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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (5-13, 0-5 ACC)
VS
NC STATE WOLFPACK (9-7, 1-4 ACC)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2001, 7:00 P.M.
TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
espn2 Television

“He (Michael Joiner) made the difference against us. I think the guys in North Carolina made a big mistake in letting him get away. I’d certainly like to have him.”


Eddie Biedenbach
Head Coach, UNC Asheville
Jan. 6, 2001

SETTING THE SCENE

Florida State plays host to NC State in its 19th game of the season and its sixth Atlantic Coast Conference contest this season. The Seminoles have won four of their last seven games played in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida State has a 4-3 record at home since defeating Jacksonville on Dec. 17. The Seminoles were 4-4 in ACC play at home during the 1999-000 season.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Win its fifth home game in its last eight outings at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,
…Defeat NC State for the ninth time at home since becoming a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992.


JOINER NAMED ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL ROOKIE-OF-THE WEEK

ACC Freshman-of-the-Year Candidate Michael Joiner, who averaged 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and one blocked shot in two Florida State games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Rookie-of-the-Week. It marks the second time in the last three weeks and second time during his career that Joiner has earned the award. The Fayetteville, N.C. native scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and was credited with one blocked shot and one assist on the road against Virginia. His eight total rebounds and two on the offensive end led the Seminoles in both categories. He scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and was credited with one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in the Seminoles’ near miraculous come-back against No. 6 North Carolina. The freshman scored eight second half points including six in the first four minutes of the second half as Florida State rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to move within three points of the Tar Heels. Joiner’s play was instrumental in holding the Tar Heels’ starting post players (Kris Lang and Brendan Haywood) to a combined 18 points and nine rebounds. Joiner currently ranks fourth on the Seminoles in scoring (9.9 points per game) and leads the team in rebounds (6.4 rebounds per game). He is ranked second in steals (1.2 steals per game) and blocked shots (0.8 blocked shots per game).


JOINER AMONG TOP ACC FRESHMEN

ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles in rebounding with a 6.4 rebound per game average and ranks among the team leaders in scoring (9.9 points per game), blocked shots (0.8 blocks per game), steals (1.2 steals per game) and free throw percentage (77.5). He has scored in double figures nine times this season and leads all Seminole starters with a field goal percentage of 47.7 for the season.


TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS

Tonight’s referee is Ted Valentine and the umpires are Tom Lopes and Bob Donato.


ARRINGTON ENJOYS OUTSTANDING WEEK

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in two games last week. He scored his career-high of 23 points on the road at Virginia and added 18 in the Seminoles’ fantastic near come-from-behind effort against No. 6 North Carolina. Arrington scored his career-high of 23 points against the Cavaliers as he made a career-high nine field goals and was perfect from the 3-point arc (three-of-three) and the free throw line (three-of-three). He scored 16 second-half points as the Seminoles closed a 17-point deficit to as few as three. Arrington was key as Florida State nearly rallied to defeat No. 6 North Carolina. He scored 18 points (including eight in the second half) as the Seminoles mounted one of the year’s great conference comebacks. He began the rally from the opening of the second half with a field goal, a steal that led to a field goal and an assist that allowed the Seminoles’ to get back into the contest. He later scored on a steal and a fast break lay-up that pulled Florida State to within three at 57-60 with 7:44 remaining. Arrington currently leads the Seminoles in scoring (11.1 points per game), assists (4.7 assists per game) and steals (1.3 steals per game). He is averaging 12.6 points per game in five conference games.


ARRINGTON WITH A CAREER-HIGH

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is averaging a career-high 11.1 points per game entering Thursday night’s game against NC State. He has scored in double figures in each of the last three games


BREAKING DOWN ARRINGTON…

…In the last five games he is averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 assists and shooting 90 percent (nine-of-10) from the free throw line,
…In the last three games he is averaging 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and shooting 55.5 percent from the field,
…In conference games he is averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 assists and is shooting 54.5 percent from the 3-point arc.


ARRINGTON HEATING UP FROM THE FIELD

Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 65.3 percent from the field (17-of-26) in the last two games. He made a career-high nine field goals at Virginia on Jan. 16 and added eight more field goals made against North Carolina on Jan. 20.

CUMMINGS BUILDING UP THE MINUTES

Junior Monte Cummings enters Thursday night’s game averaging 22.9 minutes played per game. He is ranked fifth on the team in that category. He has played at least 20 minutes in 11 consecutive games and played his season-high of 32 minutes against Cleveland State as the Seminoles and Vikings battled in a double overtime thriller.


CUMMINGS IS ONE OF THE ACC’S TOP SIXTH MEN

Junior Monte Cummings has developed into one of the ACC’s leading sixth-men. He has appeared in all 18 games and earned one start (against Furman on Dec. 4). Cummings is averaging 22.9 minutes played to go along with 10.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He is one of only three players in the league to be averaging in double figure scoring as a reserve.

CUMMINGS IN THE SCORING COLUMN

Junior Monte Cummings enters Thursday night’s game tied for second on the Seminoles’ scoring chart with a 10.7 points per game average. He has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games.


CUMMINGS’ LAST 10 GAMES

Junior Monte Cummings leads the Seminoles with a 13.2 scoring average in the last 10 games. In addition, he is averaging 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and is shooting 80.3 percent from the free throw line (49-of-61).


CUMMINGS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE

Junior Monte Cummings was a perfect six-for six from the free throw line against North Carolina on Jan. 20 and has made nine of his last 10 attempts in the last two games. He leads the team in free throws made (69) and attempted (88) entering Thursday night’s game against NC State.


CRAWFORD SCORING A RECORD PACE

Senior Adrian Crawford is averaging a career-high 10.7 points per game entering Thursday night’s contest against NC State. His previous career-best is 10.6 points per game as a sophomore (his first season at Florida State). Crawford is averaging more than twice as many points per game this season (10.7) than he did during his junior season (5.3).
UPCOMING MILESTONES

CRAWFORD NEARING HIS CAREER-BEST STATISITCS

Adrian Crawford has grabbed 15 offensive rebounds this season, His career high is 18 during the 1999 season,
Adrian Crawford has been credited with 13 steals this season, His career high is 16 during the 1997 and 1999 seasons.


MATHEWS STARTING

Sophomore Mike Mathews has started eight games since Dec. 17. The Seminoles won two of their first three games with Mathews as their starting center. He averages nearly one point per game more as a starter (7.4-6.5) than he does coming off the bench. In addition, he is averaging more rebounds as a starter (3.4-3.1) than as a reserve.



Junior Antwuan Dixon has grabbed 74 defensive rebounds and 116 total rebounds this season. He is averaging a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game. His 74 defensive rebounds are more than he accumulated in his first two seasons as a Seminole (67 defensive rebounds) and his 116 total rebounds are nearly as many as he was credited with during his first two seasons (119).


A. DIXON ON THE UP AND UP

Junior Antwuan Dixon is averaging a career-high 8.3 points and a career-high 6.4 rebounds. He has improved his statistics in nearly every statistical category this season as compared to his single-season high during the first two years of his career at Florida State.

KEEPING MATHEWS ON THE FLOOR

Sophomore Mike Mathews has proven his value to the Seminoles as he has played in all 18 games (starting eight) and averaging 6.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 20.6 minutes per game this season. He has proven, too, that he must remain out of foul trouble to be effective when he is on the floor.


N. DIXON TIES CAREER-HIGH AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA

Sophomore center Nigel Dixon tied his career-high as he grabbed 10 rebounds against North Carolina on Jan. 20. He also grabbed 10 rebounds against Rhode Island (Nov. 25) and Morgan State (Dec. 30). Dixon enters Thursday night’s game against NC State averaging a career-high 5.3 rebounds per game. His rebounding average this season is more than twice as high as his freshman season average (2.1 rpg). Dixon has been credited with double figure rebounds more times this season in 18 games (three) than he was in 29 games (zero) during his freshman season. In addition, he grabbed a season-high six defensive rebounds against the Tar Heels.


N. DIXON ALSO HITTING THE SCORING COLUMN

Sophomore center Nigel Dixon, who has started a career-high 10 games this season, has scored nearly three times as many points through the first 18 games of the 2000-01 season (140) than he did in 29 games (50) as a freshman.


SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS

Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”

Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.

Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.

Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.

“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”

N. DIXON IN THE ACC STATISITCS

Sophomore Nigel Dixon is ranked sixth in the ACC with a 2.61 offensive rebounds per game average.


NOTES ON NIGEL DIXON’S INCREASED SORING OUTPUT…

  • He is averaging 7.8 points per game entering Thursday night’s game against NC State. He averaged 1.8 points as a freshman. He has increased his scoring output by six points per game,


  • He has scored 140 points in 18 games as a sophomore. He scored 50 points as a freshman in 28 games,


  • He has scored in double figures six times as a sophomore. He scored in double figures once as a freshman,


  • He scored his career-high of 23 points against Rhode Island on Nov. 25 this season. He scored his freshman-season high of 12 points against Duke on Feb. 16 as a freshman.


    MORE NOTES ON NIGEL DIXON…

  • He has made more field goals in the last nine games (21) than he did during his entire freshman season (20) in 28 games,


  • He has scored more points in the last nine games (51) than he did during his entire freshman season (50) in 28 games,


  • He has made more than three times as many free throws in 18 games this season (32) as he did during his entire freshman season (10). He tied his freshman season personal record of 10 free throws made in the first four games of his sophomore season.


    WILSON CONTRIBUTING

    Freshman Andrew Wilson grabbed his season-high of three rebounds against Maryland (Jan. 14), Morgan State (Dec. 30) and DePaul and is averaging 1.3 rebounds per game entering Thursday night’s game against NC State.


    WILSON FROM THE FIELD AND THE LINE

    Freshman Andrew Wilson is shooting 66.7 percent from the field (two-of-three) in the last two games. In addition, he is shooting a team-leading 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Wilson has made 11 of his last 12 attempts (91.7 percent) since Florida State’s victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 17.


    LOWERY HOLDING ONTO THE BALL

    Freshman point guard Ryan Lowery has committed only six turnovers in his last seven games. He enters Thursday night’s game against NC State with 30 assists and only 18 turnovers on the season.

    RYAN LOWERY HAS COMMITTED

  • Only 1 turnover in his last 8 minutes,
  • Only 4 turnovers in the last 24 minutes,
  • Only 6 turnovers in the last 49 minutes.


    ANDERSON CONTINUES TO BE A SPARK OFF THE BENCH

    Junior David Anderson is averaging 1.7 rebounds per game in the last three games. He tied his season-high with three rebounds at Virginia and has five total rebounds since Florida State faced Maryland on Jan. 14. Anderson is averaging more rebounds in the last three games (1.7) than he is for the entire season (1.2).

    ANDERSON EARNING INCREASED PLAYING TIME

    Junior David Anderson, who has played in 37 consecutive games during his two-year Florida State career, has played in an average of 16.5 minutes in the last two games. He played in a season-high 19 minutes at Virginia on Jan. 16 and earned 13 minutes of playing time against North Carolina on Jan. 20. His 16.0 minutes per game in the last two outings is nearly twice as many minutes per game that he is averaging for the Seminoles’ entire 18-game schedule (8.8).

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