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Seminoles Play Host To Shawnee State Wednesday At 7 P.M.

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Nov. 23, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Shawnee State in the second round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Bears marks the first time the two teams will meet in the sport of men’s basketball. Following Wednesday night’s game, the Seminoles travel to Corpus Christi, Texas for the third and fourth rounds of the four-round tournament. Florida State faces Kent State Saturday (6 p.m.) and Texas Christian Sunday (8:30 p.m.) to close out the exempt tournament. The four games in the Corpus Christi Challenge count as only one against the Seminoles’ 27-game regular season schedule as mandated by the NCAA. The extra game means the Seminoles will play a 30-game regular season for the second consecutive season. Florida State finished with a 3-1 record in last season’s University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoop Classic – also an exempt tournament which allowed the Seminoles to play 30 games during the regular season. The schedule for the tournament is predetermined with the team with the best record during the event being crowned as the champion. As one of the many exempt tournaments being played in college basketball again this season, the four games in the event count as one against Florida State’s limit of 27 regular season games during the regular season. The Corpus Christi Challenge will also utilize three experimental rules during each of the 12 games of the tournament – the 3-point line is moved back nine inches and will stretch to 20’6″ inches from the basket, the lanes are wider by 1½ feet on both sides and an arc underneath the basket which gives both offensive and defensive players the abilities to make plays when attempting to establish position and create and draw a charge.

CORPUS CHRISTI CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Florida State will play four games in the Corpus Christi Challenge which runs from Nov. 21 through Nov. 28. The Seminoles are joined by the host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Kent State, Old Dominion, Shawnee State and Texas Christian in the six-team event. The event began Sunday as TCU defeated Shawnee State (74-60), continued with two games Monday and continues further with two games Wednesday night.

Game By Game In The Corpus Christi Challenge
Date Time Opponents

Nov. 21 4:00 p.m. Shawnee State (60) at TCU (74)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (70) at Florida State (67)
Nov. 22 7:00 p.m. Kent State (59) at Old Dominion (64)
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Florida State
Nov. 24 7:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Kent State
Nov. 25 7:00 p.m. Old Dominion at TCU
Nov. 27 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion vs. Shawnee State*
Nov. 27 6:00 p.m. Florida State vs. Kent State*
Nov. 27 8:30 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. TCU*
Nov. 28 2:00 p.m. Kent State vs. Shawnee State*
Nov. 28 6:00 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. Old Dominion*
Nov. 28 8:30 p.m. TCU vs. Florida State*
*denotes games at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi / Times Listed at EST

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Shawnee State and win its first game of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge. The tournament’s pre-determined format is not a true round robin and will crown the champion by the team with the best record at the end of the event. The two tie breakers include head to head competition and defensive points;
…Improve its record at home over the last two seasons to 17-4 (.809). The Seminoles were 15-3 at home last season and are 1-1 during the first two games of the 2004-05 season;
…Gain the 900th victory in the history of the Florida State men’s basketball program. The Seminoles enter Wednesday night’s game with an 899 all-time win.

FOUR SEMINOLES AVERAGING IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Led by junior Diego Romero, who leads the team with a 14.0 points per game average, a total of four Seminoles enter Wednesday night’s game against Shawnee State averaging in double figure scoring. Romero is followed by freshman Ralph Mims (11.5 ppg), sophomore Al Thornton (10.5 ppg) and sophomore Von Wafer in the scoring column (10.0 ppg).

SEMINOLES KEEPING STEALS RATE UP
Led by junior Todd Galloway’s six steals, Florida State is averaging 7.5 steals per game as a team through the first two games of the season. Galloway tied his career-high with four steals against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and is one of seven Seminoles who have recorded at least one steal. After two games a year ago, the Seminoles had 18 steals and were averaging 9.0 steals per game on their way to a 291 total steals – the second highest single season total in school history.

SEMINOLES’ HOMESTAND COMES TO AN END; TEAM TAKES TO THE ROAD
Florida State closes its season-opening three-game homestand against Shawnee State and takes to the road for four games beginning Saturday. Following Wednesday night’s game the Seminoles play against Kent State (Nov. 27) and TCU (Nov. 28 in Corpus Christi; travel to play at Minnesota (Nov. 30) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and go on the road to play at Ole Miss (Dec. 4). The four-game road swing in the Seminoles longest since the 1998-99 season when the Seminoles played at Butler and in three games during the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu Dec. 23-30, 1998.

ROMERO LEADS SEMINOLES THROUGH FIRST TWO GAMES OF SEASON
Junior Diego Romero, who enters Wednesday night’s game against Shawnee State averaging a team-leading 14.0 points per game, has scored in double figures in both of Florida State’s two games. He led the team in scoring with 18 points in his Seminole debut against Texas Southern and added 10 points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Romero leads the Seminoles in field goals made (eight), field goals attempted (14), field goal percentage (.571), free throws made (10), free throws attempted (15), 3-point field goal percentage (1.000), offensive rebounds (six), defensive rebounds (8), total rebounds (14), rebounds per game (7.0), minutes played (63) and is tied for the team lead with two three-point field goals made. Romero has scored the first basket for the Seminoles in each of the first two games of the season – a 3-pointer against Texas Southern and a 2-point jumper against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

THORNTON SCORES CAREER-HIGH IN LAST OUTING
Sophomore Al Thornton scored his career-high of 15 points as he led the Seminoles with 15 points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Thornton made a near career-high five field goals on a career-high 10 attempts as he played his career-high of 25 minutes against the Islanders. He was the Seminoles most productive free throw shooter against the Islanders as he established career high with five made and nine attempted shots from the free throw line.

THORNTON CONTINUES TO SHOOT WELL FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Al Thornton, who ranked second on the Seminoles and fifth among all ACC freshmen in field goal shooting percentage last season, has continued to find the basket with his outside shot. Through the first two games of the season Thornton is shooting .538 (seven-of-13) from the field and ranks second behind only junior Diego Romero in the team statistics.

Thornton From The Field For His Career
Season FGM FGA Pct. Notes

2003-04 30 58 .517 Ranked second on the team behind Alexander Johnson
2004-05 7 13 .538 Ranks second on the team behind Diego Romero
Totals 37 71 .521 Last two FSU annual leaders have shot above 50 pct.

MIMS PERFECT HANDLING THE BASKETBALL
Freshman Ralph Mims, who is averaging 23.0 minutes played in the first two games of the season, has crafted a perfect assist:turnover ratio with five assists and zero turnovers. Mims had one assist in his first career game against Texas Southern and a team-high four against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Mims’ team-leading four assists against the Islanders marked the first time a freshman had led the Seminoles in assists since the 2002-03 season when Todd Galloway led the Seminoles in assists 13 times. Galloway led the Seminoles and ranked 10th in the ACC in assists with a single-season career high 97 as a freshman.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (3.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/22/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.0 ppg, 2.0 apg; 10 pts and 2 assts vs. Texas A&M C.C, 11/22/04)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Texas A&M C.C, 11/22/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
F #2 Antonio Griffin (4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 8 pts and 1 asts vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
G #10 Ralph Mims (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 17 pts and 7 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/22/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Texas A&M C.C., 11/22/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 2 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas Southern, 11/19/04)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SHAWNEE STATE
F #42 Rich Montague (7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Franciscan Univ., 11/6/04)
C #00 Adam Davenport (12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 15 pts and 6 rebs vs. Franciscan Univ., 11/6/04)
G # 2 Aaron Davis (8.2 ppg, 2.5 apg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. TCU, 11/21/04)
G #11 Nick Donely (8.0 ppg, 2.2 apg; 5 pts and 1 ast vs. TCU, 11/21/04)
G #12 Terrence Davison (21.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 22 pts, 5 rebs vs. Cornerstone University, 11/5/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. SHAWNEE STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Shawnee State Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Shawnee State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Shawnee State, Current Streak: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Shawnee State: First Meeting

SEMINOLES PLAY IN SECOND CONSECUTIVE EXEMPT TOURNAMENT
Florida State plays host to Shawnee State in the second round of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Wednesday night. The Seminoles played in a similar tournament last season – the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic – and finished with a 3-1 record.

FAST STARTS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State is 7-1 in the month of November under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles won each of their four November games to begin the 2003-04 season as they bolted out to a school-best tying 10-0 start. Florida State began the Leonard Hamilton era with two November wins to begin the 2002-03 season in winning its first three games of the year. Florida State plays six games during the month of November to begin the 2004-05 season.

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