Feb. 21, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won eight of its 14 home games this season, plays host to Miami in its seventh of eight home conference games Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Seminoles and Hurricanes are meeting for only the second time as members of the ACC but have a long history of competition against one another. The two Florida based schools have met 53 times since the 1950-51 season (the third season of Seminole basketball) with the Seminoles holding a 21-3 (.875 winning percentage) advantage over the Hurricanes in games played in Tallahassee. Florida State has a 4-0 record in the Donald L. Tucker Center against Miami with its most recent victory coming over the Hurricanes during the 2002-03 season (Dec. 8, 2002; 72-55). That victory for the Seminoles was the fifth game of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. He led the Miami program to overwhelming success from 1991-00 as he guided the Hurricanes to 144 victories and the NCAA Tournament appearances. The Seminoles’ game against the Hurricanes is the second of a two-game home stand with their next two games coming on the road at Clemson (Feb. 27, 2 p.m.) and North Carolina (March 3, 9:00 p.m.). Florida State closes out its 2004-05 regular season at home against Virginia (March 6, 2:00 p.m.) before traveling to Washington, D.C. to play in the 52nd Annual ACC Tournament at the MCI Center.
WAFER LOOKS TO MOVE INTO SEMINOLES’ SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10
Sophomore Von Wafer enters Tuesday’s game poised to enter the Seminoles’ all-time top-10 for 3-point shots made in a single season. He has made a career-high 64 3-point shots – a total that is tied for the 11th highest single-season total in school history. Wafer needs only five 3-point field goals made to move into a tenth place tie with 3-time All-ACC selection James Collins who made 69 shots from the bonusphere during the 1995-96 season. Through the Seminoles’ 26 games this season, Wafer is ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.432), third in total three point field goals made (64) and third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.67).
THORNTON GAINS START AND LEADS SEMINOLES AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Sophomore Al Thornton gained his first career start in Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech and led the Seminoles in scoring with a career-high 20 points.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and gain a split of the season series against the Hurricanes. Florida State fell to Miami (Jan. 15, 65-64) in Coral Gables in the first meeting between the two as members of the ACC;
…Defeat Miami and win its fourth conference game of the season. The Seminoles have won at least four conference games in each of the 13 years they have been members of the ACC. Florida State joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season;
…Win its fourth game of the season against a team from the state of Florida. The Seminoles earned one of their biggest wins of the season as it defeated Florida in Tallahassee (Jan. 2; 82-69) to being the calendar year 2005. Florida State also defeated Jacksonville (Dec. 21; 101-57) and Stetson (Dec. 23; 71-61) in consecutive games in December.
LEGENDARY ALBERTSON TO BE CELEBRATED TUESDAY NIGHT
Bob Albertson will be honored during Tuesday’s game against Miami for his loyalty and devotion to Florida State University and its men’s and women’s basketball programs. He was the official scorekeeper for the Seminole men’s basketball team for more than 44 years before becoming the Athletic Department’s liaison to the ACC officials this season. Albertson worked for six of Florida State’s seven basketball coaches and was the official scorekeeper for each of the Seminoles’ 10 NCAA Tournament and four NIT teams including the 1972 team which played for the National Championship. He worked with all 13 Seminole All-Americans including Dave Cowens (All-American in 1970), Hugh Durham (All-American in 1959), Ron King (All-American in 1971 and 1972), Bob Sura (All-American in 1994 and 1995) and Tim Pickett (All-American in 2004). Albertson worked nearly every game in the last 44 years and has been at part of nearly all of the 900-plus wins in the program’s history. A legendary figure in Big Bend High School Sports for generations, Albertson was the head boy’s basketball coach at Florida High School for 43 years before retiring. He has been honored by Florida High School as they have named their basketball gymnasium after him twice during his career. The first time came at the old Florida High School just after his retirement and the second time came just this past month (Feb. 9, 2005) at the newly constructed Florida High School in Tallahassee. Albertson led the Seminoles to the state basketball Class B championship in 1963 and led the program to nine state tournament appearances.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #12 Al Thornton (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/02)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; 4 pts and only 1 turnover vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 25 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (4.9 ppg, 2.0 apg; 9 pts and 4 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, 12/8/02)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, 1/15/05)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/8/02)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI…
F #34 William Frisby (9.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 9 pts and 12 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
C #50 Anthony King (7.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
G #12 Anthony Harris (12.7 ppg, 4.7 apg; 6 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
G #13 Guillermo Diaz (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
G #22 Robert Hite (17.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 18 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/15/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads the series, 29-24
Last Game: Jan. 15, 2005; Miami 64, Florida State 63
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58
Last Miami Win: Jan. 15, 2005; Miami 64, Florida State 63
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 8, 2002; Florida State 72, Miami 55
Last Miami Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 16, 1960; Miami 93, Florida State 91
Florida State vs. Miami, Current Streak: Miami has won 1/FSU has won 14 straight at home
Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 2-1 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Jan. 15, 2005 Dec. 14, 2003 Dec. 8, 2002 Feb. 17, 1990
at Miami 64 Florida State 67 at Florida State 72 at Florida State 92
Florida State 63 at Miami 58 Miami 55 Miami 73
WAFER STROKING FROM 3-POINT RANGE
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer has developed into one of the top 3-point shooters in school history. He has made a single-season career-high 64 shots from the bonusphere and is ranked among the ACC leaders in all 3-point shooting categories. Wafer has been especially accurate in the last 15 games as he has made exactly .500 percent of his long range shots.
Breaking Down Wafer’s Shooting Accuracy
Games 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes
Last 5 15 30 .500 4 3FGM against both N. Carolina and Virginia
Last 10 36 71 .507 5 3FGM against Miami, 1/15/05
Last 15 54 108 .500 6 3FGM in win over Florida, 1/2/02
WAFER AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer is shooting .556 (20-of-36) from the 3-point against teams from the state of Florida this season. He made six 3-point shots in victories over both Stetson (Dec. 23) and Florida (Jan. 2) and made five on the road against Miami. Wafer averages 21.0 points per game and is shooting .566 (30-of-57) overall from the field against teams from the Sunshine State.
Sun Shining On Wafer
Opponent Date 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes
Jacksonville Dec. 21 3 6 .500 Wafer totals 17 points
Stetson Dec. 23 6 12 .500 Wafer totals 22 points
Florida Jan. 2 6 8 .750 Wafer totals 20 points
at Miami Jan. 15 5 10 .500 Wafer totals 25 points
Totals 3-1 rec. 20 36 .556 FSU is 4-1 when Wafer makes 5+ 3FG
WAFER RACHES 600 POINT PLATEAU
Sophomore Von Wafer scored 14 points against Georgia Tech Sunday and has scored in double figures in a career-high 11 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s game against Miami. He has scored a single-season career-high 347 points for a career-high 14.5 points per game scoring average. Wafer has scored 600 points through the first 56 games of his career and is more than half way to the magical 1,000 point standard despite playing less than two years as a Seminole. He averages 10.7 points per game for his 56-game career.
WAFER HAS FOUND HIS SHOOTING STROKE
Sophomore Von Wafer is one of the top overall shooters in the ACC. He is shooting a career-high .458 from the field, a career-high .432 from the 3-point line and a career-high .726 from the free throw line entering Tuesday’s game against Miami.
Wafer’s Touch Shooting The Ball
Season FG Pct. FT Pct. 3 FG Pct. Notes
2004-05 .458% .726% .432% Career-high 7 3FGM vs. Wake, 1/18/05
2003-04 .369% .600% .326% Season-high 17 pts at Virginia, 1/18/04
Improv. +.089& +.126% +.106% Team leader in 3FG Percentage
GALLOWAY IS FLORIDA STATE’S FLOOR GENERAL
Junior Todd Galloway, who has 25 assists and an assist:turnover ratio of nearly 2:1 in the last five games, enters Tuesday’s game against Miami playing the best basketball of his 88-game Seminole career. He tied his career-high with nine assists at Virginia (Feb. 9) and has been charge with only two turnovers in his last 55 minutes played against conference teams. Galloway had one turnover in 18 minutes against Wake Forest (Jan. 18) and only one turnover in 33 minutes against Georgia Tech Sunday.
IN GALLOWAY’S LAST TWO GAMES…
…He is averaging 12.0 points per game after scoring in double figures against both Massachusetts (11 points) and Georgia Tech (13 points). It marks the fourth time during his career that he has scored in double figures in consecutive games. Galloway scored in double figures in a career-high three consecutive games against Stetson (Dec. 18, 2002), North Carolina (Dec. 22, 2003) and Boston Dec. 28, 2003) University during his freshman season;
…He is shooting .533 from the floor as he has made eight of his last 15 shots. Galloway has made four field goals in each of the last two games;
…He is shooting .600 from the 3-point line as he has made six of his last 10 shots from long range. He made a career-high tying three 3-point field goals in each of the last two games;
…He is shooting 1.000 from the free throw line as he has made two of his last two shots from the line. Galloway has made 12 straight and 16 of his last 21 (.762) free throws in the last 12 games;
…He has four steals for a 2.0 steals per game average. He tied his career and season-high with four steals against Georgia Tech Sunday in Tallahassee and enters Tuesday’s game against Miami as the Seminoles’ chief thief with a single-season career-high tying 26 steals.