Dec. 19, 2004
Fresh off their thrilling 72-70 come-from-behind win over UT-Arlington on Saturday, the 8-0 Florida State Seminoles will face 3-5 Fordham Monday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. in the first round of the San Juan Shootout at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum. The game can be heard on WFLA AM 1270 in Tallahassee or online at www.seminoles.com.
“First of all, the game against Texas-Arlington was exactly what we needed,” FSU head coach Semrau said. “It was a game where we were challenged not only in spurts of the game but every possession of the game was a critical possession. I thought our team grew a lot and I’m excited that we are going to turn around and really challenge our depth with an opportunity to play three games that only count as one on the schedule. It’s on the road but it’s a neutral site. We are sticking to the philosophy of giving them further education by going to a different part of the world.
The Seminoles have a 2-0 advantage in the series with the Rams. The last time the two schools met was during the 2000-01 season when the Seminoles took a 73-52 win at Fordham on Dec. 19, 2000. The first meeting was back in 1984-85 – an 88-81 win on Dec. 31, 1984 in Miami.
“Fordham is a different test than we’ve faced yet,” Semrau said. “They’re 6-2, 6-4, 6-6 and they’re very big and use their post players very well. It will be something different for our smaller players who are playing in the post to go up against. It will be interesting to see if we can utilize our quickness in a way that goes to our advantage.”
FSU will play Toledo or Towson in second round action on Tuesday.