March 12, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State’s Al Thornton, who averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in last week’s ACC Tournament, was named to the ACC All-Tournament Second-team in a vote by the media in attendance at the event at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Thornton is only the second player in school history who has earned All-ACC Tournament team honors – Charlie Ward earned All-ACC Tournament Second-Team honors in 1992 as he led the Seminoles to the tournament semifinals for the first time in school history.
Thornton scored a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds and hit the game winning free throw with 1.5 second remaining in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson in the first round of the tournament on March 8. He scored 18 first half points and seven second half points in the victory over the Tigers. Thornton’s 25 points against Clemson is the second-highest single-game scoring total in an ACC Tournament game by a Seminole behind Terrell Baker’s 28 points against Clemson on march 4, 1999 in Charlotte.
Thornton has scored a single-season career-high 639 points and is averaging a career-high 20.0 points per game. He began the season ranked 55th in school history with 831 career points and is now ranked 10th in school history with 1,470 points. Thornton needs only 30 points to become only the eighth player in school history to score 1,500 or more career points.
He has pulled down a single-season career-high 234 rebounds for a career-high 7.3 rebounds per game average. His rebounding total is the highest by a Seminole since the 1992-93 season when Douglas Edwards pulled down 290 rebounds for a 9.4 rebounds per game average. Thornton has pulled down 442 rebounds in the last 62 games (two seasons) for a 7.1 rebounds per game average. He has pulled down 442 of his 624 career rebounds (.708 percent) in his last two seasons.
Florida State plays host to Toledo in the first round of the 2007 Mastercard NIT Tournament on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are the No. 2 seed in the North Region of the four region tournament. Florida State’s appearance in the 2007 NIT is its sixth in the history of the tournament. The Seminoles are 5-0 in five previous first round games and advanced to the tournament finals in 1997 with victories over Syracuse, Michigan State, West Virginia and Connecticut before falling to Michigan in the championship game.
All-ACC Tournament First-Team * Brandon Wright, North Carolina Brandon COstner, NC State Ty Lawson, North Carolina Wayne ellington, North Carolina Gavin Grantm, NC State
All-ACC Tournament Second-Team Courntey Fells, NC State Ben McCauley, NC State Engin Atsur, NC State Al Thornton, Florida State Tyrice Rice, Boston College
* denotes unanimous selection