Jan. 23, 2002
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(9-7, 2-3 ACC) VS
(11-9, 2-4 ACC)
THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2002
TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
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“Monte Cummings spent four years of his life defending a nation. It took him four seconds to topple a college basketball empire.”
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, who has won eight of ten home games and is 2-0 at home in conference action, plays host to Clemson as it attempts to win its 10th game of the season. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in conference play having defeated No. 1 and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6 and North Carolina, 81-71, Jan. 16. Florida State’s victories over Duke and North Carolina mark the first time in school history the Seminoles have defeated both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels in the same season. In addition, the Seminoles’ 2-0 start in conference play at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center marks the first time since start of the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles have won at least their first two ACC home games of the year.
ARRINGTON NEEDS TWO STEALS FOR EXCLUSIVITY
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, an All-ACC candidate, needs only two steals to become only the fifth player in ACC history to score at least 1,000 career points, dish out at least 600 career assists and earn at least 200 career steals.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO
CUMMINGS PACING SEMINOLES WITH CAREER-HIGH SCORING AVERAGE
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings enters Thursday night’s game with a career-high 15.1 points per game average. The senior is averaging 18.9 points and has scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games dating to Florida State’s match-up with Wake Forest Dec. 16. Cummings scored 16 against the Demon Deacons and has scored at least 20 points five times and is averaging 18.8 points in five ACC games. He ranks 12th overall in the ACC in scoring (15.1ppg — all games) and seventh in conference games only (18.8 ppg – ACC games only). He has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games and 13 of the 15 he has played. He scored the game-winning basket against No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke Jan. 6.