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Seminoles Ready To Pay Visit To College Park

Feb. 13, 2001

Florida State Seminoles (6-17, 1-9 ACC)
At
No. 18 Maryland Terrapins (15-8, 6-5 ACC)
Wednesday, February 14, 2001, 9:00 P.M.
Allfirst Court at Cole Field House (14,500)
College Park, Maryland
Seminole Radio Network
Raycom Sports/Jefferson Pilot Sports

“Florida State starting freshman forward Michael Joiner won’t come out and say it, but he doesn’t have to. Letting last season’s Mr. Basketball in the state of North Carolina slip away to the Sunshine State was a big mistake. And Joiner has the numbers to prove it.”

Bob Thomas
The Florida Times Union
Jan. 24, 2001

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to the ACC’s northernmost post to face Maryland in its 11th conference game of the season. The Seminoles trip to the Old Line state is their longest of the conference season, encompassing nearly 900 miles (one way). Florida State’s game against the Terps marks its eighth ranked opponent of the season and third consecutive since the Feb. 4. The Seminoles played at No. 3 Duke on Feb. 4 and played host to No. 15 Wake Forest on Feb. 10. Following Wednesday night’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles play host to No. 12 ranked Virginia on Saturday.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

  • Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.,
  • Defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71.
  • Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,

    ACC FRESHMAN-OF-THE-YEAR CANDIDATE MICHAEL JOINER
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded a career-high five assists and blocked one shot in 32 minutes played against Wake Forest in the Seminoles only game last week. Joiner is the only freshman in the league to have started each of his team’s games this season and leads all conference freshmen in minutes played. Joiner was instrumental in Florida State’s comeback attempt against the Deacons. Joiner scored six second half points, had seven second-half rebounds and three second-half assists as the Seminoles cut a 15-point Deacon lead to as few as three on five occasions during the second half. Included in Joiner’s second-half highlights were: a basket to cut Wake Forest lead to 13 with 18:28 remaining, an assist on a Mike Mathews‘ basket to cut the lead to seven with 16:00 remaining, an assist on a Mike Mathews‘ basket to cut the lead to six with 12:49 remaining, two free throws to cut the lead to five with 12:27 remaining, an assist on a 3-pointer by Adrian Crawford to cut the lead to four with 11:50 remaining, a basket to cut the Wake Forest lead to five with 5:28 remaining and two rebounds in the last 2:30 as the Seminoles fought furiously to win the contest.

    LOWERY IN THE CLASSROOM
    Seminole freshman Ryan Lowery earned a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester.

    FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND A SERIES HISTORY
    The Series: Maryland leads, 17-5
    Last Game: Jan. 14, 2001, Maryland 76, Florida State 55
    Last Florida State Win: Jan. 29, 1997, Florida State 74, Maryland 70
    Last Maryland Win: Jan. 14, 2001, Maryland 76, Florida State 55
    Last Florida State Win In College Park: Feb. 13, 1992, Florida State 87, Maryland 84
    Last Maryland Win In College Park: March 1, 2000, Maryland 85, Florida State 70

    FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND THE LAST FOUR GAMES
    Jan. 14, 2001 March 10, 2000 March 1, 2000 Jan. 29, 2000
    Maryland 76 Maryland 82 at Maryland 85 Maryland 82
    At Florida State 55 Florida State 61 Florida State 70 at Florida State 63
    at Charlotte, N.C.

    JOINER FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has hit three 3-points shots in the last four games. He has tripled his 3-point shot output for the season in those three games. Joiner has made more 3-point shots in 10 ACC games (five) than he did in Florida State’s 13 non- conference games.

    THE CLASS OF THE ACC FRESHMAN CLASS
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner is the conference leader among freshmen in three different statistical categories and ranks among the top three in six others.

    JOINER AMONG FLORIDA STATE LEADERS IN MOST CATEGORIES
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles in rebounds (6.2 rpg) and ranks among the team leaders in blocked shots (18), steals (25), assists (37) and points (9.4).

    CUMMINGS LEADS SEMINOLES OFF THE BENCH
    Junior Monte Cummings, who missed Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with flu-like symptoms, leads the Seminoles with 253 points and an 11.5 points per game average. His 253 points are only three less than senior Delvon Arrington has scored this season. Cummings enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland as the only reserve player to lead his team in scoring in the ACC.

    CUMMINGS IN HIS FIRST NINE CAREER ACC GAMES

  • He is averaging two points more (13.5) in conference games than he has averaged for the Seminoles’ 22-game schedule (11.5),
  • He has scored in double figures in seven of nine ACC games (77.8 percent) as compared to six of 13 (46.1 percent) non-conference games,
  • He is averaging 3.8 rebounds in ACC games and 3.2 rebounds for the season,
  • He is averaging 26.0 minutes played in nine ACC games and 23.1 minutes for the season,
  • He is shooting 50 percent (42-of-84) from the field in ACC games and 46.6 percent (81-of-174) for the season.

    CUMMINGS IN THE LAST THREE GAMES
    Monte Cummings is averaging 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, one steal and shooting 66.7 percent from the field in the last three games.

    CUMMINGS’ SCORING BINGE
    Junior Monte Cummings is averaging 15.0 points per game in the last 13 games. He has scored 210 points during that span after scoring 43 points and averaging 4.8 points in the first nine games of the season.

    ARRINGTON POINTING TOWARDS 500 CAREER ASSISTS
    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington enters Wednesday night’s game against Maryland with 472 career assists. Arrington is already only the fourth player in school history with at least 100 assists in his first three seasons and needs only 28 assists to become the third player in school history with 500 assists in his first three seasons.

    ARRINGTON DISHING AND STEALING

  • In the last four games, Delvon Arrington has 22 assists and 13 steals,
  • In the last five games, Delvon Arrington has 25 assists and 16 steals,
  • In the last six games, Delvon Arrington has 30 assists and 20 steals.

    ARRINGTON STEALS ADDING UP
    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is averaging 2.5 steals per game in 10 ACC games. He has recorded 25 of Florida State’s 56 steals in conference competition (44.7 percent of the total).

    ARRINGTON SCORING
    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, a team tri-captain, has scored 256 points for a career-high 11.1 points per game average. He enters Wednesday night’s game against Maryland with 256 points this season and needs only three points to establish a personal single-season career-high for total points. Arrington’s point totals and points per game average have increased during each of his first three seasons as a Seminole.

    A. DIXON STARTING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has started a career-high 23 games this season. He played 25 games at Florida State before earning his first career start as a sophomore on Dec. 1, 1999 against Northwestern. Dixon has played at least 20 minutes in each of the Seminoles’ 23 games this season.

    A. DIXON HEATING UP FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Junior Antwuan Dixon is shooting 71.4 percent from the free throw line in the last four games. He is shooting nearly 10 percentage points higher in the last four games (71.4) than he is for the entire season (62.1).

    A. DIXON ALSO HOT FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
    Junior Antwuan Dixon, a team tri captain, has made seven 3-point shots in the last four games and enters Wednesday night’s game against Maryland as one of three Seminoles who has hit in double-figure field goals from beyond the arc. He is shooting 43.8 percent (seven-of-16) from beyond the arc since Florida State’s game at Georgia Tech on Jan. 27. Dixon tied his career high with four-3-point shots made against the Yellow Jackets.

    A. DIXON’S MINUTES PLAYED
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has played more minutes this season (651/28.3 mpg) than he did during the first two seasons (629/12.6) of his career at Florida State. He has played in 23 games this season and appeared in 50 games as a freshman and a sophomore.

    DOUBLE FIGURE A. DIXON
    Junior forward Antwaun Dixon has scored in double figures in four ACC games this season (10 against Duke, Jan. 4, 11 against Maryland, Jan. 14, 15 at Georgia Tech, Jan. 27, 12 against Clemson, Jan. 31). He scored in double figures in three ACC games during the first two years (32 ACC games) of his career.

    CRAWFORD RECENTLY FROM LONG RANGE
    Senior Adrian Crawford has made at least one 3-point shot in 12 of the last 13 games and 26 3-point shots in the last 13 games, an average of 2.0 per game. He leads the Seminoles with 44 3-point shots made and is one of three Seminoles with double-figure 3-point shots made this season.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE ARC IN ACC PLAY
    Senior Adrian Crawford, a team tri-captain, has made 15 3-point shots in Florida State’s 10 ACC games this season, an average of 1.5 made per game. He made three against Duke on Jan. 4 and North Carolina on Jan. 20.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made nine 3-point field goals in the last six games to bring his season total to a team-leading 44. He has now made 121 3-points shots during his 68-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30 and is currently ranked sixth in school history with 121 3-point shots made. He needs only three 3-point shots to surpass LaMarr Greer and move into fifth place on Florida State’s all-time career list.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Senior Adrian Crawford enters Wednesday night’s game hitting a career-high 74.4 percent from the free throw line. He was three-for-four against Wake Forest on Saturday and has hit 10 of his last 12 attempts in the last seven games.

    WILSON WITH BACK-T0-BACK DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING GAMES
    Freshman Andrew Wilson has scored in doubles figures in consecutive games entering Wednesday night’s game against Maryland. He scored a career-high tying 11 points at Duke (Jan. 4) and added 10 against Wake Forest (Jan. 10). Wilson is averaging 10.5 points per game in his last two games. He has now scored in double figures four times

    WILSON AGAINST WAKE FOREST

  • Played a career-high 23 minutes,
  • Grabbed a career-high three offensive rebounds,
  • Scored in double figures for the fourth time this season.

    ANDERSON BLOCKING SHOTS
    Junior David Anderson has blocked nine shots this season to increase his Florida State career total to 52. He is currently tied for 13th on the Seminoles’ all-time career blocked shot list. He trails Tab Hunter by one block on his climb up the list. Anderson recorded a career-high two blocked shots against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9.

    DAVID ANDERSON RECORDED HIS SEASON HIGH

  • Of 24 minutes played against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27,
  • Of 5 rebounds against Georgia Tech on Jan. 27,
  • Of 5 points against Florida on Nov. 17,
  • Of 2 blocked shots against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9,

    RYAN LOWERY AGAINST DUKE

  • He scored a career-high four points,
  • He made a career-high two field goals,
  • He attempted a career-high four field goals,
  • He grabbed a career-high four defensive rebounds,
  • He dished out a career-high tying three assists,

    LOWERY’S INCREASED PRODUCTION

  • Freshman Ryan Lowery scored four points against Duke on Feb. 4. He had scored five points in his previous 14 games since Dec. 9,
    …Freshman Ryan Lowery grabbed four rebounds against Duke on Feb. 4. He had grabbed four rebounds in his previous seven games,

  • He scored two field goals against Duke on Jan. 4. He had scored three field goals in the Seminoles’ first 21 games of the season and none since the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 17,
  • He recorded three assists against Duke on Jan. 4. He totaled three assists in the previous eight games entering the game against the Blue Devils.,
  • He played 12 minutes against Duke on Jan. 4. He played 18 minutes in the previous six games heading into the Seminoles’ game against Duke.

    LOWERY PLAYING WITH STICK-EM ON HIS HANDS
    Freshman Ryan Lowery has committed only three turnovers in his last 37 minutes played and enters Wednesday night’s game against Maryland with a 1.7:1 assist to turnover ratio. He has committed only eight turnovers in ten ACC games played.

    THE DECREASING STORY OF LOWERY’S TURNOVERS
    Freshman Ryan Lowery has committed only six turnovers in his last ten games (0.6) and is averaging less than one turnover per game for the season.

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