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Florida State Plays Host To Georgetown Monday Night In Civic Center

Nov. 23, 2003

Florida State plays host to Georgetown College in the first game of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic. The Seminoles’ first two games of the tournament will be played at home in Tallahassee with the final two games of the event scheduled for the Pederson Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Following Monday night’s game against Georgetown, the Seminoles play host to Wagner College (Dec. 18), face Chicago State (Dec. 20) and the host school, Pittsburgh (Dec. 22) in the final game of the tournament (Dec. 22). Georgetown is an NAIA Division I member of the Mid-South Conference. Florida State enters its game against Georgetown with a 1-0 record after a season-opening 69-49 victory over Maine in Tallahassee Friday night. All-America candidate Tim Pickett led the Seminoles with 18 points while senior Michael Joiner pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the victory.

Tim Pickett gets lost in the over-hyped ACC with players at other schools like Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia usually grabbing the headlines. But Pickett could end up becoming a player of the year candidate if the Seminoles make a move up the standings.”

Andy Katz

Florida State plays host to Georgetown in the first round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic. The Tigers were a late addition to the tournament after Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference chose not to play in the tournament in September. Worldwide Basketball, the tournament organizer, worked extremely hard to find a replacement and found Georgetown with four dates available and was able to fit the Tigers into the six-team field. Originally an eight team field, the addition of Georgetown allowed each team in the tournament to play the four games each team originally agreed to. The Tigers were the 2003 Mid-South Conference Tournament Runner-Up, Mid-South Conference Regular Season Runner-Up, and advanced to the NAIA Final Four.

Florida State begins play in the inaugural University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic as it plays host to Georgetown Monday night. The event features six schools – Florida State, Pittsburgh, Chicago State, Georgetown College, Murray State and Wagner – in a round robin format. The Seminoles play four games in the exempt tournament which, according to NCAA scheduling rules, count as only one game against their regular season limit of 27. The four games in the event allow the Seminoles to play a school-record 30 games during the regular season.

Because the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic is an exempt tournament according to the NCAA, Monday night’s game against Georgetown College will be played using experimental rules. The experimental rules being utilized in this tournament (as well as all exempt tournaments this season) are the extended 3-point line and the trapezoid lane. The 3-point line is extended from 19’9″ to 20’6″ and the trapezoid lane starts with its normal 12 foot width at the free throw line and extends out to a graduated 19’8″ width at the baseline.

…Give Florida State its second consecutive victory and give the Seminoles a 2-0 record during the 2003-04 season. It would mark the second consecutive season and second time during Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s coaching career at Florida State that the Seminoles have won their first two games of the season;
…Allow the Seminoles to win their first game of an in-season tournament for the first time since the 1997-98 season when Florida State defeated Loyola (Md.) in the first round of the Presason NIT. The Seminoles advanced to the championship game of the tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season.

Florida State has an illustrious history in in-season tournaments with 10 championships dating to the 1962 season. The Seminoles’ most recent tournament championship came in 1986 at the Red Lobster Classic during which they defeated Alcorn State and Tennessee to win the championship. Most recently, the Seminoles participated in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl Classic Honoring Bobbi Olsen, the 2000 Great Alaska Shootout and the 1998 Rainbow Classic.

Seminoles’ Tournament Championships
Date Tournament Date Tournament

1962 Savannah Invitational 1973 Big Sun Classic
1968 Florida Sunshine Classic 1977 Big Sun Classic
1971 Florida Sunshine Classic 1977 Birmingham Classic
1971 Far West Classic 1980 Cotton States Classic
1972 Senior Bowl Classic 1986 Red Lobster Classic

Florida State continued its defensive ways under second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton as the Seminoles limited Maine to 49 points and .327 percent shooting from the field while forcing 21 turnovers and earning nine steals. A year ago the Seminoles finished first in the ACC in scoring defense (allowing only 66.1 points per game) and second in the ACC (and seventh in the nation) in field goal percentage defense (allowing opponents to shoot .391 from the field). In addition, the Seminoles finished fourth in the ACC in turnovers forced (14.9 per game) and seventh in steals (9.4 spg). Florida State limited Maine to 21 points, .286 shooting from the field and six field goals while forcing 12 turnovers and outscoring the Black Bears 33-21 in the second half of the season opener.

Florida State On The Ball Under Hamilton
Year Pts. Allowed FG% Defense TO Forced

2002-03 66.1 .391 14.9
2003-04 49.0 .327 21.0
Improvement -17.1 -.064 +6.1

Florida State’s outstanding point guard duo – starter Nate Johnson and sophomore Todd Galloway – enjoyed an outstanding night in the Seminoles’ season opening victory against Maine. Johnson and Galloway combined for eight assists and zero turnovers as the Seminoles defeated the Black Bears, 69-49. Johnson had six assists and zero turnovers while Galloway recorded two assists and zero turnovers. It marked the fourth time during his career Johnson has been credited with at least five assists and charged with zero turnovers in a single game. Florida State is 4-0 in those four games.

Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored a game-high 18 points against Maine to lead the Seminoles in scoring for the 19th time in 30 games during his career. He led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high 18 times last season including during victories over No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2), regular season ACC Champion Wake Forest (Jan. 26, Feb. 26 and March 14) and Florida (Dec. 6, 2002). Pickett has led the Seminoles in scoring in both of the Seminoles’ last two season openers.

Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett continued his stealing ways as he earned two steals in Florida State’s season opening victory over Maine. Pickett’s two first half steals against the Black Bears allowed the Seminoles to take a 36-28 halftime lead as the Seminoles won their season opener for the second consecutive season. Pickett enters Monday night’s game against Georgetown with 84 career steals and needs only 16 steals to become only the 18th player in school history with at least 100 career steals. He is looking to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in steals in consecutive years.

Junior Anthony Richardson blocked a game-high two shots and has blocked 14 shots in his last 10 games dating to Feb. 12, 2003. He blocked 12 shots during the final nine games of the 2002 season and added two in the Seminoles’ season opening victory over Maine. Richardson, who has now played in 58 career games, has 50 career blocks and needs only eight blocks to move into Florida State’s all-time top-15 for career blocked shots.

Richardson Swatting Away The Competition
Games Blocks BPG Notes

Las 29 32 1.1 Career-high five blocked shots vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 15, 2003)
First 29 18 0.6 Multiple blocked shots in four games as a freshman
Improvement +14 +0.5 50 career blocked shots in 58 career games

Senior Michael Joiner pulled down a team-leading and game-high tying seven rebounds as Florida State defeated Maine in its season opener. It marked Joiner’s highest rebound total since Feb. 8, 2002 when he pulled down eight rebounds against North Carolina. It was the 24th time during his 88 game career he had pulled down seven or more rebounds in a single game. Joiner’s seven rebounds give him 436 rebounds leaving him 64 rebounds shy of becoming only the 25th player in school history to pull down 500 or more rebounds.

Senior Mike Mathews, who earned his undergraduate degree in sport management in August 2002, was in Florida State’s starting lineup against Maine as the Seminoles defeated the Black Bears in the 2003-04 season opener. It was Mathews’ 15th career start (in 87 career games) and his first since Feb. 27, 2002 against Maryland – a span of 33 games. He started the Seminoles’ 26th game of the 2001-02 season against the Terps, was unable to crack the starting five during the 2002-03 season, and returned to the starting lineup against Maine. He responded with five rebounds and one blocked shot in 16 minutes of play Friday night in the 2003-04 season opener

Senior Mike Mathews blocked one shot in Florida State’s victory over Maine to bring his career total to 101. He is one of only eight players in school history who has blocked 100 or more shots during his career. Mathews is ranked eighth in school history with his 101 blocked shots and is poised to move up quickly during his final season as a Seminole. He enters Monday night’s game against Georgetown only one blocked shot behind Alton Lee Gipson (seventh place, 102 career blocks) and only two behind Randy Allen (sixth place, 103 career blocked shots) on Florida State’s all-time career lists.

Florida State’s Career Blocked Shots List
Rank Player, Years Blocks Mathews Needs To Pass

1. Rodney Dobard, 1989-93 240 +140
2. Corey Louis, 1994-98 197 +97
3. Andre Reid, 1990-95 161 +61
4. Doug Edwards, 1990-93 121 +21
5. Randell Jackson, 1995-98 113 +13
6. Randy Allen, 1984-87 103 +3
7. Alton Lee Gipson, 1983-85 102 +2
8. Mike Mathews, 2001-Pr. 101

Junior Andrew Wilson made a successful return to the court after missing most of the last two seasons because of various injuries. He scored four points in 17 minutes as he earned playing time in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory over Maine. Wilson had seen limited during pre-season practice this season with a heel injury but was able to play well enough during the last two weeks to convince Hamilton to utilize his talents against Maine. Wilson has played in 39 career games (with five career starts) but has missed 52 games since playing a full season as a freshman during the 2000-01 season.

F #1 Michael Joiner (7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 7 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes against Maine)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 16 points and 4 rebounds against Maine)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 5 rebounds and 1 blocked shot against Maine)
G #10 Nate Johnson (9.0 ppg, 6.0 apg; 6 assists and 0 turnovers in 29 minutes against Maine)
G #22 Tim Pickett (18.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 18 points and 2 steals in 33 minutes against Maine)
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.0 ppg, 2.0 apg; 2 assists and 0 turnovers in 11 minutes against Maine)
G #2 Benson Callier (0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg; 0 points in 4 minutes played against Maine)
G #23 Von Wafer (First career appearance against Georgetown)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; made a team high 6 FT in 8 FTA against Maine)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; two rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes against Maine)

The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Georgetown Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last Georgetown Win In Tallahassee: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Georgetown, Current Streak: First Meeting

Florida State senior guard Tim Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC First Team in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association at the annual Operation Basketball event. An All-ACC second-team selection as a junior, Pickett was included on the five-man team of the top players in the nation’s top conference entering the 2003-04 season. Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC team along with Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Julius Hodge of N.C. State, J.J. Redick of Duke and Vytas Danelius of Wake. Felton was selected as the preseason conference Player of the Year while Duke’s Luol Deng was voted the preseason Rookie of the Year. Pickett is only the third player in Seminole men’s basketball history to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Sam Cassell (prior to the 1992-93 season) and Bob Sura (prior to the 1994-95 season) were the first two Seminoles to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Both Cassell and Sura earned All-ACC second team honors following those respective seasons. As a junior, Pickett was named to the ACC second team and the conference’s all-defensive team in a vote of the leagues nine coaches and also by the media covering the conference.

Florida State University senior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 17.1 points and ranked fourth in the nation with a 2.83 steals per game average as a junior, enters the 2003-04 season as a consensus pre-season All-ACC First-Team selection. He has been named to the pre-season all-conference team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the Sporting News and among many of the number of national publications who have selected the top players in each college basketball conference.

The Florida State men’s basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings at the annual Operation Basketball event. It marks the first time since the 1994 season, when the Seminoles were picked to finish fifth, that Florida State has been picked to finish higher than seventh in the conference standings. The Seminoles finished just behind Maryland (fifth) and NC State (fourth) and ahead of Georgia Tech (seventh), Virginia (eighth) and Clemson (ninth) in the voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Duke, with 53 of 55 first-place votes, was tabbed as the pre-season favorite. The Blue Devils were followed by North Carolina and Wake Forest. Since joining the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season, Florida State has been selected to finish sixth or better four times (including this season) in 13 years. The Seminoles were picked to finish third in 1993 (and finished second), fifth in 1994 (and finished seventh) and sixth in 1992 (and finished second).

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