Feb. 6, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Al Thornton, who tied his career-high with 37 points and pulled down his career-high of 15 rebounds against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, was named the ACC Co-Basketball Player of the Week as announced by the conference office. Thornton averaged 26.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as Florida State split two conference games last week to up its record to 13-6 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. Thornton’s 37 points against Duke tied the school record for most points in scored by a Seminole player in an ACC game – he tied himself (against Boston College on Jan. 14, 2006) and Ran Hale against Wake Forest on Jan. 14, 2000.
Thornton shared the award with Jared Dudley of Boston College. It marked the second time this season and second time during his career that Thornton has earned the award. He earned the award following his first career 37-point performance against Boston College in January.
In a career-high 42 minutes against Duke, Thornton scored 37 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, was credited with a career-high five assists and tied his career-high with three assists.
Thornton played an average of 34 minutes in the two games. He shot .537 from the field (22-of-41) as he made 17 field goals against Duke and five against Clemson. Thornton’s 17 field goals made against Duke are tied for the second most in a Florida State game in school history and are the most made in an ACC game in school history. His 32 field goal attempts are also tied for second in school history and ranks as the most in an ACC game in school history.
Thornton pulled down his career-high of 15 rebounds against the Blue Devils. He tied his career-high with seven offensive rebounds and eight defensive rebounds in earning his career-high for total rebounds. In Florida State’s ACC record book, his seven offensive rebounds are tied for the second most in school history while his 15 total rebounds are also tied for the second most in school history.
Against the Devils, Thornton scored 18 points after halftime including four of the Seminoles’ 12 points in the overtime period. He shot nine of 17 from the field in the second half and overtime periods as he played all 20 second half minutes and all five minutes of the overtime period.
Thornton’s double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds was his sixth of the season and second in ACC competition. He scored 18 of the Seminoles’ 39 second-half points.
Said Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game: “There aren’t many kids like him. He’s one of the best players in the country.”
Against Clemson, Thornton scored 15 points (including six in the second half) as the Seminoles won their fourth ACC game of the season. He shot five of nine from the field and was five of seven from the free throw line.
In the two games during the week, Thornton was eight of ten (.800) from the free throw line, recorded eight assists, earned five steals and blocked three shots. He is averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game (19.6 in ACC play) and a career-high 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting .545 from the field entering Florida State’s games against Georgia Tech and UMass this week.