTA STATE IN LONE EXHIBITION
Senior guard Todd Galloway scored 21 points, junior forward Alexander Johnson scored 20 and junior forward Al Thornton and sophomore guard Isaiah Swann added 19 each to lead the Florida State men’s basketball team to a 105-91 victory over Delta State in an exhibition game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles led by as many as 14 points in the first half and by as many as 16 in the second half as they pulled away to win their only exhibition game leading up to the 2005-06 season. Florida State travels to play at Jacksonville Nov. 19 in their regular season opener. Galloway, the Seminoles’ starting point guard, scored 21 points on five of seven shooting from the field (including three of five from the 3-point line) and eight of nine shooting from the free throw line. He also added a game-high tying four steals to goal along with two assists and two rebounds. Johnson also shot well from the field as he made six of his 13 field goal attempts (including one of two from the 3-point line) and made seven of 10 attempts from the free throw line. Florida State’s starting center added four rebounds and one blocked shot in 22 minutes played.
WILSON NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Andrew Wilson, who has earned his bachelor’s degree and who is nearing the completion of his master’s degree, has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Basketball Team for the second consecutive season it was announced by the league office. The sport management master’s degree candidate was one of 10 players – and one of only three repeat honorees from the 2004-05 season – named to the team by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. In addition to being named to the All-ACC Academic Basketball Team, Wilson was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth time during the first five years of his Seminole athletic and academic career. Wilson will become the first player in ACC men’s basketball history to play at least one game in six seasons when he plays for Florida State during the upcoming 2005-06 season. Wilson has continued the basketball team’s outstanding academic tradition under fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. During the first three-years of Hamilton’s tenure at Florida State, 100 percent (14 of 14) of the graduation-eligible seniors have earned their degrees. Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson, seniors who finished their careers at the end of the 2004-05 season, earned their bachelor’s degrees and participated in graduation ceremonies this past spring (Waleskowski) and summer (Richardson), respectively.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #12 Al Thornton (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg in 2004-05; First career game against Jacksonville)
F #25 Diego Romero (3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg in 2004-05; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg in 2004-05; 16 pts and 3 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 2004-05; 6 pts and 4 assts vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg in 2004-05; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #21 Jason Rich (5.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg in 2004-05; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 12.21.04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 2004-05; 4 pts and 4 asts vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg in 2004-05; 11 pts and 3 asts vs. Jacksonville, 12/21/04)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (First career game; First career game against Jacksonville)
F #41 Uche Echefu (First career game; First career game against Jacksonville)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR JACKSONVILLE
F #30 Mario Brown (4.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 04-05; 11 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/21/04)
F #42 Antonio Cool (11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg in 04-05; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/21/04)
C #12 Ljubisa Vrcelj (2.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 04-05; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/21/04)
G #5 Jesse Kimbrough (10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg in 04-05; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/21/04)
G #11 Aubrey Conerly (6.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg in 04-05; 2 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, 12/21/04)
Tonight’s officials will be announced at game time.
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 42-19
Last Game: Dec. 21, 2004; Florida State 101, JU 57
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 21, 2004; Florida State 101, JU 57
Last Jacksonville Win: Jan. 3, 1987; Jacksonville 90, FSU 78
Last Florida State Win In Jacksonville: Dec. 17, 1998; Florida State 72, JU 53
Last Jacksonville Win In Jacksonville: Jan. 4, 1986; Jacksonville 69, FSU 62
Florida State vs. Jacksonville, Current Streak: Florida State has won 13
Leonard Hamilton vs. Jacksonville: 3-0 (1-0 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Dec. 21. 2004 Dec. 17, 2000 Nov. 27, 1999 Dec. 17, 1998
at Florida St.101 at Florida St. 75 at Florida St. 83 Florida St. 72
Jacksonville 57 Jacksonville 61 Jacksonville 59 at Jacksonville 53
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – THE LAST MEETING
Von Wafer scored 17 and Alexander Johnson had 16 as five Florida State players scored in double figures to lead the Seminoles over Jacksonville 101-57 on Dec. 21, 2005 in Tallahassee. Forward Anthony Richardson had a career-high 11 rebounds and 10 points for the host team. Guard Ralph Mims had a career-high six steals to go with his 11 points. Forward Antonio Griffin scored 14 off the bench. After Jacksonville pulled within two at 29-27 on Haminn Quaintance’s jumper from the elbow, Florida State closed the first half with an 18-2 run over the final 4:51 to lead 46-29 at halftime. The Seminoles scored the first 12 points of the second half and led by as many as 47 on its way to its first 100-point game since a 111-108 overtime loss to Georgia Tech on Feb. 11, 1999. The Seminoles turned a back-and-forth game to their favor for good with an Anthony Richardson basket with 9:26 left in the first half. The lead was exchanged twice and tied six times before that basket. Forward Antonio Cool had 12 points and Mario Brown had 11 points in his first start for the Dolphins.
2005-06 FLORIDA STATE ROSTER
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Hometown
3 Isaiah Swann G 6-2 200 So. Germantown, Md.
4 Todd Galloway G 5-1 185 Sr. Baltimore, Md.
10 Ralph Mims G 6-3 205 So. Pensacola, Fla.
11 Jerel Allen G 6-4 195 Jr. Detroit, Mich.
12 Al Thornton F 6-8 225 Jr. Perry, Ga.
15 Casaan Breeden F 6-8 195 Fr. Bennettsville, S.C.
20 Andrew Wilson G/F 6-6 205 Sr. Kennesaw, Ga.
21 Jason Rich G 6-3 192 So. Pensacola, Fla.
25 Diego Romero F 6-1 248 Sr. Comodoro Rivadavia, Arg.
31 Brian Hoff G 6-6 225 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla.
32 Alexander Johnson F 6-9 230 Jr. Albany, Ga.
41 Uche Echefu F 6-9 230 Fr. Lagos, Nigeria
50 Matt Zitani F 6-7 232 Jr. Pt. St. Lucie, Fla.