Feb. 13, 2001
Florida State Seminoles (6-17, 1-9 ACC)
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.”
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
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
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
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).
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
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
RYAN LOWERY AGAINST DUKE
LOWERY’S INCREASED PRODUCTION
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.