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Seminoles Plays Host To Jacksonville On Sunday

Dec. 16, 2000

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Florida State Seminoles (1-7, 0-0 ACC)
Vs.
Jacksonville Dolphins (7-0, 2-0 TAAC)
Sunday, December 17, 2000, 1:00 P.M.
Leon County Civic Center (12,200)
Tallahassee, Fla.
Sunshine Network
Seminole Radio Network


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “Michael Joiner is one of the most composed young men I’ve seen on the basketball court in a long time. Michael is very confident in his abilities and, so far, he’s been able to back up that confidence level with his play.”
Steve Robinson
Florida State University
Dec. 5, 2000


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays host to Jacksonville in a holiday-season intra-state match-up. The Seminoles return to play in the Leon County Civic Center for the first time in 10 days after traveling to play at Vanderbilt (Dec. 9) and concentrating on their academics during the semester exam period (Dec. 11-Dec. 15). The university celebrated its graduation ceremonies in the Civic Center on Saturday.


NOTING FLORIDA STATE…
…Senior guard Adrian Crawford tied his career-high with 25 points against Vanderbilt on Saturday. He established career high statistics for field goals made (nine), field goals attempted (16) and tied his career-high for 3-point shots made (seven),
…Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked 13 shots in the last four games to increase his total to 17. He blocked only four shots in the first four games of the season,


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 12th consecutive game against Jacksonville and the seventh consecutive home game against the Dolphins,
… Defeat a team from the state of Florida at home for the fifth time during the Steve Robinson era,
…Extend its December record in non-conference home games to 8-3 during the Robinson era,
…Defeat former Seminole head coach and letterwinner Hugh Durham for the fourth consecutive time during his tenure at Jacksonville. Durham is 1-4 against his alma mater during head coaching stints at Georgia and Jacksonville.


DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS TO CELEBRATE WEINKE AND REYNOLDS
Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and Lombardi Award winner Jamal Reynolds will be recognized at halftime of Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Jacksonville. The short ceremony will take place on the basketball court, and, at the request of both Weinke and Reynolds, the celebration will be held to a minimum. Said Weinke: “It is a truly wonderful experience with all of the Heisman activity. I am anxious to get a chance to celebrate with my teammates and all of the FSU fans. However, I really want to do all I can to focus on the Orange Bowl right now. I’ve asked the athletic department to move any plans for a celebration until after the Bowl game, which I hope will be a really big celebration! I hope everyone understands.” Sunday’s ceremony should not be confused with an official Heisman Trophy celebration that will be held at a date yet to be determined following the Seminoles’ game against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. The Orange Bowl will decide the Division I national football championship team.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 17 pts., 12 rebs, vs. Furman 12/4/00)
F #1 Michael Joiner (9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, Career-high 12 rebounds vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (10.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, Career-high 25 points vs. Vanderbilt, 12/9/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (9.5 ppg, 4.3 apg, 13 pts., 7 asts., vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (0.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (5.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 10 points, 0 turnovers vs. Minn., 11/29/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (7.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 15 pts., 2 rebs., vs. Minn, 11/29/00)
F #33 Mike Mathews (6.0 ppg, 2.1 bpg, 7 pts., 6 rebs., vs. DePaul, 11/24/00)
C #50 David Anderson (1.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)


FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 40-19
Last Game: Nov. 27, 1999, Florida State 83, JU 59
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 27, 1999, Florida State 83, JU 59
Last Jacksonville Win: Jan. 3, 1987, JU 90, Florida State 78
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 27, 1999, Florida State 83, JU 59
Last Jacksonville Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 3, 1987, JU 90, Florida State 78
Florida State vs. Jacksonville, Streak: Florida State has won 12
Steve Robinson vs. Jacksonville: 3-0 (all at Florida State)


FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Nov. 27, 1999 Dec. 17, 1998 Dec. 6, 1997 Dec. 14, 1996
At Florida State 83 Florida State 72 at Florida State 77 Florida State 108
Jacksonville 59 at Jacksonville 53 Jacksonville 44 at Jacksonville 84


THE BOOK ON ADRIAN CRAWFORD
Senior guard Adrian Crawford tied his career-high with 25 points against Vanderbilt and he did most of his damage from long range. He tied his career-high with seven 3-point field goals made and established a career-high for 3-point shots attempted. Crawford made as many 3-point shots against Vanderbilt (seven) as he did in his previous five games (seven).


DURING THE FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF THE 2000-01 SEASON…
Adrian Crawford has scored more points (86) in fewer minutes (204) than he did during the 1999-00 season when he scored 79 points in 284 minutes,
Adrian Crawford has made as many field goals (29) as he did in 15 games last season (29),
Adrian Crawford has made more free throws (11) and attempted more free throws (17) than he did in 15 games last season (eight and 13),
Adrian Crawford has grabbed more offensive rebounds (seven) and more total rebounds (25) than he did in 15 games last season (three and 21),


CRAWFORD FROM THE FIELD
Senior Adrian Crawford shot 56.3 percent (nine-of-13) from the field against Vanderbilt and improved his season percentage from the field by nearly five percentage points. He entered last Saturday’s game against the Commodores with a 33.3 shooting percentage (20-60) and enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a 38.2 shooting percentage. His performance against Vanderbilt marked the second time this season that he had shot above 50 percent from the field. He shot a season-high 63.6 percent from the field against Rhode Island (seven-of-11) in the Seminoles’ victory over the Rams in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


Crawford From The Field
Games FGM-A Pct.
Game 8 9-16 56.3
Games 1-7 20-60 33.3
Improvement +23.0%


CRAWFORD’S CAREER NUMBERS FROM THE FIELD
Senior Adrian Crawford is enjoying his best season as a Seminole shooting the ball from the field. Including his performance against Vanderbilt (nine-of-16, 56.3 percent), Crawford is shooting 6.3 percentage points higher than he shot during the 1999-00 season.


Crawford’s Improvement From The Field
Season FGM-A Pct.
2000-01 29-76 38.2%
1999-00 29-91 31.9%
Improvement +6.3%


Crawford From The Field (Career)
Season FGM-A Pct.
2000-01 29-76 38.2
1999-00 21-91 31.9
1998-99 108-288 37.5
1996-97 50-127 39.4
Totals 208-582 35.7


JOINER CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Freshman Michael Joiner enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds through the first eight games of the season. He is currently ranked fourth on the team in scoring and tied for second in rebounding.


JOINER SHOOTING THE BALL WELL
Freshman Michael Joiner is one of three starters who is shooting 50 percent or better from the field. He enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a field goal percentage of 50.0 percent (29-of-58). He has hit 50 percent or more of his attempts four times in the first eight games and hit a season-high 87.5 percent in the season opener against Florida.


JOINER IN THE CIVIC CENTER
Freshman Michael Joiner has found a home in the Leon County Civic Center. After four games played at the facility, Joiner leads the team in points per game (10.3), rebounds per games (7.5), field goal percentage (61.5) and free throw percentage (81.8).


Joiner Finds Civic Center To His Liking
Game Site PPG RPG FG%
4 Games At Home 10.3 7.5 61.5
4 Games On Road 8.5 3.8 40.7
Improvement +1.8 +3.7 +20.8


MICHAEL JOINER’S CAREER HIGH OF…
…18 points came against Florida on Nov. 17 in his first collegiate game,
…12 rebounds came against Minnesota on Nov. 29 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge,
…40 minutes played game against Furman on Dec. 4 in an overtime contest,
…2 steals came against Ohio State on Nov. 23 during the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout,
…4 assists came against Florida on Nov. 17 in the season opener and Minnesota on Nov. 29 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


ANTWUAN DIXON LEADING SEMINOLES IN LAST FOUR GAMES
Junior forward Antwaun Dixon is averaging 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in the last four Seminole games. He recorded his first career double/double of 17 points and 12 rebounds against Furman on Dec. 4. During the last four games, he has scored in double figures twice (10 against Minnesota and 17 against Furman), made more than half of his field goal attempts (56.6 percent) and been credited with five assists, garnered five steals and averaged 28.5 minutes per game.


Dixon’s Last Four Games
Games FG% PPG RPG
Last 4 56.6 (17-30) 6.5 (26) 8.5 (8.5)
First 4 40.0 (8-20) 4.8 (19) 5.8 (5.8)
Improvement +16.6% +1.7 ppg +2.7 rpg



DIXON FROM LONG RANGE
Junior Antwuan Dixon hit a career-tying two 3-point shots against Vanderbilt. He was a perfect two-of-two from beyond the arc. He has now hit two 3-pointers in four different games during his career.


DIXON DISPLAYING ALL-AROUND IMPROVEMENT
Junior Antwuan Dixon is averaging a career-high 8.1 points per game, a career-high 5.6 rebounds per game and shooting a career high from the field (50.0 percent) and the free throw line (75.0 percent).


Dixon’s Statistical Improvement
Category 2000-01 First 3 years Improvement
Points/Game 8.1 3.2 +4.9 ppg
Rebounds/Game 5.6 2.4 +3.2 rpg
Field Goal % 50.0% 40.8% +9.2%
Free Throw % 75.0% 74.2% +0.8%
Steals/Game 1.0 0.3 +0.7
Minutes/Game 28.5 12.6 +15.9


ARRINGTON IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington will start his 51st consecutive career game against Jacksonville on Sunday. He has started every Seminole game for head coach Steve Robinson since Dec. 23, 1998 against Butler.


LOWERY EARNING INCREASED MINUTES
Freshman Ryan Lowery is averaging 11.9 minutes per game as the reserve point guard behind senior Delvon Arrington. He has nearly doubled his playing time during the last three games and is now averaging in double figures (10.4) minutes per game. Lowery has played more total minutes in the last three games (44/14.7 mpg) than he had earned in the first five games of the season (39/7.8 mpg).


Lowery’s Minutes Increasing
Games Minutes MPG
Last 3 Games 44 14.7
First 5 Games 39 7.8
Improvement +6.9 MPG


LOWERY’S EVER-INCREASING ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Freshman Ryan Lowery enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a season-high 2.6:1 assist: turnover ratio. He has recorded a positive ratio in seven of Florida State’s eight games and has not finished a single game with a negative ratio. Lowery recorded his career-high of four assists against Florida (in his first career game in Nov. 17) and against Rhode Island during the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25. He has recorded at least one assist in every game and has recorded three or more assists five times in eight games.


WILSON LIKES THE SUN AND FUN OF THE SUNSHINE STATE
Freshman Andrew Wilson, who scored his career-high of 11 points against South Florida on Dec. 7, is averaging 9.5 points in two games against teams from the state of Florida. He scored eight points in the season opener against Florida and added 11 against the Bulls in the last home game on Dec. 7.


Wilson Vs. The Sunshine State
Opponent FGM-A Pct. FTM-A Pct. Pts/Avg Rebs.Avg.
Florida 4-10 40.0 0-0 .000 8-8.0 2/2.0
South Florida 1-2 50.0 8-10 80.0 11/11.0 2/2.0
Totals 5-12 41.7 8-10 80.0 19-9.5 4/2.0


WILSON DOUBLING HIS FUN
Freshman Andrew Wilson has played in double figure minutes in seven of Florida State’s eight games and has scored in double figures in two of the last four games.


WILSON ROLLS LUCKY SEVENS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman Andrew Wilson has hit seven consecutive free throws on two different occasions during the first eight games of the season. He was a perfect four-of-four against Minnesota on Nov. 29 and made his first three attempts against Furman on Dec. 4 before missing the back-end of a two shot foul late in the second half. During his eight-of-ten performance against South Florida, he missed his first attempt of the game, and made seven consecutive before missing the front-end of a two-shot foul. He has hit 15-of-18 from the free throw line (83.3 percent) for the season. All of his free throw attempts have come in the last four games.


CUMMINGS OUTPUT INCREASING
Junior Monte Cummings, who started at the two-guard position against Furman on Dec. 4, has seen a marked increase in his playing time in the last four games. He is averaging 21.8 minutes per game while scoring at a near-double-figure rate. He has scored 39 of his 60 points (65 percent) during the course of the last four games and enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville entering a season-high 7.5 points per game.


Cummings’ Increased Statistical Output
Games Minutes/MPG Points/PPG
Last 4 87/21.8 39/9.8
First 4 73/18.3 21/5.3
Improvement +3.5 +4.5


CUMMINGS DISPLAYING IMPROVEMENT FROM THE FIELD
Junior Monte Cummings has made more field goals in the last four games (10) than he did in the first four games (nine) and he has upped his field goal shooting percentage by more than 10 percentage points during that span.


Cummings From The Field
Games FGM-A Pct.
Last 4 10-21 47.6%
First 4 9-24 37.5%
Improvement +10.1%


CUMMINGS FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Junior Monte Cummings is a perfect two-of-two from the three-point line in the last two games. After missing his first three career shots from long range during the first six games of the season he has found his stroke.


Cummings From The 3-Point Line
Games 3PM-A Pct.
7-8 2-2 1.000
1-6 0-3 .000
Totals 2-5 4.00


MATHEWS AMONG THE SEMINOLE SOPHOMORES
Sophomore Mike Mathews has a team-leading 17 blocked shots through the first eight games of the season. Among the all-time sophomore class leaders in blocked shots, Mathews’ 17 blocks after eight games ranks as the second highest total behind only David Anderson’s 18 blocked shots after eight games last season. Mathews has recorded at least one blocked shot in seven consecutive games.


Sophomore Class Blocked Shots Leaders
Rank Player, Year After 8 Games Season Total
1. Randell Jackson, 1996-97 15 46
2. David Anderson, 1999-00 18 43
Corey Louis, 1995-96 10 43


The Mathews’ Blocked Shots Progression
Games Blocks BPG
Last 4 13 3.3
First 4 4 1.0
Improvement +2.3bpg

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