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Seminoles Play Host To Florida International Sunday At 3:30 P.M.

Dec. 8, 2004


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Florida International Sunday in its first home game since Nov. 24. The Seminoles enter the game against the Golden Panthers riding a two-game winning streak after gaining victories at Minnesota (70-69, Nov. 30) and at Ole Miss (69-64, Dec. 4). The Seminoles have won two consecutive true road games for the first time since opening the 1997-98 season with four consecutive victories on their opponents’ home courts. Florida State returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center where it has a 2-1 record and won its most recent game against Shawnee State. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Florida International having won eight of their last nine non-conference home games and 13 of their last 17 overall games during the month of December. The Seminoles were 7-1 in the month of December in 2003 and, with its victory over Ole Miss, have won nine of their last ten games during the month in the last two years. Florida State plays four of its next five games at home with its only game away from Tallahassee coming at Maryland in its conference opener (Dec. 19, 6:00 p.m.). Following Sunday’s game against Florida International, the Seminoles play host to South Alabama Dec. 16, 7:00 pm.).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Florida International and win its season-high third consecutive game. It would mark the Seminoles’ longest winning streak since Dec. 14-20, 2003 when the Seminoles defeated Miami (Dec. 14, 67-58), Wagner (Dec. 18, 83-62) and Chicago State (Dec. 20, 47-42) to close out a season-opening 10-game winning streak;
…Win its fifth game against a team from the State of Florida during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have two wins against Stetson and two against Miami since Hamilton’s arrival to begin the 2002-03 season.

HAMILTON AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has a career record of 31-5 against teams from the state of Florida. He has faced 11 teams from the Florida and has a winning record against nine of them and is undefeated against seven of those opponents.

DURING FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAK
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Florida International riding a season-long two game winning streak. The Seminoles earned victories on the road in a Big Ten Gymnasium (at Minnesota) and in a Southeastern Conference Gymnasium (at Ole Miss). During the winning streak, the Seminoles are shooting nearly 54 percent from the field and holding their opponents to 66.5 points per game.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State is shooting .536 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 7.5 3-point field goals made per game in its last two games (both wins) as compared to shooting .309 from the bonusphere and averaging 5.0 3-point field goals made per game in its first five games of the season.

SEMINOLES HELP ACC WIN ACC/BIG TEN AND ACC/SEC CHALLENGES
Florida State’s victories over Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) helped the ACC with both the ACC/Big Ten and ACC/SEC Challenges. The ACC won the formal battle against the Big Ten by a 7-2 margin and the informal clash against the SEC by a 6-0 margin.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE            ACC/SEC CHALLENGE
NC State def. Purdue, 60-53 Virginia def. Auburn, 89-87
Georgia Tech def. Michigan, 99-68 North Carolina, def. Kentucky, 91-78
Florida State def. Minnesota, 70-69 Miami def. Florida, 72-65
Duke def. Michigan State, 81-74 Florida State def. Ole Miss, 69-64
Wisconsin def. Maryland, 69-64 Clemson def. South Carolina, 63-62 (OT)
Illinois def. Wake Forest, 91-73 Georgia Tech def. Georgia, 87-49
Clemson def. Ohio State, 80-73
North Carolina def. Indiana, 70-63
Virginia def. Northwestern, 48-44

SEMINOLES VS. THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State has an all-time record of 237-127 for a winning percentage of nearly 65 percent against other teams from the State of Florida. The Seminoles are undefeated against 11 teams from the Sunshine State and have a winning record against 17 or their 20 all-time opponents and a non-losing record against 19 of their 20 opponents from the state.

Opponent        Record     Opponent                Record
Bethune-Cookman 1-0 Florida Presbyterian 1-0
Biscayne 6-0 Florida Southern 22-8
Central Florida 8-0 Jacksonville 42-18
Eckerd 1-0 Miami 29-23
Erskine 1-1 Palm Beach Atlantic 1-0
Florida 18-37 St. Leo 3-0
Florida A&M 5-0 South Florida 20-11
Florida Atlantic 4-0 Spring Hill 3-3
FIT 1-0 Stetson 33-11
Florida International 7-0 Tampa 31-8
237-127 (.634)

SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD
Florida State has shot better than 50 percent form the field in both of its last two games and is shooting a combined .535 from the field during the span. It marks the first time since a stretch of three consecutive games during the 2003-04 season that the Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent in consecutive games. Florida State shot above the 50 percent mark against Nicholls State (38-69, .551, Nov. 26, 2003), South Carolina State (31-56, .554, Nov. 28) and Northwestern (27-48, .563, Dec. 1). The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Florida International shooting .496 from the field for the season and are shooing nearly six percentage points better from the field this season (.496) as compared to last season (.438).

FLORIDA STATE PUTTING ON A BLOCKED SHOTS CLINIC
Led by sophomore Al Thornton’s single-season career-high tying seven blocked shots, Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Florida International averaging 4.6 blocked shots per game. Through the first seven games of the season, 11 of Florida State’s 13 players have blocked at least one shot while six players have blocked at least three shots each. The Seminoles have blocked twice as many shots as their opponents (32-16) and are averaging nearly one full blocked shot more this season (4.6) than they did during the 2003-40 season (3.8).

NOTING THE SEMINOLES IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Led by Von Wafer, who has scored in double figures a team-leading three times in the first seven games of the season, nine different Seminoles have scored in double figures at least once so far this season. Wafer is joined by senior Adam Waleskowski and sophomore Alexander Johnson who have scored in double figures twice this season. A total of 10 Seminoles scored in double figures during the 2003-04 season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.3 ppg, 2.3 apg; 10 pts and 3 asts vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 6 pts and 2 asts vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (10.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 19 pts and 4 asts vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.4 ppg, 3.1 apg; 10 pts and 6 asts vs. Kent State, 11/17/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Minnesota, 11/30/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.0 ppg, 1.7 apg; 12 pts and 1 stl vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (6.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 10 pts and 3 asts vs. Shawnee State, 11/24/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Ole Miss, 12/4/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
F #21 Ismael N’Diaye (9.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 14 pts and 2 rebs vs. Fl. Atlantic, 11/19/04)
F #24 Ivan Almonte (14.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg; 22 pts and 11 rebs vs. Miami, 12/7/04)
G #2 Byron Burnett (8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg; 16 pts and 7 rebs vs. Hofstra, 11/21/04)
G #10 Jayce Lewis (1.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 6 stls and 3 rebs vs. Fl. Atlantic, 11/19/04)
G #23 Raphael daSilva (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Fl. Atlantic, 11/19/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads the series, 7-0
Last Game: Nov. 28, 1995; Florida State 92, FIU 44
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 28, 1995; Florida State 92, FIU 44
Last FIU Win: NA
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 28, 1995; Florida State 92, FIU 44
Last FIU Win In Tallahassee: NA
Florida State vs. FIU, Current Streak: Florida State has won 7
Leonard Hamilton vs. FIU: 2-1 (all three games at Miami)

FLOIRIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL – THE LAST MEETING
James Collins led three Seminoles in double figure scoring with 21 points as the Seminoles defeated Florida International, 92-44, Nov. 28, 1995 at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Collins made nine of 16 field goal attempts including three of nine from 3-point range as the Florida State won its second game of the season to improve to 2-0. Kirk Luchman, the Seminoles’ big man, proved too powerful for the smaller Panthers as he posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. It was Luchman’s first career double-double. Florida State’s backcourt duo of Avery Curry and LaMarr Greer were both credited with a game-high seven assists. All 10 players who earned playing time for the Seminoles scored at least one point.

ON THIS DATE IN FLORIDA STATE HISTORY – DEC. 12
Playing in its first season, Florida State defeated Troy State, 57-37, to win the second game in school history on Dec. 12, 1947.

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