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Florida State Travels To Stetson For Tuesday Contest

Dec. 29, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which has won 11 of its first 12 games for only the second time in school history, travels to Stetson to play the Hatters Tuesday night. The Seminoles won 16 of their first 17 games during the 1971-72 season as they advanced to play UCLA in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State’s only loss during its first 17 games of the 1971-72 season was a forfeit loss to Hawaii. The Seminoles defeated No. 24 Maryland, 79-75, in Tallahassee Sunday night for their first win over a ranked team this season and their first win in an ACC season opener since the 1999-2000 season. Florida State’s game against Stetson marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles and Hatters meet on the basketball court and the first time the Seminoles play at Stetson since the 1977 season. The Seminoles defeated the Hatters, 93-76, Dec. 18, 2002 in Tallahassee. Last year’s game between these two teams was the first time since 1991 that these two state rivals met in basketball. Following Tuesday night’s game against Stetson, Florida State travels to play No. 13 Florida in Gainesville Jan. 13.

Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett returns home Tuesday night as the Seminoles play at Stetson. Pickett hails from Daytona Beach which is located less than 20 miles from Deland – the home of the Hatters.

Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored 13 second half points to help lead Florida State to its 79-75 victory over No. 24 Maryland. After being held scoreless in the first half, Pickett exploded for 13 second half points as the Seminoles improved to 1-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 1999-00 season. Pickett opened the second half with a pair of baskets within the first three minutes to help the Seminoles to a 42-39 lead with 17:40 remaining. He scored 11 points in the first 7:07 of the second half as the Seminoles outscored the Terps, 42-39 to gain the victory. Pickett was also credited with three steals to raise his season total to 31 and his career total to 113 in only 41 games (2.8 spg). Pickett enters Tuesday’s game against Stetson with a team-leading 14.3 points per game average and has scored in double figures in 11 of Florida State’s first 12 games.

Florida State and Stetson met twice during the first year of Seminole basketball during the 1947-48 season. The Hatters defeated the Seminoles, 65-56, in only the fourth game in the history of the Florida State program (Jan.. 13, 1948) in a game played at Stetson. Florida State earned a measure of revenge with a 41-38 victory in Tallahassee (Feb. 24, 1948).

…Win its 12th game of the season and bring its win total to within two of its victory total from the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles were 14-15 in Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s first season in Tallahassee;
…Win its ninth consecutive game against Stetson. With a 32-11 lead in the series which dates to 1948 (the first year of basketball at Florida State), the Seminoles have won each game played between these two teams since 1975;
…Win its second actual road game of the season to surpass its total from last season. The Seminoles won at Miami (67-58) this season on Dec. 14. Florida State’s only victory on an opponents’ home court last season came at Virginia Tech (76-69) on Jan. 4, 2003;
…Win its third game away from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center (after victories over Miami and Chicago State) to tie its total from the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles defeated Davidson (82-66) at the University of Arizona Tournament, won at Virginia Tech and defeated Clemson (72-61) in the first round of the ACC Tournament (March 13 in Greensboro, N.C.).

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