Nov. 17, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which won its seventh consecutive season-opener under head coach Leonard Hamilton with a victory over Jacksonville on Saturday night, travels to Philadelphia to face La Salle Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Tom Gola Arena. The Seminoles opened their season with a 59-57 victory over Jacksonville and will play their second consecutive road game against the Explorers. Florida State’s game against La Salle is its second in the last two years against the Explorers. The Seminoles defeated the La Salle, 81-76, in Tallahassee on Jan. 5, 2008. Following Tuesday night’s game at La Salle the Seminoles will play three consecutive home games against Stetson (Nov. 20; 8:00 p.m.), Coastal Carolina (Nov. 22, 7:00 p.m.) and Western Illinois (Nov. 24, 7:00 p.m.).
FRESHMAN SINGLETON PLACES HIMSELF IN SPECIAL COMPANY
Freshman forward Chris Singleton earned his first career double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds in his first career game against Jacksonville on Saturday night in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory. He became only the third freshman in school history and the first since 1985 to earn double figures in points and rebounds in his Seminole debut. His 17 rebounds were the most by ANY Seminole player since Jan. 9, 2001 when Michael Joiner pulled down 17 rebounds at Wake Forest. Singleton’s opening day double-double was the first by a player in the first game of a season AND by a player in his first game for the Seminoles since Diego Romero had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over Jacksonville on Nov. 19, 2005.
DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO PUSH STEALS TOTAL UP
Senior guard Toney Douglas earned four steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville to mark the 12th time in his 96-game career that he had earned four or more steals in a single game. He now has 172 steals in his career and needs only 28 to reach the 200 steals plateau. He averages 1.77 steals per game for his entire career.
FOR STARTERS – IN THE STARTING LINE-UP
A pair of Seminoles – Chris Singleton and Jordan DeMercy – made their career starts against Jacksonville on Saturday night. Singleton became the second freshman in the Leonard Hamilton era to start the season opener of his freshman season (Julian Vaughn last season) while DeMercy earned his first start after playing in 31 games as a reserve last season. Junior forward Ryan Reid has started a team-high 17 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s game against La Salle.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat La Salle and win its third consecutive game against La Salle. The Seminoles have won two straight games played in Tallahassee and a looking to win their first game against La Salle in the city of Philadelphia;
…Defeat La Salle and improve its record to 2-0 for the fourth consecutive season;
…Defeat La Salle and gain its second non-conference true road victory of the season – the Seminoles were 1-1 in non-conference true road games last season with a win at No. 24 Florida.
A HISTORY LESSON – FLORIDA STATE VS. LA SALLE
Florida State plays its second game of the season on the road against La Salle. The Seminoles defeated La Salle last season at home (81-76, Jan. 5, 2008) and have an all-time record of 2-1 against the Explorers. The Seminoles’ game at La Salle marks the second time in school history and first time since Feb. 23, 1989 that they will play the Explorers on the road. La Salle won the first meeting (Florida State’s George McCloud vs. La Salle’s Lionel Simmons) by a 101-100 score in a game played at the famed Palestra in Philadelphia. The Seminoles were ranked No. 12 and the Explorers No. 14 in the Associated Press poll when that game was played.
SEMINOLES IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA
Florida State’s game at La Salle will mark the Seminoles’ fourth game in the state of Pennsylvania in the last six seasons. The Seminoles have twice played at the University of Pittsburgh against the Panthers (Dec. 22, 2003, 56-63 and Nov. 24, 2006, 66-88) and played a neutral site game against Chicago State at the University of Pittsburgh (Dec. 20, 2003, 48-42). The Seminoles’ game against La Salle marks their first game in the city of Philadelphia since playing at Temple (Dec. 14, 1998, 66-75).
SEMINOLES IN THE ROAD TO BEGIN THE SEASON
Florida State’s game against La Salle marks the Seminoles’ second consecutive road game to open the 2008-09 season after winning its season opener at Jacksonville. It marks the first time since the 1989-90 season that Florida State plays its first two games of the regular season on the road. The Seminoles opened the season at the Great Alaska Shootout against Kansas State (70-71, Nov. 24, 1989) and Alaska Anchorage (75-74, Nov. 25, 1989). It also marks the first time that the Seminoles will play two true road games to begin the season since the start of the 1967-68 season when they opened the season at Florida Presbyterian (Dec. 2, 1967, 90-66) and at Ohio State (Dec. 4, 1967, 69-76). It marks the ninth time in school history that Florida State begins its season with at least two regular season games away from home.
SEMINOLES BLOCK EIGHT SHOTS AGAINST JACKSONVILLE
Led by Toney Douglas’ career-high three blocked shots, Florida State earned eight blocked shots in its victory over Jacksonville. It marked the first time since Nov. 20, 2007 (when the Seminoles also blocked eight shots) that the Seminoles blocked at least eight shots in a game. With blocked shots by four different players (Douglas, 3; DeMercy, 2; Reid, 2 and Alabi 1), it marked the second time in the last five games (also March 8, 2008 against Miami) that at least four Seminoles recorded at least one block in a single games. Against the Hurricanes, guard Ralph Mims had two blocks to lead five Seminoles in the blocks column of the stat sheet.
SEMINOLES KEEP UP THEIR STEALING WAYS
Florida State, which averages 8.4 steals per game under Leonard Hamilton, earned nine steals in its victory Jacksonville. Senior guard Toney Douglas led the way with four steals while freshman Xavier Gibson totaled two. Florida State’s heralded freshman class totaled four of the Seminoles’ nine steals with Gibson earning two and Chris Singleton and Luke Louks earning one each.
SEMINOLES TURN UP THE DEFENSIVE HEAT ON JACKSONVILLE
Florida State, which ranked seventh in the ACC in field goal percentage defense, limited Jacksonville to 32.4 percent shooting from the field in its victory over the Dolphins on Saturday. It marked the ninth time in their last 16 non-conference games that the Seminoles had held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field. The Dolphins’ 32.4 percent shooting mark was the best defensive effort by the Seminoles since holding Texas Southern to a 31.7 percentage in a 90-59 victory on Dec. 7, 2005.
DOUGLAS BACK IN THE DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING COLUMN
Senior guard Toney Douglas scored a game-high 16 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. It marked the 25th time in his 65-game Seminole career that he had scored at least 16 points in a game and the 33rd time in the last 35 game that he had scored in double figures. With a career scoring average of 15.1 points per game, Douglas was right on his career scoring average for his entire career against the Dolphins. He scored in double figures in the first 31 games of the 2007-08 season.
DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO ASSIST HIS TEAMMATES
Senior guard Toney Douglas, who led the Seminoles with 98 assists (2.9 apg) during the 2007-08 season, earned a game-high and team-leading five assists in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville. It marked the 13th time in his career that he had earned at least five assists in a game and the second time in the last three games that he had earned five assists in a game. He was credited with five assists against North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on March 14, 2008.
HOFF FROM LONG RANGE
Senior guard Brian Hoff scored his first basket of the season – a 3-pointer – in the second half of Florida State’s victory over Jacksonville. Hoff has now made 15 baskets in his career with seven coming from the bonusphere. With five of his six baskets made coming from the 3-point line as junior, a total of six of his last seven baskets made in the last two seasons have come from long range. Hoff’s 3-point shot gave the Seminoles a 48-36 lead with 8:33 remaining in the game. His shot proved extremely important as the Seminoles won the game by two points (59-57).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (12.0 ppg, 17.0 rpg; led Florida State with 17 rebounds vs. Jacksonville) F #42 Ryan Reid (4.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg; blocked two shots in the Seminoles' victory over Jacksonville) C #32 Solomon Alabi (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 12 career blocked shots in 11 career games as a Seminole) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (10 .0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. La Salle on Jan. 5, 2008) G #23 Toney Douglas (16.0 ppg, 4.0 spg; 12 pts and 2 stls vs. La Salle on Jan. 5, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 2 steals in 12 minutes of play vs. Jacksonville) G #3 Luke Loucks (4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 2 asts and 1 stl in 24 minutes of play vs. Jacksonville) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 1 asts and 2 rebs in 21 minutes of play vs. Jacksonville) G #21 Brian Hoff (3.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg; made his seventh career 3-point field goal vs. Jacksonville)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR LA SALLE F #1 Vernon Goodridge (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs for Miss State vs. Florida State, 3/20/07) F #12 Yves Mekongo Mbala (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 5, 2008) F #20 Jerrell Williams (12.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg; 12 pts and 14 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 5, 2008) G #5 Kimmani Barrett (15.0 ppg, 4.0 apg; 8 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 5, 2008) G #10 Rodney Green (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 16 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 5, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. LA SALLE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leas, 2-1 Last Game: Dec. 5, 2008; at Florida State 81, La Salle 76 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 5, 2008; at Florida State 81, La Salle 76 Last La Salle Win: Feb. 23, 1989; at La Salle 101, Florida State 100 Last Florida State Win in Philadelphia: None Last La Salle win in Philadelphia: Feb. 23, 2989; at La Salle 101, Florida State 100 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. La Salle: 1-0
FLORIDA STATE VS. LA SALLE – THE LAST MEETING
Uche Echefu and Ralph Mims scored 19 points each as Florida State beat La Salle 81-76 on Jan. 5, 2008 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State was 20-of-20 from the free-throw line in the second half, and 30-for-32 overall. The Seminoles made 25 straight to end the game. Echefu was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, and Mims made 9-of-11. Echefu added seven rebounds and an emphatic block with time winding down. Florida State trailed by nine with 7:14 left in the game, but the Seminoles scored seven straight to pull within two. With the game tied at 69, Jason Rich made a layup to give the Seminoles their first lead since halftime. The Explorers were led by Rodney Green’s 16 points. Jerrell Williams added 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Darnell Harris scored 13. Florida State scored 25 points on LaSalle’s 16 turnovers, including a Toney Douglas steal and layup with 1:41 left in the game that gave the Seminoles a 73-69 lead. Jason Rich scored 16 points for the Seminoles. Toney Douglas added 12, and Isaiah Swann scored 11.