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Florida State Plays Host To Stetson Wednesday Night In Civic Center

Dec. 17, 2002

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State plays host to Stetson in its third game against a team from the state of Florida this season. The Seminoles have also played then No. 8 ranked Florida (Dec. 6, 57-58) and Miami (Dec. 8, 72-55) during the first six games of the season. Florida State and Stetson are meeting for the first time since Jan. 14, 1991 when the Seminoles took a 69-64 victory over the Hatters in a game played in the Orlando Arena. Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game having won five of its first six games for the first time since the beginning of the 1997-98 season – the last time the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are in the midst of an eight game homestand that began Nov. 24 against Savannah State and culminates Nov. 22 in their ACC opener against North Carolina.

Freshman point guard Todd Galloway, who spearheaded the Seminoles’ come-from-behind 56-47 victory over Birmingham Southern with a strong second-half performance, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week in voting conducted by a panel of ACC sportswriters. Galloway is only the eighth player in Florida State history to have earned the award since the 1991-92 season. The eight Florida State players have now earned the honor a total of 11 times. Galloway (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame (Va.) Academy) scored 12 points on seven of eight made free throws (all in the second half) while handing a great deal of the guard duties during the final 20 minutes of the game. He played a career-high 29 minutes and was not charged with a single turnover (zero turnovers) while scoring 10 second half points including the go-ahead 3-pointer for Florida State in their only game last week.

Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Stetson ranked third in the nation in scoring defense allowing 53.3 points per game. Butler (50.9 points allowed per game) and St. Joe’s of Pennsylvania (52.2) are the only two teams ahead of the Seminoles.

…Improve its record to 6-1 for the first time since the 1997-98 season with a victory over Stetson;
…Win its eighth consecutive game against Stetson. The Seminoles have won every game played between the two schools in men’s basketball since Dec. 11, 1975 and have won 17 of the last 18 games in the series since Feb. 9 , 1963;
…Win its eighth consecutive game against an unranked, non-conference opponent at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Hold its seventh consecutive opponent under 70 points for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles held Alabama State, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest (regular season), Wake Forest (ACC Tournament), Syracuse (NIT) and Michigan (NIT) below 70 points from Feb. 19 through March 17, 1997.

Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Stetson as the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in scoring defense (53.3 points allowed per game), field goal percentage defense (.332), and is second in blocked shots (5.8 bpg) and steals per game (11.7 spg).

…Florida State held Birmingham Southern to 18 total field goals – including six in the entire second half. The Seminoles were giving up an average of 19 field goals per game entering the contest. It also marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles had allowed 18 or fewer field goals in a single game;
…Florida State held Birmingham Southern to .346 shooting from the field. It marked the fifth time in six games this season the Seminoles had held an opponent below .350 shooting from the field;
…Florida State held Birmingham Southern to .261 shooting from the field in the second half;
…Florida State only sent Birmingham Southern to the free throw line for seven shots (the Panthers were four-of-seven from the line for the game). The Seminoles committed a season-low 14 personal fouls and made more free throws (22) than the Panthers attempted (seven) during the game;
…Florida State forced 15 turnovers and allowed Birmingham Southern to attempt a Seminole opponent low 52 shots;
…Florida State allowed Birmingham Southern to score 14 points during the second half. The fewest points scored in a half by a Seminole opponent in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center are 10 by Jacksonville Dec. 6, 1997;
…Florida State allowed only two steals by Birmingham Southern – the Seminoles had been surrendering an average of eight steals per game;
…Florida State held Birmingham Southern to 47 points marking the third time in six games it has held its opponent under 50 points in a game this season.

…Committed a season-low eight turnovers. It entered that game averaging 15.6 turnovers per game and enters Wednesday night’s game against Stetson averaging 14.2 turnovers per game;
…Made a season-high 22 free throws in a season-high 31 attempts. The Seminoles were 17-19 (.895 percent) in the second half.

Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game as the ACC leader and national leader in field goal percentage defense as it is holding its opponents to a .332 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles have held five of its six opponents below .350 percent shooting from the field. The last time a Florida State team held its opponents 40 percent (or lower) shooting from the field for a single year was during the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles 32 opponents were held to a cumulative .400 shooting (758-1,896) from the field. Florida State’s school record for field goal shooting percentage defense is .362 during the 1952-53 season.

Putting A Lid On The Basket – Seminoles Top Field Goal Percentage Defense Seasons
Rank Season FG Pct. Defense Notes

1. 1952-53 .362 Record of 11-11; Play in NAIA District 25 Tourn.
2. 1954-55 .367 Record of 22-4; Play in National NAIA Final Four
3. 1956-57 .385 Record of 9-17; 1-1 record vs. Stetson
4. 1957-58 .395 Record of 9-16; 1-0 record vs. Stetson

Arguably the greatest player in school history, Dave Cowens averaged a career double-double of 18.9 points and 17.2 rebounds during his 78-game career as a member of the Florida State varsity from 1968-1970. He led the Florida State to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance during the 1968 season. The Seminoles had a 19-8 record. The 19 victories that season were the second-most in a single-season in school history at that time. Cowens owns most Seminole rebounding records including rebounds in a season (456 in 1968) and rebounds in a career (1,340). He is one of only two players in school history to have recorded more than 1,000 career rebounds. he was the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 1970 by Red Auerbach and the Boston Celtics. He averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds as a rookie and earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors. In 1973, Cowens was named the All-Star and league Most Valuable Player.

Only two players in school history have scored 500 or more points in three different years during their Seminole careers. Bob Sura, the all-time leading scorer in school history scored a career-high 675 points as a sophomore. Douglas Edwards score at least 500 points during each of his three seasons at Florida State. Sura scored 2,130 career points and Edwards totaled 1,604 career points.

Tony Dawson ranks 22nd on the Seminoles’ all-time scoring list with 1,165 points despite playing his career with one leg shorter than the other because of a childhood accident. Despite his circumstances, he averaged 19.4 points per game and ranks among the all-time Seminole scores while playing only two seasons as at Florida State.

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