Florida State Men's Basketball - 2006-07 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Basketball - 2006-07 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Leonard Hamilton, Head Coach
Michael Bradley, Strength and Conditioning
Tim Carter, Assistant Coach
Andy Enfield, Assistant Coach
Stan Jones, Associate Head Coach
Jacob Ridenhour, Director of Operations

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2006-07 FSU Basketball Media Guide

Top: Al Thornton
Bottom: Jerel Allen, Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann

2007 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Aaron Holmes, 6-5, 180, G, Saint Petersburg - ON HOLMES: "Aaron spends more time in the gym by himself on ball-handling drills and on shooting drills than any other player I have coached. He's an extremely hard worker. If there is a better offensive guard in the state of Florida than Aaron, I haven't seen him. The guy has unlimited range. You can post him up. He can go off the dribble. He really has it all on offense. Offensively, he's the best player I ever had," said St. Petersburg Catholic head coach Michael Moran...has the athletic ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward positions and will give the Seminoles another strong shooter at the wing position...ranked as the 65th best player nationally by Rivals.com...ranked as high as the nation's 44th best prep player by ScoutHoops.com...combined with transfer Toney Douglas (from Auburn and eligible for the 2005-06 season and Josue Soto to form the No. 7 ranked recruiting class for Florida State according to cbssportsline.com...a two-time All-State First-Team selection as a junior and senior by the Florida Sports Writers Association...earned All-State honors each of his four years on the varsity team at SPC...three-time All-Suncoast Player of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times - the only player in the history of the award to win it three times...runner-up for the title of Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida...AT ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC: Graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic in 2006...a four-year starter during his high school career...helped lead SPC to 100 victories during his four-year career...the all-time leading scorer at SPC with 2,748 career points...surpassed the 2,500 point mark in a 33-point performance in leading SPC to a victory over Cardinal Mooney late in his senior season...scored in double figures in each game during his senior season...one of only three players in Pinellas County history to score 2,000 or more career points...led his team to a 27-4 record as a senior as he averaged 27.4 points...the Class 3A Player of the Year in the state of Florida as a senior as he led the Barons to a 27-4 record and their third consecutive berth in the semifinal of the state tournament...marked the first time in 43 years of high school basketball in Pinellas County that a team had advanced to three consecutive state tournament final fours...earned All-State Class 3A First-Team honors as a senior as selected by the Florida Sports Writers Association...also earned All-State First-Team honors as a sophomore and junior...top scoring game of his senior season came as he dropped 38 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a 68-64 victory over Tampa Catholic...began his senior season on a high note with 30 points in the season opener against Bishop Verot...named the Most Valuable Player in the Senior Showcase All-Star game in Orlando following his senior season...scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, in the game...was also the runner-up in the 3-point contest leading up to the senior showcase...best game of his senior season came against Tampa Catholic as he scored 38, pulled down 14 rebounds and had six assists...scored his career-high of 46 points during his junior season against Florida Prep...scored more than 40 points twice during his junior season...averaged 26.1 points and 6.9 rebounds as a junior, 20.8 points as a sophomore and 12.8 points as a freshman...earned All-State Second-Team honors as a sophomore and All-State Honorable Mention honors as a freshman...PERSONAL: Born Oct. 10, 1987...Aaron is the son of Stacy Holmes...originally committed to NC State as a junior but decided to re-open his recruitment and signed with Head Coach Leonard Hamilton during the Nov. 2005 early signing period...selected Florida State over Wake Forest, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

Ryan Reid, 6-8, 232, F, Lauderdale Lakes - ON REID: "Ryan is going to fit into Florida State's team concept very well. He should adjust well because we utilize many of the concepts Coach Hamilton and his staff utilize at Florida State. He runs the floor well; he faces up and can turn and shoot well and he shoots well from the perimeter. Ryan is going to create a lot of match-up challenges once he begins playing in the Seminoles' lineup," said his high school coach Eugene Robinson...re-signed with Florida State in the spring of 2006 after he spent the 2005-06 season as a starter at Florida Prep...drove his stock way up during the summer of 2005 and summer when he demonstrated face up ability in a power forward's body...is a bruising power forward who specializes in defending and rebounding...has a solid skill set for a power forward...physically, he is ready to play right away at Florida State...a four-star forward and the 23rd best high school power forward by Rivals.com in 2005...rated as the fifth best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com at the end of his senior season...the 36th best player nationally by Hoop Alliance as a senior...rated as the 61st best player in the Cream of the Southeast Crop Report by the Southeastern Basketball Report...helped the Tallahassee Wildcats and head coach John Adkins capture the championship at the Showtime National Championship in Suwannee, Ga., during the summer of 2004...the Wildcats also played in the Super 64 Tournament in California during the summer before his senior season...AT BOYD ANDERSON: Graduated from Boyd Anderson High School in 2005...earned 6A All-State Second-Team honors as a senior from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald his senior season...All-State second-team by the Florida sportswriters Association in 2005...averaged a double-double 15.5 points and 13.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots as a senior...shot .579 percent inside the arc on two point shots and .779 percent form the line as a senior...helped Boyd Anderson to a number one ranking in the state of Florida in Class 6A during the season...Boyd finished the season ranked tenth in the state (regardless of classification) by FloridaHoops.com...scored a game-high 23 points in leading Boyd past Ft. Lauderdale Dillard, 63-59, in a battle of top 10 regionally ranked teams...Dillard was ranked seventh in the Southeast Region at the time of the game...earned All-County 6A-4A All-State First-Team honors as a junior...averaged 18.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 5.3 blocks per game in leading Boyd to a 22-6 record as a junior...named a member of the Class 6A All-State Basketball second team...averaged a double-double of 14.8 points, 11.1 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game as a junior... lead team to number one ranking in the state of Florida in Class 6A...ranked the 23rd best forward in the nation by Rivals.com...Hoop Alliance listed him as 36th on the national prospect list...selected to the 10th Annual South Florida All-Star Game...earned All-Broward County 6A-4A honorable mention honors when he averaged 18.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.2 blocked shots and 3.0 steals as a sophomore...helped the Tallahassee Wildcats capture the championship at the Showtime National Championship...past Tallahassee Wildcat players include Rashad Anderson of the University of Connecticut, Jamal Levy of Wake Forest, Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns and Mike Williams, the former football All-American at Southern Cal...PERSONAL: Born Oct. 30, 1986...Ryan is the son of Jasmine and Kenneth Mullings...nickname is "Big Ticket"...chose Florida State over Florida, Miami, Georgia, Houston and Pittsburgh.

Josue Soto, 6-0, 165, G, Jacksonville - ON SOTO: "Josue is a very good player. The thing that always impressed me about him was that he was always ready to take the big shot when the game was on the line. He would load that team on his shoulder and carry them if need be. When we played them close, I always felt he would be the one who would want to take that last shot or important shot. And his passing is just as good as his shooting," said Jacksonville Providence head coach Jim Martin...his first name is pronounced Ho-sweh...named as the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year in the State of Florida...the Gatorade award is special because it honors the player who best combines standout athletic talent with academic achievement and overall outstanding character...the first Gatorade Player of the Year from the state of Florida to attend Florida State since James Collins (also from Jacksonville) came to Tallahassee as a freshman for the 1993-94 season...an All-State Class 2A First-Team selection in both 2005 and 2006...named the Class 2A Player of the Year by the Dairy Farmers in 2005...named the Player of the Year in the City of Jacksonville by the Florida Times Union in 2006...his individual honors were well deserved as he led ACD to the first two state titles in school history in both 2005 and 2006...ranked as the nation's 35th best high school prospect by Galaxy of Prep Stars Basketball Magazine...the 11th ranked high school point guard in the class of 2006 by Hoopmasters.com...has played internationally for both Puerto Rico (his native land) and the United States...played for the United States in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany at the tail end of his senior season...served as the team captain and was among the leading scorers in the tournament...averaged 17.4 points and 4.4 assists in five games during the tournament which is open to players 18 and under...dozens of players have played in the Schweitzer Tournament and moved on to play in the NBA including Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan and Vince Carter...will utilize and draw on his experiences playing internationally against teams from Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Spain and Israel to his advantage when he steps out onto the court at Florida State...also competed as a member of Puerto Rico's under-18 team at the FIBA Under-18 Championship during the summer of 2006...helped Puerto Rico qualify for the 2007 Junior World Championships during the summer between his senior year at ACD and his freshman season at Florida State...AT ARLINGTON COUNTRY DAY: Graduated from Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2006...averaged 17.6 points, 9.6 assists and 3.2 steals in earning All-State First-Team honors and leading ACD to the second state championship in school history as a senior in 2006...the 2006 Florida Times Union All-First Coast Player of the Year...Soto led his high school team to consecutive state championships and a 52-6 record (.897 winning percentage) during his two-year prep career...the Apaches were 27-3 in his senior season and 25-3 his junior year...ACD was ranked No. 10 nationally by the USA Today Newspaper and finished his senior season ranked 15th in the nation...named the state championship finals MVP in leading ACD to its second consecutive state title...scored 19 points in the Apache's semifinal victory over Port St. Joe and followed that performance with an 11-point, six-assist and three-steal outing to clinch the state title against Benjamin...scored 20 points in ACD's regional championship victory over Providence...scored a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in ACD's season-opening victory over Shekinah Academy...the MVP of the Marshall County Hoopfest in December of his senior season...averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 assists per game as a junior...plays for the ultra-successful Miami Tropics AAU team...the second leading scorer at the prestigious Peach Jam Tournament as a member of the Tropics during the summer of 2005...PERSONAL: Born Feb. 12, 1988 in Arencibo, Puerto Rico...Josue is the son of Maricarmen Martinez and Demetrio Soto...his first name is pronounced Ho-sweh...joins former Gatorade Players of the Year from the state of Florida -- Douglas Edwards (1989) and James Collins (1993) at Florida State...other Gatorade Players of the Year include Vince Carter (1995) of the University of North Carolina and the New Jersey Nets of the NBA and Stevie Edwards (1992) who was recruited by Leonard Hamilton to play at Miami...selected Florida State over Illinois, Indiana and Wake Forest.


2007 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 11 Jerel Allen           G       6-4   192  Sr   *    Detroit, MI (Cody/Mott CC)
* 15 Casaan Breeden        F       6-8   200  So   *    Bennettsville, SC (Marlboro County)
* 23 Toney Douglas         G       6-1   196  So-R      Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro/Auburn)
* 41 Uche Echefu           F       6-9   220  So   *    Lagos, Nigeria (Montrose Christian School)
* 31 Brian Hoff            G       6-6   192  So   *    Jacksonville (Arlington Country Day)
  20 Aaron Holmes          G       6-5   180  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)
* 10 Ralph Mims            G       6-2   210  Jr   **   Pensacola (Brunswick)
* 42 Ryan Reid             F       6-8   232  Fr        Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson)
* 25 Jason Rich            G       6-3   200  Jr   **   Pensacola (Doctor Phillips)
*  5 Josue Soto            G       6-0   165  Fr        Jacksonville (Arlington Country Day)
*  3 Isaiah Swann          G       6-1   203  Jr   **   Germantown, MD (Hargrave Military Academy)
* 12 Al Thornton           F       6-8   220  Sr   ***  Perry, GA (Perry)
* 33 Matt Zitani           F       6-7   227  Sr   *    Port Saint Lucie (Lincoln Park Academy/Indian River CC)

2007 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  3 Isaiah Swann          G       6-1   203  Jr   **   Germantown, MD (Hargrave Military Academy)
*  5 Josue Soto            G       6-0   165  Fr        Jacksonville (Arlington Country Day)
* 10 Ralph Mims            G       6-2   210  Jr   **   Pensacola (Brunswick)
* 11 Jerel Allen           G       6-4   192  Sr   *    Detroit, MI (Cody/Mott CC)
* 12 Al Thornton           F       6-8   220  Sr   ***  Perry, GA (Perry)
* 15 Casaan Breeden        F       6-8   200  So   *    Bennettsville, SC (Marlboro County)
  20 Aaron Holmes          G       6-5   180  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg Catholic)
* 23 Toney Douglas         G       6-1   196  So-R      Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro/Auburn)
* 25 Jason Rich            G       6-3   200  Jr   **   Pensacola (Doctor Phillips)
* 31 Brian Hoff            G       6-6   192  So   *    Jacksonville (Arlington Country Day)
* 33 Matt Zitani           F       6-7   227  Sr   *    Port Saint Lucie (Lincoln Park Academy/Indian River CC)
* 41 Uche Echefu           F       6-9   220  So   *    Lagos, Nigeria (Montrose Christian School)
* 42 Ryan Reid             F       6-8   232  Fr        Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson)

1/4/2007 - Aaron Holmes transferred to South Florida.
3/30/2007 - Josue Soto requested his release for the purpose of transferring to another school.

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles' Thornton Earns All-America Second-Team Honors.

Honors begin to roll in for all-star forward.

March 12, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University senior forward Al Thornton, who earned All-ACC First-Team honors as was the ACC Player of the Year runner-up, has earned All-America Second Team honors by Sports Illustrated.Com. Thornton's All-America Second-team selection makes him the first Seminole since Ron King in 1972 to earn All-America honors higher than honorable mention status. King was an All-America First-Team selection by the Helms Foundation in leading the Seminoles to the 1972 NCAA Championship game.

Said the editors of SI.Com: "Thornton was one of three unanimous selections to the All-ACC squad and narrowly missed winning conference Player of the Year honors. Thornton led the Seminoles to upsets of Florida and Duke and carried his team to a victory when it mattered most, leading FSU to a win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC tournament."

Thornton was joined on the All-America Second-Team by UCLA's Darren Collison, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Tennessee's Chris Lofton and Ohio State's Greg Oden.

The All-America First-Team was comprised of Acie Law IV of Texas A&M, Arron Afflalo of UCLA, Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, Nick Fazekas of Nevada and Kevin Durant of Texas. Durant was selected as the National Player of the Year.

Thornton is one of 30 finalists for the Naismith Award presented by AT&T which is annually awarded to the nation's top collegiate basketball player by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Ballots were sent out to the Naismith voting academy the week of Feb. 26 asking them to narrow the list to four individuals. Those finalists will be announced in mid-March. The winner will be honored during Final Four weekend in Atlanta. The first award was given to Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1969.

Thornton is also one of 22 collegiate players on the final ballot for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year and All-America team. The final ballot was announced on March 4. Thornton is joined by ACC players Jared Dudley of Boston College, Sean Singletary of Virginia and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina. The winner will be announced April 7.

Beginning with his near school-record and career-high 45 point performance in the Seminoles' victory over Miami in the final game of the regular season, All-America candidate Al Thornton is enjoying his own version of March Madness. He is averaging 27.3 points (82 total points), 8.3 rebounds (25 total rebounds) while shooting .547 (29-of-53) from the field, .500 (five-of-10) form the 3-point line and .864 (19-of-22) from the free throw line.

Florida State, which has won 20 games in each of the last two seasons, plays host to Toledo in the first round of the 2007 Mastercard NIT Tournament on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are the No. 2 seed in the North Region of the four region tournament. Florida State is making its second consecutive appearance in the NIT - the Seminoles were 1-1 in the 2006 event with a victory over Butler (March 17, 67-63) an overtime loss against South Carolina (March 21, 69-68).


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thonrton Earns All-America Second-Team Honors.

Senior completes career as one of the best players in school history.

March 26, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton, who led the Florida State basketball team to the quarterfinal round of the 2007 NIT, has earned All-America Second-Team honors as selected by Rivals.com. Thornton led the Seminoles with a career-high 19.7 points per game average and a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game average during his outstanding senior season. Thornton leads the ACC in overall scoring with his 19.7 points per game average and led the conference in ACC games only scoring with his 23.5 points per game average.

Thornton finished his career ranked seventh in school history with 1,515 career points. He scored his career-high of 45 points against Miami in the 2007 regular season finale on March 3 - the second-highest single-game total in school history. He came within one point of tying Ron King's 36-year old school record of 46 points on Feb. 11, 1971 against Georgia Southern.

Thornton was one of three players unanimously voted to the 2007 All-ACC First-Team. He has also been named to the ACC All-Tournament Second-Team and Second-Team All-America by SportsIllustrated.com. In addition, Thornton a finalist for the 2006-2007 Wooden Award All-American Team and Wooden Award Player of the Year, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate basketball player.

Thornton was joined on the Rivals.com All-America Second-Team by Oregon's Aaron Brooks, Tennessee's Chris Lofton, Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars and Florida's Al Horford.

The Rivals.com All-America First-Team honored Texas A&M's Acie Law, Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, Texas' Kevin Durant, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Ohio State's Greg Oden as the top five players in college basketball.

Thornton led Florida State to 43 wins over the past two seasons - the best two-year total since the 1991-92 (22) and 1992-93 (25) earned 47 wins in a two-year span. Thornton's 19.7 points per game average was the highest by a Seminole since Bob Sura averaged 21.2 points per game average during the 1993-94 season. In addition, Thornton's 690 total points scored rank as the second highest single-season point total -- second all-time to Jim Oler's 742 points during the 1955-56 season.


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thornton Earns All-America Third-Team Honors By The Associated Press.

Seminole senior earns place among college basketball's best in 2006-07.

March 26, 2007

TALLAHASSE, FL - Florida State University senior forward Al Thornton, a unanimous All-ACC First-Team selection and runner-up for ACC Player of the Year honors, has been named to the All-America Third-Team by the Associated Press. He is the first player in school history to earn either first, second or third team AP All-America honors and the first player since 1989 to earn All-America honors of third team or higher by any voting panel since George McCloud was an All-America Third-Team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Thornton leads the ACC with a career-high 19.7 points per game average and ranks seventh in the ACC in rebounding with a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game average. He is bidding to become only the second Seminole in school history to lead the ACC in scoring (Bob Sura led the league with a 21.4 ppg average in 1994). Thornton led the ACC in conference games only with a 23.2 points per game average in 16 league games.

Thornton led the Seminoles to the third round of the NIT with a 22-13 record as a senior. He also led Florida State in most statistical categories including scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), field goal shooting percentage (.530), steals (53 / 1.5 spg), blocked shots (40 / 1.1 bpg) and minutes played (1,092 / 31.2 mpg). Thornton played in a career-high 35 games as a senior and in 124 games for his career - the second highest career total in school history.

Thornton scored a near school-record 690 total points as a senior. He came within 53 points of establishing a single-season school record for points scored in a season. Thornton's incredible versatility allowed him to become the only player in school history to score 1,500 or more points (1,521), pull down 600 or more rebounds (640 / 5.2 rpg), earn 100 or more steals (103), block 70 or more shots (74) and make more than 60 3-point shots (63).

Thornton was named to the Division I All-District 6 men's basketball team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches earlier this season and was a two-time national Player of the Week as selected by ESPN's Dick Vitale. It is the second consecutive season Thornton has earned All-District 6 First-Team honors.

Florida State won 22 games this season. It marked the most wins in a single-season for the Seminoles since the 1992-93 season when they had a 25-10 record and advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles also tied the school record for games played in a single season with 35.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Associated Press First-Team   Associated Press Second-Team   Associated Press Third-Team                                                                                                                
Kevin Durant, Texas           Nick Fazekas, Nevada           Jeff Green, Georgetown                                                                                                                     
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin      Tyler Hansbrough, N. Carolina  Al Horford, Florida                                                                                                                        
Acie Law IV, Texas A&M        Chris Lofton, Tennessee        Aaron Brooks, Oregon                                                                                                                       
Arron Afflalo, UCLA           Jared Dudley, Boston College   Al Thornton, Florida State                                                                                                                 
Greg Oden, Ohio State         Joakim Noah, Florida           Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh                                                                                                                     

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles' Thornton Named All-America Third-Team By CollegeHoops.Net.

Thornton's list of honors continues to grow each day.

March 30, 2007

TALLAHASSE, FL - Florida State University senior forward Al Thornton, who led the ACC in scoring with a 19.7 points per game average, has been named to the All-America Third-Team by Collegehoops.net. He is the second Seminole player and first since Bobby Sura during the 1993-94 season to lead the ACC in scoring. Thornton led the nation's top rated conference in overall scoring with his career-high 19.7 points per game average and led the conference in ACC games only scoring with a 23.5 points per game scoring average.

Thornton scored a near school-record 690 points in a school-record tying 35 games to earn his career-high average of 19.7 points per game. He scored double-figures in all 35 games for the Seminoles and was the only player in the ACC who scored in double figures in each of his teams' games during the 2006-07 season. Thornton also led the league in 20+ points scoring games (18) and scored a league high of 45 points against Miami on March 3. His 45 point performance against the Hurricanes ranks as the second-highest scoring effort in school history behind only Ron King's 46-point performance against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 1971.

Thornton scored at least 30 points twice during the season - his career-high 45 point performance against Miami and a 30-point scoring total on the road at Virginia on Feb. 17. He was one of only five ACC players who scored at least 30 points twice during the season and one of only two league players (also Zabian Dowdell of Virginia Tech) who scored at least 30 points in two games against another ACC team.

Thornton scored 376 of his 690 points on the season and averaged a league-high 23.5 points in the Seminoles' 16 ACC games. He scored nearly 55 percent of his points for the season in 16 ACC games (376 of 690) as compared to just over 45 percent of his point total in 19 non-ACC regular season games (314 of 690). He was the only player in the league who averaged more than 20 points per game in conference play during the 2006-07 season.

Thornton pulled down a career-high 7.2 rebounds per game to rank eighth among all conference players in rebounding. He ranked tied for ninth in the league with six games of 10 rebounds or more and he had six double-doubles to tie for eighth among all league players. Thornton led the league in conference games only rebounding with an 8.8 per game average. He pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds against Maryland on Feb. 21.

Thornton also finished his record breaking season ranked fifth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.530), seventh in free throw shooting percentage (.790), eighth in blocked shots (1.14), 10th in steals (1.51) and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (3.03).

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
CollegeHoops.Net First-Team  CollegeHoops.Net Second-Team    CollegeHoops.Net Third-Team                                                                                                                
Acie Law, IV (Texas A&M)     Arron Afflalo (UCLA)            Aaron Brooks (Oregon)                                                                                                                      
Alando Tucker (Wisconsin)    Chris Lofton (Tennessee)        Sean Singletary (Virginia)                                                                                                                 
Kevin Durant (Texas)         Jared Dudley (Boston College)   Al Thornton (Florida State)                                                                                                                
Nick Fazekas (Nevada)        Tyler Hansbrough (N. Carolina)  Al Horford (Florida)                                                                                                                       
Greg Oden (Ohio State)       Aaron Gray (Pitt)               Joakim Noah (Florida)                                                                                                                      

2006-07 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Al Thornton              cnnsi.com - 2nd Team All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 2nd Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 3rd Team All-American
                         College Hoops Insider/CollegeHoops.Net - 3rd Team All-American

All-Americans -  1

2006-07 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
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Sam Cassell              19      G                  Los Angeles Clippers
Alexander Johnson        32      F                  Memphis Grizzlies
Bob Sura                  3      G                  Houston Rockets
Von Wafer                22      G                  Los Angeles Clippers

Noles in the Pros -  4

2007 Schedule and Results

             
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
NCAA
NIT
FSU
AP
FSU
USA
OPP
AP
OPP
USA
AP
UPI
11/12
Ref
H
MC NEESE STATE
Colonial Classic
W 85-65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/13
Ref
H
ILLINOIS STATE
Colonial Classic
W 73-59
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/14
Ref
H
SOUTHERN METHODIST
Colonial Classic
W 59-52
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/19
Ref
H
NEW ORLEANS
W 69-50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/24
Ref
A
PITTSBURGH
Colonial Classic
L 66-88
 
 
 
 
3
4
12
10
11/28
Ref
A
WISCONSIN
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
L 66-81
 
 
 
 
12
13
6
7
12/03
Ref
H
FLORIDA
W 70-66
1
 
 
 
4
4
3
3
12/05
Ref
A
STETSON
W 82-63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/07
Ref
A
GEORGIA STATE
W 87-55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/10
Ref
H
SOUTHEASTERN LA
W 88-62
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/18
Ref
H
HIGH POINT
W 81-64
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/21
Ref
H
COASTAL CAROLINA
W 78-65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/23
Ref
H
ST. PETER'S COLLEGE
W 76-63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/29
Ref
N
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Tampa, Fl
W 92-62
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/03
Ref
H
CLEMSON
L 66-68
 
2
 
 
23
18
 
 
01/07
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA
L 58-84
 
 
 
 
2
2
4
4
01/13
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
L 80-88
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/17
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 82-73
 
 
 
 
23
25
 
 
01/20
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 86-67
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/23
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
L 82-85
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/27
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 74-66
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01/30
Ref
H
MARYLAND
W 96-79
 
 
 
 
 
 
18
22
02/04
Ref
A
DUKE
W 68-67
 
 
 
 
8
10
 
 
02/07
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 58-71
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/11
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE
L 67-68
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/13
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH
L 57-63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/17
Ref
A
VIRGINIA
L 70-73
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/21
Ref
A
MARYLAND
L 55-73
 
 
 
 
 
 
18
22
02/24
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
W 78-52
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/03
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 98-90
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/08
Ref
N
CLEMSON
ACC, Tampa, Fl
W 67-66
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/09
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA
ACC, Tampa, Fl
L 58-73
 
 
 
 
8
8
4
4
03/13
Ref
H
TOLEDO
NIT
W 77-61
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/15
Ref
H
MICHIGAN
NIT, Sweet 16
W 87-66
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/20
Ref
A
MISSISSIPPI STATE
NIT, Elite Eight
L 71-86
 
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
EOY Stats Ref

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    22-13   16- 3    4- 9    2- 1
VS ACC            7- 9    5- 3    2- 6    0- 0
AGAINST TOP 25    3- 5    2- 1    1- 3    0- 1

2007 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1t NORTH CAROLINA       11- 5    31- 7 
 1t VIRGINIA             11- 5    21-11 
 3t MARYLAND             10- 6    25- 9 
 3t VIRGINIA TECH        10- 6    22-12 
 3t BOSTON COLLEGE       10- 6    21-12 
 6t DUKE                  8- 8    22-11 
 6t GEORGIA TECH          8- 8    20-12 
 8t CLEMSON               7- 9    25-11 
 8t FLORIDA STATE         7- 9    22-13 
10t NORTH CAROLINA STATE  5-11    20-16 
10t WAKE FOREST           5-11    15-16 
12  MIAMI                 4-12    12-20 

2007 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Tampa, Fl
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
03/08/2007  (9)FLORIDA STATE 67, (8)CLEMSON 66                  Round 1
03/08/2007  (12)MIAMI 67, (5)MARYLAND 62                        Round 1
03/08/2007  (10)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 85, (7)DUKE 80             Round 1, OT                                                
03/08/2007  (11)WAKE FOREST 114, (6)GEORGIA TECH 112            Round 1, 2OT                                               
03/09/2007  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 73, (9)FLORIDA STATE 58           Round 2
03/09/2007  (4)BOSTON COLLEGE 74, (12)MIAMI 71                  Round 2, OT                                                
03/09/2007  (10)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 79, (2)VIRGINIA 71         Round 2
03/09/2007  (3)VIRGINIA TECH 71, (11)WAKE FOREST 52             Round 2
03/10/2007  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 71, (4)BOSTON COLLEGE 56          Round 3
03/10/2007  (10)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 72, (3)VIRGINIA TECH 64    Round 3
03/11/2007  (1)NORTH CAROLINA 89, (10)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 80   Round 4

2006-07 - 30 Point Club

Name Date Opponent FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Al Thornton 03/03/2007 MIAMI 16 24 2 3 11 11 45 Isaiah Swann 03/20/2007 MISSISSIPPI STATE 10 17 9 13 2 2 31 Al Thornton 02/17/2007 VIRGINIA 12 23 3 6 3 4 30

2006-07 - 15 Rebound Club

Name Date Opponent O-REB D-REB TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Al Thornton 02/17/2007 VIRGINIA 6 10 16 Al Thornton 02/21/2007 MARYLAND 4 11 15

2006-07 - 10 Assist Club

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

2006-07 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
====================================================================================================================================
Al Thornton          35 35 1092  244  460 .530   36  81 .444  166 210 .790  690 19.7    106 145  251  7.2  95  4   24   87   40   53
Toney Douglas        30 28  865  143  301 .475   31  78 .397   63  80 .788  380 12.7     23  60   83  2.8  53  0   87   73    8   35
Jason Rich           35 34 1047  138  263 .525   14  36 .389   70  87 .805  360 10.3     40  81  121  3.5  82  3   60   70    7   36
Isaiah Swann         35 34  978  126  273 .462   68 166 .410   39  49 .796  359 10.3     24  81  105  3.0  88  3  110   72    6   43
Uche Echefu          35 35  734   80  183 .437   25  76 .329   58  75 .773  243  6.9     41 110  151  4.3  96  1   20   50   20   29
Jerel Allen          35  2  670   63  154 .409   28  82 .341   18  26 .692  172  4.9     20  49   69  2.0  50  0   38   35    8   25
Ralph Mims           35  7  680   52  125 .416   25  66 .379   42  56 .750  171  4.9     19  55   74  2.1  36  0   74   59    7   35
Ryan Reid            35  0  563   41   73 .562    0   0 .000   19  41 .463  101  2.9     46  67  113  3.2  62  0    8   38   16    9
Casaan Breeden       34  0  295   35   76 .461    9  29 .310   20  26 .769   99  2.9     12  22   34  1.0  51  2    8   21    4    9
Brian Hoff           11  0   23    6   14 .429    1   5 .200    0   0 .000   13  1.2      1   3    4  0.4   2  0    1    1    0    0
Matt Zitani          12  0   24    4   14 .286    0   1 .000    2   3 .667   10  0.8      4   2    6  0.5   6  0    0    2    0    0
Josue Soto           13  0   54    4   11 .364    0   4 .000    1   4 .250    9  0.7      2   8   10  0.8   4  0    3    2    0    2
Team                                                                                     37  46   83        2            3
====================================================================================================================================
FSU                  35          936 1947 .481  237 624 .380  498 657 .758 2607 74.5    375 729 1104 31.5 627 13  433  513  116  276
Opp                  35          873 1934 .451  216 647 .334  452 643 .703 2414 69.0    412 696 1108 31.7 659 16  450  564  115  222

2006-07 Game Stats

FLORIDA STATE 85, MC NEESE STATE 65
11/12/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Colonial Classic

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Top McNeese St., 85-65, in Opening Round of Colonial Classic.

Thornton scores 17 points to pace FSU.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 17 points and Uche Echefu added 14 Sunday night as Florida State defeated McNeese (La.) State 85-65 at the opening round of the Colonial Classic in the first game of the year for both schools.

In the first game of the three-day round robin, Southern Methodist defeated Illinois State 57-55 on Devon Pearson's tip-in on a missed shot as the buzzer sounded. It was also the first game of the year for them.

The Seminoles wiped out an early 11-point deficit and led by as many as 26 points in the second half.

Echefu's successive 3-point baskets five minutes into the second half gave Florida State a 45-39 lead to spark a second half runaway.

McNeese, from the Southland Conference, jumped off to a 14-4 lead and built its advantage to 24-13 with 8:32 left in the half on Rorey Lawrence's 3-point shot.

John Ford led the Cowboys with 19 points while Lawrence and Aldryan Wardell each scored 11. Wardell also had a game best eight rebounds.

Florida State, which was left out of last season's NCAA tournament despite a 20-10 record, didn't catch up until 1:28 left in the half on two Ralph Mims free throws.

Jason Rich's short jumper with 26 seconds left in the half gave Florida State a 36-35 lead at the break.

Rich and Toney Douglas, a transfer from Auburn, scored 12 points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 53.3 percent from the floor despite a terrible start.

The Seminoles started ice cold, scoring just four points in the game's first eight minutes.

Florida State meets Illinois State following the SMU-McNeese game in Monday's second round.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  30   1   4    0    3   0   0   2      2    2   4  3   2  3   0   2
12 Al Thornton           f  28   5  11    0    0   7  10  17      3    4   7  1   0  1   1   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  23   6   7    0    1   0   0  12      0    1   1  1   3  2   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  31   5  10    0    2   2   3  12      0    3   3  2   3  0   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   5   7    2    2   2   2  14      2    2   4  1   1  4   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               21   2   6    2    4   2   2   8      0    2   2  1   2  1   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              16   3   6    1    4   2   2   9      1    2   3  1   2  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden           17   2   3    0    0   1   2   5      0    1   1  3   0  1   0   0
31 Brian Hoff                1   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               1   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                12   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      0    1   1  3   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           4    4   8                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  32  60    5   17  16  21  85     13   22  35 16  13 12   1   4
   Opp                     200  24  59    4   17  13  21  65     16   17  33 20   8 17   5   7


  1 2 Total
MC NEESE STATE
35
30
65
FLORIDA STATE
36
49
85
Attendance: 6,807

FLORIDA STATE 73, ILLINOIS STATE 59
11/13/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Colonial Classic

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Tops Illinois State 73-59 in Colonial Classic.

Seminoles use strong second half to improve to 2-0.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 20 points to lead Florida State to a 73-59 victory over Illinois State Monday, the second day of the Colonial Classic.

Thornton sat out most of the first half with two fouls and made 18 of his points for the Seminoles (2-0) in the second half. Meanwhile, Illinois State's Dominitrix Johnson scored 32 points.

Isaiah Swann and Jason Rich were also in double figures for Florida State. Swann finished with 14 points, and Rich added eleven.

The Seminoles did not have a field goal until the 15:27 mark of the first half, and were down by as many as ten points before climbing back to take a 31-24 halftime lead.

Led by Thornton, Florida State found its touch in the second half. Johnson's 21 second half points kept the game close until Thornton's two free throws and his break away dunk sealed the game.

Johnson made seven 3-pointers and was the only Redbird in double figures. The two teams combined to turn the ball over 53 times.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  24   5   9    2    3   2   3  14      2    2   4  2   0  5   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  27   8  12    1    2   3   3  20      1    4   5  2   1  5   0   4
23 Toney Douglas         g  30   3   9    0    1   1   2   7      0    5   5  1   5  4   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  32   5   9    0    2   1   1  11      1    5   6  3   1  3   1   2
41 Uche Echefu           f  16   1   3    0    0   0   1   2      0    0   0  2   0  3   1   0
10 Ralph Mims               17   2   3    1    2   2   2   7      2    1   3  0   1  4   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              26   2   2    1    1   1   2   6      0    4   4  1   2  1   2   1
15 Casaan Breeden           11   0   4    0    2   2   2   2      0    1   1  0   1  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                17   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      3    0   3  2   1  1   0   1
   Team                                                           2    2   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  28  53    5   13  12  16  73     11   24  35 13  12 27   4   8
   Opp                     200  23  53    8   23   5   7  59      6   16  22 20  14 26   3   9


  1 2 Total
ILLINOIS STATE
24
35
59
FLORIDA STATE
31
42
73
Attendance: 6,897

FLORIDA STATE 59, SOUTHERN METHODIST 52
11/14/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Colonial Classic

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Capture Colonial Classic Title.

FSU (3-0) plays host to New Orleans Sunday at 5 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Toney Douglas scored 14 points in the second half, including a pair of crucial free throws with 39 seconds left, to lead Florida State to a 59-52 victory over SMU in Tuesday's final in the Colonial Classic.

Al Thornton scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Jerel Allen added 11 points for the Seminoles (3-0).

SMU's Jon Killen scored 15 points, but also had eight turnovers. Donatas Rackauskas added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench. The Mustangs also got 12 points from Derrick Roberts.

SMU (2-1) held a 26-25 halftime lead, and led late in the second half.

Douglas, a transfer from Auburn, hit three consecutive baskets to give Florida State a 45-41 lead with 5:29 left in the game. SMU closed to within two points with 44 seconds left before Douglas' free throws.

In the first game Tuesday, Boo Richardson scored 23 points to lead Illinois State to a 67-50 victory over McNeese (La.) State. Greg Dilligard added 20 for Illinois State while Jarvis Bradley led McNeese (0-3) with 15.

All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton, who averaged 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in the three-game event, was named the Most Valuable Player. Junior Jason Rich and sophomore Toney Douglas of Florida State were named to the All-Tournament team.

Florida State Colonial Classic All-Tournament Team
Jason Rich, Florida State
Toney Douglas, Florida State
Ike Ofegbu, SMU
Jon Killian, SMU
Dom Johnson, Illinois State

Most Valuable Player
Al Thornton, Florida State

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  21   1   3    1    1   2   2   5      0    1   1  4   0  0   0   2
12 Al Thornton           f  30   4   8    1    2   6   6  15      4    3   7  3   1  3   1   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  31   5  10    2    5   2   2  14      0    0   0  2   4  6   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  30   2   6    1    2   0   0   5      0    1   1  2   1  2   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  22   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   2
10 Ralph Mims               18   1   2    1    2   2   4   5      1    1   2  0   2  1   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              26   4   7    3    4   0   0  11      2    3   5  2   1  2   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            9   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  0   1   0
42 Ryan Reid                13   0   1    0    0   1   4   1      3    2   5  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                                2   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  18  43   10   20  13  18  59     10   13  23 14  10 16   2   8
   Opp                     200  20  43    5   14   7   9  52     10   16  26 19  10 19   2   6


  1 2 Total
SOUTHERN METHODIST
26
26
52
FLORIDA STATE
25
34
59
Attendance: 6,780

FLORIDA STATE 69, NEW ORLEANS 50
11/19/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Cruise Past New Orleans, 69-50, To Improve To 4-0.

Thornton leads Seminoles with 12 points and three steals.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Senior All-America candidate Al Thornton scored 12 points and junior Jason Rich added 11 to lead Florida State to a 69-50 victory over New Orleans at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles outscored the Privateers, 42-14, in the first half and led by as many as 31 in cruising to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. The Seminoles are now 4-0 and play at No. 4 Pittsburgh Friday in their first game against a team ranked in the nation's top 25 this season.

Florida State scored the first 12 points of the game and held New Orleans scoreless for the first 6:01 of the game. The Seminoles continued to build their lead and led 38-7 with 2:37 remaining in the half. New Orleans scored its 10th point of the game on a free throw with 1:04 remaining in the half.

Thornton led the Seminoles in scoring for the fourth time in four games this season and is now averaging 16.0 points per game. He also added four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 27 minutes of play. Thornton has scored at least 12 points in each of the Seminoles first four games of the season.

Bo McCalebb, the Privateers' leading scorer, totaled a team-high 24 points to lead New Orleans. He scored 16 of his 24 points after halftime. McCalebb was eight-of-15 from the field and was a perfect eight-of-eight from the free throw line.

Rich was also very economical from the field as he made five of his eight field goal attempts in scoring 11 points. He also added four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of play. Sophomore Toney Douglas scored 10 points and added four assists and three steals. Douglas played his best game of the young season with four assists and zero turnovers.

Florida State limited New Orleans to 32.6 percent shooting from the field for their best defensive field goal effort of the season. The Privateers shot only 23.8 percent in the first half in scoring only 14 points during the first 20 minutes of the game.

Florida State's defensive effort extended to the steals column as it earned a season-high 13 takeaways. Thornton, Rich and junior Isaiah Swann all recorded three steals each while seven of the nine Seminoles that earned playing time earned at last one steal.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  27   3   6    2    5   1   2   9      2    3   5  2   4  2   1   3
12 Al Thornton           f  27   6   9    0    0   0   0  12      2    2   4  1   1  2   2   3
23 Toney Douglas         g  26   4  11    0    1   2   3  10      1    1   2  1   4  0   0   3
25 Jason Rich            g  24   5   8    1    2   0   0  11      1    3   4  4   1  3   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  19   3   7    0    3   0   1   6      0    3   3  3   0  2   0   1
10 Ralph Mims               21   2   6    1    5   0   0   5      0    3   3  0   2  1   1   1
11 Jerel Allen              24   3   5    1    2   0   0   7      0    2   2  1   1  3   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden           13   1   6    0    4   0   0   2      1    1   2  4   0  2   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                19   3   5    0    0   1   2   7      3    6   9  2   0  0   0   1
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  63    5   22   4   8  69     10   24  34 18  13 15   4  13
   Opp                     200  15  46    5   15  15  19  50      7   24  31 15   7 26   2   6


  1 2 Total
NEW ORLEANS
14
36
50
FLORIDA STATE
42
27
69
Attendance: 6,811

PITTSBURGH 88, FLORIDA STATE 66
11/24/2006, PITTSBURGH, PA, Colonial Classic

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Loses 88-66 at No. 3 Pittsburgh.

Seminoles take first defeat of season.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Florida State sped up a Pitt team known for its patience and persistence, and look what happened. The Seminoles also tried taking away Panthers star Aaron Gray, and that didn't work out well, either.

Pittsburgh went on a pivotal 13-0 run behind the outside shooting of Ronald Ramon and Antonio Graves not long after Florida State star Al Thornton got into foul trouble in the first half, and the No. 3 Panthers beat the previously unbeaten Seminoles at their own game by winning 88-66 Friday night.

"They kind of gave us a clinic in ball movement, executing and setting screens," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We'll be able to pick up a lot of things about how to do things correctly. They were able to expose a lot of our weaknesses...It was a great night by a great team."

Graves scored 17 points and Ramon came off the bench for 12, all on 3-pointers, as the Panthers (6-0) showed they don't always have to lean on 7-foot star Aaron Gray to win - and that they can play an uptempo game, and play it well.

"We knew they were going to try to run the ball and we were ready for it," Ramon said.

Gray, averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds before the game, was limited to nine points in 25 minutes but it hardly mattered as Pitt opened a 23-point lead in the first half and cruised after that.

"They were double or triple teaming him, and that allowed the rest of us to make plays," said Mike Cook, who scored 15 points.

Thornton, the Seminoles' top scorer with a 16.0 average, played only eight minutes before halftime after drawing his second foul with 11:37 remaining and Florida State (4-1) down 21-15. Pitt began pulling away not long after that, finishing off the 13-point run with a Ramon 3-pointer that made it 43-25.

"We wanted to show we could go out and get stops on defense against them - people kept saying this was going to be a test for us, and we were ready from the start," Graves said. "We wanted to keep their shooting under 40 percent, and we did that in the first half (39.1 percent) and that's what got us the big lead."

Pitt's bench outscored Florida State's 24-4 in the first half and 41-5 overall, with three Pitt backups scoring in double figures.

"We have a great group here, and if you try to take away one of us, that means somebody is going to be open," Graves said. "All of us are capable of having a big night on any night."

The championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association Classic had all but gotten away from the Seminoles by the time Thornton returned to start the second half, with Pitt up 50-30. Pitt upped the lead to 32 points at 69-37 behind a balanced offense in which five players scored in double figures, including backup forwards Tyrell Biggs with 11 and Sam Young with 10. The Panthers shot 62.5 percent, 35 of 56.

"It's a coach's dream to have a team that shares the ball the way they do," Hamilton said. "It can be difficult to get kids to buy into that today."

Toney Douglas scored 21 for Florida State, with Thornton getting all but two of his 16 points in the second half. Uche Echefu added 13 points.

The Pitt loss began a rugged stretch for Florida State, which plays two other Top 10 teams in the next nine days - No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 1 Florida.

"We won't have too long to have a pity party," Hamilton said.

Florida State and Pitt both won three home games in the Colonial Classic before Friday night's game. Pitt had a much tougher time in putting away Oakland 66-55 on Sunday than it did with Florida State, which is 1-8 against the Panthers.

Pitt is 6-0 for the fifth consecutive season and has won 42 of 43 against nonconference opponents since moving into the Petersen Events Center in 2002.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  25   3   6    1    3   0   0   7      0    0   0  3   3  1   1   2
12 Al Thornton           f  25   6  10    0    1   4   5  16      4    0   4  4   0  3   0   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  33   8  13    5    6   2   2  23      2    3   5  1   2  3   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  27   1   7    0    1   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   1  2   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  22   3   7    3    5   4   4  13      1    4   5  1   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               20   0   0    0    0   1   2   1      0    0   0  0   1  2   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              22   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  4   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden            8   0   1    0    1   2   2   2      0    0   0  1   0  0   1   1
42 Ryan Reid                18   1   2    0    0   0   1   2      1    1   2  1   0  0   1   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  49    9   19  13  16  66      9   11  20 13   7 16   3   7
   Opp                     200  35  56   10   18   8  11  88      9   19  28 16  28 13   3   6


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
30
36
66
PITTSBURGH
50
38
88
Attendance: 12,508

WISCONSIN 81, FLORIDA STATE 66
11/28/2006, MADISON, WI, ACC/Big Ten Challenge

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall To No. 12 Wisconsin.

Florida State came up short, 81-66, in its ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup.

MADISON, Ws - Alando Tucker scored 22 points, including 18 after being poked in the eye, and No. 12 Wisconsin beat Florida State 81-66 on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

The Badgers (6-1) took advantage in a physical game. Florida State (4-2) turned the ball over 21 times.

Kammron Taylor scored 18 points and Brian Butch added 13 for the battered Badgers.

Toney Douglas scored 24 points, Jason Rich 12 and Al Thornton 10 for Florida State.

But the Seminoles, who averaged 17 turnovers coming into the game, struggled and equaled their season average with 16:42 left.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  31   1   9    0    5   1   3   3      1    5   6  4   3  3   0   3
12 Al Thornton           f  25   5   9    0    0   0   0  10      3    2   5  4   0  4   3   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  32  11  20    2    3   0   0  24      3    2   5  4   1  5   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  32   6  10    0    0   0   1  12      0    3   3  5   0  2   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  24   2   4    1    3   4   4   9      2    1   3  4   1  2   1   2
10 Ralph Mims               16   0   1    0    1   2   3   2      0    2   2  2   3  3   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              22   2   6    0    3   0   1   4      2    3   5  2   0  1   0   5
15 Casaan Breeden            6   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                12   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  4   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                           1        1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  28  62    3   16   7  12  66     12   19  31 30   8 21   5  12
   Opp                     200  28  57    5   14  20  29  81     12   24  36 20  18 18   2   8


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
23
43
66
WISCONSIN
34
47
81
Attendance: 17,190

FLORIDA STATE 70, FLORIDA 66
12/03/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thornton Leads Florida State Upset Over No. 4 Florida, 70-66.

Al Thornton scores 28 points, inlcuding pair of late free throws to seal the victory.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton is so important to Florida State that Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton almost feels guilty about it.

Still, Hamilton isn't shy about going to his team's biggest strength.

Thornton scored 28 points, including two free throws with 4 seconds left, and Florida State upset No. 4 Florida 70-66 Sunday night.

"It's a shame he has to go out and get 28 points every night for us to win," Hamilton said. "Tonight we had to go with Al."

Thornton scored 18 in the second half, missing just once from the floor. He finished 10-for-16 for the game and also had nine rebounds.

"There's no doubt he was ready to play tonight," Hamilton said.

The Seminoles (5-2), who had lost their previous two games by a total of 37 points, led 36-31 at the half and built the lead to 55-41 before Walter Hodge's 3-pointer with 3:02 left got the Gators to 62-59. Hodge's shot capped an 18-7 Florida run.

Hodge hit another from long range to cut it to 68-66 with 53.2 seconds left, but Florida State's Toney Douglas blocked a 3-point attempt by Taurean Green with 4 seconds left and Thornton was fouled as he picked up the loose ball.

"The shot we took was not a good one," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We tried to turn it on at the end, but it wasn't good enough."

Green scored 21 and Hodge added 17 for Florida (7-2). The Gators were without 6-foot-9 starting forward Corey Brewer, who missed his second game with mononucleosis. Joakim Noah finished with 11 after scoring just two points in the first half.

"Green was having his way with us in the first half," said Hamilton, whose team buckled down and held Green to six points after halftime.

Isaiah Swann added 11 points for Florida State, which shot 46.6 percent and committed just 10 turnovers, compared to Florida's 19.

"We dug ourselves a hole in the first half with our turnovers," Donovan said. "Turnovers...and our inability to have an answer for Al Thornton."

A pair of Douglas baskets just 19 seconds apart ignited a 14-3 spurt that gave Florida State an 18-10 lead in the first half. The Seminoles' biggest lead in the half, 36-27, came on a Thornton dunk following an offensive rebound.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  33   3   7    2    4   3   3  11      0    3   3  0   1  2   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  35  10  16    1    2   7   9  28      6    3   9  3   0  2   1   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  26   4  12    0    1   0   1   8      0    1   1  1   2  2   1   2
25 Jason Rich            g  33   4   8    0    1   0   0   8      0    3   3  1   2  1   0   2
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   1   5    0    2   1   2   3      1    2   3  4   0  0   2   1
10 Ralph Mims               14   2   3    1    2   0   0   5      0    1   1  1   1  0   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              13   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      1    1   2  0   1  0   0   2
15 Casaan Breeden            6   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                20   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      2    1   3  2   0  2   0   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  58    5   15  11  15  70     10   16  26 14   7 10   4   9
   Opp                     200  24  44    8   19  10  15  66      7   20  27 15  11 19   1   3


  1 3 Total
FLORIDA
31
35
66
FLORIDA STATE
36
34
70
Attendance: 12,100

FLORIDA STATE 82, STETSON 63
12/05/2006, DELAND, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Defeat Hatters, 82-63.

FSU's reserves outscore Stetson's subs 25-8.

DELAND, FL - Toney Douglas scored 16 points to lead Florida State to an 82-63 victory over Stetson Tuesday.

The Seminoles (6-2), fresh off a victory over defending national champion Florida, used their depth to wear down the Hatters. Florida State's reserves outscored Stetson's subs 25-8, led by Ralph Mims' 10 points.

Stetson's Garfield Blair and Gabe McMillen led the Hatters (3-6) with 15 points apiece.

Florida State scoring leader Al Thornton finished with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, but received plenty of help. Uche Echefu added 12 points for the Seminoles, while Jason Rich finished with 10.

The Seminoles led 65-40 midway through the second half before Stetson rallied to within 71-57 with 2:46 remaining.

Florida State led 50-28 at halftime, using a 17-4 run to erase at 10-7 deficit. Mims sparked a 90-second surge, sandwiching a four-point play and a 3-pointer around a put-back dunk and two free throws from Thornton.

The Seminoles closed the half by scoring the final nine points for their largest lead.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  31   4   8    1    3   0   0   9      2    3   5  0   4  1   0   3
12 Al Thornton           f  28   3   7    0    1   4   4  10      1    4   5  4   0  3   0   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  29   6  11    1    3   3   4  16      2    1   3  1   1  3   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  28   3   6    0    0   4   6  10      1    1   2  3   3  3   0   2
41 Uche Echefu           f  17   2   3    0    1   8  10  12      1    1   2  3   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               21   3   5    2    4   2   3  10      0    1   1  1   7  2   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              23   3   5    1    3   2   2   9      1    3   4  1   3  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            5   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  5   0  0   0   0
31 Brian Hoff                1   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               1   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                16   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    6   7  1   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                                2   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  51    5   15  23  29  82     10   22  32 20  18 13   1  10
   Opp                     200  22  53    3   17  16  21  63     13   17  30 27  10 16   1   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
50
32
82
STETSON
28
35
63
Attendance: 4,652

FLORIDA STATE 87, GEORGIA STATE 55
12/07/2006, ATLANTA, GA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Cruise Past Panthers, 87-55.

FSU (7-2) plays host to Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at 2 p.m.

ATLANTA, GA - Two Georgia natives led the way as Florida State scored the first 17 points and rolled to an 87-55 victory over Georgia State on Thursday night.

Guard Toney Douglas, an Auburn transfer from Jonesboro, Ga., led Florida State with 25 points while making 5 of 6 3-point attempts. Overall, Douglas was 10 for 14 from the field.

Forward Al Thornton, from Perry, Ga., celebrated his 23rd birthday with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Florida State (7-2) was never challenged after dominating the opening minutes, though Georgia State (3-5) pulled to within 16 points at 55-39 with 10 straight points early in the second half. The Seminoles pushed the lead to 30 points with 3:34 left.

Georgia State, which lost at Georgia Tech 103-74 on Nov. 16, will play a third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent when it visits Clemson on Dec. 31.

Thornton, a senior who scored 28 points in the Seminoles' win over defending national champion Florida on Sunday, and Douglas combined for 33 points in the first half.

Thornton had back-to-back jams, one following a steal, as Florida State scored the first 17 points. Georgia State's first basket, a 3-pointer by Trae Goldston, came about four minutes into the game.

A 3-pointer by Douglas gave Florida State a 38-11 lead, and two free throws by Thornton pushed the lead to 28 points at 46-18.

Rashad Chase and Leonard Mendez each had 10 points for Georgia State.

Jason Rich added 10 points for Florida State.

Florida State was the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to play at the Georgia State Sports Arena, though the Seminoles also made a 1976 visit as a member of the Metro Conference.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  29   3   8    2    6   0   0   8      2    1   3  3   7  3   1   2
12 Al Thornton           f  32   5  12    0    5  10  12  20      3    6   9  2   2  2   1   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  28  10  14    5    6   0   0  25      0    2   2  1   2  1   0   3
25 Jason Rich            g  30   4   6    0    0   2   2  10      2    1   3  0   2  1   0   3
41 Uche Echefu           f  21   3   5    0    0   0   0   6      1    6   7  3   3  4   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               19   1   6    0    4   1   1   3      1    3   4  3   0  3   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              21   3   5    2    4   0   0   8      1    3   4  3   0  1   0   1
31 Brian Hoff                2   0   2    0    2   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                16   3   6    0    0   1   2   7      2    4   6  1   0  1   2   0
   Team                                                           1        1         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  32  65    9   27  14  17  87     14   27  41 16  16 17   4  12
   Opp                     200  23  67    6   24   3   6  55     19   19  38 16   6 21   2   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
51
36
87
GEORGIA STATE
27
28
55
Attendance: 3,510

FLORIDA STATE 88, SOUTHEASTERN LA 62
12/10/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Rolls By Southeastern Louisiana, 88-62.

Rich scores 16 points as the Seminoles improve to 8-2.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Jason Rich scored 16 points and Florida State cruised to a 88-62 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday.

Florida State (8-2) outscored the Lions 48-26 in the paint, shot a season best 55-percent from the field, and finished 18-for-21 from the line.

Rich was 7-of-10 from the field and added four rebounds and three assists. Casaan Breeden scored a career-high 13 points in only 16 minutes. Isaiah Swann had 13, and Al Thornton and Toney Douglas both scored 10.

Joseph Polite had 14 points and eight rebounds for Southeastern Louisiana (5-4), and Quennell Green added 12 points. The Lions were 3-of-19 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 22 Seminoles points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  25   5   7    2    3   0   0  12      0    4   4  1   3  2   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  27   4  11    0    3   2   3  10      0    6   6  1   1  3   1   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  23   4  10    0    1   2   2  10      1    1   2  2   2  2   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  23   7  10    0    0   2   2  16      3    1   4  1   3  4   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  22   3   6    0    2   0   0   6      1    4   5  2   1  1   0   2
10 Ralph Mims               18   1   3    1    1   2   2   5      1    2   3  1   0  2   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              24   1   3    1    3   4   4   7      0    1   1  1   1  1   0   2
15 Casaan Breeden           16   5   5    0    0   3   3  13      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   1
31 Brian Hoff                3   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               3   0   1    0    0   2   2   2      1    1   2  2   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                16   3   3    0    0   1   3   7      2    3   5  0   2  2   0   1
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  33  60    4   13  18  21  88     10   26  36 13  13 19   1  11
   Opp                     200  24  64    3   19  11  13  62     15   19  34 15  10 21   2  10


  1 2 Total
SOUTHEASTERN LA
30
32
62
FLORIDA STATE
55
33
88
Attendance: 6,110

FLORIDA STATE 81, HIGH POINT 64
12/18/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Second Half Seminole Run Keys 81-64 Win.

Florida State uses a 30-5 surge to power past High Point.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 22 points as Florida State cruised to an 81-64 victory over High Point on Monday night.

The Seminoles (9-2) struggled to pull away from the Panthers (7-5) early, but a 30-5 run to start the second half sealed Florida State's fifth straight win.

Florida State also got 15 points from Toney Douglas, and Uche Echefu finished with his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Thornton also added a career-high four blocks, and his 3-pointer at the 3:12 mark in the first half put him over 1,000 points in his career.

High Point, playing its third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent of the season, never found its touch in the second half. The Panthers only scored five points in the first 14 minutes of the second half, including a stretch that saw High Point go over nine minutes without a field goal.

Arizona Reid's 17 points and six rebounds led High Point, and Landon Quick added 11 points and five assists.

High Point took a brief lead with 13 seconds left in the first half, but Thornton's 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave the Seminoles a 43-41 halftime lead.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  25   1   8    0    5   0   0   2      0    1   1  3   4  1   0   2
12 Al Thornton           f  30   7  12    3    5   5   6  22      2    2   4  1   1  2   4   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  21   6  10    0    2   3   3  15      0    2   2  3   2  2   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  28   4   8    0    1   2   3  10      3    2   5  2   0  3   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  24   4   8    2    3   1   2  11      5    7  12  2   0  0   2   0
 5 Josue Soto                4   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               20   0   1    0    0   3   4   3      2    2   4  0   2  3   1   1
11 Jerel Allen              16   3   5    1    2   0   0   7      0    2   2  0   0  2   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden           19   4   7    1    3   0   1   9      1    2   3  1   0  0   0   1
31 Brian Hoff                1   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                11   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  0   0  2   2   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  61    7   22  14  19  81     14   24  38 12   9 15   9   6
   Opp                     200  27  65    5   18   5   7  64     16   21  37 18  12 15   4   6


  1 2 Total
HIGH POINT
41
23
64
FLORIDA STATE
43
38
81
Attendance: 6,010

FLORIDA STATE 78, COASTAL CAROLINA 65
12/21/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Top Coastal Carolina at Home, 78-65.

Al Thornton scores 21 points to lead Florida State.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 21 points to help Florida State beat Coastal Carolina 78-65 on Thursday night.

The Chanticleers (4-6) never found an answer for Thornton, who finished 6-for-8 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds and four steals.

The Seminoles (10-2) also got 17 points from Toney Douglas, and Jason Rich added 15.

Most of Coastal Carolina's offense came from Jack Leasure. Leasure's 13 second-half points brought his team back into the game after trailing 41-33 at halftime. He finished with 17 to lead the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina pulled within six points with 3:34 left in the game, but the Seminoles rattled off nine straight points to seal Florida State's sixth consecutive win.

The Chanticleers made 6-of-13 3-pointers in the second half. Moses Sonko recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Chanticleers, who also got 14 points from Joshua Mack.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  32   2   8    1    6   0   0   5      2    1   3  3   6  1   1   1
12 Al Thornton           f  34   6   8    1    1   8  10  21      3    3   6  1   1  3   2   4
23 Toney Douglas         g  31   8  12    1    5   0   0  17      0    1   1  1   1  2   1   0
25 Jason Rich            g  34   5  10    0    0   5   6  15      1    1   2  2   2  2   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  17   3   4    0    0   1   2   7      3    3   6  0   1  1   2   0
10 Ralph Mims               19   1   3    1    3   2   2   5      1    1   2  2   3  0   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              13   2   7    0    2   0   1   4      0    5   5  0   1  0   1   0
15 Casaan Breeden           11   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      1    3   4  1   0  2   1   0
42 Ryan Reid                 9   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      1    1   2  0   0  1   0   1
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  29  57    4   18  16  21  78     12   20  32 10  15 12   8   8
   Opp                     200  26  57    9   22   4   7  65     10   18  28 20  13 18   1   5


  1 2 Total
COASTAL CAROLINA
31
34
65
FLORIDA STATE
43
35
78
Attendance: 5,873

FLORIDA STATE 76, ST. PETER'S COLLEGE 63
12/23/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Tops Saint Peter's, 76-63.

Al Thornton scored 14 points for the Seminoles.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 14 points and Florida State overcame a slow start for its seventh straight victory, a 76-63 win over Saint Peter's on Saturday.

Saint Peter's (3-8) dominated the interior, out-rebounding the Seminoles 42-25 and outscoring them 34-36 in the paint, but they struggled to deal with Florida State's depth. The Seminole reserves outscored Saint Peter's bench 29-13.

Isaiah Swann had 12 points for the Seminoles, Ralph Mims and Casaan Breeden each added 11, and Jason Rich had 10.

Florida State (11-2) did not score its first field goal until the 14:21 mark in the first half, but a 9-0 and 10-1 run gave them a 40-31 halftime lead. Thornton scored 12 of his 14 in the first half.

The Peacocks had 25 turnovers, and struggled to find their touch outside, making just 1-of-11 3-point shots.

Saint Peter's Todd Sowell led all scorers with 21 points. He added 11 rebounds to record his sixth double-double this season.

The Peacocks also got 15 points from Raul Orta and 13 from Akeem Gooding.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  23   5   8    1    3   1   2  12      1    5   6  2   3  4   0   2
12 Al Thornton           f  28   6  11    1    3   1   1  14      0    4   4  0   2  1   3   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  24   2   5    1    2   2   4   7      0    1   1  1   4  3   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  18   4   6    0    0   2   2  10      0    0   0  3   1  1   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  23   1   7    0    1   2   2   4      0    5   5  3   2  1   2   0
 5 Josue Soto                6   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               22   3   4    1    1   4   4  11      0    0   0  0   2  2   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              19   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      2    1   3  4   1  1   0   2
15 Casaan Breeden           23   3   5    2    2   3   4  11      2    1   3  1   1  1   1   0
31 Brian Hoff                2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                10   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  56    7   15  15  19  76      7   18  25 16  16 16   7  10
   Opp                     200  24  58    1   11  14  19  63     17   25  42 18   8 25   4  10


  1 2 Total
ST. PETER'S COLLEGE
31
32
63
FLORIDA STATE
40
36
76
Attendance: 5,811

FLORIDA STATE 92, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE 62
12/29/2006, Tampa, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Wins Eighth Straight, 92-62 Over Providence.

Seminoles improve to 12-2.

TAMPA, FL - Jason Rich scored 17 points and Isaiah Swann added 14 as Florida State tuned up for the start of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a 92-62 win over Providence on Friday night.

Al Thornton scored 11 for the Seminoles (12-2), who will take an eight-game winning streak into their ACC opener against Clemson on Jan. 3.

Providence (9-3) missed 15 of 20 shots from the field in the second half and shot 36 percent overall.

With Thornton riding the bench for 16 minutes because of foul trouble, the Seminoles overcame an early 13-2 deficit and led by as many as 13 before settling for a 45-34 halftime advantage.

Rich made 6 of 7 shots in the opening half, then Swann scored 10 during the 21-4 run Florida State put together in the first eight minutes of the second half to build the lead to 66-38. Providence was limited to one field goal during the stretch.

Dwain Williams led Providence with 15 points. Geoffrey McDermott and Herbert Hill finished with 11 apiece.

Florida State's eight-game winning streak, which began with a home victory over defending national champion Florida, matches the Seminoles' second longest since 1988 - two shy of 10 straight victories to open the 2003-04 season.

It's the third time in the past four years that coach Leonard Hamilton has his team off to a 12-2 start, although it hardly ensures the Seminoles will reach the NCAA tournament. They finished 18-14 in 2004 and 20-10 in 2006 and appeared in the NIT both seasons.

Two of Providence's three losses have come on trips to the Sunshine State. The Friars lost 85-67 at Florida on Dec. 6.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  20   6   9    2    4   0   0  14      0    2   2  3   4  1   0   3
12 Al Thornton           f  14   4   8    0    1   3   4  11      2    0   2  3   0  3   1   3
23 Toney Douglas         g  24   3   8    0    3   2   3   8      2    3   5  1   2  0   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  27   7  10    1    1   2   3  17      1    4   5  1   3  1   0   2
41 Uche Echefu           f  18   2   5    0    1   2   2   6      0    4   4  3   0  2   1   0
 5 Josue Soto                7   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               19   3   6    1    2   2   2   9      0    5   5  1   7  1   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              25   2   3    1    2   0   0   5      0    1   1  3   3  0   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden           20   3   7    2    5   0   0   8      0    2   2  5   3  1   0   2
31 Brian Hoff                4   2   2    1    1   0   0   5      0    1   1  2   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               4   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      1    1   2  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                18   3   3    0    0   1   2   7      5    2   7  3   1  1   1   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  36  65    8   21  12  16  92     11   25  36 26  23 11   3  13
   Opp                     200  17  47    5   18  23  32  62     10   20  30 20  12 22   3   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
45
47
92
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
34
28
62
Attendance: 13,181

CLEMSON 68, FLORIDA STATE 66
01/03/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 23 Tigers Edge Seminoles In ACC Opener, 68-66.

FSU (12-3) travels to face North Carolina Sunday at 7 p.m. on FSN.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Cliff Hammonds' layup with 3 seconds left lifted No. 23 Clemson to a 68-66 win over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools on Wednesday night.

Vernon Hamilton, who led Clemson with 19 points, brought the ball up and fired a pass to Hammonds for the winner. Hammonds, a native of Cairo, Ga., and a Florida State fan growing up, also made a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left to put the Tigers in front 64-62.

Clemson (15-0) remains one of the country's last three unbeaten major college teams, joining No. 16 Oregon and top-ranked UCLA, who both play Thursday night.

Florida State (12-3) had tied it with 6.5 seconds left on a tip-in by Ryan Reid.

Clemson led by as many as a dozen, 41-29 late in the first half, but Florida State tied it at 56 on Al Thornton's basket with 5:45 left and led 62-61 on a Toney Douglas free throw with 2:20 to go.

Hamilton shot 8-for-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc.

K.C. Rivers added 16 points and James Mays 14 for Clemson, which shot 47.6 percent and managed a 32-30 rebounding advantage behind freshman Trevor Booker's nine boards.

Thornton led the Seminoles with 19 points.

Isaiah Swann scored 13 points and Jason Rich added 12 for Florida State, which shot 46 percent and made 16 of 20 foul shots.

Clemson was 2-of-5 from the free-throw line.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  32   5  10    3    6   0   0  13      0    3   3  4   5  3   1   2
12 Al Thornton           f  33   7  14    0    1   5   7  19      4    2   6  2   2  1   2   3
23 Toney Douglas         g  23   3   8    0    2   1   2   7      1    4   5  1   0  4   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  37   2   6    1    3   7   8  12      2    1   3  2   1  1   0   3
41 Uche Echefu           f  19   3   5    0    1   1   1   7      0    3   3  1   0  5   0   1
10 Ralph Mims               17   1   2    0    0   2   2   4      0    1   1  0   1  5   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              11   0   3    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  1   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden            7   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                21   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      1    3   4  1   1  0   1   0
   Team                                                           3    1   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  50    4   14  16  20  66     11   19  30 11  10 21   4  11
   Opp                     200  30  63    6   23   2   5  68     15   17  32 17  12 18   4  11


  1 2 Total
CLEMSON
41
27
68
FLORIDA STATE
36
30
66
Attendance: 7,568

NORTH CAROLINA 84, FLORIDA STATE 58
01/07/2007, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall on the Road at No. 2 North Carolina.

Al Thornton finishes with a game-high 29 points in just 33 minutes of action to lead FSU.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and No. 2 North Carolina beat Florida State 84-58 on Sunday night for the Tar Heels' 11th straight victory.

Freshman Brandan Wright had 20 points, and North Carolina (14-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got the dominating victory it needed to perhaps ascend to No. 1 when The Associated Press Top 25 is released Monday.

Al Thornton had 29 points to lead Florida State (12-4, 0-2).

North Carolina took control with a 20-7 run late in the first half, then broke the game open by starting the second half on a 15-6 run that pushed the Tar Heels' lead into double figures to stay.

North Carolina, which remained perfect at home and has won nine of its 10 games at the Dean Smith Center by at least 12 points, made a strong case for taking over the top spot from UCLA, which was upset over the weekend by Oregon.

Jason Rich added 10 points for Florida State, which has followed an eight-game winning streak with consecutive conference losses.

The Tar Heels won their fifth straight in the series, and they didn't need any last-second heroics this time.

In their last meeting on Jan. 22, 2006, North Carolina won 81-80 on two late free throws by Reyshawn Terry and a missed last-gasp heave at the buzzer by Thornton.

Hansbrough played a big part in both of North Carolina's significant spurts.

He scored five points during the Tar Heels' run late in the first half, starting the spurt by driving down the lane and dunking to put the Tar Heels ahead for good with a 14-13 lead. The run ended when Wes Miller's 3-pointer from the right wing made it 32-20 with 4:26 until halftime.

Then, Hansbrough scored eight points - including a pair of three-point plays - and the Tar Heels opened the second half with the run that put them up by double figures to stay.

Danny Green's 3-pointer with 15:46 remaining ended the run and gave North Carolina a 51-36 lead.

Florida State fell to 1-4 against ranked teams with its lone victory coming against defending national champion Florida on Dec. 3.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  26   2  11    0    4   2   2   6      0    0   0  2   3  1   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  33  11  19    3    4   4   5  29      4    8  12  3   0  3   0   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  29   2   9    0    1   2   4   6      2    1   3  0   4  1   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  29   4   8    1    1   1   2  10      0    5   5  0   1  1   1   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  22   0   4    0    3   1   2   1      3    3   6  3   1  1   1   1
10 Ralph Mims               17   1   4    0    1   0   0   2      1    1   2  0   4  2   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              19   1   5    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  2   1  0   1   1
15 Casaan Breeden            8   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  4   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                17   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    2   3  2   0  2   2   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  64    4   15  10  15  58     13   22  35 16  14 11   5   6
   Opp                     200  33  70    4   17  14  16  84     16   31  47 14  22 10   3   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
30
28
58
NORTH CAROLINA
36
48
84
Attendance: 21,010

GEORGIA TECH 88, FLORIDA STATE 80
01/13/2007, ATLANTA, GA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Yellow Jackets Down Seminoles, 88-80.

FSU (12-5, 0-3 ACC) plays host to Virginia Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ATLANTA, GA - Freshman Javaris Crittenton scored a career-best 23 points, senior Mario West also set a personal high with 18 and Georgia Tech overcame a slow start to win its second straight in the Atlantic Coast Conference, beating Florida State 88-80 Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets (13-4, 2-2 ACC) fell behind 8-0 in the first four minutes, forcing coach Paul Hewitt to call a quick timeout.

But Georgia Tech, following up a 74-63 upset of No. 11 Duke, surged into the lead with an 18-4 spurt. Crittenton hit a 3-pointer to put the Yellow Jackets ahead to stay at 15-12.

Florida State (12-5, 0-3) trailed by as many as 13 in the opening half before closing to 41-34 at the break. But the Seminoles got off a sloppy start in the second half, turning the ball over on six straight possessions at one point, and never got any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Crittenton, a freshman who sure doesn't play like one, finished off the last serious run by the visiting team. After Florida State cut it to 63-57 with two straight baskets, the point guard hit a desperation 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock, falling on his back as the ball swished through.

Thaddeus Young scored with a strong move to the hoop, then Ra'Sean Dickey stole the ensuing inbounds pass and fed it to Crittenton for a lay-in that restored the Yellow Jackets to a comfortable 13-point lead.

West, the lone senior on the Georgia Tech roster, also made a strong contribution with his rugged, aggressive style. Showing no concern for his body, he made spectacular plays at both ends of the court, most notably during a sequence with about 12 1/2 minutes left in the game.

First, he stole an outlet pass and tiptoed along the sideline, managing to stay inbounds before flipping the ball to Zach Peacock. West broke for the basket, taking a return pass and going in for a thunderous dunk despite being fouled, leaving the backboard shaking for several seconds while the crowd roared.

West went 9-of-13 at the foul line to help seal the win, beating his previous career high of 16 points against Tennessee State last season.

Georgia natives Toney Douglas and Al Thornton led the Seminoles. Douglas scored 22 points, while Thornton had 20.

Florida State couldn't stop the Yellow Jackets, who shot 54 percent from the field and made 10-of-21 from 3-point range.

Give much of the credit to Crittenton, who continues to shine in the ACC. He scored 22 points - his previous best - last weekend at Clemson and held off Duke by scoring 9 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

He connected on 8-of-11 shots against the Seminoles, his only misses coming from beyond the arc. Teammate Anthony Morrow made all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  20   2   4    1    2   0   0   5      0    3   3  5   4  3   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  37   7  13    1    2   5   5  20      3    3   6  5   1  1   1   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  36   7  16    2    3   6   6  22      1    1   2  3   7  5   0   4
25 Jason Rich            g  28   3   4    1    1   0   0   7      3    2   5  4   0  5   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  26   3   7    1    4   6   6  13      0    4   4  4   1  1   0   3
10 Ralph Mims               16   2   3    2    2   0   0   6      1    0   1  1   3  2   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              18   1   4    0    2   0   0   2      1    1   2  2   1  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            5   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      0    0   0  2   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                14   0   0    0    0   1   4   1      0    1   1  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  53    8   16  18  21  80     11   16  27 26  17 18   1  10
   Opp                     200  26  48   10   21  26  34  88     10   15  25 19  18 17   3  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
34
46
80
GEORGIA TECH
41
47
88
Attendance: 9,191

FLORIDA STATE 82, VIRGINIA TECH 73
01/17/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Upset No. 23 Hokies, 82-73.

Florida State (13-5, 1-3 ACC) finishes 31-of-34 from the free throw line.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It looked like Virginia Tech had a plan to handle Florida State's Al Thornton. It did - for a while.

Thornton scored all of his 27 points in the second half as the Seminoles snapped a three-game losing streak with an 82-73 victory Wednesday night, handing the Hokies' their first Atlantic Coast Conference loss of the season.

"He took the game over," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. "He's a special player."

Toney Douglas added 22 points for Florida State (13-5, 1-3), which nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead before Thornton took control of the game.

"He was imposing his will on the team and on the game," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That's about as good as it gets."

The 6-foot-8 Thornton was limited to just one shot in the first half while his teammates picked up the slack and built a 39-23 lead.

Florida State went up 41-23 on a dunk by Thornton following one of his 13 rebounds.

"It started with rebounding," the soft-spoken Thornton said. "I got in a groove and that was it."

Virginia Tech (13-5, 3-1 ACC), which beat Duke and then-No. 1 North Carolina in an eight-day span, pulled within 52-51 midway through the second half on a jumper by Coleman Collins, but never got the lead.

Zabian Dowdell had 23 points for the Hokies, who moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time since 1996. They had won four straight and nine of 10.

Deron Washington added 18 points and Collins had 15 for Virginia Tech, which lost despite shooting 70.8 percent from the field in the second half.

Thornton, the ACC's leading scorer in conference games, had 11 rebounds in the second half while going 8-of-13 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

The Seminoles finished 31-of-34 from the line.

"Our kids work on it every day," Hamilton said.

Thornton just beat the 35-second shot clock with a 30-foot turnaround jumper that gave Florida State a 68-57 lead with 4:09 left.

"That was definitely a momentum swinger," Thornton said.

"He made the shot on the baseline, he made the shot from halfcourt," Greenberg lamented. "He's one of the toughest matchups in the conference."

The Seminoles built a 34-18 lead in the opening 14:41 by hitting 10 of their first 15 shots from the field and making all 10 free throws.

"When they tried to go zone in the second half we were able to get the ball inside to him," Hamilton said of Thornton.

Douglas, who scored 14 points in the first half, keyed a 20-5 run that gave the Seminoles a 17-point lead late in the half.

But like just about everyone else, he could only shake his head about Thornton's performance.

"I've never seen someone score 27 points in the second half - not in college," Douglas said. "He knew the game was going to come to him and he took advantage of it when it came."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  29   3   6    0    3   2   2   8      0    3   3  3   2  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  37   8  14    1    2  10  11  27      5    8  13  1   1  2   2   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  33   6  11    1    4   9  11  22      1    1   2  4   2  3   1   2
25 Jason Rich            g  36   3   8    1    2   2   2   9      2    2   4  3   3  1   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  13   1   1    1    1   3   3   6      0    2   2  4   0  1   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               13   0   2    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  1   1  1   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              10   1   4    1    3   2   2   5      1    1   2  2   1  2   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            7   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  3   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                22   1   2    0    0   1   1   3      0    1   1  3   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  49    5   15  31  34  82     11   19  30 24  10 13   3   3
   Opp                     200  26  46    4   11  17  26  73      5   17  22 24  20 14   2   5


  1 2 Total
VIRGINIA TECH
23
50
73
FLORIDA STATE
39
43
82
Attendance: 8,360

FLORIDA STATE 86, MIAMI 67
01/20/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Top Miami 86-67.

Florida State improves to 2-3 in ACC action.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Jason Rich scored 16 points and Al Thornton added 15 Saturday as Florida State ran past Miami 86-67 and escaped the Atlantic Coast Conference basement.

The Seminoles, who came into the game as one of four ACC teams with just one league victory, shot 50.9 percent and were 13 of 23 from 3-point range.

Rich sparked an early run that put the Seminoles up by a dozen midway through the first half and the game was never close afterward. Florida State, which led by 33 late in the game, built its lead to 60-36 early in the second half and upped it to 69-39 on Jerel Allen's layup with 10:59 left.

Florida State (14-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 47-28 at the half, benefiting mostly from deadly outside shooting - hitting 9 of 13 from 3-point distance.

The Seminoles hit 7 of their first 10 tries from long distance while building a 25-13 lead midway through the opening half. Two of Rich's 3-point shots, just 28 seconds apart, started an 18-5 Seminole run that opened the early 12-point lead.

Miami, meanwhile, was cold from the floor - shooting just 35.5 percent and only 30.8 percent in the first half.

The Hurricanes (9-11, 2-4) were led by Denis Clemente's 15 points. Anthony Harris, Brian Asbury and Dwayne Collins all contributed a dozen.

Thornton, who was held without a point or rebound in last year's home loss to the Hurricanes hit 6 of his 10 shots and was one of four Seminoles with four rebounds.

At the half, Florida State retired the uniform jersey of former player and coach Hugh Durham, whose 1972 Seminoles finished as the 1972 NCAA runner-up to UCLA. He joins former player Dave Cowens as the lone Seminoles whose jerseys hang in the rafters.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  21   4   6    4    6   2   2  14      0    3   3  2   4  0   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  25   6  10    0    1   3   3  15      3    1   4  2   0  2   0   0
23 Toney Douglas         g  25   1   3    1    1   0   0   3      1    1   2  1   7  1   0   0
25 Jason Rich            g  24   5   7    2    2   4   4  16      2    2   4  1   1  1   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  19   5   8    3    6   0   0  13      0    3   3  3   1  0   0   1
 5 Josue Soto                8   0   3    0    0   1   2   1      0    3   3  0   1  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               19   3   6    2    4   0   1   8      0    4   4  0   3  1   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              19   2   4    0    1   0   1   4      0    1   1  2   3  2   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden           15   2   3    1    1   3   5   8      2    2   4  2   0  0   0   0
31 Brian Hoff                4   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               4   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                17   1   4    0    0   2   2   4      0    1   1  2   1  1   0   2
   Team                                                           2    3   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  29  57   13   23  15  20  86     10   24  34 15  21  8   0   5
   Opp                     200  22  62    8   30  15  18  67     17   18  35 19  10 12   2   2


  1 2 Total
MIAMI
28
39
67
FLORIDA STATE
47
39
86
Attendance: 10,821

BOSTON COLLEGE 85, FLORIDA STATE 82
01/23/2007, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Eagles Slip Past Seminoles, 85-82.

Al Thornton scores 22 with eight rebounds for Florida State (14-6, 2-4 ACC).

BOSTON, MA - Sean Marshall hit the game-winning 3-pointer over two defenders at the buzzer, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday night to lead Boston College to an 85-82 victory over Florida State.

Marshall had a chance to give the Eagles a three-point lead with 17.1 seconds left. But he missed the first of two free throws, allowing Toney Douglas to tie it 82-all with a pair from the line and 9.7 seconds to play.

After BC (14-5, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled to get the ball across midcourt and had to call a timeout, Marshall took the inbounds pass, dribbled over the left side and shot. The ball swished through the net as the buzzer sounded, and Marshall stripped off his jersey as he ran over to the student section.

Al Thornton scored 22 with eight rebounds for Florida State (14-6, 2-4). The Seminoles fell to 2-5 on the road, and 0-3 in conference road games.

Tyrese Rice had 26 points, scoring 16 in the final 14 minutes, including a double-pump jump shot from the lane that rolled in off the rim to give BC the lead with 31.4 seconds left. Jared Dudley, who had 23, then got a hand in Thornton's face on the Seminoles' next possession, and Marshall grabbed the rebound before getting fouled.

Four members of the Boston College football team were honored in the first half for their victory in the Meineke Bowl. Quarterback Matt Ryan was wearing a hard shoe on his right foot; he had surgery earlier this month.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  32   5   7    3    5   0   1  13      0    3   3  2   7  3   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  34   6  12    1    1   9   9  22      3    5   8  4   1  1   0   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  28   4   9    0    0   2   2  10      0    2   2  2   1  1   2   0
25 Jason Rich            g  30   6  11    1    2   2   2  15      1    3   4  3   1  1   0   3
41 Uche Echefu           f  24   4  10    2    4   0   0  10      2    3   5  2   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               15   1   3    1    3   0   0   3      1    2   3  2   4  1   1   1
11 Jerel Allen              19   2   5    0    2   0   0   4      0    0   0  3   2  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            6   0   1    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                12   1   2    0    0   1   1   3      1    0   1  4   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  29  60    8   17  16  17  82      9   20  29 22  17  7   3   6
   Opp                     200  28  53    7   18  22  31  85      9   23  32 16  14 12   5   2


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
41
41
82
BOSTON COLLEGE
41
44
85
Attendance: 7,568

FLORIDA STATE 74, WAKE FOREST 66
01/27/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thornton's Double-Double Leads Seminoles Past Demon Deacons, 74-66.

FSU (15-5, 3-4 ACC) sinks 22 free throws.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Toney Douglas scored 10 straight points late in the second half as Florida State defeated Wake Forest 74-66 Saturday, handing the Demon Deacons their sixth straight loss.

A sophomore transfer from Auburn, Douglas' 3-pointer with 5:18 left gave Florida State a 57-56 lead. He made another for a 64-59 lead with 2:56 left.

The difference was at the free throw line where Florida State made 22 of 30 while Wake Forest was just 6 of 12. Thornton, the ACC's leading scorer in conference play, was 11 of 13.

Florida State (15-5, 3-4) also got 11 points from Isaiah Swann, who came off the bench for the first time this season.

Kyle Visser finished with 17 points to lead Wake Forest which also got 13 from L.D. Williams, one of its three freshmen starters. Another first year player, Ishmael Smith, had nine assists - two more than the Florida State team.

Florida State, which trailed by as many as eight early in the first half, caught up at 30-30 on Thornton's slam with an offensive rebound.

Wake Forest (9-11, 1-7) got a putback from the 6-11 Visser seconds later for a 32-30 lead at halftime.

It was almost a must-win for Florida State, which has already lost one ACC game at home and is again scrambling to qualify for a postseason NCAA bid.

The Seminoles had lost an 85-82 heartbreaker Tuesday at Boston College on Sean Marshall's last-second, 3-point shot. It was the second time in three weeks Florida State lost a conference game on a basket that just beat the final horn.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
11 Jerel Allen           g  19   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    1   1  0   3  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  36   7  14    0    1  11  13  25      6    5  11  3   0  4   0   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  23   5   7    3    4   2   2  15      0    3   3  2   1  4   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  25   2   4    0    0   4   4   8      1    3   4  4   2  3   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   3   6    0    3   0   2   6      0    1   1  3   1  1   0   1
 3 Isaiah Swann             32   3   9    2    6   3   3  11      0    2   2  2   0  3   1   0
10 Ralph Mims               21   2   4    0    1   1   2   5      1    3   4  2   0  1   2   1
15 Casaan Breeden            4   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                20   0   0    0    0   1   4   1      0    4   4  1   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  47    6   17  22  30  74      9   23  32 17   7 17   3   6
   Opp                     200  26  54    8   23   6  12  66     10   14  24 24  12 15   1   6


  1 2 Total
WAKE FOREST
32
34
66
FLORIDA STATE
30
44
74
Attendance: 9,115

FLORIDA STATE 96, MARYLAND 79
01/30/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Slam Terps, 96-79.

Scoring duo of Thornton and Rich lead way with 27 and 24 points, respectively.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 27 points and Jason Rich added a career-high 24 points as Florida State defeated Maryland 96-79 Tuesday.

Florida State (16-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) made 30 of its first 43 shots to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the second half as it evened its ACC record halfway through the conference schedule after an 0-3 start.

Thornton, the ACC's top scorer in league games, made 12 of 17 shots and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while Rich was 10 of 12 from the field for Florida State, which shot 61.7 percent for the game and enjoyed a 33-19 rebound advantage.

Florida State led 49-46 in a sizzling first half.

The Seminoles, who led by as many as six on four occasions in the half, hit 18 of 28 for 64.3 percent with Maryland 19 of 30 for 63.3 percent. The Terrapins finished the game shooting 57.4 percent, but shot poorly at the free throw line where they made only 11 of 21.

Maryland (16-6, 2-5) was led by James Gist's 23 points. Greivis Vasquez added 13 and Ekene Ibekwe 10. Gist made 10 of his 14 field goal tries.

Toney Douglas added 16 and Isaiah Swann 15 - including a pair of four-point plays when he was fouled on 3-point baskets - for Florida State, which travels to Duke on Sunday.

Maryland plays Saturday night at Wake Forest.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  34   5  11    3    8   2   2  15      2    2   4  2   3  2   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  35  12  17    2    2   1   1  27      3    5   8  2   1  3   0   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  30   5  11    0    2   6   7  16      1    2   3  2   3  0   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  36  10  12    1    2   3   4  24      2    1   3  2   2  1   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   2   3    1    1   0   0   5      1    4   5  3   0  1   0   1
 5 Josue Soto                1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               13   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   3  2   0   1
11 Jerel Allen               9   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      1    0   1  1   0  1   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden            5   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  2   0  2   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                17   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      2    1   3  4   0  2   0   0
   Team                                                                5   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  37  60    8   17  14  16  96     12   21  33 19  12 14   0   8
   Opp                     200  31  54    6   15  11  21  79      8   11  19 19  12 13   3   3


  1 2 Total
MARYLAND
46
33
79
FLORIDA STATE
49
47
96
Attendance: 8,894

FLORIDA STATE 68, DUKE 67
02/04/2007, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Storm Back For 68-67 Upset at No. 8 Duke.

Florida State overcomes 17-point deficit for first-ever win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

DURHAM, NC - Florida State's players celebrated their game-sealing defensive stop by cutting loose, whooping it up in front of those famously rowdy Cameron Crazies.

After 15 straight losses on Duke's fabled home floor, the Seminoles finally had a reason to party.

Al Thornton scored 21 points and Florida State stopped Duke cold in the final minute to seal a 68-67 victory over the eighth-ranked Blue Devils on Sunday.

And after the Seminoles' first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the players danced and celebrated in front of Duke's notoriously noisy student section.

"That was just a little excitement. We went over there and showed them a little love," Thornton said. "I think we overdid it, but we apologize, though, that we did all that."

Toney Douglas added 15 points and Uche Echefu had 12 for the Seminoles (17-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who overcame a 17-point deficit to win their third straight and avenge a tough loss here last year.

"Duke has set a benchmark, and they set the bar awful high," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "All the teams, especially the ones that are trying to become programs of significance or programs that are competitive year in and year out in the ACC, Duke has set a standard that most of us are being judged by.

"So to get a win here against a very good Duke team that's nationally ranked does a lot for your players' confidence and the morale of your program. But in order for this to be meaningful, we need to continue winning games."

Duke had two late chances after David McClure rebounded Douglas' miss with about 30 seconds left. The Blue Devils brought it downcourt and called timeout with 7.7 seconds left to set up their final play. DeMarcus Nelson inbounded the ball to Greg Paulus, and he missed a layup.

"We had to make them make tough shots, even though they had some point-blank looks they kind of missed," Thornton said. "Overall, we had to make them make some tough shots."

A jump ball was called on the rebound, and the possession arrow pointed toward Duke. Josh McRoberts took the inbounds pass in the lane with about 2 seconds left, and his floater rimmed out. Nelson's putback attempt bounced off the rim as time expired.

"Josh is usually the main read on that, and I trust Josh with the game on the line," Paulus said.

Paulus finished with a career-high 23 points for Duke (18-5, 5-4), which has lost two straight in the final seconds and now must beat rival North Carolina on Wednesday to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 1999 - when the Blue Devils lost their last game of the 1998-99 season and dropped their first two in 1999-00.

"We've lost a couple in a row, and no matter who it is, we're going to be ready to play," Paulus said.

Nelson scored 14 points and McRoberts added 12 for Duke, which held Florida State scoreless over the final 3:18 but couldn't hit the big shot in the final moments.

The Seminoles opened up a six-point lead with about 3 minutes remaining when Ryan Reid's layup made it 68-62 before Duke rallied.

Nelson hit a jumper, and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was whistled for a technical foul. Jon Scheyer made both free throws to pull Duke within one point with 2:31 left, but the Blue Devils got no closer.

It was delicious revenge for Florida State, which lost by one point in overtime in their last visit here, a bitter loss marked by critical technical foul mistakenly assessed to the Seminoles' Alexander Johnson. Still, in that game they led by two in the extra session before fading under the sharp shooting of J.J. Redick and physical presence of Shelden Williams.

The way the Blue Devils shot early, it appeared the Seminoles were headed for their 16th consecutive loss here. Duke burst out to a 27-10 lead midway through the first half behind 12 points from Paulus.

"Duke was having their way with us," Hamilton said.

But the Seminoles countered with a 23-8 run and held the Blue Devils to one field goal in 7 1/2 minutes and closed to 35-33 on Echefu's 3-pointer from the key with 1:23 before halftime. They took their first lead on Thornton's layup 65 seconds into the second half.

"When two good teams play, if one team spurts a little bit, usually the other team will spurt back," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We played better than them for eight minutes, and then they played better than us for eight minutes."

At halftime Duke retired the No. 4 jersey worn by Redick, the leading scorer in school and ACC history.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  13   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  5   1  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  39   7  21    2    3   5   6  21      4    4   8  2   0  3   0   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  34   6  14    3    5   0   0  15      0    2   2  4   4  2   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  38   4   7    0    1   0   0   8      0    3   3  1   4  3   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   4   6    2    4   2   3  12      3    3   6  4   1  2   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               16   1   1    0    0   1   2   3      0    2   2  0   1  1   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              19   2   4    1    2   0   0   5      0    2   2  1   1  0   1   1
15 Casaan Breeden            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                20   2   3    0    0   0   0   4      2    2   4  2   0  0   0   1
   Team                                                           1    3   4  1               
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  57    8   16   8  11  68     10   21  31 20  12 12   1   6
   Opp                     200  23  52    6   15  15  20  67     10   23  33 16  10 13   6   3


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
33
35
68
DUKE
36
31
67
Attendance: 9,314

CLEMSON 71, FLORIDA STATE 58
02/07/2007, CLEMSON, SC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Lose 71-58 at Clemson.

Florida State falls to 5-5 in ACC play.

CLEMSON, SC - K.C. Rivers scored 17 points, his highest total in nearly a month, and Clemson hung on to defeat Florida State 71-58 Wednesday night.

Rivers, the team's leading scorer much of the season, had managed only 37 points combined in the Tigers past five games - four of them defeats. This time, Rivers was on target from the start as Clemson (19-5, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) swept the season series from Florida State for the second time in three seasons.

The Seminoles (17-7, 5-5) had come in winning five of six, including a their first victory ever at Duke, 68-67, this past Sunday.

But Rivers' bucket with 11:05 left put Florida State behind 15 points and despite a late 15-5 run, the Seminoles could not rally.

Cliff Hammonds added 16 points for the Tigers, who were 15-0 after defeating Florida State on Jan. 3, but had lost five of their next eight before this one.

Al Thornton had 21 points, 13 of them after halftime. He had a layup and then a foul shot to cut Clemson's lead to 55-50 with 4:14 left - and revive memories of the Tigers' second-half collapse after leading by 16 in a loss to Virginia at Littlejohn Coliseum back on Jan. 28.

But Clemson, one of the ACC's poorest foul shooting teams, made nine of its next 13 foul shots to remain in front.

Thornton, the ACC's second leading scorer, was only 4 of 14 from the field, but went 12 of 15 from the foul line.

No one else on the Seminoles had more than 9 points.

For Clemson, Rivers' strong performance got it going. He hadn't scored this much since he had 18 points in a loss to Maryland on Jan. 13.

He had two quick baskets and then hit a 3-pointer as Clemson opened a 15-7 lead. Another Rivers' jumper increased the lead to 28-14 with 7:15 left.

Rivers' basket with 2:52 remaining broke a more than four-minute dry spell for the Tigers from the field. He finished the half with 13 points as the Tigers took a 36-25 lead into the break.

The Seminoles had their troubles against Clemson's defense. Their three double-figure scorers on the season, Thornton, Toney Douglas and Jason Rich were a combined 3 of 13 in the first 20 minutes.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  28   3   8    2    6   1   1   9      0    1   1  3   4  0   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  34   4  14    1    5  12  15  21      0    5   5  5   0  1   0   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  32   1   5    0    2   0   0   2      0    2   2  1   1  2   1   0
25 Jason Rich            g  25   2   5    0    0   2   2   6      3    1   4  3   3  5   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  17   0   2    0    1   1   2   1      0    5   5  2   0  2   0   1
10 Ralph Mims               18   2   7    1    2   0   0   5      1    1   2  2   1  1   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              18   4   7    0    1   0   0   8      3    0   3  1   1  0   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden            6   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      1    0   1  2   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                22   3   3    0    0   0   0   6      4    3   7  3   0  2   0   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  19  52    4   18  16  20  58     13   19  32 22  10 14   1   7
   Opp                     200  23  45    3   10  22  33  71      6   21  27 17  14 11   8  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
25
33
58
CLEMSON
36
35
71
Attendance: 6,620

BOSTON COLLEGE 68, FLORIDA STATE 67
02/11/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Lose to BC in Final Seconds.

Eagles' basket with 3.3 seconds left gives them 68-67 win.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Tyrelle Blair's 15-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds left gave Boston College a 68-67 victory at Florida State on Sunday, keeping the unranked Eagles in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It was the only field goal of the game for the 6-11 Blair, who also contributed six blocked shots, a half dozen rebounds and two crucial free throws down the stretch as BC rallied from a 13-point first half deficit.

Al Thornton's 3-point jumper with 1:50 gave Florida State a 67-64 lead before Samari Spears' two free throws with 1:12 left set up Blair's game-winner.

BC (18-6, 9-2 ACC) took its first lead at 52-50 with 11:24 remaining on Tyrese Rice's driving left-handed layup and upped it to 54-50 on a Spears layup for its largest lead.

Rice and Jared Dudley each scored 23 points for the Eagles, who came into the game tied for the ACC lead with fifth-ranked North Carolina, which didn't play Sunday. Dudley also had 10 rebounds to help BC to a 39-31 advantage.

It was the second time in 19 days Boston College defeated the Seminoles on a last-second basket and the second time this season Florida State was beaten on its home court by a local high school player. Blair comes from neighboring Monticello and played at Florida High in Tallahassee while Clemson's Cliff Hammonds, from neighboring Cairo, Ga., beat the Seminoles in January with a last-second layup.

Boston College won an earlier meeting, 85-82 Jan. 23, on Sean Marshall's 3-point shot at the buzzer.

Florida State (17-8, 5-6) led 37-33 at the half after building an early 13-point advantage.

Ralph Mims, starting at point guard in place of the injured Toney Douglas, scored nine points in the opening seven minutes to spark a 22-9 Florida State getaway but went scoreless the rest of the game.

Thornton, who was in obvious discomfort after his spill, finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Jason Rich added 16 for the Seminoles.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  27   6   9    1    3   0   1  13      1    1   2  5   5  1   0   2
10 Ralph Mims            g  33   3   5    2    4   1   1   9      1    1   2  3   2  1   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  38   7  19    2    4   3   4  19      6    3   9  2   1  1   2   0
25 Jason Rich            g  38   4  12    1    1   7   9  16      1    3   4  4   2  2   0   3
41 Uche Echefu           f  21   1   4    0    1   1   1   3      1    1   2  3   0  0   0   0
 5 Josue Soto                2   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              20   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      0    3   3  1   2  1   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                19   1   4    0    0   3   4   5      3    2   5  2   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                           1    3   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  59    6   16  15  20  67     14   17  31 21  12  7   3   5
   Opp                     200  22  50    4   20  20  26  68     13   26  39 18  11 12   6   2


  1 2 Total
BOSTON COLLEGE
33
35
68
FLORIDA STATE
37
30
67
Attendance: 9,628

GEORGIA TECH 63, FLORIDA STATE 57
02/13/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Yellow Jackets Outlast Seminoles, 63-57.

Isaiah Swann pours in career high 23 points for FSU (17-9, 5-7 ACC).

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Javaris Crittenton scored a career high 29 points Tuesday night, including 11 straight during a decisive run in the second half, as Georgia Tech defeated Florida State 63-57 for the Yellow Jackets first road win in nearly two years.

Crittenton, a 6-5 freshman from Atlanta has scored 89 points in the last four games for Georgia Tech, which had not won on an opponent's home floor since a 76-72 win at Miami on Feb. 26, 2005.

Crittenton's 11 straight points sparked a 13-2 run as Tech built a 48-40 lead and he added five free throws in the final 78 seconds to preserve the win.

Georgia Tech (17-8, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) also defeated Florida State 88-80 in Atlanta, Jan. 13.

Isaiah Swann scored a career high 23 points for Florida State (17-9 and 5-7) and Al Thornton added 16 points and six rebounds for the Seminoles, who have three of their final four games on the road.

Jeremis Smith was the only other Tech player in double figures with 10 points.

Thornton picked up his fourth foul with 17:07 left with Florida State up 38-33 and the Seminoles managed just two points while he was on the bench.

The Seminoles shot a just 26.1 percent in the second half, going 10 minutes with just a single Swann field goal while Crittenton took the game over. Florida State scored just nine points in the first 16:23 of the second half.

Swann had 14 points in the first half to help Florida State to a 35-30 lead at the break.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  36   6  12    4    8   7   8  23      1    1   2  2   2  2   0   1
10 Ralph Mims            g  38   0   4    0    4   5   7   5      0    3   3  3   2  1   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  28   5   9    1    1   5   6  16      3    3   6  5   1  2   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  40   3  12    2    4   0   0   8      1    1   2  0   1  4   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  15   1   2    0    0   0   1   2      1    3   4  4   0  2   0   0
 5 Josue Soto                2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              11   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  2   0  1   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            7   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  1   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                22   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    2   3  3   0  2   1   0
   Team                                                           2    2   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  16  43    8   19  17  22  57      9   18  27 21   6 14   1   4
   Opp                     200  21  52    7   22  14  17  63     12   19  31 23   9 11   3   6


  1 2 Total
GEORGIA TECH
30
33
63
FLORIDA STATE
35
22
57
Attendance: 7,818

VIRGINIA 73, FLORIDA STATE 70
02/17/2007, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Falls To Virginia, 73-70.

Isaiah Swann had 13 points for Florida State.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Adrian Joseph scored 17 points and hit two big second-half 3-pointers, leading Virginia to a 73-70 victory Saturday against Florida State and moving the Cavaliers into a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Cavaliers (18-7, 9-3) are tied with No. 21 Boston College, which was hosting No. 4 North Carolina in a night game. Virginia began the day tied with the Tar Heels and Virginia Tech for second. The Hokies play at North Carolina State on Sunday.

Florida State (17-10, 5-8) lost its fourth in a row and for the first time in its last four games against the Cavaliers despite 30 points and 16 rebounds by Al Thornton.

Joseph was a big reason why, providing the third scoring option Virginia has sorely needed in many of its losses. He hit his fourth 3-pointer with 6:17 left, giving Virginia a 61-57 lead, then hit his fifth with 4:05 to play, making it 65-60.

Each time, baskets by Thornton had cut Virginia's lead to one.

Joseph's last 3-pointers sparked a 7-2 run that all but sealed it.

Sean Singletary missed 15 of 21 shots, but had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for Virginia, and J.R. Reynolds scored 17 with eight rebounds and six assists.

The Cavaliers seemed poised to pull away when Singletary scored eight quick points in the second half and Virginia took a 44-32 lead, but Florida State always rallied.

Thornton's dunk started a 13-2 run that pulled the Seminoles within 46-45, and when the Cavaliers went back ahead 57-51, he scored on a baby hook and a putback in a 6-2 spurt that again got them within 58-57 with 6:33 left, but Joseph answered twice.

Isaiah Swann added 13 points for Florida State.

Virginia never trailed after its first basket and led 34-28 at halftime after closing the half with an 8-2 run. Joseph and Singletary had 3-pointers in the burst.

Joseph finished 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, and Virginia was 12-for-26.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  37   5  10    3    7   0   0  13      0    4   4  2   2  3   0   0
10 Ralph Mims            g  39   0   5    0    1   2   2   2      2    1   3  1   5  3   1   1
12 Al Thornton           f  35  12  23    3    6   3   4  30      6   10  16  1   2  3   1   0
25 Jason Rich            g  22   0   4    0    2   3   4   3      0    1   1  1   3  1   0   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  31   2  11    2    8   2   2   8      4    5   9  5   1  0   2   0
 5 Josue Soto                1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              22   4   7    1    4   0   0   9      0    3   3  3   2  1   0   1
15 Casaan Breeden            5   2   2    1    1   0   0   5      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                 8   0   0    0    0   0   1   0      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  62   10   29  10  13  70     13   28  41 15  15 12   4   2
   Opp                     200  25  67   12   26  11  16  73     17   23  40 15  16  8   2   6


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
28
42
70
VIRGINIA
34
39
73
Attendance: 14,619

MARYLAND 73, FLORIDA STATE 55
02/21/2007, COLLEGE PARK, MD

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Terps Turn Back Seminoles, 73-55.

Thornton records a double-double with 23 points and 15 boards.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - D.J. Strawberry opened the second half with three straight baskets, sparking a 16-2 run that carried resurgent Maryland to its fourth straight victory, 73-55 over Florida State on Wednesday night.

Bambale Osby scored 15 points, Mike Jones had 14 and James Gist 13 for the Terrapins. Strawberry, who failed to score in the first half, finished with 10.

The victory enabled Maryland (21-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) to climb over .500 in league play for the first time this season.

Al Thornton had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Florida State (17-11, 5-9). The Seminoles have lost five in a row following a three-game winning streak that included a 96-79 victory at home over Maryland.

After picking up two fouls and playing only eight minutes in the first half, Strawberry returned from the break to make two layups and a dunk to put Maryland up 37-31. Osby and Jones added layups and Ekene Ibekwe capped the 12-point run with a dunk off a pass from freshman Greivis Vasquez.

Florida State, meanwhile, opened the half by missing its first 11 field goal tries. After Isaiah Swann sank two foul shots to bring the Seminoles to 43-33, Ibekwe made a layup and Strawberry added a short jumper for a 14-point cushion.

FSU cut the gap to nine points with 9:23 left, but could get no closer.

The Seminoles shot 34 percent from the floor and missed 11 free throws in falling to 1-6 on the road in the ACC.

Thornton had 16 points - more than half the Seminoles' total - and nine rebounds in the first half.

The Terrapins missed 12 straight field-goal tries and were held scoreless for more than eight minutes while Florida State turned a 29-21 deficit into a 31-29 lead. Thornton scored eight points in the 10-0 run despite missing both free throws following a technical foul on Maryland coach Gary Williams.

Before going cold, the Terrapins had 10 baskets and 10 assists, including five by freshman guard Eric Hayes.

Maryland starters Ibekwe, Strawberry and Jones each had two fouls and totaled only 23 minutes before halftime.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  31   2   9    2    7   6   8  12      1    3   4  4   3  6   0   0
10 Ralph Mims            g  35   3   8    1    3   2   4   9      0    3   3  2   3  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  39   9  18    2    4   3   9  23      4   11  15  4   0  2   2   0
25 Jason Rich            g  28   1   4    0    0   2   2   4      2    1   3  2   1  2   1   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  25   2   7    0    2   3   4   7      4    6  10  3   0  1   0   1
 5 Josue Soto                6   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   1
11 Jerel Allen              20   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   1  2   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            1   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                15   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      1    1   2  1   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  17  50    5   18  16  27  55     12   27  39 18   8 16   3   3
   Opp                     200  27  60    8   14  11  18  73     12   26  38 24  23  9   6   4


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
31
24
55
MARYLAND
31
42
73
Attendance: 17,950

FLORIDA STATE 78, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 52
02/24/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Beat NC State 78-52 On Senior Day.

Florida State earns its sixth ACC triumph.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton put up 17 points in the final regular season home game of his college career as Florida State defeated North Carolina State 78-52 on Saturday.

Thornton, Florida State's season scoring leader, also started the day as the Atlantic Coast Conference's second-leading scorer with 19.3 points per game.

But he had plenty of help against the Wolfpack, as three other Seminoles scored in double figures. Uche Echefu had 13 and Isaiah Swann and Ralph Mims scored 12 each.

Gavin Grant had 15 and Brandon Costner 14 for N.C. State.

Florida State broke a five-game losing streak and breathed some life back into its flickering NCAA tournament hopes by improving to 18-11 (6-9 ACC). N.C. State (14-13, 4-10) lost its second straight game and fifth of its last six.

The Seminoles have one more ACC game left at Miami on March 3 before the conference tournament.

Thornton opened the game with a dunk as Florida State took a 10-2 lead. The Seminoles led 39-21 at the half.

Thornton's last basket was a 3-pointer with less than two minutes left. Coach Leonard Hamilton then removed Thornton and Florida State's only other senior, Jerel Allen, to rousing applause. Allen scored eight points in only his second start of the season.

The Seminoles again played without starting point guard and second-leading scorer Toney Douglas, who now has missed five games with a fractured hand.

North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe left the floor briefly in the second half but returned a few minutes later. He had been unable to coach the second half of the Wolfpack's loss to North Carolina on Wednesday, going to a hospital to be treated for dehydration.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  29   4   9    4    5   0   0  12      1    3   4  0   2  2   0   1
10 Ralph Mims            g  33   5   8    2    4   0   0  12      2    1   3  2   5  3   1   4
11 Jerel Allen           g  30   3   7    2    5   0   0   8      2    1   3  2   2  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  32   7  12    1    1   2   3  17      2    3   5  4   1  2   1   3
41 Uche Echefu           f  25   4   9    1    3   4   5  13      1    6   7  2   0  2   0   2
 5 Josue Soto                7   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      1    2   3  0   1  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            9   1   4    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
25 Jason Rich               19   3   4    0    0   1   2   7      1    2   3  4   2  1   0   1
31 Brian Hoff                1   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                14   1   1    0    0   3   6   5      2    1   3  0   0  1   0   1
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  29  57   10   20  10  16  78     13   20  33 15  13 14   2  12
   Opp                     200  17  42    6   19  12  14  52      4   19  23 19  10 19   1   6


  1 2 Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
21
31
52
FLORIDA STATE
39
39
78
Attendance: 7,685

FLORIDA STATE 98, MIAMI 90
03/03/2007, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Rallies For 98-90 Overtime Win At Miami.

Al Thornton scored a career-high 45 points for the Seminoles.

CORAL GABLES, FL - Al Thornton scored a career-high 45 points to lead Florida State to a 98-90 victory over Miami in the final regular season game for both teams on Saturday.

Thornton, whose previous career highs were a pair of 37 point performances against Boston College and Duke in 2006, scored eight points in overtime. His point total also was the highest in a conference game this season.

A 3-pointer from Florida State's Toney Douglas with 7.3 seconds remaining in regulation tied it 82-82. Miami's Jack McClinton missed a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.

Keaton Copelan had given Miami an 82-79 lead with two free throws with 13.5 remaining.

The loss assures Miami (11-19, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) a last-place conference finish and lowest seed when the conference tournament begins on Wednesday.

The Seminoles (19-11, 7-9) rallied from a six-point deficit and outscoring the Hurricanes 12-6 in the final 2:40 of regulation. Thornton scored seven points and Miami missed five free throws during the Florida State comeback.

McClinton led Miami with a career-high 31 points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  30   2   5    1    4   2   2   7      0    5   5  4   5  1   0   0
10 Ralph Mims            g  16   4   5    1    2   0   0   9      0    0   0  1   1  0   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  43  16  24    2    3  11  11  45      2    6   8  3   2  2   4   2
25 Jason Rich            g  35   4   6    0    0   2   4  10      1    5   6  5   3  2   1   2
41 Uche Echefu           f  26   3   5    0    2   2   2   8      0    3   3  1   1  0   1   2
11 Jerel Allen              24   2   6    2    4   0   2   6      1    0   1  0   0  2   1   0
15 Casaan Breeden            2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
23 Toney Douglas            32   3   6    2    3   5   6  13      1    3   4  3   3  2   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                17   0   0    0    0   0   2   0      0    2   2  4   0  2   1   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 225  34  57    8   18  22  29  98      6   25  31 22  15 11   8   6
   Opp                     225  34  68   10   21  12  22  90     17   20  37 23  16 14   5   7


  1 2 OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
33
49
16
98
MIAMI
37
45
8
90
Attendance: 4,503

FLORIDA STATE 67, CLEMSON 66
03/08/2007, ACC, Tampa, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 9 Seed Florida State Eliminates No. 8 Seed Clemson from the ACC Tournament in the Last Second.

Al Thornton makes a free-throw with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Seminoles over the Tigers, 67-66.

TAMPA, FL - With the game, and maybe even Florida State's NCAA tournament hopes, on the line, there was only one guy the Seminoles wanted to take the shot. As usual, Al Thornton didn't let them down.

Thornton's free throw with 1.5 seconds remaining capped a 25-point, 11-rebound performance and gave Florida State a 67-66 victory over Clemson in Thursday's opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The ACC's leading scorer and runner-up for conference player of the year was fouled trying to get off an off-balanced shot in the lane. Admittedly nervous, he missed the first free throw before making the game-winner.

"I had to calm down...I'd never been in that type of situation before, and the pressure was on," Thornton said. "I was able to shoot the second free throw very relaxed and with confidence."

Thornton delivered the defensive play of the game, too.

The 6-foot-8 senior blocked Vernon Hamilton's layup to deny Clemson what looked like a sure basket in the closing minutes, then drove the baseline on the other end for a dunk that tied the game for the last time.

Florida State (20-11) advanced to Friday's quarterfinals against top seed North Carolina. The ninth-seeded Seminoles also bolstered their case for a berth in the NCAA tournament, while No. 8 seed Clemson (21-10) may have eliminated itself from contention by losing for the 10th time in 14 games after starting 17-0.

Jason Rich scored 12 points for Florida State, which rallied from a 66-61 deficit with a 3-pointer from Toney Douglas and Thornton's dunk. Clemson's Cliff Hammonds turned the ball over with 8.3 seconds left, and the Tigers' K.C. Rivers fouled Thornton to give the Florida State star a chance to win it from the foul line.

"I came off a triple screen and was going to shoot the ball, but I saw a gap. They closed it down," Thornton said. "I pump-faked and I tried to draw the foul. Luckily, I was able to get to the line."

Clemson felt Rivers made a good defensive play on Thornton, who was coming off a career-high 45-point performance in an overtime victory over Miami.

"It looked like a clean square-up. He kind of faded away. That's what made it look like a foul, I guess," the Tigers' James Mays said. "He came across and got a good block, but I guess the refs saw it otherwise, so you can't argue with that."

Thornton was just as surprised he got the call, adding: "I thought we were going to overtime."

Trevor Booker led Clemson with 18 points and nine rebounds. Hammonds finished with 16 points and Hamilton scored 13.

"Our guys battled and I thought they deserved to have an opportunity to win, but it just didn't happen," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. "It's unfortunate."

Clemson swept the season series between the teams, winning 68-66 in Tallahassee on Jan. 3 and 71-58 at home on Feb. 7, when Florida State lost Douglas - the Seminoles' floor leader - with a broken bone in his right hand.

The sophomore guard missed his team's next five games, with Florida State losing four of them to put their prospects for a spot in the NCAAs in doubt. Douglas returned the season finale against Miami and played without a protective wrap on his hand Thursday.

Thornton made seven of his first nine shots and finished 9-for-16. He had 18 points at the half, and his long 3-pointer put the Seminoles ahead 38-36 at the break. There were 12 lead changes in the second half, with neither team leading by more than five.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton would not speculate on whether the Seminoles have done enough to ensure an at-large berth in the NCAA tourney. He thought his team made a strong case for a berth last year, but FSU wound up in the NIT.

"Unfortunately, my vote didn't count," Hamilton said. "So what I want to do now is just worry about the things we can control."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  27   3   6    2    3   0   0   8      2    0   2  0   2  0   0   2
10 Ralph Mims            g   9   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  2   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  38   9  16    2    4   5   7  25      5    6  11  3   0  6   1   1
25 Jason Rich            g  36   6  11    0    1   0   0  12      0    4   4  2   1  1   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   3   4    0    1   0   0   6      0    1   1  3   0  0   1   2
11 Jerel Allen              15   2   4    2    3   0   0   6      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            0   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   0
23 Toney Douglas            35   3  10    1    3   1   2   8      1    2   3  1   3  2   2   0
42 Ryan Reid                20   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      1    3   4  1   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  55    7   16   6   9  67     11   16  27 11   6 14   4   6
   Opp                     200  28  56    6   14   4   8  66     14   17  31 16  13 15   7   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
38
29
67
CLEMSON
36
30
66
Attendance: 22,269

NORTH CAROLINA 73, FLORIDA STATE 58
03/09/2007, ACC, Tampa, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall to Top-Seeded North Carolina in ACC Quarterfinal Action.

Al Thornton scores 12 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles in the 73-58 setback.

TAMPA, FL - An Atlantic Coast Conference title is about the only thing missing from Roy Williams' resume as a head coach, and he concedes it would be real sweet to win one this weekend.

"Everybody always acts like I poo-poo the ACC tournament because there is that thought process: You play people for nine weeks, why do have to play them all again in three days? It's what it is," Williams said Friday after his eighth-ranked Tar Heels beat Florida State 73-58 in the quarterfinals.

"Since we're here, I want to win this sucker," he said. "There's no question in my mind I'd like to win it. I would like the Carolina blue people to have more bragging rights than anybody else."

Wayne Ellington scored 18 points and Ty Lawson had 14, and the Tar Heels' depth and balanced attack were simply too much for the Seminoles' one-man show, Al Thornton.

FSU never led, and Thornton - the ACC's leading scorer and runner-up for conference player of the year - scored 12 points before fouling out with more than 6 minutes to go.

"I really didn't get in an offensive rhythm, but I had some great looks," Thornton said. "The ball just wasn't going in for me."

North Carolina (26-6), hoping to win its first ACC tournament title since 1998, advanced to Saturday's semifinals and reversed a trend of upsets in the tourney. The higher seeded team lost every game in the first round.

Williams led the Tar Heels to a national title two years ago after losing in the ACC tournament. Duke, which has dominated the league's signature event since Carolina last won it, lost on Thursday.

"It would be great because I've never won an ACC tournament since I've been here, even being on a team that won a national championship," senior Reyshawn Terry said. "So it's very important to me and my team and my coaches. It's very big for us."

The Tar Heels, the No. 1 seed after tying Virginia for the league's best regular-season record, pulled away for good during an 18-2 run that built their lead to 48-28 early in the second half. The closest Florida State (20-12) got was 12.

Brandan Wright scored 11 points and Terry had 10 for North Carolina, which had lost two of three entering the tournament to raise questions about whether they had done enough to ensure themselves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Tyler Hansbrough, whose nose was broken when he was elbowed during the closing seconds of North Carolina's victory over Duke last Sunday, wore a protective mask and scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before fouling out for the first time this season.

"I really felt for Tyler today, playing with that mask on. The doctors really wanted him to do it," Williams said. "I was able to convince him to do it today. I don't know if I'll be able to convince him to do it tomorrow. It bothered him like it would bother everybody."

Thornton didn't score easily against the Tar Heels, finishing 4-of-13 from the field.

In the opening round on Thursday, he had 25 points and made a free throw with 1.5 seconds left to give Florida State a 67-66 victory over Clemson. He had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 26-point loss to the Tar Heels in the regular season.

FSU cut an 11-point deficit to four in the closing minutes of the opening half, but a lapse in the final 10 seconds helped the Tar Heels regain control. Ellington's jumper looked like it would give North Carolina an eight-point lead at the break, however Lawson's steal under the Seminoles basket led to Deon Thompson's layup at the buzzer to push the advantage to 36-26.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton made the situation worse, arguing that a foul should have been called on Lawson's steal. He was whistled for a technical, Ellington made both free throws at the start of the second half, and the Tar Heels scored on three straight possessions to finish a 14-0 run that began late in the first half to put them up 44-26.

Two baskets by Lawson finished the 18-2 surge.

"It just seemed like it happened so fast," Florida State's Jerel Allen said. "We knew that North Carolina was a good transition team. When you're in a game, in the heat of the moment, you don't really know until a timeout or something. We looked up and they were up more than what we thought they were."

Allen and Toney Douglas joined Thornton in double figures with 10 each. Douglas finished 2-of-12 from the field.

"Our game plan was to be patient on offense. I really felt like we rushed our shots. We just didn't get into a rhythm," Thornton said. "North Carolina, they don't really need help when you take quick shots and turn the ball over. They're such a great team in transition, there's no way you're going to get back in the game."


 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  23   2   7    2    6   0   0   6      1    1   2  3   1  4   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  26   4  13    1    3   3   4  12      3    3   6  5   0  1   0   4
23 Toney Douglas         g  30   2  12    0    4   6   7  10      1    2   3  4   5  4   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  33   3   6    0    1   2   2   8      3    2   5  3   1  3   1   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  37   2   7    1    2   4   5   9      2    6   8  3   0  2   2   3
 5 Josue Soto                1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               12   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    3   3  0   0  1   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              23   3   6    2    4   2   2  10      0    2   2  2   1  2   1   1
15 Casaan Breeden           12   1   2    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  2   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                 3   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   0
   Team                                                                2   2  1               
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  17  55    7   21  17  20  58     10   21  31 23   9 17   4  12
   Opp                     200  27  51    6   14  13  25  73      8   29  37 19  14 19   5   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
26
32
58
NORTH CAROLINA
36
37
73
Attendance: 22,269

FLORIDA STATE 77, TOLEDO 61
03/13/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NIT

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Thornton Pours In 24 As Seminoles Defeat Rockets In First Round Of NIT, 77-61.

FSU (21-12) will host Michigan Thursday at 7 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Al Thornton scored 24 points to lead Florida State to a 77-61 victory over Toledo in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

The Seminoles (21-12) will host Michigan in a second-round game Thursday. The Wolverines (22-12) advanced with a 68-58 win Tuesday over Utah State.

Florida State led 39-23 at the half behind 15 points from Thornton, who went scoreless the first 5:36 of the game before breaking loose.

In a span of just 2:33, Thornton scored four baskets, assisted on another, blocked a shot and grabbed a pair of rebounds as the Seminoles took a 20-13 lead midway through the first half. Thornton's first basket, a layup, gave Florida State the lead for good at 9-8.

Justin Ingram's 17 points led Toledo (19-13), the Mid-American Conference regular-season champions. Keonta Howell and Florentino Valencia added 13 apiece for the Rockets.

The Seminoles shot 62.3 percent from the floor and outrebounded the smaller Rockets 33-23. Toledo shot only 41.4 percent in the game, despite Howell and Valencia going 10-for-16.

Toledo managed to cut its deficit to 45-36 with 15:22 left on two free throws by Howell, but Thornton responded with a dunk and Florida State steadily built its lead to as many as 18 before coach Leonard Hamilton emptied his bench with 1:30 left.

Isaiah Swann had a 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Seminoles and freshman Ryan Reid added 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Swann also had a game-high five assists.

Florida State's reserves scored 23 points to just six for Toledo.

Thornton now has 1,494 points career points, surpassing former Seminoles and Boston Celtics great Dave Cowens as the eighth leading scorer in school history.

The 6-foot-8 Thornton, the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, hit 11 of his final 15 shots after missing his first two. He has scored in double figures in all of Florida State's games this season.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  29   5   7    2    4   0   0  12      0    4   4  1   5  1   0   1
12 Al Thornton           f  30  11  17    1    2   1   1  24      1    5   6  1   1  0   2   2
23 Toney Douglas         g  29   4   8    0    1   0   0   8      1    3   4  2   3  5   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  31   4   8    0    1   2   2  10      1    6   7  1   1  2   1   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  13   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      1    1   2  4   2  2   0   0
 5 Josue Soto                4   1   1    0    0   0   2   2      1    1   2  1   0  0   0   0
10 Ralph Mims               14   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    2   2  1   0  1   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              18   1   2    1    2   2   2   5      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden            7   0   2    0    1   2   2   2      1    0   1  2   0  1   0   0
31 Brian Hoff                2   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                21   5   6    0    0   0   0  10      1    3   4  3   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  33  53    4   11   7   9  77      7   26  33 17  12 14   4   7
   Opp                     200  24  58    5   19   8  11  61      9   14  23 17   9 11   1   5


  1 2 Total
TOLEDO
23
38
61
FLORIDA STATE
39
38
77
Attendance: 3,295

FLORIDA STATE 87, MICHIGAN 66
03/15/2007, TALLAHASSEE, FL, NIT, Sweet 16

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

First Half Run Keys Seminoles' Win Over Wolverines In Second Round Of NIT, 87-66.

Florida State (22-12) will meet the winner of Saturday's Mississippi State-Bradley game in a NIT quarterfinal Tuesday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State made a believer out of Michigan coach Tommy Amaker on Thursday night.

The Seminoles took advantage of 15 steals and some torrid shooting to advance to the quarterfinal round of the National Invitation Tournament with a surprisingly easy 87-66 victory over Amaker's Wolverines.

"They're going to be a tough out in this tournament," Amaker said after the loss.

Florida State (22-12) scored 34 points off some of Michigan's turnovers - the difference in the game.

"It's a formula for disaster, especially on the road," Amaker said. "Their quickness, their speed gave us a lot of problems."

Toney Douglas and Isaiah Swann scored 15 points apiece to lead the Seminoles, who meet the winner of Saturday's Mississippi State-Bradley game in an NIT quarterfinal Tuesday.

Florida State hit 11 of its last 14 shots in the first half, closing with a 33-14 spurt for a 41-30 lead at the break. The Seminoles maintained their double-digit advantage throughout the second half, leading by as many as 22 points on four occasions.

"That shows you what we're capable of," Swann said. "We've just got to keep it up."

Michigan took a 16-8 lead, but Douglas and Swann each scored six points that sparked a 20-7 run to put Florida State ahead 28-23.

"That was really a big turning point," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That little period there was what made the difference."

Dion Harris scored 15 points, Lester Abram 14 and Courtney Sims 11 for the Wolverines (22-13).

"It's a tough way to end the year," Amaker said. "We were pretty darn good at home, but struggled (3-9) on the road."

Six players finished in double figures for Florida State. Jason Rich, Uche Echefu and Al Thornton, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer during the season, scored 11 points each and Casaan Breeden added 10.

The Seminoles have shot well in both of its NIT games this week, hitting 62.3 percent in Tuesday's 77-61 victory over Toledo.

Thornton now has 674 points for the season, 68 shy of Jim Oler's school record set in the 1955-56 season.

Swann shot 6-for-9, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, and had a game-high six assists.

"We were moving the ball...getting great shots," Swann said. When we do that we make a high percentage."

After scoring just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in the first 9 minutes, Florida State finished at 59.3 percent for the game while Michigan shot 41.7 percent and committed 21 turnovers.

The two schools met only time previously, in the NIT title game 10 years ago when Robert Traylor's 26 points and 13 rebounds sparked the Wolverines to an 82-73 victory.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  27   6   9    3    5   0   0  15      0    2   2  3   6  2   0   2
12 Al Thornton           f  28   4   7    1    3   2   4  11      1    4   5  4   0  5   0   1
23 Toney Douglas         g  26   5   9    1    1   4   5  15      1    3   4  0   3  1   0   2
25 Jason Rich            g  29   5   6    0    0   1   1  11      0    1   1  2   2  1   0   1
41 Uche Echefu           f  20   3   6    2    3   3   4  11      0    1   1  3   1  1   2   2
 5 Josue Soto                5   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   1  0   0   1
10 Ralph Mims               14   0   0    0    0   1   2   1      1    2   3  1   1  2   0   2
11 Jerel Allen              19   1   6    0    1   1   3   3      1    0   1  3   1  0   1   0
15 Casaan Breeden           10   4   4    0    0   2   2  10      2    1   3  2   1  1   0   3
31 Brian Hoff                2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   1  1   0   0
33 Matt Zitani               2   2   3    0    1   0   1   4      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                18   1   3    0    0   2   2   4      2    0   2  1   0  0   0   1
   Team                                                           1        1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  32  54    7   14  16  24  87      9   14  23 20  17 14   3  15
   Opp                     200  20  48    6   16  20  27  66     13   19  32 21   6 21   4   5


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MICHIGAN
30
36
66
FLORIDA STATE
41
46
87
Attendance: 6,033

MISSISSIPPI STATE 86, FLORIDA STATE 71
03/20/2007, STARKVILLE, MS, NIT, Elite Eight

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Top-Seeded Mississippi State Tops Florida State, 86-71.

Swann scores 31 points in loss.

STARKVILLE, MS - Jamont Gordon had 16 points and seven assists and Mississippi State beat Florida State 86-71 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The North Region's top-seeded Bulldogs (21-13) held Al Thornton, one of college basketball's most dynamic players, to 22 minutes and 16 points for the second-seeded Seminoles (22-13). Mississippi State will play the winner of the North Carolina State-West Virginia game in the NIT semifinals next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Thornton drew two personal fouls in the first 4 minutes of the game, then two more in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Without their star, the Seminoles wilted under Mississippi State's ball-hawking man-to-man defense.

The Bulldogs' pressure resulted in 15 steals and 25 turnovers, and the game would have been out of hand midway through the first half without the play of Florida State's Isaiah Swann.

Swann scored 31 points, including nine 3-pointers, to keep the game within reach.

Mississippi State has won five of six and nine of its last 12, and extended its school record to 16 home wins.

Charles Rhodes added 14 points, Dietric Slater scored 13 and three others scored 10 or more points for the Bulldogs.

Thornton was only three points below his average of 19.8 points per game, but wasn't a factor playing with four fouls much of the second half. He failed to reach 700 points for the season, finishing 10 shy.

The Bulldogs built a 42-29 halftime lead with a kinetic defense that led to eight steals, 15 Seminoles turnovers and 17 points off those turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Mississippi State went right at Thornton from the start of the game. And with the Seminoles' most athletic player out of the way, the Bulldogs used runs of 8-0, 9-0 and 8-3 at the end of the half to gain control of the game.

It took sensational shooting from Swan, who scored 19 points in the first half, to keep FSU in the game. He hit his first four 3-pointers and first five shots to briefly give the Seminoles a 22-21 lead with 8:10 left until halftime. But the Bulldogs outscored the Seminoles 21-7 to end the half.

The Bulldogs led by as much as 17 in the second half and withstood two Seminoles runs. With 10 minutes left in the game, Thornton stole the ball and dunked. He was fouled but missed his free throw and was 1-of-2 on a technical foul called after the play, effectively ending FSU's chances.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 3 Isaiah Swann          g  39  10  17    9   13   2   2  31      1    4   5  1   0  3   0   0
12 Al Thornton           f  22   6  10    1    2   3   9  16      4    2   6  4   0  5   2   3
23 Toney Douglas         g  39   6  11    0    2   0   0  12      0    4   4  2   5  1   0   1
25 Jason Rich            g  31   2   4    0    0   3   4   7      1    3   4  5   2  1   1   0
41 Uche Echefu           f  16   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      1    4   5  4   1  5   0   0
10 Ralph Mims                7   1   2    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   1  1   0   0
11 Jerel Allen              17   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  1   0   0
15 Casaan Breeden           12   0   1    0    0   0   1   0      0    1   1  0   0  2   0   1
42 Ryan Reid                17   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      1    3   4  3   1  5   0   0
   Team                                                           1        1         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  50   11   21   8  16  71      9   22  31 21  10 25   3   5
   Opp                     200  28  66    7   30  23  27  86     20   19  39 20  12 14   3  15


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FLORIDA STATE
29
42
71
MISSISSIPPI STATE
42
44
86
Attendance: 9,013