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Florida State Travels To Play At No. 19/23 Maryland Sunday At 6 P.M.

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Florida State opens its 14th season of Atlantic Coast Conference play as it travels to play at Maryland Dec. 19. It marks the ninth time in 14 seasons the Seminoles have opened ACC play on the road. Florida State has split its last two ACC openers when they have come on the road including a 66-64 win at Wake Forest on Jan. 4, 2000. Florida State played its first ever ACC game on the road as it defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 86-74, on Dec. 15, 1991. The Seminoles finished with an 11-5 record in the ACC and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament that season. Florida State’s ACC opener comes against Maryland for the second time and for the second consecutive season as the Seminoles play the Terps Sunday. The Seminoles won last year’s ACC opener for both teams, 79-75, Dec. 28, 2003 in a game played in Tallahassee. Following Sunday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles play host to Jacksonville (Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m.) and Stetson (Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m.) before taking time off for the upcoming holiday.

Florida State enters Sunday’s game at Maryland looking to become the first team in the nation to win on a Big Ten home court (at Minnesota, Nov. 30, 70-69), an SEC home court (at Ole Miss, Dec. 4, 69-64) and an ACC home court (at Maryland, Dec. 19).

Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland looking to win its third consecutive true road game for the first time since opening the 1997-98 season with four consecutive wins away from home. The Seminoles have defeated Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) at the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford in their last two true road games. Florida State opened the 1997-98 season with victories at Rice (Nov. 14, 1997, 65-53), Southwest Louisiana (Nov. 29, 1997, 80-71), DePaul (Dec. 31, 1997, 66-55) and NC State (Jan. 3, 1998, 68-55).

…Defeat Maryland and win its ACC opener for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the Terps, 79-75, in Tallahassee on Dec. 28, 2003;
…Defeat Maryland and win in College Park for the first time since the 2001 season. The Seminoles defeated the Terps, 74-71, on Feb. 14, 2001 and were the last opponent to win in Cole Field House before the historic building closed;
…Defeat Maryland and break its’ 24-game ACC road losing streak. The Seminoles last defeated an ACC team on the road with a 74-71 victory on Feb. 14, 2001;
..Defeat Maryland and win for the first time in four meetings in the Comcast Center;
…Defeat Maryland for its first win of the season over a ranked team. Florida State defeated five ranked teams during the 2003-04 season including No. 24/25 Maryland on Dec. 28, 2003;
…Defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001when the Seminoles defeated No. 18 Maryland, 74-71. The last seven victories over ranked teams have come in Tallahassee.

For a pair of Seminoles – Isaiah Swann and Todd Galloway – Sunday’s game against Maryland is a homecoming. Swann is from right around the Beltway and up 270 in Gaithersburg, Md. (about 30 minutes from the Comcast Center) and Galloway is from Baltimore, Md. (about 45 minutes from the Comcast Center). Other Maryland ties include Head Coach Leonard Hamilton who lived in Bethesda, Md., when he was the head coach of the Washington Wizards in 2001; associate head coach Stan Jones who lived in Laurel, Md., when he was the assistant Head Coach of the Wizards with Hamilton in 2001; assistant coach Mike Jaskluski who lived in Sun Valley, Md., when he was the head coach at Towson University and assistant coach Tony Sheals lived in Towson, Md., when he was an assistant coach under Jaskluski at Towson. Shaun Downey, the Seminoles’ basketball equipment manager, who is also on this trip, is from Bowie, Md., and was a manager under Jaskulski at Towson.

Florida State has received significant contributions from just about every player on its 13-man roster through the first nine games of the season. The Seminoles have had seven different leading scorers (Sophomore Alexander Johnson has been the leading scorer a team-leading four times), four different leading rebounders (Johnson has led the team in rebounding four times), four different leaders in assists (Isaiah Swann has led the team four times), seven different leaders in steals (four different players have either led or been tied for the team lead twice) and nine different players lead the team or tied for the team lead in blocked shots (Diego Romero, Al Thornton and Adam Waleskowski have led the team a team-leading three times). Entering Sunday’s game against Maryland, 11 players are averaging 14 or minutes per game.

Florida State’s 31-point margin of victory over South Alabama was the largest of the 2004-05 season for the Seminoles and the fifth largest of the 71-game Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Prior to Thursday’s victory South Alabama, the Seminoles largest margin of victory this season was a 23-point win (88-65) over Shawnee State (Nov. 24 in Tallahassee). The largest margin of victory by the Seminoles under Hamilton was a 45-point victory over Nicholls State during Hamilton’s second season as the top Seminole.

Seminoles Largest Wins Under Hamilton
Margin Date Opponent Score Notes

+45 Nov. 26, 2003 Nicholls State 99-54 3rd of 10 game winning streak
+36 Nov. 27, 2002 Mercer 83-47 Second game of Hamilton era
+35 Nov. 28, 2003 S.C. State 81-46 4th of 10 game winning streak
+33 Nov. 24, 2002 Savannah State 79-46 First game of Hamilton era
+31 Dec. 16, 2004 South Alabama 83-52 5th win of 2004-05 season

Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland ranked fifth in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage with a .486 mark. The Seminoles are shooting nearly five percentage points higher from the field this season as compared to last season when the Seminoles finished in eighth place in the league with a .438 shooting mark. Florida State has shot the ball well this season and has been above 50 percent from the field in four of its nine games. The Seminoles have connected on nearly 50 percent of their shots (100-203, .493) in the last four games in running up a 3-1 record.

Seminoles Finding Their Range
Date Opponent FGM FGA Pct Notes

Nov. 30 at Minnesota 27 53 .509 Road win in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 4 at Ole Miss 26 46 .565 Road win in ACC/SEC Challenge
Dec. 12 Florida Int. 17 49 .347 FSU Held a lead in the second half
Dec. 16 S. Alabama 30 55 .545 31-point victory at home Thursday night
Totals 3-1 100 203 .493 FSU has won 5 str. when shoot more 50 pct.

Florida State is shooting .423 from 3-point range in the last four games and has continued to raise its season long percentage of .357. The Seminoles have made an average of 6.3 3-point field goals in the last four games (as compared to making 5.6 per game for the entire season. Florida State made a season high eight 3-point field goals in its victory over Minnesota (Nov. 30).

Florida State limited South Alabama to a .293 field goal shooting percentage in its victory over the Jaguars Thursday night. The Seminoles are now holding their opponents to a .391 field goal shooting percentage through the first nine games of the season. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has historically fielded defensive minded teams who annually rank among the top teams nationally in field goal percentage defense. Florida State was ranked 21st nationally in field goal percentage defense in 2002-03 and were ranked seventh nationally during the 2003-04 season. During the first 71 games of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee, the Seminoles are limiting their opponents to a cumulative .396 percent shooting mark from the field.

F #25 Diego Romero (7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg; First career ACC game, first career game vs. Maryland)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, 12/28/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.6 ppg, 2.4 apg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Maryland, 2/1203)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Maryland, 2/14/01)
G #22 Von Wafer (9.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, 2/8/04)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.6 ppg, 3.1 apg; First career ACC game, first career game vs. Maryland)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career ACC game, first career game vs. Maryland)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 1 pt and 0 rebs against Maryland, 12/28/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.8 ppg, 1.4 apg; First career ACC game, first career game vs. Maryland)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 10 pts and 7 rebs vs. Maryland, 1/27/02)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, 1/11/03)

F #4 Travis Garrison (10.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 2 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/8/04)
C #22 Nik Caner-Medley (14.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 15 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/28/03)
G #25 Ekene Ibekwe (9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 2 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/8/04)
G #11 John Gilchrist (14.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 15 pts and 5 asts vs. Florida State, 12/28/03)
G #13 Chris McCray (14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 15 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, 12/28/03)

The Series: Maryland leads, 23-7
Last Game: Feb. 8, 2004; Maryland 73, Florida State 62
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 28, 2003, Florida State 79, Maryland 75
Last Maryland Win: Feb. 8, 2004; Maryland 73, Florida State 62
Last Florida State Win In College Park: Feb. 14, 2001; Florida State 74, Maryland 71
Last Maryland Win In College Park: Feb. 8, 2004; Maryland 73, Florida State 62
Florida State vs. Maryland, Current Streak: Maryland has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 1-3 (all at Florida State)

Jamar Smith had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Maryland used a solid defensive effort in the second half to get past Florida State 73-62 Feb. 8 at Comcast Center. Nik Caner-Medley scored 14 points and D.J. Strawberry had 12 for the Terrapins. It was the ninth double-double of the season for Smith, the Terrapins’ lone senior. Tim Pickett scored 20 for the Seminoles, but was limited to two points in the second half. Despite 6-for-27 shooting after halftime, Florida State trailed by only four points until Chris McCray made two free throws with 52 seconds left. McCray then stole a pass, was fouled intentionally and added another foul shot to make it 69-62. The Seminoles missed their first seven shots of the second half and fell behind 43-38. Michael Joiner ended the drought with a 3-pointer, but Florida State missed its next seven field-goal tries before a dunk by Alexander Johnson cut Maryland’s lead to 52-47. McCray then scored five straight points, including a three-point play. The Seminoles ran off an 8-3 spurt without him, closing to 60-55 on a 3-pointer by Von Wafer, who finished with 15 points. Caner-Medley then hit a 3-pointer to help Maryland build the lead to 66-57, and the Terrapins held on to win their second straight in the ACC after a 2-5 start. Maryland led 39-38 at halftime.

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