Jan. 16, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University forward Al Thornton, who averaged 29.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Seminoles split a pair of ACC road games, has been named ACC Player of the Week. The 6-7, 208-pound junior scored a career-high 37 points, hitting on 15-of-18 from the floor, and pulled down six rebounds in Saturday’s 90-87 loss at 15th-ranked Boston College. Earlier in the week, the Perry, Ga., native had 22 points and nine rebounds in an 87-82 overtime win at Virginia, marking Florida State’s first win in Charlottesville since 1998. Thornton is averaging 16.9 points per game (including 23.0 in four ACC games) and 7.8 rebounds per game.
It marks the first time during his career that he has earned ACC Player of the Week honors.
Thornton’s 37 points on the road against the Eagles is tied for the 13th best single-game scoring effort in school history and while his 15 field goals (also a career-high) are tied for the 10th best single game effort in school history. His 37 points are the most scored by a Seminole player in a single game since Ron Hale scored 37 at Wake Forest on Jan. 4, 2000 and tied Hale’s school record for points scored in an ACC game by a Florida State player.
Against Boston College, Thornton scored 17 first half points and totaled 20 second half points. He was a perfect eight-of-eight from the field and was three-of-five from the free throw line in the second half. He scored 10 points in a four minutes span during the second half and scored eight points in the final 4:22 of the game as the Seminoles nearly won their second consecutive ACC road game. Thornton played all 20 minutes of the second half and 19 of 20 in the first half.
Thornton was largely responsible for leading Florida State past Virginia in Charlottesville as he scored 22 points and pulled own nine rebounds in leading the Seminoles’ to the road victory over the Cavaliers. In 38 minutes played, Thornton shot 57 percent from the field (eight-of-14) and made five free throws. He had 12 points after halftime including three in the overtime period to help the Seminoles to their second ACC victory of the season.
Thornton scored three points in the final four minutes of regulation as he helped the Seminoles’ make-up as much as a five point deficit during that time period. He then made three of four free throws in the overtime period to help Florida State to the 87-82 overtime victory. Thornton’s two free throws with 3:09 left in the overtime proved to be the game winning points as he gave Florida State an 81-79 lead – a lead the Seminoles would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Thornton also made one 3-point field goal in each of the Seminoles’ two games last week (two-of-three, .667) and added three assists and two blocked shots.
The Seminoles play only once during the upcoming week as the play host to North Carolina Sunday at 6:30 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.