March 3, 2003
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Florida State junior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as the Seminoles split a pair of conference games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball player of the week as announced by the league office. It marks the first ACC Player of the Week honor for Pickett who ranks first in the ACC in steals (2.9 spg), second in free throw percentage (.880) and sixth in scoring (17.1 ppg).
Pickett (Daytona Beach, Fla.) tied a trio of career-highs in the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia with 32 points and 11 rebounds to mark his third double-double of the season. He made a career-high tying six 3-point shots and recorded three steals to help lead the Seminoles to victory. Pickett scored 23 first half points including ALL of the Seminoles’ final 18 of the half to help the Seminoles recover from a 21-16 deficit with 10:57 remaining to trail by only three at halftime. Pickett made four 3-point shots, and scored on a lay-up, a jumper and two free throws to put the Seminoles in position to take the lead and win the game in the second half.
Pickett added nine points, eight rebounds and three steals in the second half to lead the Seminoles to the win. Pickett’s three steals led to three Seminole points in the first 10 minutes of the second half as Florida State began the half with an 22-4 run to put themselves on the road to victory.
It marked the second time he has scored 30 or more points this season making him one of two conference players (also Josh Howard) to score at least 30 points in multiple games this season. Pickett shot .500 from the field against the Cavaliers (nine-of-18) and made a career-high tying six 3-point shots. Pickett’s six 3-point shot marked the second time this season he has made six 3-point shots in an ACC game to tie a Seminole record for 3-point shots made in a conference game. Pickett has now accomplished the feat twice while two-time All-ACC selection Sam Cassell accomplished the feat twice in conference games.
Two of Pickett’s three double-doubles have come against ACC competition with his first coming as the Seminoles played host to North Carolina Dec. 22 and his second coming Saturday against Virginia. Pickett has now scored more than 30 points twice this season making him the first Seminole to score 30 or more point at least twice in a season since Bob Sura reached the mark three times during the 1994-95 season.
Pickett scored 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds and was credited with four steals as Florida State took ACC leading Wake Forest to the wire before falling, 60-56. Pickett made four 3-point field goals including three in the second half to help the Seminoles pull within three in the final 20 minutes. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half as the Seminoles mounted a comeback bid in attempting to defeat their second top-15 opponent of the season.
Pickett and the Seminoles travel to play at Duke Thursday. The game will be televised nationally and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.