Feb. 1, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its second consecutive ACC road game and goes in search of its second consecutive conference road win as it travels to play at Georgia Tech Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles were victorious in their most recent ACC road game with a win over NC State in Raleigh (Jan. 26, 70-64), which upped their conference record to 3-4. Florida State is 2-2 in ACC home games with victories over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 77-70) and 1-2 in ACC road games with a win at NC State. Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech is its final game in its first half of ACC play with four games coming at home (2-2) and four games coming on the road (1-2). The Seminoles begin the second half of their conference schedule when they play host to North Carolina (Feb. 2, 2:00 p.m.). Florida State plays a pair of teams in their second half – North Carolina and Virginia – which they did not play in the first half of the schedule. Florida State is playing Georgia Tech in its eighth of 11 consecutive ACC games. The Seminoles step out of conference play only one more time during the regular season when they travel to play at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.) before closing the season with five ACC games.
WAFER MOVES INTO ACC’S TOP FIVE IN 3-POINT FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Sophomore Von Wafer, who has made 19 3-point shots in his last five games, is ranked tied for third in the ACC with 48 3-point field goals made and fifth in the ACC with a .440 3-point field goal shooting percentage. He made his career-high (and tied the Seminoles’ school record for an ACC game) with seven 3-point field goals made in Florida State’s victory over No. 3 Wake Forest. Wafer made five 3-point field goals at Miami (Jan. 15) and in the Seminoles’ victory at NC State (Jan. 26) and made six in the Seminoles’ victory against Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69). Wafer has made 23 3-point field goals in seven ACC games for an average of 3.3 made per game against conference opponents and is shooting .444 (eight-of-18) against the three ranked teams the Seminoles have played so far this season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its second consecutive ACC road game. It would mark the first time the Seminoles have won consecutive conference road games since the 1998-99 season when they won at Virginia (Dec. 1, 1998; 72-69) and at Georgia Tech (Jan. 9, 1999; 75-56) in finishing with a 6-10 record in conference play;
…Defeat a ranked Georgia Tech team for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the No. 7 ranked Yellow Jackets last season (Feb. 3, 2004; 81-65), handing them their largest margin of defeat during the entire season;
…Defeat a ranked Georgia Tech team on the road for the first time since the 1993-94 season when the Seminoles defeated the No. 21 ranked Yellow Jackets (Jan. 29, 1994; 74-73) in Atlanta;
…Defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since the 2000-01 season when the Seminoles defeated No. 18 Maryland (Feb. 14, 2001; 74-71) in Cole Field House. Florida State was the final visiting team to win in Cole Field House before the Terps moved into the Comcast Center.
FLORIDA STATE SCORING FROM THE BENCH
Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponents bench in 17 of its first 20 games of the season. The Seminoles have received at least 30 points from the bench 12 times including five of seven ACC games entering Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech. Sophomore Al Thornton, who has played in 18 of Florida State’s 20 games (all in a reserve role), is the team leader with 152 points off the bench (8.4 ppg). He has scored in double figures seven times including a career-high 26 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime). Senior Adam Waleskowski totaled his career-high of 24 points off the bench against South Alabama (Dec. 16, 83-52) and scored his ACC career-high of 23 against Maryland (Dec. 19, 88-90 in overtime). Florida State has received 28 double figure scoring performances off the bench this season. The Seminoles’ bench averages 35.9 points per game (718 total points) as compared to their opponents’ 17.3 points per game (345 total points). Florida State’s leading scorer has come of the bench 10 times including two ACC games against Maryland (Waleskowski, 23) and Duke (Isaiah Swann, 13).
FLOIRIDA STATE’S FRESHMEN
Florida State’s three freshmen – Isaiah Swann, Jason Rich and Ralph Mims – are averaging a combined 14.1 points per game through the first 20 games of the season. Led by Von Wafer’s team leading 14.1 points per game scoring average, the Seminoles’ sophomore class is averaging a team-leading 32.0 points per game.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-PONT LINE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked third in the ACC with a .386 shooting percentage from 3-point range. The Seminoles are shooting slightly better from the bonusphere this season (.386) as compared to last season (.376) when they finished ranked second in the conference statistics.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE – NOTE II
The Seminoles are shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 made 3-point field goals per game in their three ACC wins as compared to shooting .309 (21-of-68) and averaging 5.3 3-point field goals made in their four ACC losses entering Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech. Florida State is averaging five made 3-point field goals more in the ACC wins as compared to their ACC losses.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE – NOTE III
Florida State is 6-1 when making eight or more 3-point field goals in a game this season. The Seminoles only loss when making eight or more 3-point shots in a game came in a one-point loss at Miami (Jan. 15, 63-64) when they were outscored 16-5 at the free throw line.
FEWER TURNOVERS LEADING TO BETTER RESULTS
Florida State has committed only 30 turnovers in its last three games and has earned victories over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime) and at NC State (Jan. 26, 70-64) during the span. The Seminoles were forced into a season-low nine turnovers in their victory over the Demon Deacons in Tallahassee. Despite committing 25 turnovers in their over time loss to Maryland (Dec. 19, 88-90), the Seminoles committed only one turnover in the overtime period giving Florida State’s ball handlers only one turnover in two overtime periods (1 vs. Maryland and 0 vs. Wake Forest).
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is shooting .757 (84-of-111) from the free throw line in the last six games. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent from the line in their ACC victories over NC State (.818, 18-of-22) and Virginia Tech (.783, 18-of-23) and shot .684 (13-of-19) in their win over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE – NOTE II
Florida State is shooting .806 (58-of-72) from the free throw line in the second halves of its last six ACC games. The Seminoles shot .850 (17-of-20) in the second half of their victory over NC State. Florida State made 11 of their last 12 free throws in the last 6:48 of their victory over the Wolfpack.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 3 pts and 2 asts vs. Georgia Tech, 2/3/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/15/03)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 3/6/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.8 ppg, 2.7 apg; 9 pts and 4 asts vs. Georgia Tech, 1/15/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 3/6/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.6 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 2/3/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.2 ppg, 1.7 apg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 20 pts and 9 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, 1/14/03)
PROBABLE STARTERS GEORGIA TECH
F #2 Isma’il Muhammed (10.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 14 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/3/04)
F #55 Anthony McHenry (5.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/3/04)
C #12 Luke Schenscher (9.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 6 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/3/04)
G #3 Jarrett Jack (15.6 ppg, 4.3 apg; 18 pts and 12 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/6/04)
G #11 Will Bynum (12.9 ppg, 2.9 apg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/3/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 28-23
Last Game: March 6, 2004; Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 3, 2004; Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Last Georgia Tech Win: March 6, 2004; Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win In Atlanta: Jan. 9, 1999; Florida State 75, Georgia Tech 56
Last Georgia Tech Win In Atlanta: March 6, 2004; Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 60
Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, Current Streak: Georgia Tech has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 2-3
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST MEETING
Marvin Lewis scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and tied a season high with five 3-pointers, helping No. 19 Georgia Tech hold off Florida State 63-60 March 6, 2004 in Atlanta. Jarrett Jack added 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Yellow Jackets including two free throws with 33.5 seconds left to seal it. Adam Waleskowski and Alexander Johnson each had 12 points for the Seminoles. Tim Pickett, the fifth-leading scorer in the conference at 16.5 points a game, finished with only 10 points, his lowest total in four games. He fouled out with 6:43 left and played with an injury to his right ankle. Georgia Tech, coming off an upset victory over No. 3 Duke, came back behind Lewis. He scored 14 points in the first 11:38 of the period, including four 3-pointers, and helped the Yellow Jackets take their first lead since the first half. Florida State took its final lead on a 3 by Nate Johnson with 9:26 left, and he made a lay-up about six minutes later to tie it for the final time at 56. A 22-10 run in the first half gave the Seminoles their seven-point lead, thanks to tough defense from Pickett.