Nov. 19, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 13 consecutive non-conference home games, plays host to Georgia State at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 7:00 on Tuesday. The Seminoles return home after playing three games in Daytona Beach in the inaugural Glenn Wilkes Classic. Florida State is undefeated at home in non-conference home games in the last two seasons; the Seminoles were 11-0 at home against non-ACC teams during the 2006-07 season and are 2-0 at home this season with victories over Nicholls State (Nov. 9; 81-58) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 12; 92-67). Florida State’s game against Georgia State marks the second consecutive season during which the Seminoles and Panthers have met – the Seminoles earned an 87-55 victory over the Panthers on Dec. 7, 2006 at the GSU Sports Arena. Florida State’s game against Georgia State also marks the first time since the 1975-76 season that the Panthers will play in Tallahassee. Following Tuesday night’s game against Georgia State, the Seminoles will travel to play at Florida (Nov. 23; 7:30 p.m.) before returning home for the Seminoles’ annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge game on Nov. 27. The Seminoles will play host to Minnesota in a game that will be televised by espn2 at 7:30 p.m.
SWANN ENJOYS STELLAR WEEK
Senior guard Isaiah Swann, who scored 25 or more points twice last week, averaged 19.8 points on .575 shooting from the field, .464 shooting from the 3-point line and 1.000 shooting from the free throw line in leading the Seminoles to a 2-2 record. Swann scored in double figures in all four of the Seminoles games and led the team in scoring in two of four games. Swann scored 13 3-point field goals and was a perfect 20-20 from the line during the week. He made a season-high of six 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ victory over UAB and was a perfect eight-of-eight from the line in the Seminoles’ victory over Georgia Southern. He pulled down seven rebounds against Georgia Southern and tied his career-high with eight assists against USF. Swann scored his high for the week as he totaled 28 points against UAB. He made nine of his 15 shots from the field including six from the 3-point line and was a perfect four of four from the free throw line. Swann scored 25 points in the second half as he shot eight of nine from the field and five of six from the bonusphere.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia State and win its fifth consecutive victory over the Panthers. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against Georgia State with a 4-0 record in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season;
…Defeat Georgia State and run its non-conference home winning streak to 14 games. The Seminoles are 2-0 at home this season and were 11-0 at home against non-ACC opponents during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat Georgia State and win its 11th consecutive non-conference home game during the month of November. The Seminoles winning streak began on Nov. 24, 2005 with a victory over Shawnee State.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST GEORGIA STATE AND ROD BARNES
Florida State’s game against Georgia State is a return game from last season when the Seminoles traveled to Atlanta and defeated the Panthers, 87-55, on Dec. 6, 2006. The Panthers are coached by Rod Barnes, the former head coach at Ole Miss. Led by Jason Rich’s 12 points, the Leonard Hamilton coached-Seminoles defeated the Rod Barnes-coached Rebels, 69-64, on Dec. 3, 2003 in Oxford, Miss. The Seminoles also defeated Barnes and the Rebels, 66-60, on Dec. 3, 2003 in Tallahassee. Barnes was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2006-07 season.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING NEARLY 90 PERCENT FROM THE FRE THROW LINE
With three players who have yet to miss from the free throw line this season, Florida State is shooting an astronomical .887 and has only missed 11 shots from the free throw line in the first five games of the season. Senior guard Isaiah Swann has made all 20 of his attempts from the free throw line and is shooting a perfect 1.000 from the line heading into Tuesday’s game against Georgia State.
Breaking Down The Seminoles From The Free Throw Line Situation FTM-A Pct. Notes Season 86-97 .887 Seminoles have missed only 11 free throw in first five games Wilkes Classic 79-87 .908 Season-high .935 vs. Cleveland State First Half 36-42 .857 Season-high 14-of-15 in first half against Georgia Southern Second Half 46-51 .902 Season-high 14-of-15 in second half against Cleveland State Last 5 Mins. 10-11 .909 Only miss came in last five minutes of victory over Ga. Southern Overtime 4-4 1.000 Played one overtime period against Cleveland State
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is 31-6 (.838 winning percentage) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has, which has won both of its home games this season, has won 17 of its last 20 home games (.850) and 25 of its last 31 (.806 winning percentage) games at hone since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.
Seminoles At Home In Recent Years Seasons Record Notable Wins Last 3 Years 31-6 (.850 winning pct.) 79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 6, 2006 Last 4 Years 40-13 (.755 winning pct.) 91-83 over No. 3 Wake Forest, Jan. 18, 2005 Last 5 Years 55-16 (.775 winning pct.) 90-81 over No. 7 North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2004
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia State having won 13 consecutive (1.000 winning percentage) non-conference home games. The Seminoles have defeated Nicholls State (Nov. 9; 81-58) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 12; 92-67) to open the 2007-08 season and were a perfect 11-0 at home during the 2006-07 season. Florida State is 20-1 (.952) in the last three seasons in the Donald L. Tucker Center against non-ACC teams. The Seminoles’ only non-conference loss at home in the last three seasons came against South Carolina (March 21, 2006; 69-68 in overtime) in the second round of the NIT.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #21 Julian Vaughn (6.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg; First career game against Georgia State) F #41 Uche Echefu (9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006) G #3 Isaiah Swann (18.8 ppg, 3.2 apg; 8 pts and 7 asts vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 25 pts and 3 stls vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006)) G #25 Jason Rich (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES F #42 Ryan Reid (5.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006) G #10 Ralph Mims (8.6 ppg, 2.8 apg; 3 pts and 4 rebs vs. Georgia State, Dec. 7, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against Georgia State)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA STATE F #15 Rashad Chase (11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg; 10 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 7, 2006) F #30 Kevin Lott (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 7, 2006) C #32 Justin Billingslea (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #11 Trae Goldston (9.5 ppg, 1.5 apg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 7, 2007) G #21 Leonard Mendez (5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 7, 2006)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA STATE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 4-0 Last Game: Dec. 7, 2006; Florida State 87, Georgia State 55 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 7, 2006; Florida State 87, Georgia State 55 Last Georgia State Win None Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 21, 2976; Florida State 92, Georgia State 70 Last Georgia State Win In Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 4 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia State: 1-0 (at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA STATE – THE LAST MEETING
Two Georgia natives led the way as Florida State scored the first 17 points and rolled to an 87-55 victory over Georgia State on Dec. 7, 2006 at the GSU Sports Arena. Guard Toney Douglas led Florida State with 25 points while making five and six 3-point attempts. Overall, Douglas was 10 of 14 from the field. Forward Al Thornton celebrated his 23 birthday with 20 points and nine rebounds. Florida State was never challenged after dominating the opening minutes, though Georgia State pulled to within 16 points and 55-39 with 10 points early in the second half. The Seminoles pushed their lead to 30 points with 3:34 remaining. Thornton and Douglas combined for 33 points in the first half. After the Seminoles scored the first 17 points of the game, Georgia State’s Trae Goldston scored the Panthers first basket of the game nearly four minutes into the game. Rashad Chase and Leonard Mendez each had 10 points for Georgia State. Jason Rich added 10 points for Florida State.