Florida State Men's Basketball - 2003-04 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Basketball - 2003-04 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Leonard Hamilton, Head Coach
Michael Bradley, Strength and Conditioning
Mike Jaskulski, Assistant Coach
Stan Jones, Associate Head Coach
Guy Rancourt, Director of Operations
Tony Sheals, Assistant Coach

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2003-04 FSU Basketball Media Guide

Top: Tim Pickett
Bottom: Orenn Fells, Nate Johnson, Mike Mathews, Michael Joiner and Coach Leonard Hamilton

2004 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Alexander Johnson, 6-10, 250, F, Albany, GA - "He's a dominant, physical, inside kid. He has the ability to step out to the 3-point line and make plays by scoring, putting it on the floor and passing. You can say he is a power forward, but he's such a physical player he can play center," said Bridgton Academy coach Whit Lesure...can step outside the 3-point line and hit jumpers consistently...was one of the nation's top high school recruits as a senior at Dougherty High School in Albany, Georgia...rated as a the 16th-best player and a five-star forward by Rivals.com following his post-high school year at Bridgton Academy in Maine...ranked by Rivals.com as a five-star forward and the 16th best player in the class of 2003...PrepStar's Recruiting Handbook rates him as the nation's 28th best player entering the collegiate ranks for the 2003-04 season...Sporting News ranked him as the nation's 14th best prep prospect as a high school senior...played in the 2002 Capital Classic making him one of one of four current Seminoles who have played in the Capital Classic...he joins Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski who played in the 2001 game and Von Wafer who played in the 2003 game...originally signed with Georgia out of high school but never attended the SEC school...earned his high school diploma from Bridgton as a fifth-year senior in 2003...averaged 25.0 points, 15.0 rebound, 3.0 assists, and 4.0 blocks during the 2002-03 season...Bridgton finished with a 25-7 record during his only season there...scored his career-high of 40 points against St. Thomas More and pulled down his career-high of 20 rebounds...attended Dougherty High School from 1999 through 2002...averaged 28.0 points and 16.0 rebounds as a senior...averaged a double/double of 22 points and 15 rebounds during his high school career...named the Georgia Class AAAA Player of the Year as a senior...led Dougherty to the Class AAAA State Championship his junior season...Dougherty finished with a 24-8 record during the season...Dougherty won four consecutive regional championships during his prep career...was ranked No. 26 in the Insiders.com top 100 as a senior in high school...also tabbed as the 21st-best prospect in the nation by RivalsHoops.com, No. 26 by CNNSI.com and No. 34 by CBS.Sportsline.com...averaged 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as a freshman and 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds as a sophomore and 25.0 points and 15.0 rebounds as a junior...recorded a triple double of 21 points, 17 rebounds and 11 steals as a junior against Westover High School...listed as the No. 4 center prospect in the nation as a junior by HoopScoop...a four-year starter on the varsity...born Feb. 8, 1983...Alexander is the son of Gwen Johnson...is the oldest of three brothers...he also credits his grandmothers Mary Jones and Rena Kendrick for helping him to be successful...also mentored by his godparents Charles and Anne Roberts and his god brother Anthony Seay...a native of Albany, Georgia...stated the proximity of Florida State to his hometown as one of the factors in him choosing to become a Seminole...grew up approximately two hours from the Florida State campus...favorite player is Alan Iverson and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers...selected Florida State over Indiana, Cincinnati, Connecticut, and Kentucky.

Diego Romero, 6-10, 245, F, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina - "Some services rated him as the best big man in the country. He's a very gifted high post player and shoots the ball from 17 to 20 feet as well as any big man in the country. He likes to rotate to the blocks off the jump shot." said his junior college coach Dale Dotson...should be an ideal fit for Florida State's up-tempo system...plays a high post game not typical for 6-10 players...has the ability to play inside and the skill to move outside and outplay his defender...shoots and passes the ball well and has good mobility for a player of his size...sets himself apart from other big men with his outside shooting ability...named as 27th best junior college player by CBSSportsLine.com following his second season at Lon Morris...a pre-season All-America by Street and Smith's magazine and rated as the eight best JUCO prospect in the nation prior to his sophomore season according to Lindy's College Basketball Annals...helped Lon Morris reach the quarterfinals of the junior college national tournament as a freshman and the semifinals of the junior college Region XIV Tournament as a sophomore...scored his career-high of 26 points against Paris Junior College and pulled down his career-high of 13 rebounds against Panola Junior College during his freshman season...Lon Morris won 55 games (27.5 wins per season) during Romero's two seasons in the lineup...Lon Morris was ranked third in the nation in the junior college pre-season polls by the National Junior College Athletic Association and Street and Smithís magazine...rated a the ninth best junior college power forward by Future Stars Magazine...grew up playing soccer in his native Argentina and has been playing Basketball for five years...At Lon Morris: averaged 14.5 points (fourth on the team) and 8.5 rebounds (first) while shooting .554 from the field (third) during the 2002-03 season...played in 26 games in helping Bearcats to the second round of the Region XIV Tournament in 2003...was an All-Region second team selection and a Region XIV All-Tournament team selection as a freshman in 2002...an All-Region XIV third team selection in 2002...averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in helping Lon Morris advance to the Junior College National Tournament as a freshman...helped the Bearcats advance to the quarterfinal of the national tournament in Hutchinson, Ks...shot 60.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from behind the arc as a freshman...averaged 13.4 points per game during his career at Lon Morris...shot 57.5 from the field (251 of 436) during his career...Lon Morris is located in Jacksonville, Texas and is a member of the Texas Eastern Conference...was tied for 20th in scoring and ranked fifth in rebounding in the final national junior college region XIV statistics...born Sept. 7, 1982...Diego is the son of Ramon Oscar Romero...has been a member of the Argentinean Junior National Team since 2000 and was a member of the Argentinean U-20 national team...Romero decided on Florida State after also considering Indiana, Texas Tech and Kentucky.

Al Thornton, 6-7, 208, F, Perry, GA - Begins his first full season as a member of the Florida State program with four years of eligibility remaining as the 2003-04 season gets under way...practiced with the Seminoles during the second semester of the 2003 season...learned head coach Leonard Hamiltonís system while concentrating on his academics...has the ability to play a number of positions, from point guard to power forward, which he did in high school...is a tremendous leaper and a dead-eye shooter...plays with the skills of a 6-3 guard...has a tremendous ability to combine his height with a smaller players' game...was one of Georgia's top all-around players...has a tremendous ability to play with his back to the basket or face it and score from 25 feet away...improved tremendously between his junior and senior years and he realized his biggest growth spurt and began to work on his dribbling and his outside shot...his athleticism is displayed by his outstanding performances in the track and field arena...finished second at the state championships in the high jump as a junior...uses his speed to deftly go around players and enjoys when an opposing player over plays him on defense...battled double and triple teams throughout his senior season but still managed to averaged nearly 30 points per game...often compared to former Kentucky All-American and current Detroit Piston Tayshaun Prince with similarities made in their tall and lean body frames and outside skills...his skills were utilized on defense as the point player in front of his teams pressing defense...As a Freshman (2003): A redshirt season...originally signed with Leonard Hamilton during the summer of 2002 but did not enroll at Florida State until December of 2002...was fully eligible as a student and a player upon his arrival but decided on a redshirt season...practiced with the team during the entire second semester...graduated from Perry High School in 2002...averaged 27.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 blocked shots and 2.0 steals as a senior...named the Most Valuable Player at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-Star game and the Georgia/Tennessee All-Star Game following his senior season...scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the GACA All-Star game while helping his South team to a 97-81 victory scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Georgia/Tennessee All-Star game...earned Class AAA All-State honorable mention honors...named the middle-Georgia Player of the Year by the Macon Telegraph...ranked No. 26 among the nationís top power forwards and centers by Prepstars.com...scored a career-high 53 points against West Laurens and scored 40 or more points in three other games his senior season...scored 45 points against Central High School, 41 against Thomasville and 40 vs. Dublin in addition to a number of 30 point scoring games...was invited to participate in the Georgia/Florida All-Star game in Orlando following his senior season...all-time school record holder for points with over 1,500 career points...born Dec. 7, 1983...Al is the son of Alford and Philomenia Thornton...comes from a tall family...his dad stands 6-foot-6 and three sisters are all nearly 6-foot tall...selected Florida State over Cincinnati, Kentucky and Georgia.

Von Wafer, 6-5, 210, G, Homer, LA - "He's fast, quick and strong. He is arguably the best contested jump shooter in the class of 2003. Von drills long, arching, NBA-range three-pointers as well as in-your-face mid-range pull-ups off the dribble or pass," said Brick Oettinger of Recruiter's Handbook...is a consensus top-25 player nationally...PrepStars.com has him ranked as the sixth best high school player in the nation...FutureStars and HoopScoopOnline.com have him eighth, PrepSpotlight.com has him at ninth, Rivals100.com has him ranked 18th, and ESPN.com has him coming in at No. 27...ranked second on the list of Top Five Small Forwards...only the seventh McDonald's High School All-American to play at Florida State...joins current Seminole Anthony Richardson (2001) along with Irving Thomas (1985), Douglas Edwards (1989), LaMarr Greer (1994), Corey Louis (1994) and Randell Jackson (1995) as McDonald's All-Americans who have worn the garnet and gold...scored eight points on three-of-eight shooting from the field and pulled down three rebounds in the McDonald's All-American game which was played at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio...his eight points came in only 15 minutes of play with two coming on a ferocious dunk after driving the baseline...was matched up defensively against LeBron James at times during the game...finished second to LeBron James in the McDonald's All-American slam-dunk contest...finished as the runner-up by only four points to James...earned All-America third-team honors from USA Today Newspaper following his senior season...one of only three players of the 15 selected to the USA Today's first three teams who will play in the ACC...played in the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. following his senior season...started alongside LeBron James and scored seven points in 22 minutes of playing time...one of four current Seminoles to have played in the Capital Classic Ė Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski in 2001 and Alexander Johnson in 2002...At Heritage Christian Academy: Averaged 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, and 4.0 blocks per game as a senior during the 2002-2003 season...led his team to victories in his last eight games and a 22-13 record...made his Tallahassee debut in leading Heritage Christian to a 94-93 double-overtime victory over Florida High School in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Feb. 1...with many of his future Seminole teammates in the stands as well as head coach Leonard Hamilton and Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart in attendance, Wafer scored 40 points to lead his team to the victory...he finished the games 12-of-22 from the field, including 10-of-17 from 3-point range...Heritage Christian is located in Cleveland, Texas, a town of about 8,000 citizens that is located 45 miles northwest of Houston...it is a boarding school encompassing kindergarten through 12th grade...Attended Pineview High School in Lisbon, La., during his freshman, sophomore and junior years in high school...averaged a double-double of 32.0 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists during his junior season...Pineview was a school with a total enrollment of 195 students and encompassed the grades of pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade...Born July 21, 1985...Vakeaton is the son of Doris Zeigler and Ray P. Johnson...spent much of his time growing up in Newport News, Va., with is mom and spent his summers in Homer, La., with his father...father attended Pineview and played high school basketball against NBA star Karl Malone...a member of the Arkansas Wings AAU team coached by Tim Loring...a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival South Team...averaged 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in the four-team tournament in leading the South the championship...selected Florida State over Indiana, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisville, and Louisiana Tech.


2004 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 21 Benson Callier        G       6-6   204  So   *    Saint Petersburg (George Junior Republic)
  30 Orenn Fells           F       6-6   196  Sr   *    Winston-Salem, NC (Carver/Auburn/Abraham Baldwin JC)
                                                                                                         Torn ACL, out for the season
*  4 Todd Galloway         G       5-11  178  So   *    Baltimore, MD (Notre Dame Academy)
*  2 Emanuel Gordon        G       5-11  175  So-R      Palm Bay (Brevard CC)
* 32 Alexander Johnson     F       6-10  250  Fr        Albany, GA (Dougherty/Bridgton Academy)
* 10 Nate Johnson          G       6-3   183  Sr   *    Kansas City, MO (Ruskin/Pratt CC/Moberly Area CC)
*  1 Michael Joiner        F       6-7   238  Sr   ***  Fayetteville, NC (Seventy-First)
* 33 Mike Mathews          F-C     6-10  230  Sr-R ***  Blountstown (Florida/Fork Union Military Academy)
* 24 Ramone Penny          G       6-0   185  Fr        Minneapolis, MN (Mercersburg Academy)
* 22 Tim Pickett           G       6-4   207  Sr   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland/Daytona Beach CC/Indian River CC)
* 54 Anthony Richardson    F       6-7   189  Jr   **   Raleigh, NC (Leesville Road)
  25 Diego Romero          F       6-10  245  Jr        Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina (Lon Morris JC)
* 12 Al Thornton           F       6-7   208  Fr        Perry, GA (Perry)
* 23 Von Wafer             G       6-5   210  Fr        Homer, LA (Heritage Christian Academy)
* 51 Adam Waleskowski      F       6-8   240  Jr   **   Kettering, OH (Archbishop Alter)
* 20 Andrew Wilson         G       6-6   206  So-R *    Kennesaw, GA (Harrison)                          Awarded 2nd Medical Redshirt Year

2004 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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*  1 Michael Joiner        F       6-7   238  Sr   ***  Fayetteville, NC (Seventy-First)
*  2 Emanuel Gordon        G       5-11  175  So-R      Palm Bay (Brevard CC)
*  4 Todd Galloway         G       5-11  178  So   *    Baltimore, MD (Notre Dame Academy)
* 10 Nate Johnson          G       6-3   183  Sr   *    Kansas City, MO (Ruskin/Pratt CC/Moberly Area CC)
* 12 Al Thornton           F       6-7   208  Fr        Perry, GA (Perry)
* 20 Andrew Wilson         G       6-6   206  So-R *    Kennesaw, GA (Harrison)                          Awarded 2nd Medical Redshirt Year
* 21 Benson Callier        G       6-6   204  So   *    Saint Petersburg (George Junior Republic)
* 22 Tim Pickett           G       6-4   207  Sr   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland/Daytona Beach CC/Indian River CC)
* 23 Von Wafer             G       6-5   210  Fr        Homer, LA (Heritage Christian Academy)
* 24 Ramone Penny          G       6-0   185  Fr        Minneapolis, MN (Mercersburg Academy)
  25 Diego Romero          F       6-10  245  Jr        Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina (Lon Morris JC)
  30 Orenn Fells           F       6-6   196  Sr   *    Winston-Salem, NC (Carver/Auburn/Abraham Baldwin JC)
                                                                                                         Torn ACL, out for the season
* 32 Alexander Johnson     F       6-10  250  Fr        Albany, GA (Dougherty/Bridgton Academy)
* 33 Mike Mathews          F-C     6-10  230  Sr-R ***  Blountstown (Florida/Fork Union Military Academy)
* 51 Adam Waleskowski      F       6-8   240  Jr   **   Kettering, OH (Archbishop Alter)
* 54 Anthony Richardson    F       6-7   189  Jr   **   Raleigh, NC (Leesville Road)

2003-04 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alexander Johnson        Rivals.Com - Freshman All-American - Honorable Mention

Tim Pickett              Associated Press - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  2

2003-04 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sam Cassell              19      G                  Minnesota Timberwolves
Bob Sura                  5      G                  Detroit Pistons
Bob Sura                  3      G                  Atlanta Hawks
Charlie Ward             21      G                  New York Knicks
Charlie Ward             17      G                  San Antonio Spurs

Noles in the Pros -  3

2004 Schedule and Results

             
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
NCAA
NIT
FSU
AP
FSU
USA
OPP
AP
OPP
USA
AP
UPI
11/21
Ref
H
MAINE
W 69-49
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/24
Ref
H
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE
Pittsburgh Invitational
W 81-67
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/26
Ref
H
NICHOLLS STATE
W 99-54
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/28
Ref
H
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
W 81-46
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/01
Ref
H
NORTHWESTERN
ACC/Big 10 Challenge
W 71-53
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/03
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI
W 66-60
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/06
Ref
H
FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON
W 83-46
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/14
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 67-58
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/18
Ref
H
WAGNER COLLEGE
Pittsburgh Invitational
W 83-62
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/20
Ref
N
CHICAGO STATE
Pittsburgh Invitational, Pittsburgh, Pa
W 47-42
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/22
Ref
A
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh Invitational
L 56-63
 
 
 
 
16
17
9
7
12/28
Ref
H
MARYLAND
W 79-75
 
 
 
 
24
25
19
24
12/30
Ref
A
STETSON
W 87-72
 
 
 
25
 
 
 
 
01/03
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 73-87
 
 
 
25
14
12
 
 
01/11
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 53-58
 
 
 
 
 
 
15
20
01/13
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 48-53
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/18
Ref
A
VIRGINIA
OT
L 67-76
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/22
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA
OT
W 90-81
 
 
 
 
7
11
18
22
01/25
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 75-70
 
 
 
 
10
7
17
15
01/29
Ref
A
DUKE
L 49-56
3
 
 
 
1
1
6
2
02/01
Ref
H
SAVANNAH STATE
W 88-73
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/03
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH
W 81-65
2
 
 
 
15
16
14
3
02/08
Ref
A
MARYLAND
L 62-73
 
 
 
 
 
 
19
24
02/10
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 59-75
 
 
 
 
21
 
15
20
02/14
Ref
H
CLEMSON
W 65-52
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/17
Ref
H
VIRGINIA
W 76-57
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/21
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA
L 71-78
 
 
 
 
16
19
18
22
02/25
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST
OT
L 87-90
 
 
 
 
11
11
17
15
02/29
Ref
H
DUKE
L 65-70
3
 
 
 
5
4
6
2
03/06
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
L 60-63
2
 
 
 
19
22
14
3
03/12
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
ACC, Greensboro, NC
L 71-78
 
 
 
 
17
20
15
20
03/17
Ref
A
WICHITA STATE
2 OT, NIT
W 91-84
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/23
Ref
H
IOWA STATE
NIT
L 59-62
 
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
EOY Stats Ref

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    19-14   15- 3    3-10    1- 1
VS ACC            6- 9    6- 2    0- 7    0- 0
AGAINST TOP 25    4- 9    4- 1    0- 7    0- 1

2004 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  DUKE                 13- 3    31- 6 
 2  NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11- 5    21-10 
 3t WAKE FOREST           9- 7    21-10 
 3t GEORGIA TECH          9- 7    28-10 
 5  NORTH CAROLINA        8- 8    19-11 
 6  MARYLAND              7- 9    20-12 
 7t FLORIDA STATE         6-10    19-14 
 7t VIRGINIA              6-10    18-13 
 9  CLEMSON               3-13    10-18 

2004 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Greensboro, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
03/11/2004  (8)VIRGINIA 83, (9)CLEMSON 79                       Round 1
03/12/2004  (1)DUKE 84, (8)VIRGINIA 74                          Round 2
03/12/2004  (4)GEORGIA TECH 83, (5)NORTH CAROLINA 82            Round 2
03/12/2004  (2)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78, (7)FLORIDA STATE 71     Round 2
03/12/2004  (6)MARYLAND 87, (3)WAKE FOREST 86                   Round 2
03/13/2004  (1)DUKE 85, (4)GEORGIA TECH 71                      Round 3
03/13/2004  (6)MARYLAND 85, (2)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 82          Round 3
03/14/2004  (6)MARYLAND 95, (1)DUKE 87                          Round 4, OT                                                

2003-04 - 30 Point Club

Name Date Opponent FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tim Pickett 02/03/2004 GEORGIA TECH 10 16 6 10 7 7 33 Tim Pickett 01/22/2004 NORTH CAROLINA 8 17 3 8 11 13 30

2003-04 - 15 Rebound Club

Name Date Opponent O-REB D-REB TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

2003-04 - 10 Assist Club

Name Date Opponent Assists ------------------------------------------------------------------ None

2003-04 EOY Stats

                                                --3 Point---                            ----REBOUNDS-----
Name                 GP GS  Min  FGM  FGA  PCT  FGM FGA  PCT  FTM FTA  PCT  PTS  AVG    OFF DEF  TOT  AVG  PF DQ  AST   TO  BLK  STL
====================================================================================================================================
Tim Pickett          33 33  985  185  427 .433  110 270 .407   63  83 .759  543 16.5     33 116  149  4.5  83  2   69   79   11   82
Alexander Johnson    33 16  687  103  187 .551    0   1 .000  106 157 .675  312  9.5     40  98  138  4.2  91  4   27   87   20   27
Von Wafer            32  0  565   90  244 .369   43 132 .326   30  50 .600  253  7.9     17  43   60  1.9  50  1   36   36    5   24
Anthony Richardson   33 16  590   81  187 .433   14  46 .304   66  81 .815  242  7.3     41  78  119  3.6  36  0   32   36   20   26
Adam Waleskowski     33  3  717   83  177 .469   21  52 .404   37  52 .712  224  6.8     71 107  178  5.4  76  0   38   70   22   30
Michael Joiner       33 30  738   79  164 .482   22  65 .338   23  34 .676  203  6.2     54  67  121  3.7  67  2   49   47   15   26
Nate Johnson         33 33  903   61  139 .439   42 100 .420   11  20 .550  175  5.3     10  66   76  2.3  40  0  125   39    3   34
Andrew Wilson        32 17  483   41  105 .390   28  71 .394   20  28 .714  130  4.1     26  38   64  2.0  53  1   27   24    2    6
Todd Galloway        33  0  483   31   90 .344   10  39 .256   35  51 .686  107  3.2      8  39   47  1.4  51  0   74   43    1   20
Al Thornton          30  0  238   30   58 .517    3   7 .429   21  42 .500   84  2.8     17  37   54  1.8  41  0    6   15    7    7
Mike Mathews         29 17  258   23   62 .371    0   0 .000   13  21 .619   59  2.0     17  36   53  1.8  27  0    7   32   18    5
Benson Callier       11  0   53    5   13 .385    1   1 1.00    4   6 .667   15  1.4      2  10   12  1.1  10  0    1    5    0    3
Emanuel Gordon        8  0   15    3    5 .600    2   3 .667    0   0 .000    8  1.0      1   1    2  0.3   2  0    1    2    0    0
Ramone Penny          6  0   10    0    2 .000    0   1 .000    4   6 .667    4  0.7      0   2    2  0.3   0  0    1    1    0    1
Team                                                                                     50  67  117                     3
====================================================================================================================================
FSU                  33          815 1860 .438  296 788 .376  433 631 .686 2359 71.5    387 805 1192 36.1 627 10  493  519  124  291
Opp                  33          739 1844 .401  245 762 .322  425 645 .659 2148 65.1    401 752 1153 34.9 610 16  408  538   95  231

2003-04 Game Stats

FLORIDA STATE 69, MAINE 49
11/21/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett scored 18 points and Anthony Richardson added 16 as Florida State opened the season Friday with a 69-49 victory over the Maine Black Bears.

Richardson scored eight of his points in a late 17-4 surge, was capped by two 3-point baskets by Pickett, as the Seminoles wore down the visitors and opened a 68-46 lead with just over a minute left.

Jermaine Jackson was the lone Maine player in double figures with 12 points, but he made just 3 of 12 shots.

Both clubs shots poorly in a game interrupted in the first half for nearly 20 minutes by a malfunctioning 35-second clock. The teams played the last 5:56 of the half without a shot clock. It was restored for the second half.

Maine shot 32.7 percent and only 26.9 percent from 3-point range. Florida State hit 38.9 percent of his tries with Richardson shooting 6-for-9.

Maine did have a 38-37 advantage in rebounds, but committed 21 turnovers that led to 20 Florida State points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  21   2   4    0    2   1   1   5      2    5   7  0   0  2   0   2
10 Nate Johnson          g  29   3   5    3    5   0   0   9      1    4   5  2   6  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  33   6  17    4   11   2   2  18      1    1   2  3   2  3   0   2
33 Mike Mathews          c  16   1   4    0    0   0   0   2      1    4   5  0   0  2   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  28   6   9    1    1   3   3  16      0    4   4  1   2  0   2   1
 4 Todd Galloway            11   0   4    0    3   3   4   3      0    2   2  2   2  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton              11   1   1    0    0   1   4   3      1    2   3  2   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson            17   1   3    1    2   1   2   4      1    0   1  2   0  1   0   0
21 Benson Callier            4   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        17   1   2    0    0   6   8   8      2    2   4  1   1  2   1   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         13   0   4    0    0   1   2   1      0    2   2  1   0  1   0   2
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  21  54    9   24  18  26  69     10   27  37 14  13 12   4   9
   Opp                     200  17  52    7   26   8  14  49     11   27  38 20   9 21   2   8


  1 2 Total
MAINE
28
21
49
FLORIDA STATE
36
33
69
Attendance: 6,655

FLORIDA STATE 81, GEORGETOWN COLLEGE 67
11/24/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Pittsburgh Invitational From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett led five Florida State double-figure scorers with 14 points as the Seminoles used fast starts in both halves to cruise to an 81-67 victory over Georgetown, Ky.

Florida State forward Alexander Johnson scored 13 points and Von Wafer, Anthony Richardson and Todd Galloway each added 10. The Seminoles (2-0) opened up a 32-point lead, 68-36 on Galloway's transition basket with 10:15 to play.

Georgetown, a perennial NAIA final four contender, missed its first 13 shots as the Seminoles opened the game with a 12-0 lead on Adam Waleskowski's 3-pointer. Will Walker's 3-pointer at 11:36 ended the Tigers' scoreless drought.

Georgetown closed out the game with a flurry against Florida State's reserves. The Tigers (5-1), who got a game-high 22 points from Marshall Williams, pulled within 13 twice in the final minute.

FSU led 40-22 at the half and used a 13-2 run to start the second half to put the game away.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  19   1   4    0    2   3   4   5      1    5   6  5   2  1   1   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  22   0   4    0    2   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   3  3   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  20   6  12    2    5   0   0  14      2    0   2  1   0  3   2   1
33 Mike Mathews          c  13   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      0    3   3  2   0  2   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  22   5   9    0    3   0   0  10      4    4   8  0   2  1   1   2
 4 Todd Galloway            18   3   3    0    0   4   5  10      1    1   2  0   3  1   0   1
12 Al Thornton              13   3   4    0    0   2   3   8      1    2   3  3   0  1   2   0
20 Andrew Wilson             9   0   1    0    1   2   2   2      0    1   1  0   0  2   0   0
21 Benson Callier            8   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   1  1   0   1
23 Von Wafer                18   3   6    2    4   2   6  10      0    4   4  2   2  3   1   0
32 Alexander Johnson        18   5   6    0    0   3   6  13      2    3   5  3   1  1   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         20   2   6    1    1   0   2   5      4    4   8  2   2  3   1   2
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  61    5   18  16  28  81     15   30  45 19  16 22   8   9
   Opp                     200  24  67    5   20  14  21  67     15   23  38 22  10 20   0   8


  1 2 Total
GEORGETOWN COLLEGE
22
45
67
FLORIDA STATE
40
41
81
Attendance: 5,378

FLORIDA STATE 99, NICHOLLS STATE 54
11/26/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State came up one 3-pointer shy of tying a single-game school record, hitting 13 in a 99-54 victory over Nicholls State on Wednesday night.

The Seminoles (3-0) sank seven of their first nine attempts from beyond the arc, building a 23-2 lead that the Colonels (0-2) never threatened.

Anthony Richardson led the Seminoles with 19 points and Tim Pickett added 16, while Alexander Johnson and Von Wafer added 12 and 11 points respectively. Seven different Seminoles connected on 3-pointers, including four from Pickett and three from Wafer.

FSU point guards Nate Johnson and Todd Galloway combined for 12 assists and just two turnovers, while aiding a defense that turned 29 turnovers into 37 points.

Nicholls State missed its first 12 shots and didn't make its first field goal until 11:41 into the first half. The Colonels trailed 44-24 at the half and were outscored 18-3 over the first six minutes of the second half.

Jason Wilkins led Nicholls State with 19 points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  18   3   5    1    1   0   0   7      1    1   2  1   2  0   1   2
10 Nate Johnson          g  20   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    3   3  1   4  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  21   5  11    4    9   2   2  16      0    3   3  2   6  1   1   4
33 Mike Mathews          c  15   2   3    0    0   0   0   4      1    1   2  2   1  0   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  18   8  11    2    3   1   1  19      3    1   4  1   1  3   0   3
 2 Emanuel Gordon            1   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            19   4   6    0    1   0   0   8      0    2   2  1   6  1   0   2
12 Al Thornton              12   2   4    1    3   3   6   8      2    2   4  4   0  1   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             9   0   3    0    3   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
21 Benson Callier           11   2   3    0    0   0   0   4      0    3   3  2   0  1   0   2
23 Von Wafer                20   3  11    3    8   2   2  11      0    3   3  2   2  5   0   2
24 Ramone Penny              1   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        21   6   6    0    0   0   2  12      1    2   3  2   0  2   0   2
51 Adam Waleskowski         14   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    2   3  0   0  2   0   1
   Team                                                           3    3   6                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  38  69   13   31  10  15  99     12   26  38 19  22 17   2  18
   Opp                     200  16  44    8   21  14  21  54      4   18  22 18  11 29   0   8


  1 2 Total
NICHOLLS STATE
24
30
54
FLORIDA STATE
44
55
99
Attendance: 4,613

FLORIDA STATE 81, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 46
11/28/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett scored 17 points and Florida State extended its best start in seven seasons, beating South Carolina State 81-46 on Friday.

Von Wafer and Al Thornton each scored 12 points and Michael Joiner added 10 for Florida State, which is 4-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Thurman Zimmerman had a game-high 25 points for South Carolina St. (1-2). Zimmerman made 9-of-18 shots from the field, but his teammates combined to shoot only 3-for-34 (8.8 percent) in the game.

Florida State shot 55.4 percent from the floor.

South Carolina State was within 21-15 with 7:59 left in the half, but missed seven of its next eight field goal attempts in a 16-6 Florida State run that gave the Seminoles a 16-point lead.

Thornton had Florida State's last 10 points of that pre-halftime burst, all coming on either layups or dunks and within a span of 2:30.

Florida State continued to pull away after halftime, opening with an 18-3 run and holding South Carolina State without a field goal over a 10-minute stretch.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  18   4   7    1    3   1   1  10      1    1   2  1   2  2   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  19   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   7  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  22   6  10    2    4   3   3  17      1    3   4  2   2  2   0   4
33 Mike Mathews          c  13   2   2    0    0   1   2   5      1    2   3  3   0  4   2   1
54 Anthony Richardson    f  23   2   4    0    1   2   3   6      0    6   6  1   0  1   2   0
 2 Emanuel Gordon            2   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      1    0   1  0   1  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            19   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      1    2   3  2   4  4   0   1
12 Al Thornton              18   6   8    0    0   0   1  12      2    4   6  2   0  1   1   0
21 Benson Callier            8   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  1   0  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                22   5  11    1    5   1   1  12      1    1   2  4   2  1   0   0
24 Ramone Penny              2   0   0    0    0   2   3   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   1
32 Alexander Johnson        15   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  5   0  3   1   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         19   3   4    1    1   2   2   9      1    4   5  1   2  1   1   4
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  31  56    7   19  12  16  81     11   25  36 23  20 20   7  11
   Opp                     200  12  52    1   16  21  25  46     14   16  30 18   5 22   1  10


  1 2 Total
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
23
23
46
FLORIDA STATE
37
44
81
Attendance: 5,575

FLORIDA STATE 71, NORTHWESTERN 53
12/01/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL, ACC/Big 10 Challenge From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Anthony Richardson scored 25 of a career-high 27 points in the second half Monday night to lead Florida State to a 71-53 victory over Northwestern.

The game was the first in the fifth annual Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten challenge that matches schools from each league.

Richardson, whose previous career high was 20 points, hit 10 of 13 shots, including four of five from 3-point distance.

Tim Pickett added 21 for the Seminoles (5-0), who had runs of 24-9 and 18-3 in the second half when they outscored the visitors 45-22.

Jitim Young led Northwestern with 17 points while teammates T.J. Parker and Evan Seacat added 12 each.

Northwestern (2-3) led 31-26 at halftime and built its advantage to 34-26 before Richardson keyed the 24-9 run that put Florida State into 50-43 lead.

The Wildcats pulled to within 50-48 on a pair of free throws by Young with 9:52 left when Florida State went on an 18-3 tear to put the game away.

Florida State shot 56.3 percent and was 54.5 percent from 3-poing range with Pickett going 5-for-8 behind the arc.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  21   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    1   2  1   3  1   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  28   1   3    1    3   0   0   3      0    1   1  1   6  1   0   3
22 Tim Pickett           g  34   8  15    5    8   0   0  21      0    3   3  1   2  4   0   4
33 Mike Mathews          c   9   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  33  10  13    4    5   3   3  27      1    2   3  1   2  1   1   0
 4 Todd Galloway            15   1   3    0    1   1   2   3      0    3   3  0   3  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               6   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             4   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                13   1   5    1    4   0   0   3      0    1   1  1   0  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        22   2   3    0    0   1   2   5      1    4   5  3   1  4   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         15   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      2    2   4  3   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  48   12   22   5   7  71      6   19  25 12  17 15   2   8
   Opp                     200  19  41    8   19   7  10  53      4   14  18 14  13 18   1   9


  1 2 Total
NORTHWESTERN
31
22
53
FLORIDA STATE
26
45
71
Attendance: 5,487

FLORIDA STATE 66, MISSISSIPPI 60
12/03/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Alexander Johnson scored a career-high 19 points to lead Florida State to a 66-60 win over Mississippi on Wednesday night.

The 6-10 Johnson, a freshman, hit all five field goal tries and made 9-of-10 free throws as Florida State moved to 6-0 on the season, its best start in 15 years.

Tim Pickett added 12 points and Michael Joiner 10 for the Seminoles, who shot 48.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point distance. But they had to repel a late surge by Ole Miss (2-2) to collect the win.

After trailing by double figures during much of the game, the Rebels closed to within 61-57 on a 3-point basket by Kendrick Fox with 3:01 left in the game.

But Florida State hit five of six free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

Justin Reed led Ole Miss with 18 points and freshman guard Todd Abernethy added 11.

Florida State led 34-20 at halftime, holding Mississippi to just 26.7 percent shooting, but the Rebels shot 59.3 percent in the second half to cut into the lead.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  23   4   5    2    2   0   0  10      1    4   5  1   0  3   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  26   0   2    0    2   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   5  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  30   4  10    2    5   2   2  12      0    5   5  1   1  1   0   1
33 Mike Mathews          c  11   1   4    0    0   0   0   2      1    0   1  3   0  1   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  26   1   5    1    3   1   2   4      1    6   7  1   1  3   1   1
 4 Todd Galloway            15   1   1    1    1   4   6   7      0    1   1  2   4  3   0   0
12 Al Thornton               6   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  1   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             8   2   3    1    1   1   2   6      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
21 Benson Callier            3   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                14   1   2    1    2   1   2   4      0    1   1  1   0  0   1   0
32 Alexander Johnson        20   5   5    0    0   9  10  19      0    2   2  2   0  0   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         18   1   2    0    0   0   1   2      1    2   3  0   2  0   0   0
   Team                                                           3    3   6                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  20  41    8   16  18  25  66      7   27  34 12  13 12   2   3
   Opp                     200  24  56   10   29   2   6  60      6   20  26 22  15  6   2   5


  1 2 Total
MISSISSIPPI
20
40
60
FLORIDA STATE
34
32
66
Attendance: 6,196

FLORIDA STATE 83, FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON 46
12/06/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett topped a balanced Florida State scoring attack with 15 points and the Seminoles used two big runs to ease past Fairleigh Dickinson 83-46 on Saturday.

Von Wafer had 13 points and Adam Waleskowski added 11 for Florida State, which moved to 7-0 for only the third time in school history. The Seminoles also started with seven straight wins in the 1977-78 and 1988-89 seasons.

Chad Timberlake and Brandon Edwards each scored 12 points for Fairleigh Dickinson (2-3), which shot just 29.5 percent for the game, committed 20 turnovers and missed 26 of 32 shots from the field in one stretch.

Led by Wafer, who scored seven straight Florida State points in the first half, and Waleskowski, the Seminoles held a 47-12 edge in bench scoring.

Florida State led 22-18 midway through the first half, but closed the half on a 21-5 run, capped by a Pickett 3-pointer at the buzzer.

An 18-3 run, starting early in the second half, allowed the Seminoles to open a 66-33 lead with 7:09 remaining. No Florida State starter played more than 22 minutes.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  18   2   4    0    2   3   4   7      1    2   3  1   0  0   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  18   2   3    1    2   0   0   5      0    3   3  1   2  1   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  22   5   9    5    8   0   0  15      0    3   3  2   2  3   0   1
33 Mike Mathews          c  17   1   6    0    0   0   0   2      1    1   2  0   1  1   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson    f  20   2   6    0    0   3   4   7      4    1   5  1   3  0   0   1
 2 Emanuel Gordon            2   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            20   1   3    0    1   0   0   2      0    2   2  1   4  0   0   3
12 Al Thornton              14   2   3    0    0   3   4   7      2    3   5  2   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson            12   1   3    1    3   2   2   5      1    3   4  1   1  1   1   0
23 Von Wafer                20   4   8    1    3   4   5  13      1    0   1  2   2  2   0   2
24 Ramone Penny              2   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        20   2   4    0    0   3   6   7      0    5   5  2   0  2   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         15   5   9    1    1   0   0  11      3    3   6  2   1  3   0   1
   Team                                                           3    5   8                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  28  60    9   21  18  25  83     16   31  47 15  17 14   1  12
   Opp                     200  18  61    6   30   4  11  46     16   19  35 18   6 20   2   4


  1 2 Total
FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON
23
23
46
FLORIDA STATE
43
40
83
Attendance: 5,030

FLORIDA STATE 67, MIAMI 58
12/14/2003, CORAL GABLES, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

CORAL GABLES, FL - Anthony Richardson scored 15 points, including five in a game-ending 13-0 run that helped Florida State match its best start in school history by beating instate rival Miami 67-58 on Sunday.

The win was coach Leonard Hamilton's second in as many seasons against his former team. This one was sweeter, though, coming in his return to the school where he spent 10 years.

He now has the Seminoles (8-0) off to their best start, matching what they did to open the 1977-78 and 1988-89 seasons.

Showing Hamilton's penchant for intense defense, Florida State forced six turnovers and held Miami (5-3) scoreless over the final seven minutes - a stretch that proved to be the difference in the game.

The 'Canes led 58-54 before missing their final seven shots.

Florida State's leading scorer, Tim Pickett, picked up two early fouls and was scoreless in the first half. But he scored 12 points after the break and started the comeback with a steal and a layup with 4:28 remaining.

Alexander Johnson had a dunk, Richardson hit a free throw and Johnson added a layup to make it 61-58. Richardson and Pickett combined to go for 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.

Miami had three consecutive chances to take a lead trailing 59-58, but Darius Rice had a turnover and then Armondo Surratt missed a layup and a 3-pointer.

Rice led the Hurricanes with 20 points despite back spasms that cost him to miss several practices in the past week. Surratt added 15.

Hamilton showed little emotion in his return. In his final three years at Miami, the Hurricanes went 39-13 in the Big East and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments - including an improbable run to the Sweet 16 in 2000.

After that season, then-Washington Wizards president Michael Jordan lured Hamilton to the professional ranks. But Hamilton resigned after going 19-63 in his first season.

He was out of coaching until March 2002, when the Seminoles hired him to rebuild a program with four consecutive losing seasons.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  17   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    1   2  5   0  1   1   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  29   1   2    1    2   0   1   3      0    2   2  1   4  2   0   2
22 Tim Pickett           g  24   4   9    1    4   3   4  12      0    1   1  3   2  6   0   4
33 Mike Mathews          c  20   2   2    0    0   2   4   6      0    5   5  0   2  1   2   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  31   4   9    2    3   5   6  15      0    6   6  1   3  1   2   2
 4 Todd Galloway            18   2   4    0    1   0   0   4      0    0   0  0   1  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               9   2   3    0    0   0   0   4      0    3   3  1   1  1   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson             6   1   3    1    3   0   0   3      1    0   1  1   0  1   0   0
21 Benson Callier            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                12   1   5    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   1
32 Alexander Johnson        16   3   4    0    0   1   3   7      1    5   6  4   0  3   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         17   3   5    0    1   3   3   9      2    4   6  2   1  4   0   0
   Team                                                           0    6   6                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  48    5   15  14  21  67      5   33  38 18  15 21   5  10
   Opp                     200  23  65    7   29   5   7  58     11   23  34 21  12 15   4  11


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
31
36
67
MIAMI
35
23
58
Attendance: 4,155

FLORIDA STATE 83, WAGNER COLLEGE 62
12/18/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Pittsburgh Invitational From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Anthony Richardson and Tim Pickett each scored six points during an 18-0 run to start the second half as Florida State remained unbeaten with a 83-62 victory over winless Wagner on Wednesday night.

Florida State (9-0) is off to its best start in school history.

The latest victory came in a second-round game in the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic. The Seminoles now advance to play Chicago State on Saturday in Pittsburgh and then against the host Panthers on Monday.

Pickett finished with 14 points, followed by 12 from Richardson and 10 from freshman Alexander Johnson.

Jamal Webb scored 13 points and Doug Viegas 11 for Wagner (0-6). The Seahawks, who play Georgetown, Ky., in the tournament Saturday, shot only 31.6 percent.

Florida State had too much size and too much depth, outscoring Wagner 30-10 in the paint and 40-24 off the bench.

The unranked Seminoles built an early 22-9 lead, but led just 41-34 at the half before jumping out to a 59-34 lead in the first six minutes of the second half.

Florida State twice started with 8-0 records, in the 1977-78 and 1988-89 seasons.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  16   3   7    2    4   0   0   8      1    5   6  4   2  1   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  19   2   3    2    3   0   0   6      0    2   2  0   7  1   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  18   5   8    4    7   0   0  14      0    3   3  2   2  2   0   5
33 Mike Mathews          c  15   1   3    0    0   1   2   3      0    1   1  1   0  0   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  25   5   9    0    2   2   2  12      2    2   4  3   0  0   1   3
 2 Emanuel Gordon            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            20   3   7    1    3   0   0   7      2    2   4  2   2  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton              14   0   2    0    1   1   2   1      0    6   6  2   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             9   2   3    1    2   2   2   7      1    2   3  2   0  1   0   0
21 Benson Callier            5   1   2    1    1   0   0   3      0    2   2  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                24   2  11    2    7   0   1   6      0    2   2  2   0  1   0   0
24 Ramone Penny              1   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        13   3   5    0    0   4   4  10      0    1   1  2   1  2   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         20   3   6    0    1   0   3   6      5    2   7  4   2  1   0   2
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  67   13   31  10  16  83     13   31  44 24  16 11   2  12
   Opp                     200  18  57    9   30  17  29  62     15   24  39 15  11 18   1   5


  1 2 Total
WAGNER COLLEGE
34
28
62
FLORIDA STATE
41
42
83
Attendance: 4,798

FLORIDA STATE 47, CHICAGO STATE 42
12/20/2003, Pittsburgh Invitational, Pittsburgh, Pa From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Anthony Richardson made two free throws with 13 seconds left, the only scoring in the final four minutes, and unbeaten Florida State gained a 47-42 victory over Chicago State on Saturday.

Chicago State (1-9), a Mid-Continent Conference team that has lost its last 28 games against Division I opponents, turned the ball over three times down the stretch after a charging call on Florida State's Nate Johnson with the Seminoles up 45-42.

The Cougars shot only 16.7 percent in the second half, 4-of-24. The Cougars turned the ball over in the backcourt after Johnson's foul, and Tony Weeden had the ball knocked out of his hand as he tried to get off a shot in the lane with a minute left and the Cougars in position to tie it with a 3-pointer.

Florida State had nine players score, but none reached double figures as Tim Pickett was held to five points, 10 below his average, and Richardson was held to eight, nearly five points below his 12.9 average. Pickett was 1-of-8 as Florida State made only 4 of 20 3-point attempts.

Adam Waleskowski had nine points and Johnson had eight points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot only 30 percent in a second half in which the teams combined to make only 10 of 44 shots.

Weeden had 16 points and Craig Franklin had 12 for Chicago State, which hasn't won since beating North Central 94-63 on Nov. 25.

Florida State is 3-0 and Chicago State is 0-3 in the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Tournament, an exempt event with predetermined brackets played at campus sites and the University of Pittsburgh. Florida State's previous two wins in the tournament, over Georgetown (Ky.) College and Wagner, were on its home court in Tallahassee.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  16   1   4    1    2   0   0   3      1    2   3  2   0  0   1   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  27   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    2   2  3   1  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  25   2  11    1    8   0   0   5      1    1   2  4   1  2   0   2
33 Mike Mathews          c  11   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    3   4  2   0  1   4   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  26   3   8    0    2   2   2   8      3    2   5  0   2  3   2   2
 4 Todd Galloway            12   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   2  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson            13   2   3    0    1   0   3   4      1    1   2  0   0  2   0   0
21 Benson Callier            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                17   1   5    0    4   3   3   5      0    1   1  1   1  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        25   1   4    0    0   6   8   8      1    7   8  3   3  3   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         26   3   5    1    2   2   2   9      2    4   6  2   1  3   3   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  15  43    4   20  13  18  47     12   24  36 20  11 16  10   4
   Opp                     200  14  47    5   12   9  17  42     14   18  32 18   6 13   4   6


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
28
19
47
CHICAGO STATE
27
15
42
Attendance: 842

PITTSBURGH 63, FLORIDA STATE 56
12/22/2003, PITTSBURGH, PA, Pittsburgh Invitational From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Mark McCarroll, a seldom-used reserve last season, scored 13 points in his second consecutive strong game and No. 16 Pittsburgh dealt Florida State its first loss, 63-56 Monday night.

Carl Krauser led Pitt (11-0) with 17 points and McCarroll had six points during a pivotal 10-2 run that started the second half and gave the Panthers a 38-30 lead.

McCarroll, a 6-foot-10 junior, didn't play in nearly half of Pitt's games last season and hadn't scored more than 10 points in his career until getting 14 in Saturday's 70-49 victory over Murray State. His playing time has increased substantially as starter Chevon Troutman fights through a groin injury.

Troutman, riding a stationary bicycle behind the Panthers bench to stay loose while out of the game, shook off a scoreless first half to get nine points down the stretch and help Pitt open leads of as many as 10 points.

The game essentially served as the championship game of the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Tournament, a six-team exempt event played both at campus sites and Pitt. Florida State and Pitt were predrawn to meet in the final game.

Pittsburgh moved within one victory of matching the school's best start, 12-0 in 1929-30, and won its 31st in a row at home. The Panthers are 25-0 at home since the Petersen Events Center opened last season.

Florida State (10-1) failed to match a 33-year-old school record of 11 consecutive victories set during the Dave Cowens era, despite Tim Pickett's 14 points and highly recruited freshman Von Wafer's 13. Nate Johnson added 12 points, but only one of Florida State's three starting inside players, Mike Matthews (two points) scored.

Wafer got the Seminoles within 56-50 with a jumper from the wing with just over a minute left but, after a Pitt turnover, he missed a jumper that would have cut it to four. Pitt's Jaron Brown then grabbed a loose ball and scored off a driving layup to get the lead back to eight.

The Seminoles, trying to follow up an earlier win at Miami by beating a Big East team on its home court for the second time this month, traded leads for much of the first half while making 6-of-11 3-pointers. The Seminoles were 4-of-14 on 3-pointers in the second half.

Jaron Brown added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Pitt, which has held six of its last seven points to 56 points or fewer.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  23   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      2    2   4  0   1  1   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  28   4   6    4    6   0   0  12      0    2   2  1   3  2   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  35   6  15    2    8   0   0  14      2    6   8  4   3  4   1   0
33 Mike Mathews          c  11   1   4    0    0   0   1   2      1    0   1  1   0  1   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  20   0   4    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   2  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            13   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  3   2  2   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             8   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      1    1   2  1   1  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                17   5   9    2    5   1   1  13      0    2   2  2   0  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        21   3   8    0    0   1   2   7      0    0   0  1   1  1   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         24   2   4    1    3   0   2   5      0    4   4  3   0  1   0   1
   Team                                                           2    1   3         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  54   10   25   2   6  56      9   19  28 16  13 14   2   2
   Opp                     200  26  50    3   14   8  16  63     10   22  32 11  16 10   2   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
28
28
56
PITTSBURGH
28
35
63
Attendance: 11,081

FLORIDA STATE 79, MARYLAND 75
12/28/2003, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Alexander Johnson's ferocious dunk sparked a 16-2 run midway through the second half Sunday, and Florida State bounced back from its lone loss of the season by opening Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 79-75 win over Maryland on Sunday.

Florida State (11-1, 1-0) blew a 14-point lead early in the game and fell behind 56-51 in the second half before the Seminoles' run gave them a 67-58 lead with 6:20 left.

Von Wafer and Nate Johnson hit successive 3-point shots during the spurt to help the Seminoles win their first conference opener in four seasons. But it was Johnson's dunk that gave Florida State the lead at 57-56 with 8:48 left as the Seminoles snapped a five-game losing streak against Maryland dating back to the 1999-2000 season.

Johnson led Florida State with 14 points and Tim Pickett added 13, all in the second half. The Seminoles started the season with 10 straight wins before losing 63-56 to Pittsburgh last Monday.

Nik Caner-Medley, John Gilchrist and Chris McCray all scored 15 points for Maryland (7-3, 0-1).

Michael Joiner and Mike Mathews combined for 13 points in the opening minutes when Florida State jumped out to an 18-4 lead, but Maryland scrambled back and tied the game at 30-all.

The Seminoles led 37-36 at the half even though Pickett and Anthony Richardson, their top two scorers, were held scoreless.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  23   4   8    1    2   1   2  10      2    4   6  2   1  4   0   4
10 Nate Johnson          g  31   3   5    1    1   0   0   7      0    2   2  3   2  1   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  34   4  14    2    5   3   4  13      3    2   5  4   2  3   0   3
33 Mike Mathews          c  17   3   9    0    0   2   2   8      2    2   4  1   0  1   2   2
54 Anthony Richardson    f  18   0   3    0    1   6   6   6      2    5   7  4   3  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            11   0   1    0    0   2   4   2      1    0   1  1   2  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton               1   0   0    0    0   1   2   1      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson            12   1   4    1    3   0   0   3      1    1   2  1   0  0   0   1
21 Benson Callier            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                18   4   7    2    4   1   3  11      1    1   2  1   1  2   0   1
32 Alexander Johnson        18   5   7    0    0   4   6  14      1    2   3  3   0  2   2   2
51 Adam Waleskowski         16   0   2    0    0   4   4   4      0    4   4  2   0  2   0   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  60    7   16  24  33  79     14   25  39 22  11 18   4  14
   Opp                     200  29  66    7   20  10  18  75     17   25  42 24  11 24   5   7


  1 2 Total
MARYLAND
36
39
75
FLORIDA STATE
37
42
79
Attendance: 8,074

FLORIDA STATE 87, STETSON 72
12/30/2003, DELAND, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

DELAND, FL - Florida State guards Nate Johnson, Tim Pickett and Von Wafer led an assault that resulted in a team record 17 3-pointers and an 87-72 victory over Stetson late Tuesday.

Johnson, a senior, scored a career-high 20 points highlighted by 6-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Wafer, a true freshman, came off the bench in the first half and scored his 11, including three consecutive 3-point baskets, in 13 minutes; Pickett, a senior guard who leads FSU with a 14.3 scoring average, had 12 points on four 3-point baskets.

FSU (12-1) broke its single-game record of 14 3-point field goals against Jacksonville in the 1996-97 season. FSU shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from behind the 3-point arc and at one point in the first half made eight straight baskets from 3-point range.

Stetson (2-5) lost its fifth straight. Sophomore guard E.J. Gordon scored 23 points, his 22nd consecutive game in double figures, to lead the Hatters. Sophomore guard Anthony Register added 17.

The win keeps FSU on pace to match its best start ever, a 16-1 run in the 1971-72 season that saw the Seminoles reach the finals of the NCAA tournament. FSU, placed just behind No. 25 Marquette in this week's poll, plays at No. 14 Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The game was tied 10-10 before Wafer led FSU on a 14-2 run midway through the first half, scoring on a baseline layup and then hitting three straight 3-point baskets.

The Seminoles led 51-32 at the break.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  22   3   5    1    2   0   0   7      2    3   5  1   2  0   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  28   7   7    6    6   0   0  20      1    1   2  0   4  2   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  20   4  13    4   11   0   0  12      0    1   1  2   2  3   0   3
33 Mike Mathews          c  10   2   3    0    0   2   3   6      1    1   2  3   1  2   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  22   3   6    1    2   2   2   9      0    4   4  0   2  1   0   2
 2 Emanuel Gordon            2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            15   1   1    1    1   1   2   4      0    0   0  2   4  3   1   0
12 Al Thornton              11   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      0    0   0  3   1  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson            10   1   4    1    2   0   0   3      1    1   2  2   2  0   0   0
21 Benson Callier            5   1   1    0    0   3   4   5      1    0   1  2   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                20   4   5    3    4   0   0  11      0    3   3  3   1  1   0   0
24 Ramone Penny              1   0   0    0    0   0   1   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        20   1   2    0    0   2   2   4      2    4   6  5   2  4   2   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         14   1   5    0    2   0   0   2      0    5   5  0   1  5   0   0
   Team                                                           2    4   6         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  54   17   30  10  14  87     10   28  38 25  22 24   4   7
   Opp                     200  24  59    5   23  19  31  72     12   15  27 18   9 16   3  15


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
51
36
87
STETSON
32
40
72
Attendance: 4,584

FLORIDA 87, FLORIDA STATE 73
01/03/2004, GAINESVILLE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Anthony Roberson scored a career-high 28 points Saturday and No. 14 Florida wore down Florida State with its full-court press in an 87-73 victory.

Roberson, a sophomore, made seven 3-pointers to help the Gators win their fourth straight. Tim Pickett scored a season-high 25 points for the Seminoles.

The teams played back and forth for most of the first 30 minutes. Only when Adrian Moss made an 8-footer did the Gators go ahead 60-50 for their first double-digit lead of the game. Moss' basket was part of a 21-8 Florida run. Roberson had 20 points by halftime. He reached the 20-point mark at the buzzer this time, taking a feed from Matt Walsh and hitting a 3 from the corner for a 39-33 lead.

David Lee had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Florida.

Although the Seminoles fell short, they showed their 10-0 start to the season wasn't a fluke. Pickett was tenacious, and the front line of Michael Joiner (seven points, five rebounds) and Anthony Richardson (eight points, five rebounds) banged around effectively with the lighter Gators. The teams combined to shoot 57 free throws.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  23   3   4    1    1   0   2   7      4    1   5  3   4  1   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  31   2   4    0    2   3   4   7      0    2   2  4   4  2   0   2
22 Tim Pickett           g  36   8  13    6   10   3   3  25      3    4   7  1   2  1   0   2
33 Mike Mathews          c   8   0   0    0    0   2   3   2      0    0   0  1   0  2   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  27   2   7    0    1   4   6   8      1    4   5  4   0  4   1   1
 4 Todd Galloway            10   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   2  3   0   0
12 Al Thornton               4   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    1   1  2   0  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             2   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                17   3   8    1    3   1   2   8      0    0   0  0   1  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        20   4   7    0    0   2   4  10      1    0   1  5   0  2   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         22   2   2    0    0   0   1   4      0    6   6  2   1  4   0   1
   Team                                                                4   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  46    8   18  17  27  73      9   22  31 25  14 21   1   8
   Opp                     200  28  55    9   24  22  30  87      9   22  31 22  17 12   1   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
33
40
73
FLORIDA
39
48
87
Attendance: 12,141

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 58, FLORIDA STATE 53
01/11/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Levi Watkins hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to go to put North Carolina State ahead to stay and help the Wolfpack beat Florida State 58-53 on Sunday.

Al Thornton's 3-pointer from the corner with 1:34 left capped a 9-0 run that gave Florida State a 53-52 lead, its only advantage of the second half. Watkins, who scored 13 points off the bench, gave the Wolfpack the lead back 25 seconds later.

After Watkins' basket, Engin Atsur took the ball away from Florida State's Alexander Johnson - one of two Seminoles' turnovers in the final 52 seconds. Florida State then fouled Julius Hodge, who hit two free throws for a 57-53 lead with 27 seconds left.

Atsur hit another free throw with 13 seconds left to complete the scoring as the Wolfpack won their 10th straight over Florida State dating back to Jan. 23, 1999.

N.C. State (9-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 30-25 at the half. Hodge led the Wolfpack with 15 points, while Atsur had 11.

Anthony Richardson had 12 points and Tim Pickett had 10 on just 3-for-10 shooting for Florida State (12-3, 1-1), which was trying for only its second 2-0 ACC start in 13 years. The Seminoles have lost three of their last five games, following a 10-0 start to the season.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  27   0   4    0    2   0   0   0      2    3   5  0   3  1   0   2
10 Nate Johnson          g  27   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      0    3   3  2   1  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  32   3  10    1    4   3   4  10      1    2   3  3   1  2   0   1
33 Mike Mathews          c   8   0   2    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  26   4   8    0    2   4   4  12      2    1   3  1   0  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            14   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    2   2  2   0  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton              11   2   3    1    1   2   4   7      2    2   4  1   0  1   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson             8   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                15   0   6    0    2   0   0   0      1    3   4  0   1  1   0   0
32 Alexander Johnson        16   4   6    0    0   0   0   8      1    3   4  4   0  3   1   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         16   3   3    1    1   0   0   7      1    2   3  1   0  2   0   1
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  18  49    4   16  13  16  53     11   23  34 16   7 13   1   4
   Opp                     200  21  54    8   30   8   9  58     10   19  29 18  10  7   2   4


  1 2 Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
30
28
58
FLORIDA STATE
25
28
53
Attendance: 8,517

CLEMSON 53, FLORIDA STATE 48
01/13/2004, CLEMSON, SC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

CLEMSON, SC - Shawan Robinson scored 10 points - the only player in the game to score double figures - to lead Clemson to a 53-48 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night, giving first-year coach Oliver Purnell his first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

Clemson (8-6, 1-2 ACC) used a late 9-0 run and then survived some poor free throw shooting to hang on for the victory. Both teams shot poorly from the floor. The Tigers shot 34.8 percent compared with the Seminoles' (12-4, 1-2) 37 percent.

Michael Joiner and Alexander Johnson each scored nine points for Florida State, which has lost 17 consecutive conference road games. In its last two games, Florida State has made just 35-of-95 shots from the field.

Robinson barely got to double figures. He had to make a free throw with 32.8 seconds remaining to get 10 points.

Trailing 27-19 at the half, Florida State opened the second half with an 11-2 run to go up 30-29 with 12:44 remaining. Alexander Johnson made two field goals and Adam Waleskowski and Tim Pickett both had 3-pointers during the run.

After Pickett's 3, the Seminoles went cold. They scored just one field goal in the next nine minutes.

Clemson's 9-0 run was led by Robinson's 3-pointer during and Akin Akingbala capped it with a dunk to give the Tigers a 44-33 lead with 4:20 left.

Clemson made just 9 of 17 from the line down the stretch to allow the Seminoles to stay in the game.

But Florida State could get no closer than three points at 51-48 with 14.4 seconds left.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  29   3   4    2    2   1   2   9      3    4   7  2   1  4   2   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  22   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      1    2   3  3   6  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  32   3  14    2   11   0   1   8      0    1   1  2   1  2   0   2
33 Mike Mathews          c   3   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  1   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson    f  21   0   2    0    1   2   4   2      1    2   3  2   1  1   0   1
 4 Todd Galloway            20   2   5    0    1   2   2   6      0    3   3  3   0  2   0   1
12 Al Thornton               5   0   1    0    0   0   2   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson            10   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   1
23 Von Wafer                17   4  10    0    2   0   1   8      1    0   1  5   2  1   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson        25   3   4    0    0   3   4   9      1    2   3  3   2  5   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         16   1   2    1    1   0   0   3      2    2   4  2   1  2   0   0
   Team                                                           1    3   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  17  46    6   20   8  16  48     10   21  31 23  14 20   2  10
   Opp                     200  16  46    7   22  14  25  53     14   24  38 17  13 18   0  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
19
29
48
CLEMSON
27
26
53
Attendance: 8,000

VIRGINIA 76, FLORIDA STATE 67
01/18/2004, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, OT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Devin Smith scored all 21 of his points after halftime, including the first five in overtime Sunday, and Virginia gave Florida State its 18th straight ACC road loss, 76-67.

Todd Billet added 26 points for Virginia (11-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which avoided its first 0-4 start in league play since they went 0-5 in 1998-99, Pete Gillen's first season as head coach.

Florida State (12-5, 1-3) lost for the fourth time in five games since an 11-1 start. The Seminoles' last victory on the road in the conference came in the final game of 2000-01 at Clemson.

Smith, who had seven in overtime, and Billet, who had 18 points in the second half and overtime, combined for 39 of Virginia's 51 points after the intermission in a game Gillen called a "must-win."

Smith struck first in the extra period, making his fourth 3-pointer from the left corner and then a 15-footer with 4:03 left to give Virginia a 70-65 lead. The Seminoles, who were 0-for-9 from the field in the extra period, didn't score until Tim Pickett's free throws with 1:43 left.

Donte Minter's two free throws and two more by Billet pushed Virginia's lead to 74-67 and set off a celebration at University Hall.

Von Wafer led the Seminoles with 17 points and Michael Joiner and Anthony Richardson each added 12. Florida State shot just 32 percent.

Billet's sixth 3-pointer with 1:25 left in regulation gave Virginia a 65-64 lead, but Adam Waleskowski, whose putback had tied it with 1:45 to play, hit the second of two free throws with 1:12 left to tie it at 65.

Neither team scored again until the overtime.

Billet had a 3-pointer and three straight assists in a 16-2 run that gave Virginia a 46-39 lead with 14:14 remaining in the second half. The first two assists fed Smith for 3-pointers from each corner, and the last gave Jason Clark an easy layup.

But the Seminoles came back right away as Wafer hit two 3s and completed a three-point play and Pickett scored on a layup and 3-pointer. The 14-7 Florida State run tied the game at 53 with 8:36 left.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  30   5   9    2    4   0   0  12      4    0   4  0   3  2   2   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  15   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  17   1   4    1    4   0   0   3      1    2   3  3   2  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  39   3  16    1    9   2   2   9      2    9  11  2   2  0   1   0
33 Mike Mathews          c   5   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            30   0   7    0    2   0   0   0      0    3   3  3   5  1   0   2
12 Al Thornton               3   0   2    0    0   0   2   0      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                23   6  15    4    8   1   2  17      4    4   8  1   2  1   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson        26   1   7    0    0   4   7   6      2    2   4  3   0  4   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         26   2   4    1    2   3   4   8      5    2   7  3   0  3   3   0
54 Anthony Richardson       11   4   4    1    1   3   3  12      1    0   1  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 225  22  69   10   31  13  20  67     22   23  45 16  14 15   6   7
   Opp                     225  26  59   13   31  11  16  76     11   29  40 22  18 16   8   7


  1 2 OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
30
35
2
67
VIRGINIA
25
40
11
76
Attendance: 7,345

FLORIDA STATE 90, NORTH CAROLINA 81
01/22/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL, OT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - North Carolina coach Roy Williams was worried that points were coming too easily against Florida State.

He was right.

The Seminoles erased a 24-point deficit and stunned the Tar Heels 90-81 in overtime Thursday night, ending a four-game losing streak.

Florida State seemed completely overmatched as North Carolina's accurate shooting helped build a 42-18 lead with just more than five minutes left in the first half.

"It was fools' gold for us, making all the jump shots and thinking it was going to be easy," Williams said.

Tim Pickett scored six of his 30 points in overtime for Florida State, which scored the first 11 points of the extra period.

Seminoles reserve point guard Todd Galloway tied it on a 3-pointer from the corner with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation, tying the game for the first time since the opening tip.

Galloway's clutch shot to even it at 78 was set up when Florida State's Alexander Johnson blocked a shot by Sean May.

"I was late getting to him," Johnson said. "He kind of laid it out there for me and I just went and got it."

Rashad McCants and Melvin Scott each hit four 3-pointers in the first half for North Carolina. They keyed a 21-0 run that gave the Tar Heels their big early lead.

The Seminoles (13-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) scrambled back to trail 49-35 at halftime on a basket by Galloway, who raced the length of the court and was going up for a layup when the red light came on the backboard.

The basket was ruled good and later became an important two points.

"This is a very significant win for our team because North Carolina represents the tradition in basketball we're trying to get to," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We're the kind of team, in order to be successful, we have to be playing all out."

Florida State made two big runs in the second half.

The Seminoles closed to 53-43 early in the half, but North Carolina built an 18-point lead, 67-49, with 12:33 left.

Then Pickett went to work, driving to the basket often and getting to the foul line. He made 11 of 13 free throws and led the Seminoles with nine rebounds.

Pickett, who had just eight points at halftime, scored 13 in the final 11:22 of regulation to lead the comeback. Johnson, who started overtime with a basket, added 15 points.

Riding the momentum of a stunning rally, the Seminoles quickly took control in overtime. McCants hit a 3 with 20.4 seconds remaining for North Carolina's only points in the extra session.

When the final buzzer sounded, fans poured onto the court in celebration.

North Carolina (11-4, 1-3) shot 10-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half, but just 1-of-9 in overtime, spoiling Williams' first visit to Florida State.

McCants led five Tar Heels in double figures with 26 points. Jawad Williams added 15 and Scott 14, but none in the second half.

May grabbed 10 rebounds, although Florida State had a 40-31 edge in that category.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  27   3   4    1    1   0   0   7      2    3   5  3   2  4   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  23   2   2    2    2   0   0   6      0    1   1  1   1  2   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  17   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   1  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  41   8  17    3    8  11  13  30      2    7   9  3   2  1   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson     c  28   7  11    0    0   1   2  15      2    3   5  1   0  3   3   2
 4 Todd Galloway            23   2   3    1    2   2   2   7      1    3   4  3   4  2   0   2
12 Al Thornton              13   3   4    0    0   1   2   7      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                22   3   7    0    3   0   1   6      2    1   3  1   2  1   0   0
33 Mike Mathews              2   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         20   2   5    0    1   1   2   5      2    4   6  3   0  3   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson        9   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  3   0   2
   Team                                                           2    3   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 225  33  59    8   19  16  22  90     13   27  40 17  12 20   3  11
   Opp                     225  29  64   12   29  11  19  81     13   18  31 16  18 16   2  10


  1 2 OT Total
NORTH CAROLINA
49
29
3
81
FLORIDA STATE
35
43
12
90
Attendance: 11,562

FLORIDA STATE 75, WAKE FOREST 70
01/25/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL -Tim Pickett's second strong finish made some history for Florida State.

The Seminoles, with Pickett again having a big second half, beat No. 10 Wake Forest 75-70 on Sunday, giving them consecutive wins over Top Ten teams for the first time in school history.

He scored all of his 18 points after halftime Sunday and Florida State made six straight free throws over the final 45 seconds to hand the Demon Deacons' their fourth straight loss.

Last Thursday, Pickett scored 22 points after halftime to spark the Seminoles to a 90-81 overtime victory over No. 7 North Carolina.

Up next is No. 1 Duke on Thursday.

"In all my years of coaching I've never been part of a scenario where your team is on the rise and you play the 10th, the seventh, then have a chance to go play the No. 1-ranked team," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "You have to be realistic where we are. We're still a team that's developing, that's trying to move our program to a program of significance in the ACC as well as on a national basis."

Wake Forest (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), has reached those levels, but the Demon Deacons added a loss to the list that included Texas, Duke and Georgia Tech.

"What we're doing ... works for 39 minutes," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "It would be nice if it worked for 40.

"We've had a good two months and a bad two weeks," Prosser said. "We can't languish in it."

Pickett's 3-pointer with 1:17 left pulled Florida State (14-5, 3-3) within 70-69 and his two free throws with 2 seconds left clinched it.

"One of our goals was not to let Pickett beat us," Prosser said. "He obviously made several big shots."

Todd Galloway's first points of the game, two free throws with 45 seconds remaining, gave the Seminoles their first lead of the second half at 71-70.

In a game similar to Thursday's win, the Seminoles scored the final eight points Sunday with Pickett doing much of the damage.

"I don't get down on myself," said Pickett, who sat most of the first half after picking up an early second foul. "I just cheered my teammates on."

Nate Johnson and Adam Waleskowski kept Florida State in the game during the first half, combining for 26 of the team's 36 points as Pickett went scoreless. Johnson hit all four of his 3-point attempts while Waleskowski contributed 12 points and five rebounds.

"Everything was falling," Walkeskowski said. "I was picking up some garbage baskets."

Johnson led all scorers with 19 points while Waleskowski finished with a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

"It was one of those games when the first couple go down and you feel like you can't miss," Johnson said.

Freshman Chris Paul led Wake Forest with 17 points, while Eric Williams added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kyle Visser, who fouled out in the final minute with 12 points, had scored Wake Forest's final basket with on a tip-in with 4:23 left.

"We had to put two guys on him to slow him up a little bit," Hamilton said of Paul. "I'm not real sure any one guy could contain a guy with that kind of speed and quickness."

The Demon Deacons led by as many as eight points on three occasions in the second half, the last time at 63-55 with 9:16 left on a Williams' free throw.

Waleskowski and Pickett each added two free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the win.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  24   3   9    1    4   1   2   8      3    1   4  4   1  1   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  32   6   8    5    7   2   4  19      0    1   1  0   7  1   0   5
20 Andrew Wilson         f  21   1   3    0    2   0   1   2      0    1   1  3   2  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  28   6  11    4    8   2   2  18      0    3   3  3   3  1   0   1
32 Alexander Johnson     c  24   2   6    0    0   3   4   7      0    2   2  2   0  3   0   3
 4 Todd Galloway            11   0   2    0    2   2   2   2      0    2   2  2   0  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton               5   0   1    0    0   1   2   1      0    1   1  1   1  0   0   1
23 Von Wafer                15   0   3    0    2   0   1   0      0    0   0  2   0  0   1   1
33 Mike Mathews              1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         26   5   6    1    1   5   6  16      4    4   8  2   1  1   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson       13   1   6    0    2   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  2   0   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  55   11   28  16  24  75      9   16  25 20  15 12   2  12
   Opp                     200  27  56    5   18  11  19  70     15   24  39 23  10 18   2   4


  1 2 Total
WAKE FOREST
37
33
70
FLORIDA STATE
36
39
75
Attendance: 10,476

DUKE 56, FLORIDA STATE 49
01/29/2004, DURHAM, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

DURHAM, NC - Chris Duhon scored 11 points and hit a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift No. 1 Duke past Florida State 56-49 on Thursday night.

J.J. Redick scored 24 points to lead the Blue Devils (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 14 straight overall and 37 in a row at home. Sean Dockery went scoreless but had two big steals late as Duke remained the only unbeaten team in ACC play.

Tim Pickett scored 16 for the Seminoles (14-6, 3-4), who were trying to beat a top 10 team in three straight games for the first time in school history. Florida State, which had beaten North Carolina and Wake Forest in the last week, fell to 0-14 all-time at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Seminoles had beaten the Blue Devils at home in each of the past two seasons. But they had never fared well at Cameron, losing their 13 previous games by an average of 21 points per game.

They hung around most of the way Thursday, playing scrappy defense and giving Duke one of its toughest challenges since taking the No. 1 ranking two weeks ago.

The Blue Devils led by 12 at halftime and took their largest lead at 49-34 on a 3-pointer from Redick with 9:28 to play.

But the Seminoles answered with a 15-2 run, getting a three-point play from Alexander Johnson and a 3-pointer from Pickett to cut the deficit to 51-44 with 3:22 left. Von Wafer then had a stickback and a 3-pointer that cut it to 51-49 with one minute left.

But Duhon had an answer.

Coming out of a timeout, he took the inbounds pass from Daniel Ewing near midcourt, dribbled to the left wing and fired a 3-pointer. The shot swished through with 36.4 seconds to go, giving Duke a 54-49 lead and setting the 9,314 fans here in a frenzy.

Dockery then came up with two big defensive plays. After Duhon's 3, Dockery stole Wafer's inbounds pass and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but added another steal on Adam Waleskowski's pass.

Redick added two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to seal it.

The Seminoles played solid defense throughout, contesting Duke shots with their man defense and holding the Blue Devils to 39 percent shooting. They also pulled down 20 offensive rebounds.

But Florida State shot just 30 percent and never could take advantage of the Blue Devils' offensive struggles.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  26   2   6    0    1   0   0   4      2    1   3  0   1  2   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  33   1   4    0    2   0   0   2      3    1   4  1   6  1   1   2
20 Andrew Wilson         f  17   3   8    3    5   0   0   9      1    0   1  1   1  0   1   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  33   6  15    2    8   2   2  16      0   10  10  3   0  2   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson     c  20   2   4    0    0   4   7   8      2    4   6  3   1  3   1   0
 4 Todd Galloway             7   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   1  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               2   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      1    1   2  1   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                22   3   9    2    6   0   0   8      2    0   2  3   0  1   0   2
33 Mike Mathews              2   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         30   0   8    0    3   0   0   0      4    1   5  3   2  3   2   1
54 Anthony Richardson        8   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  2   0  3   1   0
   Team                                                           4    2   6         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  18  61    7   26   6   9  49     20   21  41 19  12 17   6   8
   Opp                     200  20  51    6   21  10  16  56      9   23  32 14  11 12   7   4


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
22
27
49
DUKE
34
22
56
Attendance: 9,314

FLORIDA STATE 88, SAVANNAH STATE 73
02/01/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett scored 24 points to lead Florida State past overmatched Savannah State 88-73 on Sunday as the Seminoles reached their highest win total in six seasons.

The Seminoles (15-6) won for the third time in four games. Pickett matched a career-high with six 3-pointers and Anthony Richardson and Alexander Johnson scored 14 points each. Michael Joiner added 12 for Florida State.

The Seminoles used a 13-3 run midway through the first half to open up a 14-point lead that the Tigers (1-22) never threatened.

Savannah State, a Division I-A independent, suffered its 17th consecutive defeat and are winless against Division I-A schools this season. The Tigers lone victory came at Division II Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 20.

Jamal Daniels led the Tigers with 18 points and seven rebounds.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  16   5   6    0    0   2   2  12      3    2   5  2   6  0   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  11   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   3  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson         f  11   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      0    1   1  0   2  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  16   9  16    6   10   0   1  24      1    2   3  1   1  1   1   5
32 Alexander Johnson     c  16   6   9    0    0   2   3  14      2    4   6  2   0  2   1   0
 2 Emanuel Gordon            5   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  0  00      0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            25   0   1    0    1   3   4   3      0    2   2  0   5  3   0   1
12 Al Thornton              14   2   5    0    0   0   0   4      1    3   4  2   1  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                23   3   7    1    4   0   3   7      0    1   1  1   1  3   0   1
24 Ramone Penny              3   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
33 Mike Mathews             20   2   5    0    0   1   2   5      1    7   8  0   1  4   2   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         14   0   4    0    0   0   0   0      3    0   3  1   2  1   2   2
54 Anthony Richardson       26   4  10    0    3   6   6  14      0    5   5  0   3  0   2   3
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  33  71    8   23  14  21  88     12   30  42  9  25 15   8  12
   Opp                     200  29  77   11   22   4   9  73     20   30  50 19  12 21   2   3


  1 2 Total
SAVANNAH STATE
35
38
73
FLORIDA STATE
53
35
88
Attendance: 5,947

FLORIDA STATE 81, GEORGIA TECH 65
02/03/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For the third straight home game, Florida State's Tim Pickett came on after halftime to lead the Seminoles to a victory over a ranked team.

Pickett scored 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half Tuesday night and the Seminoles beat No. 15 Georgia Tech 81-65.

"He's a tremendous scorer, a tough shot maker," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said of Pickett. "If you've seen him before you know he's more than capable of knocking down those shots."

Pickett was 7-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and made seven free throws without a miss in the second half despite Hewitt switching defenders in hopes of slowing him down.

"Everybody had a try," Hewitt said.

Pickett wasn't taking any individual credit.

"We just tried to make them do things they don't want to do," he said. "I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to win."

Florida State point guard Nate Johnson, who had nine assists, acknowledged what Pickett does for the Seminoles.

"When he gets going there's not too much anybody can do," Johnson said. "He can get his shot off against anybody. When we need a bucket, we'll run something to get him the ball."

The second-half heroics are becoming almost second nature for Pickett.

He scored 22 points after halftime in an overtime win over North Carolina on Jan. 22 and 18 more in the second half in a victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 25.

"I think the coach needs to tell him an hour earlier that the game has started so he can come out and play like that the first half," teammate Michael Joiner teased. "He's a different person out there."

The Seminoles (16-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) also made 16 straight free throws in the second half when they broke open a close game with a 14-0 run to take a 73-56 lead as the Yellow Jackets went scoreless for 6:14.

Georgia Tech (16-5, 4-4) went cold from 3-point range after halftime, making just one of 13 tries from beyond the arc while Pickett was putting on a shooting show in addition to getting eight rebounds and three steals.

Georgia Tech fell behind 16-4, but rallied to lead 35-33 at halftime.

Ismail Muhammad led Georgia Tech with 14 points while Jarrett Jack and Marvin Lewis each had 10.

Two free throws by Jack with 12:27 left gave Tech its last lead, 52-51.

Adam Waleskowski's three-point play put Florida State ahead for good just 10 seconds later.

"I thought we had pretty decent control of the game early in the second half," Hewitt said. "They established what they wanted to do."

B.J. Elder, Tech's scoring leader this season, had nine points and was just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  30   4   9    1    4   0   0   9      0    1   1  1   0  1   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  31   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      1    1   2  3   9  1   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  20   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    1   1  3   2  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  34  10  16    6   10   7   7  33      2    6   8  0   3  3   1   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  20   3   8    0    1   2   2   8      2    3   5  1   0  4   0   1
 4 Todd Galloway            11   1   1    0    0   2   2   4      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               3   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
23 Von Wafer                11   2   5    1    3   2   2   7      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         21   3   6    1    1   1   1   8      3    4   7  4   2  2   0   2
54 Anthony Richardson       19   2   7    0    2   5   6   9      3    3   6  0   0  0   2   0
   Team                                                                5   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  58   10   25  19  20  81     11   25  36 14  17 14   3   7
   Opp                     200  27  57    6   23   5  10  65      9   22  31 19  12 19   1   7


  1 2 Total
GEORGIA TECH
35
30
65
FLORIDA STATE
33
48
81
Attendance: 8,288

MARYLAND 73, FLORIDA STATE 62
02/08/2004, COLLEGE PARK, MD From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Jamar Smith had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Maryland used a solid defensive effort in the second half to get past Florida State 73-62 Sunday.

Nik Caner-Medley scored 14 points and D.J. Strawberry had 12 for the Terrapins, who are counting on a strong finish in the regular season to earn an 11th straight bid to the NCAA tournament.

It was the ninth double-double of the season for Smith, the Terrapins' lone senior. Despite losing to Florida State in December, Maryland (13-7, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 16 of 18 against the Seminoles.

Florida State (16-7, 4-5) lost its 20th straight ACC game on the road. Tim Pickett scored 20 for the Seminoles, but was limited to two points in the second half.

Despite 6-for-27 shooting after halftime, Florida State trailed by only four points until Chris McCray made two free throws with 52 seconds left. McCray then stole a pass, was fouled intentionally and added another foul shot to make it 69-62.

The Seminoles missed their first seven shots of the second half and fell behind 43-38. Michael Joiner ended the drought with a 3-pointer, but Florida State missed its next seven field-goal tries before a dunk by Alexander Johnson cut Maryland's lead to 52-47.

McCray then scored five straight points, including a three-point play. Pickett picked up his fourth foul on the drive and spent the next two minutes on the bench.

The Seminoles ran off an 8-3 spurt without him, closing to 60-55 on a 3-pointer by Von Wafer, who finished with 15 points.

Caner-Medley then hit a 3-pointer to help Maryland build the lead to 66-57, and the Terrapins held on to win their second straight in the ACC after a 2-5 start.

Maryland led 39-38 at halftime despite a 7-for-9 shooting performance by Pickett - including 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Pickett scored 10 points in the opening eight minutes to help the Seminoles take a 19-15 lead. It was 24-22 before Maryland freshman Mike Jones made a 3-pointer and Smith hit a fadeaway jumper to ignite a 10-0 run that put the Terrapins up by eight.

Wafer scored the Seminoles' next nine points to keep it close.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  22   2   6    1    3   3   4   8      1    3   4  3   1  1   1   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  31   1   9    1    5   0   0   3      0    4   4  2   4  2   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson         f  21   1   3    0    1   0   0   2      1    2   3  3   3  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  30   7  13    4    6   2   3  20      4    4   8  4   2  1   0   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  19   3   6    0    0   1   2   7      1    3   4  1   0  0   1   2
 4 Todd Galloway             9   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton               7   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                19   4  13    3    9   4   5  15      0    3   3  2   1  2   0   0
33 Mike Mathews              7   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  2   1   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         25   3   8    1    2   0   0   7      3    2   5  4   3  1   2   1
54 Anthony Richardson       10   0   5    0    0   0   0   0      3    2   5  2   0  1   0   1
   Team                                                           1    3   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  21  64   10   26  10  14  62     14   27  41 23  15 10   5   8
   Opp                     200  25  62    6   23  17  28  73     17   31  48 17  13 11  11   3


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
38
24
62
MARYLAND
39
34
73
Attendance: 17,950

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 75, FLORIDA STATE 59
02/10/2004, RALEIGH, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

RALEIGH, NC - A shy player from Turkey several months ago, Engin Atsur is starting to loosen up and joke with his North Carolina State teammates.

The freshman was smiling after his performance Tuesday night, scoring a season-high 20 points while leading No. 21 N.C. State's shooting barrage in a 75-59 victory over Florida State.

"We played good transition offense and everybody was looking for everybody," Atsur said. "My teammates found me for open 3s so I made the shots."

The 6-foot-3 Atsur had four 3-pointers as the Wolfpack, ranked for the first time since late November, finished 14-for-30 beyond the arc.

"He's more used to the guys now," fellow guard Shooter Sherrill said of Atsur. "He's starting to fit in and he's got a lot of confidence. He's the difference in our team right now. He's playing much older than a freshman."

N.C. State (15-5) is off to an 8-2 start in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in 15 seasons, matching its third-best start in the league since 1970.

The win also kept the Wolfpack, who played with their highest ranking since February 2000, within two games of top-ranked and ACC-leading Duke. The Blue Devils come to Raleigh on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Seminoles (16-8, 4-6), who have upset three Top 25 teams at home in the last three weeks, lost their 21st straight ACC road game and 11th in a row to the Wolfpack.

"You get beat by teams who are well coached with a lot of players," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It's not like a fog comes over the room when we show up and play on the road.

"We've got to come in and understand that we've got to elevate our focus, we've got to elevate our intensity, do all the little things a little better."

Atsur's previous high was 16 points at Maryland three games ago. Julius Hodge added 16 points, while Marcus Melvin had 11 and Sherrill 10 as N.C. State won its fourth straight.

N.C. State, the nation's top free throw shooting team, also was 21-for-26 from the line - including making 17 in a row at one point.

Florida State cut a large first-half deficit to 13 points at halftime. But N.C. State got a shot in the lane and 3-pointer from Melvin, and a layup by Sherrill to go up by 20 two minutes into the second half.

While it seemed as if the Wolfpack couldn't miss from outside, Florida State star Tim Pickett had a rough night. The ACC's fourth-leading scorer managed just five points, going 2-for-8 from the field as Sherrill shut down the senior.

Pickett's worst moment came in the second half when Melvin blocked his attempt at a breakaway layup after a steal.

"I never could get into a rhythm," Pickett said. "They didn't give me much space."

Florida State got down 23 before trimming the deficit to 11 with 5:31 left.

N.C. State's first nine baskets were all 3-pointers, including three in the opening 6 1/2 minutes from Atsur.

"When you're in a groove like that why not keep shooting them?" Hodge said.

"It was lights out," Seminoles guard Todd Galloway said. "They were knocking them down from everywhere. We didn't get up in their face on a lot of them, but the ones we did they made anyway."

The Seminoles trailed by eight before the Wolfpack used an 11-0 run to build a 19-point lead late in the first half. The run started and ended with 3-pointers by Sherrill and Levi Watkins.

"When you're already a good shooting team you can have these kind of nights," Hamilton said. "The bucket seems as big as the ocean."

The Wolfpack finished the half 10-for-19 from beyond the arc, getting long-range shots from seven players.

"Sitting on the bench we were kind in awe by all the 3s," Melvin added. "But we just wanted to stay with them and use it as much as they allowed us."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  18   2   6    1    4   0   0   5      1    1   2  1   0  1   1   2
10 Nate Johnson          g  23   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    3   3  0   2  2   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson         f  13   1   3    0    1   0   0   2      2    0   2  3   1  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  30   2   8    1    2   0   0   5      3    1   4  3   1  1   0   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  17   2   5    0    0   5   6   9      3    1   4  4   1  2   0   1
 2 Emanuel Gordon            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            16   1   5    1    2   1   2   4      0    1   1  1   3  0   0   0
12 Al Thornton              12   1   2    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   1  0   0   0
21 Benson Callier            6   0   1    0    0   1   2   1      1    2   3  4   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                24   5  11    2    6   0   0  12      0    2   2  2   2  1   1   2
33 Mike Mathews              1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         20   2   8    1    3   2   2   7      2    4   6  2   2  2   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson       19   4   8    1    1   2   4  11      1    1   2  2   0  2   1   0
   Team                                                           3    1   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  20  58    8   20  11  16  59     16   18  34 23  13 12   3   9
   Opp                     200  20  47   14   30  21  26  75     10   25  35 16  18 15   7   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
28
31
59
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
41
34
75
Attendance: 15,414

FLORIDA STATE 65, CLEMSON 52
02/14/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tim Pickett scored Florida State's first 11 points to lead his team to a 65-52 win Saturday over Clemson.

Pickett, the only Florida State double-figurer scorer, had 15 of his game-high 16 points in the first half as the Seminoles (17-8, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 35-26 lead at the break.

Florida State received an added boost from its bench, which outscored Clemson's reserves 32-13. The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor and held a 33-30 rebounding advantage against the Tigers, the ACC's top rebounding team.

Clemson (9-13, 2-9 ACC) used an 8-0 run to cut a 12-point deficit to 48-44 with 9:41 to play on a Lamar Rice dunk. The run ended when Chris Hobbs was called for a foul, then assessed a technical foul, disqualifying him from the game.

The Seminoles countered with a 14-4 run to seal the victory as the Tigers failed to score a field goal over the next eight minutes.

Sharrod Ford led the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The win assured Florida State its best league record since a 6-10 finish in 2000. The Seminoles have not won more than six league games in a season since the 1993 team finished 12-4 to place second in the conference.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  21   1   3    0    2   1   2   3      2    1   3  3   1  0   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  26   0   2    0    2   0   0   0      0    2   2  0   5  1   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson         f  15   2   3    1    2   0   0   5      0    2   2  2   0  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  30   5   8    4    7   2   4  16      0    1   1  3   2  2   0   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  19   3   5    0    0   3   5   9      1    6   7  1   1  4   2   1
 4 Todd Galloway            17   2   4    0    1   3   4   7      0    4   4  2   1  1   0   1
12 Al Thornton               3   0   1    0    0   0   2   0      0    2   2  3   0  2   1   1
23 Von Wafer                15   2   5    1    2   2   2   7      0    2   2  2   0  1   0   1
33 Mike Mathews              6   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  1   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         27   3   7    0    1   2   2   8      0    4   4  1   1  0   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson       21   3   5    0    0   2   2   8      2    2   4  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  44    6   17  15  23  65      5   28  33 18  11 14   3   9
   Opp                     200  20  54    3   14   9  14  52     11   19  30 20  12 13   3   8


  1 2 Total
CLEMSON
26
26
52
FLORIDA STATE
35
30
65
Attendance: 9,423

FLORIDA STATE 76, VIRGINIA 57
02/17/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Nate Johnson scored eight points during an 11-0 run to open the second half, a burst that helped carry Florida State past Virginia 76-57 on Tuesday night.

Alexander Johnson had 16 points and Adam Waleskowski added 15 for the Seminoles (18-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who tied a school record with their 15th home win of the season.

Nate Johnson scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Florida State, which moved into a three-way tie for third place in the ACC. The game was tied at 27 at halftime, before he sandwiched two 3-pointers around another jumper to start the second-half spurt.

Elton Brown had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Virginia (13-10, 3-9), which lost to Florida State for just the fourth time in the last 11 meetings between the schools.

Brown shot 7-for-10 for the Cavaliers, but the rest of his teammates combined to shoot only 13-for-45 (28.9 percent).

Virginia was within three at one point in the second half, and trailed just 49-45 following Gary Forbes' 3-pointer with 9:40 remaining.

Florida State answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:15, pushing the margin to 60-47 and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

The Seminoles shot only 34.4 percent from the floor in the first half, but shot 71.4 percent after halftime and finished the game at 49.1 percent overall.

Virginia was held to 36.4 percent shooting for the game.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  24   3   5    0    1   0   0   6      1    0   1  2   4  3   1   0
10 Nate Johnson          f  35   4   5    3    4   2   4  13      0    3   3  0   3  0   0   0
20 Andrew Wilson         f  21   1   4    0    2   0   0   2      2    4   6  2   0  1   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  25   3   7    2    5   1   2   9      1    3   4  3   0  2   1   1
32 Alexander Johnson     c  24   5   6    0    0   6   9  16      0    3   3  4   2  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway             8   1   3    1    2   2   4   5      0    0   0  0   2  1   0   1
23 Von Wafer                21   1   6    1    5   0   0   3      0    1   1  2   5  1   0   1
33 Mike Mathews              4   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      2    0   2  0   0  0   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         26   5   9    1    3   4   4  15      4    4   8  1   1  2   1   1
54 Anthony Richardson       12   2   6    0    2   1   2   5      1    1   2  1   2  0   0   0
   Team                                                           3    2   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  53    8   24  16  25  76     14   21  35 15  19 12   3   5
   Opp                     200  20  55    5   18  12  18  57     13   19  32 21   9 14   2   7


  1 2 Total
VIRGINIA
27
30
57
FLORIDA STATE
27
49
76
Attendance: 9,065

NORTH CAROLINA 78, FLORIDA STATE 71
02/21/2004, CHAPEL HILL, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - This time the comeback ran out of gas.

Rashad McCants scored 21 points to help No. 16 North Carolina hold off Florida State 78-71 on Saturday.

Raymond Felton had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

North Carolina, which led by 18 points early in the second half, weathered a Florida State charge that got the Seminoles within 65-64 with 4:01 left, managing to hold on by going 8-of-9 from the free throw line down the stretch. It was quite a difference from its last matchup with the Seminoles (18-9, 6-7), who came back from a 24-point deficit to beat the Tar Heels 90-81 in overtime Jan. 22.

That loss made Saturday's victory even sweeter for North Carolina.

"Anytime you get revenge on anybody that has beat you it feels great," said Sean May, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. "This team is growing up. We just have to realize that we can't keep putting ourselves in those types of positions."

Tim Pickett had 25 points and Andrew Wilson added a career-high 24 for the Seminoles, who have lost 22 consecutive conference road games. Their last ACC road victory was a 75-63 decision at Clemson on March 3, 2001.

"It's obvious to me that we have to grow and mature before we understand the mental approach that you have to have when you go on the road and play against teams of this caliber," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.

After a 3-pointer by Wilson pulled the Seminoles within one, McCants grabbed a deflected pass and made a 3 on the other end to make it 68-64 with 3:29 remaining. He then stole the ball from Pickett on Florida State's ensuing possession.

"I think that as a team we needed to take a stand and stop their runs," McCants said of the steal. "When Florida State gets hot, they can really get hot and I just wanted to do a great job on Tim Pickett defensively."

McCants, who acknowledged being a little sick this week, also had five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. It was an effort that caught the eye of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who banished McCants to the locker room during a game earlier in the season.

"He's probably the most discussed player I've ever coached, but he's coming," Williams said. "He's gotten better and better and better."

McCants has reached double figures in 13 straight games and has 20 or more in eight of the last 10.

Felton was 6-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 3 minutes to help the Tar Heels hold on. It was a strong end to a dismal free throw performance for North Carolina, which went 21-for-37 from the line.

The Tar Heels led 43-27 at halftime as they pounded the Seminoles on the glass, grabbing a 29-9 rebounding advantage. They finished with a 48-28 rebounding margin.

The rebounding performance came in front of several North Carolina greats as the Tar Heels held a reunion for former basketball lettermen on Saturday. The school unveiled banners dedicated to former coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge before the game and honored over 200 former players and team managers at halftime.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  27   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      0    3   3  4   4  2   2   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  31   1   6    0    5   0   0   2      1    0   1  2   3  1   1   3
20 Andrew Wilson         f  27   7  10    7   10   3   4  24      1    2   3  5   2  1   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  38   8  19    5   13   4   9  25      0    9   9  0   5  3   2   4
32 Alexander Johnson     c  20   2   3    0    0   3   4   7      1    2   3  5   0  3   0   1
 2 Emanuel Gordon            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            10   1   2    1    1   0   2   3      0    1   1  3   1  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               8   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   1  0   1   3
23 Von Wafer                 7   0   4    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
33 Mike Mathews              6   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  2   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski         16   2   4    1    2   0   0   5      0    2   2  4   0  1   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson        9   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  0   1  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  56   15   37  10  19  71      4   24  28 27  17 14   6  11
   Opp                     200  24  55    9   21  21  37  78     17   31  48 18  16 18   2   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
27
44
71
NORTH CAROLINA
43
35
78
Attendance: 20,473

WAKE FOREST 90, FLORIDA STATE 87
02/25/2004, WINSTON-SALEM, NC, OT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Justin Gray felt the frustration building.

The sophomore had missed his first three 3-pointers of the second half and picked up his fourth foul with 12:40 left. Wake Forest kept turning the ball over and Florida State seemed as though it couldn't miss.

At one point, coach Skip Prosser said he saw tears in Gray's eyes on the bench.

"I was so frustrated one time I about punted the ball," Gray said.

But Gray came through, scoring a career-high 31 points - including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:22 left in overtime - and the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Florida State 90-87 on Wednesday night.

Gray went 10-for-21 from the field and drained two 3s in the overtime for the Demon Deacons (18-6, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth straight game and avenged last month's loss to the Seminoles.

Chris Paul added 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists for Wake Forest, while Taron Downey had 17 points.

The win keeps the Demon Deacons in third place in the ACC, which has five teams ranked in this week's Top 25.

"While it wasn't pretty, it's an ACC win," Prosser said. "And those are very, very, very hard to come by."

Tim Pickett scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half for the Seminoles (18-10, 6-8), who have lost four of six. Florida State has lost 23 straight road games in conference play, extending a streak that began in March 2001.

Wake Forest barely avoided being the host that allowed the Seminoles to end that drought. The Demon Deacons fell behind early and trailed 60-45 on a 3 from Pickett with 11:50 to play.

They went to a seldom-used fullcourt press to slow the Seminoles, who shot 8-for-22 in the second half. That helped fuel 15 points off turnovers after halftime.

"Sometimes it's not an adjustment as much as it is a realization on the part of our kids that we need to get stops," Prosser said.

The Demon Deacons closed the second half with a 30-15 run, including nine straight points at the end of regulation. Gray scored the last three of those points, hitting a spinning layup to cut the deficit to 75-74 with 1:40 left.

He then hit the tying free throw 21 seconds later to send it to overtime tied at 75.

Once there, he made the biggest shot of the night. After knocking down a 3 on Wake Forest's third possession, he took a feed from Downey and drained a 3 from the left wing for an 86-83 lead.

The Demon Deacons never trailed again, getting a slam from Eric Williams off a feed from Paul just before the shot clock expired for an 88-85 lead with 15 seconds left. Nate Johnson's driving layup cut it to one with 4.7 seconds left, but the Demon Deacons pushed the lead back to three with two free throws by Paul with 4.3 seconds left.

Von Wafer's desperation 30-footer at the horn hit the front of the rim, giving the Demon Deacons the comeback win despite 20 turnovers.

The Seminoles seemed to have the game in hand, leading 75-68 with just under 3 minutes left. But they came apart with a series of late blunders, committing turnovers on their last six possessions against Wake Forest's pressure.

One was a 5-second call on an inbounds pass after a timeout. On another, Pickett traveled when Johnson bumped him while trying to hand the ball off behind the arc with 2:19 to go.

"It hurts in a big way," Pickett said. "It's the most painful loss I've had this year. We played extremely well, but at the end we kind of broke down."

Florida State hasn't won an ACC road game since beating Clemson 75-63 on March 3, 2001.

"We lost our composure and made mistakes at the end," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They increased the defensive pressure and put us in position to make plays, and we came up short."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  12   0   2    0    2   2   2   2      0    0   0  4   0  1   0   1
10 Nate Johnson          g  35   5   7    3    4   3   3  16      0    4   4  1   2  2   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  32   0   1    0    1   2   2   2      1    3   4  2   5  3   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  41   9  15    5   10   0   0  23      0    4   4  5   0  6   0   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  34   6  13    0    0   5   6  17      2    5   7  4   2  3   1   3
 4 Todd Galloway            14   0   4    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  3   3  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               4   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  2   0   0
23 Von Wafer                 9   3   6    1    2   0   0   7      0    1   1  1   0  0   1   1
33 Mike Mathews              4   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      2    0   2  1   0  1   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         31   6  10    3    5   1   1  16      3    2   5  4   3  1   1   0
54 Anthony Richardson        9   1   3    0    1   2   3   4      2    1   3  1   0  0   0   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 225  30  62   12   27  15  17  87     10   21  31 26  15 20   3  11
   Opp                     225  28  60   11   31  23  32  90     15   24  39 18  14 20   4   8


  1 2 OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
47
28
12
87
WAKE FOREST
34
41
15
90
Attendance: 14,233

DUKE 70, FLORIDA STATE 65
02/29/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Although the box score might not show it, Chris Duhon and Nick Horvath made the biggest difference for Duke.

Freshman Luol Deng scored 20 points and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils converted their last 12 free throws Sunday to beat Florida State 70-65 win and clinch at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference's regular season title.

However, the 6-foot-10 Horvath came up with a key offensive rebound with 1:08 remaining, extending a Duke possession that was capped by Duhon's driving layup with 44.1 seconds left that gave the Blue Devils a 64-58 lead.

"It gave us 32 seconds in a game that had only 68 seconds left," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That's a big rebound...a key to the game."

Duhon also nailed a pair of critical 3-pointers, one in the first half as the time clock ran and the other that broke a 40-40 tie early in the second half.

Successive dunks by Shelden Williams midway through the second half gave Duke a 51-47 lead and the Blue Devils never looked back.

"They made a few more plays, some big plays," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The loss was damaging to the postseason hopes for the Seminoles (18-11, 6-9).

Florida State upset Duke at home in each of the past two seasons, but this time the Blue Devils kept a steady hand at critical times.

Duke (24-3, 12-2) has a two-game lead over North Carolina State with two games remaining for each team. The Wolfpack lost to North Carolina earlier in the day.

Florida State's Tim Pickett led all scorers with 24 points, and Michael Joiner and Alexander Johnson added 10 apiece.

The Blue Devils made 24 of 29 free throw tries to offset a 39.2 percent shooting effort (20-for-51) from the field and just 6 of 25 from 3-point distance.

"We came out from the start knowing it was going to be a dogfight," Williams said. "The shots weren't going in for us and we had to drive in and try to get fouled and make free throws."

Daniel Ewing added 15 points and Williams had 14 before fouling out with 3:06 left. Deng and Williams each had a game-high nine rebounds.

Duke leading scorer J.J. Redick was held to just one field goal and also missed a free throw, just his fourth miss of the season in 116 tries.

"It shows the other guys are capable of stepping up," said Duhon, who made four straight free throws in the final two minutes and finished with 12 points.

Florida State used an 18-7 run midway through the half to take a 23-21 lead on Pickett's second straight 3-pointer, a shot banked off the backboard.

Deng scored 14 of his points and had six rebounds to spark the Blue Devils to a 35-29 halftime lead.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  27   5   6    0    0   0   0  10      4    1   5  2   0  1   0   3
10 Nate Johnson          g  28   3   7    0    2   1   3   7      0    4   4  3   1  3   0   3
20 Andrew Wilson         f  22   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      1    1   2  3   1  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  37   9  21    6   12   0   0  24      1    4   5  2   3  3   1   0
32 Alexander Johnson     c  25   2   7    0    0   6   9  10      2    3   5  4   3  5   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            12   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
12 Al Thornton               7   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   1   0
23 Von Wafer                17   2   5    0    1   2   2   6      0    0   0  1   0  2   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         20   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      2    1   3  4   2  4   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson        5   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    3   3  2   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           1    3   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  53    6   16  13  18  65     12   20  32 21  10 19   2   8
   Opp                     200  20  51    6   25  24  29  70     10   20  30 18   8 14   5   7


  1 2 Total
DUKE
35
35
70
FLORIDA STATE
29
36
65
Attendance: 12,100

GEORGIA TECH 63, FLORIDA STATE 60
03/06/2004, ATLANTA, GA From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

ATLANTA, GA - Marvin Lewis almost always took a back seat to a teammate this season, with leading scorer B.J. Elder or high-flying Isma'il Muhammad getting most of the attention.

In the final home game of his college career, Lewis finally stood out.

He scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and tied a season high with five 3-pointers, helping No. 19 Georgia Tech hold off Florida State 63-60 Saturday.

Jarrett Jack added 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and six assists for the Yellow Jackets (22-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), including two free throws with 33.5 seconds left to seal it.

But the effort from Lewis in the second half helped them rally for their third straight victory.

"Jack was a big factor, but the guy that gave us some breathing room was Marvin Lewis," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "He really hit some big shots. I'm thrilled for him to go out on Senior Day the way he did."

Lewis, three points short of his season best, played for the first time in front of his grandmother, 85-year-old Mary Lewis. She joined his parents and younger sister in the crowd, and he gave them plenty to watch.

"I just tried to take it as a regular game," he said. "If you get into all the emotion, you can struggle. I just tried to maintain an even keel."

Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson each had 12 points for the Seminoles (18-12, 6-10), who lost their fourth straight and finished 0-8 on the road in the ACC. Despite five victories over Top 25 teams, they likely need a run in the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993.

"I knew going into the game that as a team we were entering uncharted waters with the importance of this game," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "There's a certain mind-set that you have to get into to win on the road. I was hoping, with our backs against the wall, we'd be able to find it."

Tim Pickett, the fifth-leading scorer in the conference at 16.5 points a game, finished with only 10 points, his lowest total in four games. He fouled out with 6:43 left and played with an injury to his right ankle.

"We have to keep our heads up," Pickett said. "You get tired of these close losses. As hard as we play, we shouldn't be losing close games like this."

Georgia Tech, coming off an upset victory over No. 3 Duke, came back behind Lewis. He scored 14 points in the first 11:38 of the period, including four 3-pointers, and helped the Yellow Jackets take their first lead since the first half.

"This was a test of our will, our character," Lewis said. "Offensively, we weren't doing so well, but defensively, we maintained our intensity. That's going to win us some games."

Florida State took its final lead on a 3 by Nate Johnson with 9:26 left, and he made a layup about six minutes later to tie it for the final time at 56.

But Anthony McHenry, an offensively challenged player known mostly for his defense, gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good on a powerful dunk after a nifty feed by Jack, and the Seminoles missed their final five shots to lose for the sixth time in their last eight games.

"I give Georgia Tech a lot of credit, but at the same time, our ineptness on defense was obvious," Hamilton said. "It's very tough for me to find positive things about this game. Right now, it feels like shot after shot just went in for them."

Georgia Tech played without backup point guard Will Bynum (hip pointer), and his absence was felt in the first half when Jack picked up two quick fouls.

"It was actually a surprise to me that Will didn't play," Jack said. "Coach told me after the shoot around that I was going to have to go for the long haul. I played 37 minutes, more than I'm used to, and I got tired, but I played through it."

With Jack out, Elder shifted over to run the offense, a role he struggled with last season, and Florida State took advantage.

A 22-10 run in the first half gave the Seminoles their seven-point lead, thanks to tough defense from Pickett. He had six steals in only 11 minutes - he picked up his second foul with about seven minutes left in the half - and harassed Elder and the other perimeter players for Georgia Tech.

Theodis Tarver had a three-point play late in the half to get the Yellow Jackets within four, setting up the rally in the second half.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Michael Joiner        f  28   0   5    0    2   0   0   0      4    0   4  2   2  2   0   0
10 Nate Johnson          g  36   4   9    2    7   0   0  10      1    3   4  3   3  2   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  25   0   4    0    3   0   0   0      3    0   3  1   0  2   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  20   4   9    2    7   0   2  10      0    2   2  5   1  1   0   6
32 Alexander Johnson     c  20   2   5    0    0   8  10  12      1    3   4  1   0  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            14   1   3    1    3   1   2   4      0    1   1  2   3  1   0   1
23 Von Wafer                19   3  12    1    5   2   3   9      3    3   6  2   2  0   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski         31   5  11    0    4   2   2  12      2    3   5  2   0  3   1   2
54 Anthony Richardson        7   0   2    0    0   3   4   3      0    3   3  2   0  0   1   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  19  60    6   31  16  23  60     16   19  35 20  11 13   2  11
   Opp                     200  20  47    7   21  16  23  63     13   29  42 18  15 22   3   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
29
31
60
GEORGIA TECH
25
38
63
Attendance: 9,191

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78, FLORIDA STATE 71
03/12/2004, ACC, Greensboro, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

GREENSBORO, NC - Marcus Melvin stepped up when North Carolina State needed him the most Friday night.

Melvin made two big 3-pointers in the second half and Julius Hodge scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack past Florida State 78-71 in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Ilian Evtimov and Cameron Bennerman each scored 17 points for No. 17 N.C. State (20-8), which has won 12 in a row against the Seminoles, its longest winning streak ever over an ACC rival.

N.C. State will face the winner of the Maryland-Wake Forest game in Saturday's semifinals.

Melvin helped N.C. State come back after falling behind by 11 with 13:08 left. His first big 3 capped an 8-2 run and gave the Wolfpack a 63-62 lead with 4:03 left.

He then hit another 3 for a 70-67 lead with 1:32 remaining.

"I felt it," said Melvin, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. "Whenever I caught the basketball, I knew I was going to shoot it because I was in a pressure situation and that's the situations that I would like to be in."

Tim Pickett scored 23 points for the Seminoles (18-13), who have lost their last five games and weakened their NCAA tournament hopes. They outrebounded the Wolfpack 32-29, but committed 16 turnovers.

"They made big plays when the game was on the line," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "You have to give them credit. It's sometimes not as much what we did wrong as what they did right.

"They've got guys who are very capable of knocking down those shots."

Pickett, who was questionable before the game with an injured right ankle, opened the second half with three straight 3s and an assist before spraining his left ankle with 17:24 left. He eventually returned but only had six points after the injury.

"I asked myself what else could happen," Pickett said about the injury. "I tried to keep my head in the game and work at keeping my teammates involved."

N.C. State overcame Pickett's effort by hitting 11 of 26 3-pointers, including six of its last eight attempts. N.C. State, which has made it to the ACC tournament title game the last two seasons, also made 19 of 22 free throws.

Playing without injured guard Scooter Sherrill, who sprained his ankle against North Carolina on Feb. 29, N.C. State had four players in double figures.

"That's when we're at our best," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said. "I think our guys understood that in order to have a chance to come back in the game that they would have to make each other better."

Bennerman was a key part of the balance. The Greensboro native had a career high in points for the second straight game. His steal and dunk with 30 seconds left made it 74-68.

"With Scooter hurt, I just have to bring as much energy as I possibly can and do whatever it took for us to win," Bennerman said. "Obviously that took me putting up some points and playing good defense."

Von Wafer also had 14 points for the Seminoles, who shot 49 percent from the field but made only 10 of 17 free throws.

"Florida State played as hard as anyone can play," Sendek said. "I was certainly proud of the way our guys responded in the second half with the same kind of effort."

N.C. State center Jordan Collins sprained his left knee in the second half, and is questionable for Saturday's game.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
10 Nate Johnson          g  34   0   2    0    1   0   1   0      0    1   1  1   6  2   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  20   3   5    1    2   0   0   7      0    2   2  2   1  2   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  31   7  12    6   10   3   4  23      0    3   3  4   2  3   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson     c  23   3   5    0    0   2   3   8      2    7   9  3   2  4   0   1
51 Adam Waleskowski      f  28   3   6    1    3   1   2   8      2    6   8  4   1  2   0   0
 1 Michael Joiner           20   1   2    0    1   1   3   3      0    0   0  3   1  1   1   0
 4 Todd Galloway             7   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   2  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton               7   1   4    0    0   2   2   4      3    0   3  2   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                18   5  10    3    5   1   2  14      0    1   1  1   2  1   0   1
54 Anthony Richardson       12   2   4    0    0   0   0   4      2    0   2  1   0  0   0   1
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  51   11   23  10  17  71     10   22  32 21  17 16   1   7
   Opp                     200  24  52   11   26  19  22  78      8   21  29 20  15 12   2   9


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
31
40
71
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
32
46
78
Attendance: 23,745

FLORIDA STATE 91, WICHITA STATE 84
03/17/2004, WICHITA, KS, 2 OT, NIT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

WICHITA, KS - Tim Pickett scored 25 points to lead Florida State to a pair of comebacks in a 91-84 double-overtime victory over Wichita State in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

Pickett hit three second-half 3-point shots to help the Seminoles (19-13) rally from a 14-point deficit.

Florida State, which snapped a five-game losing streak, also had to come back from six points down in the first overtime.

In the second overtime, Nate Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4:03 left to give the Seminoles the lead for good. Florida State then made six straight free throws, while Wichita State (21-11) was just 1-of-5 from the field.

Von Wafer came off the bench to score 14 points for the Seminoles. Jamar Howard and Fridge Holman had 16 points each to lead the Shockers.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
10 Nate Johnson          g  42   3  10    2    8   0   0   8      0    3   3  0   2  1   0   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  23   2   3    1    1   4   4   9      3    3   6  3   0  1   0   1
22 Tim Pickett           g  37   8  18    5   14   4   5  25      1    6   7  3   4  4   0   2
32 Alexander Johnson     c  22   1   4    0    0   4   6   6      1    3   4  3   2  2   0   0
51 Adam Waleskowski      f  38   3   5    1    2   3   4  10      3    7  10  4   2  5   0   1
 1 Michael Joiner           31   4   6    1    3   3   3  12      0    3   3  1   0  1   1   0
 4 Todd Galloway             9   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   1  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton              12   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      1    0   1  3   0  2   1   0
23 Von Wafer                26   5  11    4    9   0   0  14      1    2   3  1   2  1   0   2
33 Mike Mathews              2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  1   0  0   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson        8   1   4    1    1   0   1   3      2    2   4  1   1  1   0   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 250  29  66   15   39  18  23  91     14   30  44 22  14 18   2   8
   Opp                     250  27  66   10   33  20  26  84     13   27  40 22  21 15   2   8


  1 2 OT 2-OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
27
44
9
11
91
WICHITA STATE
37
34
9
4
84
Attendance: 10,496

IOWA STATE 62, FLORIDA STATE 59
03/23/2004, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NIT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Jake Sullivan and Marcus Jefferson each hit two free throws in the final eight seconds Tuesday to give Iowa State a 62-59 victory over Florida State in the second round of the NIT.

Florida State had pulled within two, 58-56, on a pair of free throws by Tim Pickett with 51.1 seconds left.

Jefferson's two free throws put Iowa State ahead by four points with eight seconds left, but Andrew Wilson's 3-pointer made it 60-59 before Sullivan iced the game with his two free throws in the final second.

Florida State (19-14) fell behind early and trailed by as many as 14 points at 35-21 in the second half, but caught up to tie once, at 47-all, on Wilson's first 3-pointer.

Iowa State (19-13) led 33-20 at the half as Florida State shot only 23.2 percent, making only one of its final 17 attempts before halftime.

Sullivan, who finished with a game-high 19 points, put Iowa State ahead 16-12 with 11 early points, including three straight 3-point shots.

His 3-point play, a layup and free throw, broke the 47-all tie and Iowa State never trailed.

Adam Waleskowski led Florida State with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Alexander Johnson added 12 points. Pickett scored seven points and made only 1 of 13 tries from 3-point range.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
10 Nate Johnson          g  33   1   5    1    4   0   0   3      1    4   5  0   3  0   1   1
20 Andrew Wilson         f  24   2   6    2    4   3   4   9      2    4   6  2   0  0   0   0
22 Tim Pickett           g  37   2  15    1   13   2   2   7      2    3   5  2   7  3   0   3
32 Alexander Johnson     c  23   5   8    0    0   2   5  12      2    2   4  1   1  2   4   0
51 Adam Waleskowski      f  33   6  10    2    5   0   0  14      5    5  10  3   2  1   4   1
 1 Michael Joiner           21   3   5    1    2   0   0   7      1    3   4  3   0  2   0   0
 4 Todd Galloway            10   1   4    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   1  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton               2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
23 Von Wafer                10   2   6    0    2   0   0   4      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
33 Mike Mathews              1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
54 Anthony Richardson        6   0   4    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  64    8   34   7  11  59     15   22  37 13  15  8   9   6
   Opp                     200  24  59    5   11   9  11  62     15   31  46 13  12 13   2   5


  1 2 Total
IOWA STATE
33
29
62
FLORIDA STATE
20
39
59
Attendance: 8,065