November 15, 2000 - by
Men’s Basketball Takes On No. 11 Florida

Nov. 15, 2000

Florida State plays host to No. 11 Florida in the season opener for both teams.
It marks the second consecutive year (and fourth time in school
history) that the Seminoles will open their season against Florida.
Florida State is 1-2 against Florida when the intra-state challenge
comes as the Seminoles’ season opener.
The Seminoles defeated the Gators, 80-76 on Nov. 28, 1987.
The Seminoles were victorious in their only exhibition game of
the pre-season as they defeated the One World All-Stars, 87-85, in
the Civic Center on Nov. 9. Following tonight’s game,
Florida State travels to play in the Great Alaska Shootout where
they face Ohio State in the opening round on Nov. 23 at 9:30 p.m. EST.

Florida State Seminoles (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
No. 11 Florida Gators (0-0, 0-0 SEC)

Friday, November 17, 2000, 7:30 P.M.

Leon County Civic Center (12,200)

Tallahassee, Florida

“We are reaching for the sky, to go as far and high as we possibly can.”
Steve Robinson
Head Coach, Florida State
Oct. 13, 2000

Tonight’s game vs. Florida is the season opener for both teams.
The Seminoles have won two of their last three and nine of their
last 10 season openers.

Florida State is undefeated (37-0) in season openers in Tallahassee. The streak dates back to the opening game of the 1948 season when the first men’s basketball team in school history defeated Spring Hill College, 39-36. Most recently, the team defeated Sam Houston State, 88-51, to open the 1999 season.

Florida State head coach Steve Robinson is 4-1 in season openers. He won the first three season openers of his career (two at the University of Tulsa and one at Florida State). Robinson led the Golden Hurricane past North Carolina A&T to being the 1996 season and past UCLA to begin the 1997 season. Robinson then opened his Florida State career on an up note with a 1998 season-opening victory against Rice.

Robinson Era Season Openers

Year Opponent Score
1996 North Carolina A&T W, 100-51
1997 UCLA W, 77-76 (OT)
1998 Rice W, 65-63
1999 Sam Houston State W, 88-51
2000 Florida L, 61-96


F #4 Antuwan Dixon (4 points, 3 assists in 25 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
F #1 Michael Joiner (4 points, 8 rebounds in 28 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (8 points, 5 rebounds in 24 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (19 points on 5-6 from 3-point range vs. One World All-Stars)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (17 points, 11 assists in 30 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)


G #12 Ryan Lowery (7 points, 3 assists in 10 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (9 points, 3 assists in 23 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
G #30 Monte Cummings (9 points, 1 block in 22 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
F #33 Mike Mathews (3 points, 1 blocked shot in 11 minutes vs. One World All-Stars)
C #50 David Anderson (5 rebounds in 9 minutes played vs. One World All-Stars)

The Series: Florida leads, 33-18

Last Game: Nov. 19, 1999, Florida 91, FSU 66

Last Florida State Win:Dec. 14, 1997, FSU 83, Florida 81

Last Florida Win: Nov. 19, 1999, Florida 91, FSU 66

Last Florida State Win In Civic Center:Dec. 3, 1988, FSU 104, Florida 86

Last Florida Win In Civic Center: Feb. 20, 1995

Florida State vs. Florida, Current Streak: Florida has won 1

Tonight’s referee is Tim Higgins and the umpires are Mike Stuart and Timothy Nestor.

Steve Robinson is a perfect 5-0 in home openers during his career. Robinson led his first Seminole team to an 89-72 victory over Loyola (Md.) in his first game at the Civic Center on Nov. 17, 1998. He then directed Florida State past Sam Houston to open the 1999 home season and beat Norfolk State to begin the 2000 season.

Robinson Era Home Season Openers

Year Opponent Score
1996 North Carolina A&T W, 100-51
1997 Oklahoma StateW, 72-54
1998 Loyola (Md.) W, 89-72
1999 Sam Houston State W, 88-51
2000 Norfolk State W, 81-70

Florida State is 54-6 (.900) winning percentage in non-conference home games at the Leon County Civic Center since the Seminoles joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season. In addition, the Seminoles are 38-34 (.528) in ACC home games during that nine-year span. The Seminoles have completed their non-conference home schedule undefeated five times in the last nine years. Most recently, Steve Robinson led the Seminoles to victories over No. 25 Clemson (Jan. 12, 1999, 70-64) and No. 5 Arizona (Dec. 23, 1997, 84-79) in the Civic Center. Florida State enters the 2000-01 season having won two consecutive and eight of its last ten non-conference home games.

Seminoles at Home During the ACC Era (1992-2000)
Season ACC Home Record Non-Conference Home Record

1999-004-4 4-2 (2 straight)
1998-993-5 4-2
1997-983-5 7-0
1996-975-3 8-0
1995-963-5 6-1
1994-954-4 6-0
1993-944-4 6-0
1992-937-1 6-1
1991-925-3 7-0

Florida State head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson solidified his staff for the 2000-01 season with the addition of three assistants. Rob Wilkes and Stephen Giles have joined the staff as assistant coaches, while Red Johnston is the new director of basketball operations. The trio joins Coleman Crawford, who has been a member of Robinson’s Seminole staff since 1997.

Senior guards Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford and junior forward Antwuan Dixon are the tri-captains for the 2000-2001 Florida State University men’s basketball team. Arrington, a Hillside, N.J. native, is considered to be one of the top returning point guards in the ACC for the upcoming season. He started all 29 games last season and ranked second in the league in assists at 6.3 per game. Arrington averaged 8.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 32.4 minutes per game and recorded five games of 10 or more assists and three double-doubles. Crawford, who hails from Akron, Ohio, begins his final collegiate season after battling through an injury-plagued junior year. Because of a knee injury, which is now completely healed, Crawford played in just 15 games during the 1999-2000 season. Despite missing the final 10 games with tendonitis in both knees, he averaged 5.3 points in 18.9 minutes. Dixon, from Marietta, Ga., will compete for the starting job at small forward after appearing in all 29 games and starting nine as a sophomore. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game last season. Dixon scored in double figures six times, including a career-best 16 twice. His 16-point outbursts keyed home wins over postseason teams Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Head coach Steve Robinson, entering his sixth season as a head coach, needs only 11 victories to reach the century mark for his career. He begins the 2000-01 season with an 89-66 record (.577 winning percentage). He has guided three teams to the NCAA Tournament and has led the Seminoles to victories in consecutive ACC Tournaments over the last two seasons. Robinson has averaged 18.0 victories a season as a head coach. He was the top man at Tulsa from 1996-97 where he led the Golden Hurricane to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.

Florida State was one of only four teams in the ACC to post a .500 or better record in games played on Tobacco Road (at Duke, at North Carolina, at NC State and at Wake Forest). The Seminoles were one of only three teams in the conference to win at both North Carolina (Jan. 22, 76-71) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 4, 66-64). Florida State was joined by only Duke (3-0 on Tobacco Road with victories at North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest), Maryland (victories at Duke and Wake Forest) and Virginia (victories at Wake Forest and North Carolina) as the most successful teams against the state of North Carolina.

Florida State was the only ACC team to beat North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center when the Tar Heels were ranked among the nation’s top 25 last season. The Seminoles defeated then No. 21 Tar Heels, 76-71, on Jan. 22 in Chapel Hill. Robinson, who directed the Seminoles to a victory in his first game against North Carolina during the 1996-97 season, has coached three teams to the NCAA tournament in his five years as a head coach.

Florida State recorded the third-best field percentage defense mark of .412 in the last 28 years of the program when it held its opponents to a .412 shooting percentage from the field during the 1999-00 season. The Seminoles have allowed two of the lowest field goal percentage marks in school history during the first two years of the Steve Robinson era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles held their opponents to a .401 mark during Robinson’s first season (1997-98). Robinson’s defensive philosophy has held opponents to .430 shooting from the field (2,282-5,302) and 70.9 points per game during the first 91 games of his FSU coaching career.

Seminoles’ Top Field Goal Percentage Defense Seasons (since 1973)

Rank Year FGM-APct.
1. 1996-97758-1,896 .400
2. 1997-98766-1,881 .401
3 1999-00656-1,591 .412

Florida State finished second in the ACC during the 1999-2000 season in 3-point field goal shooting percentage with a mark of .356. It marked the fifth-highest percentage in school history and second-highest since the Seminoles joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season. Senior guard Delvon Arrington, who finished third on the team with a .382 3-point percentage, is Florida State’s top returning 3-point shooting threat.


Rank Year 3PM-APct.
1. 1987-88154-352.437
2. 1986-87178-428.416
3. 1988-89181-474.382
4. 1994-95211-588.359
5. 1999-00175-491.356

Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington is ranked second in the nation in assists among all returning players with 363 career assists. He trails only Brandon Granville of Southern California who returns with 388 assists. Arrington recorded a career-high 182 assists as a junior and ranked second in the ACC with a 6.3 assists per game average.

Nation’s Returning Assist Leaders

Rank Player, School Class Assists
1. Brandon Granville, Southern CaliforniaJr. 388
2. Delvon Arrington, Florida StateSr. 363
3. Casey Rogers, Western CarolinaJr. 357
4. Markus Carr, Cal. State Northridge Jr. 333
5. Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State Sr. 244

Senior All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington begins the 2000-01 season ranked seventh in school history with 363 career assists and third in school history with a 6.3 assists per game average. He is one of only two conference players who has ranked among the leagues’ top three in assists in each of the last two seasons. In addition, Arrington is ranked 15th in school history with 108 career steals.

Seminoles’ Career Assist List

Rank Player, Years Total Arrington Needs
1. Otto Perry, 1970-73 602 +239
2. Tony Jackson, 1976-80550 +187
3. Tony William, 1981-84482 +119
7. Delvon Arrington, 1999-Pr. 363

Seminoles’ Career Steals List

Rank Player, Year TotalArrington Needs
1. Charlie Ward, 1990-94236 +128
2 Bob Sura, 1991-95 209 +101
3. Tony William, 1982-84203 +95
15. Delvon Arrington, 1999-Pr. 108

…Led the Seminoles in assists (182), steals (44), minutes played (32.3) and defensive rebounds (112) during the 1999-00 season,

…Has started 58 of 59 games during his career as Florida State’s point guard. He was the only Seminole to start all 29 games last season.

Junior David Anderson blocked a career-high 43 shots to rank sixth in the ACC during the 1999-2000 season, his first as a Seminole. His 43 blocked shots ranked as the 12th-highest single-season total in school history and is tied for second among all sophomores in school history. In addition, he ranked seventh in the ACC with a 1.5 blocked shots per game average and was ranked ninth with a 1.0 blocked shots per game average in ACC games. Anderson’s team-leading 43 blocked shots helped the Seminoles record 120 blocks, the tenth highest team total in school history last year.

Head coach Steve Robinson has taken his coaching talents around the globe this summer as he conducted a coaching clinic in Belgium in July and coached at the Vince Carter fantasy camp in Toronto in August. Robinson enjoyed three days in Belgium giving a series of clinics and speaking on various topics to an audience of world-wide coaches. He then traveled to Toronto and worked closely with NBA all-star Vince Carter at his fantasy camp. Robinson was one of a handful of collegiate coaches invited to participate in the elite camp. In addition, Robinson was a speaker at the North Carolina Coaches’ Association annual meeting prior to its annual East-West all-star game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Senior Adrian Crawford, who was limited to 15 games a year ago because of serious knee problems, will begin the 2000-01 season fully recovered from off-season knee surgery. He averaged 5.3 points in 18.9 minutes per game as a junior and will be counted on to be one of the top Seminole returning players this season.

The Florida State men’s basketball team recruiting class (current freshman and one junior) was rated among the nation’s top 20 by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons. The class, which includes J.D. Bracy (Kissimmee, Fla.), Monte Cummings (Quincy, Fla.), Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.), Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Andrew Wilson (Harrison, Ga.) is the highest rated class during the Steve Robinson era at Florida State. Cummings, a 6-4 shooting guard, averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game while playing at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. A native Floridian, Cummings attended Shanks High School in Quincy, Fla., from 1997-98. Lowery comes to Florida State >from Fork Union Military Academy where he averaged 19 points per game during his one season there. He will add depth at the point guard position this season. Joiner, who is ranked as the 12th-best prep player entering the collegiate ranks this season, played at 71st High School in Fayetteville, N.C., where he averaged 16 points per game as a senior. He is one of the highest rated recruits in the history of the Florida State men’s basketball program. Wilson averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a senior at Harrison High School. His playing style has been compared to that of former All-ACC performer Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech. Bracy, a consensus top 30 recruit, averaged 27 points and eight rebounds per game at Osceola High School as a senior. Bracy is a partial qualifier who must sit out from competition this season. However, Bracy will be allowed to practice with the Seminoles throughout the entire season. Joiner and Wilson played this summer in the all-star games in their respective home states. Joiner played in the North Carolina Coaches Association’s East-West all-star game while Wilson played in the Georgia Athletic Association’s North-South all-star game. Joiner scored 14 points and nine rebounds in the game and was named an academic all-star at a banquet held prior to the game in North Carolina. Wilson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while leading his North squad to a 105-103 victory.

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