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Seminoles Travel To Play At Wake Forest Sunday At 1:00

Jan. 18, 2008

Game Notes 

Florida State, which has won two of its last three games against Wake Forest, travels to Tobacco Road to play the Demon Deacons on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Seminoles enter the game looking to win their third consecutive regular season game against Wake Forest as the Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem (75-68) in the only regular season meeting between the two teams during the 2005-06 season and won in Tallahassee (74-66) in the only regular season meeting between the two teams during the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Wake Forest looking to win their second ACC road game of the season after opening their conference schedule with a victory at Georgia Tech (66-64; Dec. 30). The Seminoles won a total of two ACC road games last season with wins at both Duke and Miami. Following Sunday’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles play host to Virginia (Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.) and NC State (Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.) in the first of a pair of two-game ACC homestands this season.

Senior guard Isaiah Swann enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest with 995 career points – he needs five points to become the 40th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.


Junior guard Toney Douglas enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest as the ACC leader in overall steals with a career-high 46 thefts. Seminole teammate Ralph Mims, who tied his career-high with six steals against Duke, is tied for third in the ACC with a career-high of 36 steals. The last Seminole to lead the ACC in steals was Tim Pickett during the 2003 season. Pickett was a two-time All-ACC selection as a Seminole (First-Team in 2004 and Second-Team in 2003).

Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest looking for the 300th victory of his career and the 100th victory of his career at Florida State.

…Defeat Wake Forest and win its second game against the Deacons in Winston-Salem. It would mark the first time since the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons that the Seminoles had won consecutive games on the Demon Deacons’ home court;
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain their second ACC road victory of the season – matching their total for the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles won at both Duke and Miami last season;
… Defeat Wake Forest and win its fourth game away from home this season. The Seminoles are 2-2 in true road games with victories at then No. 24 Florida (65-51; Nov. 23) and at Georgia Tech (66-64; Dec. 30) and have earned one win at a neutral site over UAB (78-70, Nov. 16).

Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest shooting .796 from the free throw line and RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in the free throw shooting percentage category. The Seminoles shot a season-high .938 from the free throw line (30-of-32) in defeating La Salle, 81-76, in Tallahassee on Jan. 5. It marked the third time this season the Seminoles shot better than 90 percent from the free throw line (also .935 vs. Cleveland State and .914 vs. Georgia State). Florida State has now shot 70 percent or better in 14 of 18 games; 80 percent or better in five of 18 games and 90 percent or better in three of its 18 games.

Seminoles Lead The Nation In Free Throw Percentage (Through games of Jan. 17, 2008)
Rank   School                 FTM   FTA   FT Pct.   Record
1.     Florida State          289   355   .796      12-6
2.     IUPUI                  281   355   .792      13-4
3.     Wisconsin Green Bay    235   306   .786      9-7
4.     Utah State             289   369   .783      13-5
5.     UC Santa Barbara       223   285   .782      13-4

Florida State will play six games against first-year head coaches this season. Four of the coaches are in their first seasons at their respective schools and one is in his first year as a head coach on the Division I level. The Seminoles defeated Minnesota and first-year head coach Tubby Smith in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (75-61, Nov. 27), defeated Georgia State and new coach Rod Barnes 78-48, Nov. 20) and fell to USF and Stan Heath in the final round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic (67-68, Nov. 18) in Daytona Beach and Brad Stevens and the No. 12/12 Butler Bulldogs in the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis (68-79, Dec. 15). The Seminoles’ game against Wake Forest and new Head Coach Dino Gaudio is their first of two games against the Demon Deacons this season.

Florida State enters play against Wake Forest as one of only two teams in the ACC (also Clemson) with five players who average in double figure scoring for the season. The Seminoles are led by guards Toney Douglas (12.9), Isaiah Swann (12.4) and Jason Rich (12.3), forward Uche Echefu (11.8) and guard Ralph Mims (10.4) in the scoring column. Mims is one of four non-starters in the ACC (also Danny Green of North Carolina, 12.6 ppg, Terrence Oglesby of Clemson, 11.9 ppg and Jon Scheyer of Duke, 11.4 ppg) who is averaging in double figure scoring early heading into this weekend’s games. The Seminoles have finished only five seasons with five players in double figure scoring with the most recent years coming during the 1993-94 season. Florida State has finished with five double figure scorers during the 1969-70 (Dave Cowens led the team with a 17.8 ppg scoring average), 1984-85 (Alton Lee Gipson, 18.9 ppg), 1985-86 (Pee Wee Barber, 16.8 ppg), 1991-92 (Sam Cassell, 18.4 ppg) and 1993-94 season (Bob Sura, 21.2 ppg).

Team              DF Scorers     Leading Scorer
Florida State     5              Toney Douglas, 13.9 ppg
Clemson           5              K.C. Rivers, 15.4
Duke              4              DeMarcus Nelson, 13.7
Maryland          4              Greivis Vasquez, 16.8
North Carolina    4              Tyler Hansbrough, 21.4
Boston College    3              Tyrese Rice, 19.5 ppg
Georgia Tech      3              Anthony Morrow, 14.9
Virginia          3              Sean Singletary, 18.9
Virginia Tech     3              A.D. Vassallo, 16.1
Wake Forest       3              James Johnson, 14.4
Miami             2              Jack McLinton, 15.7
NC State          2              J.J. Hickson, 15.6

…Florida State held No. 5 Duke to 70 points and .439 shooting from the field on Jan. 16. The Blue Devils average 84.5 points scored per game and were held to the season-low scoring total by the Seminoles. In addition, the Blue Devils are ranked second in the ACC with a .484 field goal shooting mark and were held nearly five percentage points below their season mark. Duke also holds an average scoring margin of +21.4 points per game and defeated the Seminoles by 13 points – after the Seminoles took a one-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the game;
…Florida State held then No. 24 Florida to 51 points and .389 shooting from the field in the Gators’ home gymnasium on Nov. 23. The Gators currently have a 15-3 record, average 81.3 points per game (the Seminoles held the Gators more than 30 points below their season average), are shooting .508 from the field (the Seminoles held the Gators nearly 12 percentage points under the season mark) and average 8.2 3-point field goals made per game (the Seminoles held the Gators to only four 3-point field goals made during the Seminoles’ 65-51 victory.

F #33 Matt Zitani (2.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)
F #41 Uche Echefu (11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Jan. 27, 2007)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.4 ppg, 3.2 apg; 12 pts and 2 stls vs. Wake Forest, March 9, 2006)
G #23 Toney Douglas (13.9 ppg, 2.7 apg; 15 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Jan. 27, 2007)
G #25 Jason Rich (12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 11 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wake Forest, March 12, 2005)
G #10 Ralph Mims (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 5 pts and 4 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Jan. 27, 2007)
F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 1 pt and 4 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Jan, 27, 2007)
F #21 Julian Vaughn (3.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)

F #23 James Johnson (14.54ppg, 8.5 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
F/C #13 Chas McFarland (7.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G #0 Jeff Teague (11.0 ppg. 2.4 apg; First career game against Florida State)
G #10 Ishmael Smith (8.4 ppg, 4.5 apg; 7 pts and 9 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 27, 2007)
G #42 L.D. Williams (10.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 13 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 27, 2007)

The Series: Wake Forest leads, 20-15
Last Game: Jan. 27, 2007; Florida State 74, Wake Forest 66
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 27, 2007; Florida State 74, Wake Forest 66
Last Wake Forest Win: March 9, 2006; Wake Forest 78, Florida State 66
Last Florida State Win in Winston-Salem: Jan. 24, 2006; Florida State 75, Wake Forest 68
Last Wake Forest Win in Winston-Salem: Feb. 12, 2005; Wake Forest 87, Florida State 47
Current Streak: Florida State gas won 1 / 2 of the last 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. Wake Forest: 4-7

Al Thornton scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Toney Douglas scored 10 straight points late in the second half as Florida State defeated Wake Forest 74-66 at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 27, 2007. Douglas’ 3-pointer with 5:18 left gave Florida State a 57-56 lead. He made another for a 64-59 lead with 2:56 left. The difference was at the free throw line where Florida State made 22 of 30 while Wake Forest was just 6 of 12. Thornton, the ACC’s leading scorer in conference play, was 11 of 13.
Florida State also got 11 points from Isaiah Swann. Kyle Visser finished with 17 points to lead Wake Forest which also got 13 from L.D. Williams, one of its three freshmen starters. Another first year player, Ishmael Smith, had nine assists. Florida State, which trailed by as many as eight early in the first half, caught up at 30-30 on Thornton’s slam with an offensive rebound. Wake Forest got a putback from the 6-11 Visser seconds later for a 32-30 lead at halftime.

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