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Men’s Basketball Opens Season At No. 7 Florida

Nov. 18, 1999

Friday, November 19, 1999 at 7:00 pm — O’Connell Center (12,000), Gainesville, FL


The Seminoles, coming off a 13-17 season a year ago, open the 1999-2000 campaign at eighth-ranked Florida…FSU returns four starters from last year’s club – seniors Damous Anderson, Ron Hale and Justin Mott and junior Delvon Arrington. Hale was a third team All-ACC selection last year after averaging 16.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game…Anderson averaged 11.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while ranking fifth nationally in field goal percentage at a 60.5 clip. He is the leading returning field goal shooter in the college game…Arrington is one of the ACC’s top returning point guards. In his first season at the collegiate level last season, he finished third in the ACC in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (2.1 spg)…Junior guard Adrian Crawford averaged 10.6 points and hit 39.8 percent from three-point range as the Seminoles’ sixth man last season. Crawford had arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 12 and made his first appearnace of the preseason in FSU’s 81-66 win over the California All-Stars last Sunday, logging five minutes.


Tuesday, November 3

Florida State 104, World All-Stars 90

Sunday, November 14

Florida State 81, Cal. All-Stars 66

Friday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

at No. 8 Florida (Sunshine)

Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 pm

vs. Norfolk State (Sunshine)

Saturday, November 27 at 1:00 pm

vs. Jacksonville (Sunshine)


The Gators are coming off a 22-9 season a year ago that saw them advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Fourth-year Florida head coach Billy Donovan welcomes back four starters from that team…Sophomore forward Mike Miller was UF’s leading scorer last season at 12.2 points per game. He was the third freshman in school history to lead his team in scoring. Also back are senior guard Kenyan Weaks (11.3 ppg), junior forward Brent Wright (8.2 ppg) and sophomore center Udonis Haslem (10.5 ppg)…The Gators, ranked eighth in the Associated Press preseason poll, are ranked seventh this week, marking their second highest ranking in school history…Freshman forward Donnell Harvey led UF at 23.0 points per game in its two exhibition wins.


Friday’s game starts the 53rd season in Florida State basketball history and is the 51st meeting between the Seminoles and Gators…Florida leads the all-time series by a 32-18 count…The FSU-UF contest is the longest on-going annual series on Florida State’s schedule as this is the 22nd straight season the two have met…The Gators won last year’s meeting 82-66 in Tallahassee in the first game between the two on campus since Feb. 20, 1995. It was also the first played the night before the two teams meet in football since Nov. 30, 1990…The Seminoles have won three of their last four against Florida…FSU is 42-10 all-time in season-openers and has won 34 of its last 35 opening night games, including nine straight…This is one of three Florida State non-conference games to be played in the state of Florida


Florida Leads 32-18

Last Meeting

UF 82, @ FSU 66

Nov. 20, 1998



Sunshine Network

Chip Carey (Play-by-Play)

Bill Koss (Color)



Gene Deckerhoff (Play-by-Play)

Guy Morgan (Color)


FLORIDA STATE                                       FLORIDA
No. Name (Ht, Wt, Class)               PPG RPG Pos. No. Name (Ht, Wt, Class)            PPG  RPG
10  Delvon Arrington (5-11, 170, Jr.)  8.1 2.8  G    5  Teddy Dupay (5-10, 175, So.)   11.0  1.6
21  Ron Hale (6-9, 210, Sr.)          16.0 5.6  G   52  Kenyan Weaks (6-4, 198, Sr.)   11.3  3.4
15  Damous Anderson (6-7, 220, Sr.)   11.9 5.1  F   13  Mike Miller (6-8, 218, So.)    12.2  5.2
51  Oliver Simmons (6-8, 225, Sr.)     5.9 4.0  F   00  Brent Wright (6-8, 232, Jr.)    8.2  5.9
42  Justin Mott (6-10, 240, Sr.)       1.4 2.7  C   50  Udonis Haslem (6-7, 260, So.)  10.5  5.0
    Steve Robinson (Radford, '81)                   Head Coach Billy Donovan (Providence, '87)
(77-49 in 4 years, 31-31 in 3rd year at FSU)       (84-61 in 6 years, 49-41 in 4th year at Florida)


FSU      70.6      73.3       .445  .461 .339  .660   2.9  8.8 -1.7  -3.5   5.9
UF       80.3      70.2       .473  .427 .379  .703   3.8 10.0  1.3   1.0   9.3
**Stats from the 1998-99 season 
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