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Seminoles Play Host To Clemson Wednesday At 7:00 p.m.

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Jan. 11, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated Virginia Tech at home Saturday night and which has won five consecutive homes games, plays host to Clemson in its third ACC game of the season Wednesday at 7 p.m.. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies, 77-70, in the Donald L. Tucker Center to even their conference record at 1-1. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson having won six of its last seven and seven of its last 10 ACC homes games. The Seminoles were 6-2 at home in conference games last season and are 1-0 this season. The Seminoles are in the midst of a stretch during which they play five consecutive games in the state of Florida and four of five games at home. Following Wednesday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles travel to play at Miami (Jan. 15, Noon) then return home and play host to Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.) and Duke (Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m.). Florida State’s current two-game ACC homestand marks one of three times this season the Seminoles play consecutive conference home games. Florida State is playing its second of 10 straight conference games before playing its final regular season non-conference game at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.) and closing its schedule with five conference games.

WAFER FINDING HIS STROKE FROM 3-POINT LINE
Sophomore Von Wafer, who leads the Seminoles with a career-high 12.3 points per game average entering Wednesday night’s game against Clemson, has made 20 3-point field goals and is averaging 17.8 points in his last five games. He has twice made his career-high of six 3-point field goals (Dec. 23 vs. Stetson and Jan. 2 vs. Florida) during the span and made his ACC career-high of four 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 77-70). Wafer is shooting a career-high .408 percent from the bonusphere and has made 29 of Florida State’s 95 3-point shots made as a team this season.

MAKING THE TUCKER CENTER A REAL HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Florida State has won five consecutive home game and has a 33-10 record (.767 winning percentage) under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton in the Donald. L. Tucker Center.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES AGAINST CLEMSON
Florida State is 7-1 against Clemson in home games which have been played in the month of January since joining the ACC and have five consecutive wins against the Tigers at home during the first month of the season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win their second ACC game of the season. It would mark the first time since the 1999-00 season that the Seminoles had a winning record after their first three conference games of the season;
…Defeat Clemson and win its sixth consecutive home game. The Seminoles began their current home court winning streak with a victory over South Alabama (Dec. 16, 83-52) and have defeated Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 77-70) during the stretch;
…Defeat Clemson and gain its fourth consecutive home win against the Tigers;
…Defeat Clemson and raise its record in the Donald L. Tucker to 8-2 this season. The Seminoles have won at least eight home games in four of the last five years entering the 2004-05 season.

SEMINOLES GAINING THE HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Florida State, which has won six of its last seven ACC home games, has made the Donald. L. Tucker one of the tougher places in the conference for the opposition to win a game. In addition to winning six of their last seven and seven of their last 10 ACC games in the building, the Seminoles are 6-2 in home ACC games during the month of January. The Seminoles are 2-0 against Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia at home during the first two full ACC seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton.

SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR WAY AT THE LINE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson shooting .709 from the free throw line in its first two ACC games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .783 (18-of-23) from the line in their victory over Virginia Tech and made 21 of 32 attempts (.656) in their overtime loss to Maryland (Dec. 19, 90-88). Florida State’s starting five (Alexander Johnson, Adam Waleskowski, Andrew Wilson, Todd Galloway and Von Wafer) are shooting a combined .786 (22-of-28) in the first two ACC games of the season.

FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING THE BALL WELL FROM ALL OVER THE COURT
Florida State, which has won four of its last five games, has shot the basketball extremely well during that stretch which began with a 101-57 victory over Jacksonville (Dec. 21). Beginning with their victory over Jacksonville, the Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent from the field three times (in victories over Jacksonville, Florida and Virginia Tech), shot better than 50 percent from the 3-point line twice (in victories over Florida and Virginia Tech) and shot better than 70 percent from the line three times (in victories over Jacksonville, Stetson and Virginia Tech). Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked third in the ACC in both field goal shooting percentage (.485) and 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.386). In shooting the ball well from each of the three spots on the floor, the Seminoles are 4-1 in the last five games and are outscoring their opponents by an average of 11.4 points per game (76.2 – 64.8).

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Led by sophomore Von Wafer’s four 3-point shots against Virginia Tech, Florida State made a season-high 11 3-point shots in its victory against Hokies. The Seminoles are averaging 6.3 3-point field goals made per game and have made six or more field goals from long range nine times in their first 15 games of the season.

SEMINOLES CONNECTING FROM LONG RANGE IN LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State is averaging 10.0 3-point field goals made (20 total) and shooting .588 (20-of-34) from the 3-point line in the last two games.

SEMINOLES VS. CLEMSON -SERIES NOTES…
…Florida State is 11-3 (.786 winning percentage) at home against Clemson since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Florida State is 19-12 against Clemson since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season – it’s the most wins (19) and highest winning percentage (.612) against any ACC team (not including Miami or Virginia Tech);
…Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton gained the first ACC victory of his career with a 60-59 victory over Clemson (Jan. 21, 2003) here in Tallahassee;
…Florida State won its first five games against Clemson when it joined the ACC and has won six of its last seven home games against the Tigers;
…Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell coached current Seminole forward Adam Waleskowski’s brother, Keith, while he was the head coach at Dayton. Keith is currently playing professionally in Spain.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 7 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 1/13/01)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 9 pts and 7 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/14/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 7 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, 3/13/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.5 ppg, 2.7 apg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/14/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (12.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 7 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/14/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.8 ppg, 2.5 apg; First career game vs. Clemson)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 2 rebs and 1 blk vs. Clemson, 2/14/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson)
F #25 Diego Romero (5.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 12 pts and 5 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/23/02)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON
F #5 Sharrod Ford (14.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 15 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/14/04)
F #15 Cheyenne Moore (5.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
C #33 Akin Akingbala (9.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/14/04)
G #22 Shawan Robinson (11.1 ppg, 3.2 apg; 9 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/14/04)
G #25 Cliff Hammonds (9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 24-18
Last Game: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52
Last Clemson Win: Jan. 13, 2004; Clemson 53, Florida State 48
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52
Last Clemson Win In Tallahassee: March 8, 2001; Clemson 66, Florida State 64
Florida State vs. Clemson, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 3-4 (3-2 at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 14, 2004 Jan. 13, 2004 March 13, 2003 Feb. 22, 2003
at Florida State 65 at Clemson 53 Florida State 72 at Clemson 74
Clemson 52 Florida State 48 vs. Clemson 61 Florida State 60

FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST MEETING
Tim Pickett scored Florida State’s first 11 points to lead his team to a 65-52 win over Clemson Feb. 13, 2004 in Tallahassee. Pickett, the only Florida State double-figure scorer, had 15 of his game-high 16 points in the first half as the Seminoles built a 35-26 lead at the break. Florida State received an added boost from its bench, which outscored Clemson’s reserves 32-13. The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor and held a 33-30 rebounding advantage against the Tigers, the ACC’s top rebounding team. Clemson used an 8-0 run to cut a 12-point deficit to 48-44 with 9:41 to play on a Lamar Rice dunk. The run ended when Chris Hobbs was called for a foul, and then assessed a technical foul, disqualifying him from the game. The Seminoles countered with a 14-4 run to seal the victory as the Tigers failed to score a field goal over the next eight minutes. Sharrod Ford led the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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