Jan. 1, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State junior guard Toney Douglas scored 22 points, including nine in the decisive second half, to lead the Seminoles over Georgia Tech, 66-64, in the conference opener for both teams, was named the ACC Men’s Basketball co-player of the week. It marks the first time Douglas has been named the ACC Player of the Week. He shared the honor with North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough.
In addition to his 22 points, Douglas added two rebounds, two assists and four steals in 39 minutes as the Seminoles won their ACC opener for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Florida State is now 11-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.
Douglas played well throughout the entire win and turned up his game in the final 6:00 of the second half. He scored five points as Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 16-10, in the final minutes to win the game. He brought the Seminoles to within one (at 54-53) on an old fashioned three-point play with 5:50 to play. He then brought the Seminoles to within one for a second time (63-62) with a lay-up at the 1:01 mark. Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 4-1, from that point on to win the game.
Douglas led the short-handed Seminoles with 13 points on five of seven shooting from the field in the first half as Florida State led 40-34 at the half. After his team went down 12-2 in the first 2:25 of the game, Douglas led Florida State’s charge with points in bunches as it clawed its way back into the game and into a six-point lead at halftime. Douglas scored five consecutive points to tie the game at 19-19 with 11:09 left in the half and then totaled five of the Seminoles’ final seven points of the half as they took their half-time lead.
Douglas tied his season-high as he played 39 minutes. He played all but 1:16 of the first half and played the entire final 33 minutes of the game. Florida State played without its top three post players – Solomon Alabi (out indefinitely to for surgery correct a tibial stress fracture in his right leg), Julian Vaughn (indefinitely while undergoing cardiac testing) and Ryan Reid (serving a Leonard Hamilton imposed suspension for violation of team rules).
Douglas also tied his ACC career-high with four steals. He had three steals in the first half with one leading directly to the Seminoles’ final basket of the first half and the lead at the intermission and one steal in the second half which he scored on to give Florida State a 46-44 lead.
Douglas leads the Seminoles with a 13.9 points per game scoring average, leads the ACC with 40 steals and a 2.7 steals per game average, has made 21 3-point field goals and is shooting .800 from the free throw line.