Dec. 1, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Louisiana Monroe in its second consecutive non-conference home game of the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles are 2-0 at home this season with victories over Alcorn State (Nov. 21; 87-65) and Purdue (Nov. 29; 97-57). Florida State’s game against Louisiana Monroe is its’ second of three consecutive games which will be played at the Donald L. Tucker Center – where the Seminoles are 23-3 (.885) in non-conference games during the four-year Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have played well at home under Hamilton during the month of December with an 11-2 (.846) in the friendly confines of the Tucker Center. Following Friday night’s game against Louisiana Monroe the Seminoles play host to Texas Southern (Dec. 7) before traveling to play Bowling Green in the Coors Classic in Mobile, Ala. (Dec. 17).
THORNTON CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
Junior Al Thornton, who has scored in double figures three times in the first four games of the season, enters Friday’s game against Louisiana Monroe as the Seminoles’ leader in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg). He earned the third and fourth double-doubles of his career against Jacksonville (12 points and 10 rebounds) and Alcorn State (career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds) to begin the season and has scored in double figures more times already this season than he did as a freshman (once against South Carolina State). Thornton has already made as many 3-point shots this season (four) in four games as he did in 29 games during his sophomore season (four).
HAMILTON, GALLOWAY STAY UNDEFEATED IN ACC/BIG TEN
With the Seminoles’ 97-57 victory over Purdue Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and senior Todd Galloway remained undefeated in the annual clash between two of the top conferences in the nation. Hamilton is still one of only three coaches in the history of the event with an undefeated 4-0 record (he is joined by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Clemson’s Oliver Purnell as unbeaten coaches in the challenge) while Galloway finished his career with a 4-0 mark in the event. Senior Andrew Wilson helped lead the Seminoles to four straight victories and Diego Romero has been on three non-losing teams. Wilson, who played in five ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, finished with a 4-1 in the event. Florida State’s current four-game winning streak in the challenge is third only to Duke (current seven straight) and Wake Forest (five straight from 1999-2003).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Louisiana Monroe and up its record to 4-1. The Seminoles began the Leonard Hamilton era with a 4-1 record to begin the 2002-03 season and were a perfect 5-0 to open the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat Louisiana Monroe and win its sixth consecutive non-conference game at home. The Seminoles won their final three non-conference home games of the 2004-05 season with victories over South Alabama (Dec. 16, 2004; 83-52), Jacksonville (Dec. 21, 2004; 101-57) and Stetson (Dec. 23, 2004; 71-61) and have won their first two non-conference home games of the 2005 season against Alcorn State and Purdue;
…Defeat Purdue and improve their record in non-conference home games during the month of December under Leonard Hamilton to 12-2.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ VICTORY OVER PURDUE…
…The Seminoles’ 40-point victory (97-57) over Purdue is the largest in the seven-year history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It surpassed a 33-point margin of victory by Wake Forest over Indiana (100-67) during the 2003 event;
…Florida State set the all-time challenge record with a .603 field goal shooting percentage against Purdue. The Seminoles made 35 of 58 shots from the field. The previous challenge record was .592 by Duke against Michigan State in 2003;
…The Seminoles’ 97 points scored was the fourth most in challenge history behind 100 points by Wake Forest against Indiana (2003), 99 vs. Georgia Tech vs. Michigan (2004) and 98 by Virginia vs. Purdue (2000);
…Florida State tied the record for steals by a team with 16 against Purdue. The Seminoles tied the mark of 16 by Duke vs. Michigan State in 2003. The Seminoles also hold the third best team steals mark in challenge history with 15 against Iowa in 2002;
…Florida State made 12 3-point field goals in its win over Purdue. That total is tied for the third best single-game team total in challenge history. The Seminoles also made 12 shots from the bonusphere against Northwestern in 2003;
…Alexander Johnson shot a perfect five-of-five from the field to tie the challenge record for field goal shooting. He tied Terence Morris of Maryland vs. Iowa in 1999 and Antwuan Scott of Wake Forest vs. Michigan in 2003.
ANOTHER NOTE ON THE SEMINOLES’ VICTORY OVER PURDUE
Florida State scored 58 points in the first half and led Purdue, 58-23, at halftime of the Seminoles victory over the Boilermakers Tuesday night. The 58 first half points was more than the Seminoles scored in seven entire games during the entire 2004-05 season.
HAMILTON NAMES TEAM TRI-CAPTAINS
Florida State’s senior trio of Todd Galloway, Diego Romero and Andrew Wilson have been named tri-captains of the Seminole men’s basketball team for the 2005-06 season by fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Galloway and Wilson are in their fourth season while Romero is playing his third season for Hamilton and all will earn degrees in the spring – Galloway and Romero will earn their undergraduate degrees and Wilson his master’s degree in sports administration. Hamilton’s announcement of team tri-captains is the first time he has named team captains during his tenure at Florida State. “This is the right time and these are the right players to lead our team this season,” said Hamilton. “All three are high quality individuals with a great deal of integrity who have really matured during their careers at Florida State. The leadership they will provide to their teammates will undoubtedly help our team reach our goals during the season.”
FLORIDA STATE IN THE SCORING COLUMN…
…Led by Al Thornton, who has scored in double three times, a total of seven different players have scored in double figures for the Seminoles in the first three games of the season;
…There have been four different players – Jason Rich vs. Jacksonville, Al Thornton vs. Alcorn State, Andrew Wilson vs. Florida and Alexander Johnson vs. Purdue – to lead the Seminoles in scoring through the first four games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG THE ACC LEADERS IN STEALS
Florida State enters Friday night’s game against Louisiana Monroe ranked fourth in the ACC with a 12.0 steals per game average. The Seminoles have recorded at least 10 steals in three of their first four games and recorded a season-high 16 steals against Purdue Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles’ 16 steals against Purdue marked the most by the team since it recorded 17 in a 101-57 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 21, 2004. Led by sophomore Isaiah Swann’s 2.3 steals per game average, SEVEN different Seminoles are averaging at least 1.0 steal per game through the first four games of the season.
THE EFFECT OF THE RUNNING GAME ON THE SEMINOLES’ STATISTICS
Utilizing their exciting up-tempo offensive game plan, Florida State enters Friday night’s game against Louisiana Monroe averaging then 10 points a game more and shooting nearly three percentage points better from the field through the first four games of the 2005-06 season as compared to the first four games of the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles are also averaging more than three steals more per game this season as compared to last season. Most importantly, Florida State has improved its victory by one and is 3-1 after four games this season as compared to 2-2 after four games last season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #12 Al Thornton (16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 31 pts and 10 rebs vs. Alcorn State, 11/21/05)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (10.3 ppg, 4.0 ppg; 14 pts and 4 rebs vs. Purdue, 11/21/05)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Purdue, 11/29/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.8 ppg, 4.8 apg; 11 points and 6 asts vs. Florida, 11/25/05)
G #21 Jason Rich (9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Jacksonville, /11/19/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 13 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida, 11/25/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (7.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (5.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 5 pts and 4 rebs vs. Jacksonville, 11/19/05)
F #41 Uche Echefu (5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Purdue, 11/29/05)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR LOUISIANA MONROE F #23 Cecil Hood (13.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 15 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas, 11/26/05) F #21 Daryl Mason (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Belhaven, 11/23/05) G #01 Adrian Harper (9.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 13 pts and 13 rebs vs. Ole Miss, 11/29/05) G #00 Tony Hooper (9.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 15 pts and 8 rebs vs. Belhaven, 11/23/05) C #44 Darien Bynum (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 20 pts and 7 rebs vs. Belhaven 11/23/05)FLORIDA STATE VS. LOUISIANA MONROE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: First Meeting Last Game: First Meeting Last Florida State Win: First Meeting Last Louisiana Monroe Win: First Meeting Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting Last Louisiana Monroe Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting Florida State vs. La. Monroe, Current Streak: First Meeting Leonard Hamilton vs. Purdue: First Meeting
DEFENSE – THE Leonard Hamilton WAY
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton will tell any one who asks that his favorite statistic is that of field goal percentage defense. Forcing its opponent into difficult shots is something the Seminoles spend a great deal of time on each practice. Practice seems to be making Florida State a good defensive team through the first four games of the season as it is holding its opponent to a .387 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles held Jacksonville to a .292 mark in their season-opening win over the Dolphins and limited Purdue to .397 shooting from the field. Through the first four games of the season, none of the Seminoles first four opponents have shot above 45 percent from the field.
SWANN IS FLORIDA STATE’S CHIEF THIEF
Sophomore guard Isaiah Swann enters Friday’s game against Louisiana Monroe as the Seminoles’ leader and ranked among the ACC leaders in steals with a 2.3 steals per game average. He tied his career high with four steals in Florida State’s season opening victory over Jacksonville and added two each against both Florida and Purdue. His steals performance against Purdue gives him five consecutive games (dating back to the final game of the 2004-05 season) with at least one steal. Swann has 33 career steals in 34 career games for an average of nearly one steal per game since his arrival at Florida State.
GALLOWAY RUNNING THE SEMINOLES OFFENSE
Senior guard Todd Galloway enters Friday’s night’s game against Louisiana Monroe fresh from a six assist:one turnover performance in the Seminoles’ 97-57 victory over Purdue. It marked his second stellar performance of the season after his eight assist:one turnover performance in the Seminoles’ victory over Alcorn State on Nov. 21. Galloway owns a 4.7: assist:turnover ratio in the Seminoles three victories had and a 1:1 ratio in the Seminoles’ only loss of the season against Florida. He has 19 assists (6.3 assists per game) in the last three games for Florida State.
GALLOWAY NEARLY DOUBLING HIS ASSISTING EFFORTS
Senior guard Todd Galloway has a 4.8 assists per game average through the first four games of the 2005-06 season. He is averaging nearly twice as many assists this season (4.8) as he did during the three seasons and 93 games of his Florida State career (2.5). With eight assists in the Seminoles’ victory over Alcorn State (Nov. 21) Galloway nearly tied his career high of nine in a single game which he has accomplished twice during his career.
MIMS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Sophomore guard Ralph Mims is a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line in the first four games of the season and has made 25 consecutive free throw attempts entering Friday’s game against Louisiana Monroe. Mims is one of three players in the ACC who is perfect on at least 10 free throws this season. Cameron Bennerman of NC State is perfect on 12 attempts while Shawan Robinson of Clemson is perfect on 11 shots.