Florida State Men's Basketball - 2009-10 Year In Review

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

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2009-10 FSU Basketball Media Guide


2010 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Joey Moreau, 6-2, 165, G, Bradenton

Terrance Shannon, 6-8, 220, F, Forsyth, GA - ON SHANNON: "Terrance is a high energy guy...he has a motor that most guys don't have. He is a hard-working kid that does a great job of adapting to situations whether it is games or practice. He isn't one of those guys to just show up and play the game; he works hard in practice also," said Robert Worthy, head coach at Mary Persons High School...a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com...the 36th ranked power forward entering the college ranks for the 2009-10 season....the 23rd ranked power forward according to Scout.com...the 70th ranked power forward in the nation according to ESPN.com...tore ACL during the Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas while playing with his AAU team, the Atlanta Celtics during the summer of 2008 and did not play high school basketball during his senior season...is fully recovered from his injury for the beginning of his Florida State career...AT MARY PERSONS: Graduated from Mary Persons High School in 2009...averaged a double-double of 21.4 points and 15.4 rebounds per game as a junior...unable to play his senior season due to tearing his ACL while playing AAU basketball in the summer...a triple double of 21 points, 23 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against Jackson High School during his junior season...career scoring high of 37 points and career rebounding high of 29 rebounds came against Sandy Creek during his junior season...led his high school team to a 20-8 record during his junior season...totaled over 1,200 career points and 1,00 career rebounds during his three-year career...set the career records for scoring, rebounding and blocked shots in only three years as a member of the varsity team at Mary Parsons...the first basketball player at Mary Parsons to earn a basketball scholarship to a Division I school...played AAU basketball for the Atlanta Celtics, the former team of current Seminoles Chris Singleton and Pierre Jordan...made the 2009 checklist for his extraordinary play in the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic by Scout.com...also named to the 2009 checklist at the Super 64 in Las Vegas...chosen as a highlight player for his play in the Super 64 by Rivals.com...PERSONAL: Born September 4, 1990...Terrance is the son of Anthony and Nicole Shannon ...selected Florida State over Georgia, Auburn, Xavier, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and Marquette.

Michael Snaer, 6-5, 205, G, Moreno Valley, CA - ON SNAER: "Michael Snaer is an excellent athlete who put his tools to use to the fullest extent possible. You constantly saw him getting out in transition, crashing the offensive glass and attempting to make plays on the defensive end, a characteristic that sticks out like a sore-thumb in an all-star setting," said Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress...a five star recruit according to Rivlas.com...named the Gatorade California boys' basketball player of the year as a senior...earned the 2008 John Wooden Award as the CIF Southern Division II Player of the Year...the seventh best player in the nation and the second ranked shooting guard in the prep ranks according the Rivals.com...the 22nd overall ranked player and the seventh best shooting guard in the nation according the ESPN.com...scored 13 points on six of nine shooting from the field and pulled down two rebounds in 17 minutes of playing time at the 2009 McDonald's All-American game played at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla...named the Most Valuable Player at the Derby Classic All-Star game which was played at the University of Louisville's Freedom Hall following his senior season...led all scorers with 30 points, pulled down seven rebounds and earned six assists in leading the Gold Team to a 151-145 victory in the Derby Classic...named the top performer in the class of 2009 in the Las Vegas all-star events by Rivals.com during the summer of 2008...finished third in scoring in the Reebok Tournament in Las Vegas with a 24.3 points per game scoring average...named the top performer at the Paul Pierce Skills Academy during the summer of 2008...AT RANCHO VERDE: Graduated from Rancho Verde High School in 2009...averaged a double-double of 28.1 points and 10.8 rebounds to go along with 5.2 assists, 3.;6 steals and 2.2 blocked shots per game as a senior...led the Mustangs to a 24-6 record during his senior season...led the Mustangs to wins in all four games of the Serrano Tournament with victories over Silverado, Alta Loma, Miller and Victor Valley...led his team to a pair of victories in the Tournament of Champions with wins against Serra and Carces high schools...helped Rancho Verde to three wins in the Nogales Tournament with wins over Salesian, Compton and Nogales...led the Mustangs to the Inland Valley League title and the Southern Section Division IAA quarterfinals with victories over Paramount and Jordan...scored 32 points in a near upset of Meter Dei, the nation's top ranked team in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 rankings...Mater Dei was held to its' smallest winning margin of the season in that game...the Mustangs ended his senior season with a 13-1 league record and a 9-3 tournament record...was the standout player in leading Rancho Verde to a 23-7 overall victory, an Inland League championship and to the CIF Division IIA title as a junior...PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1989...Michael is the son of Ann Stephens...selected Florida State over Missouri, Marquette, UCLA and Kansas.


2010 Roster - By Name

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 32 Solomon Alabi         C       7-1   241  So-R *    Kaduna, Nigeria (Montverde Academy)
*  2 Jordan DeMercy        F       6-7   204  Jr   **   Norcross, GA (Norcross)
*  4 Deividas Dulkys       G       6-5   195  So   *    Silute, Lithuania (Findlay College Prep)
*  1 Xavier Gibson         F-C     6-11  230  So   *    Dothan, AL (Northview)
*  0 Pierre Jordan         G       6-0   170  Fr-R      Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
* 22 Derwin Kitchen        G       6-4   180  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Raines/Iowa Western CC)
*  3 Luke Loucks           G       6-5   205  So   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 33 Joey Moreau           G       6-2   165  Fr        Bradenton (IMG Academies)
* 42 Ryan Reid             F       6-8   237  Sr   ***  Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson)
* 35 Andrew Rutledge       F       6-6   200  Jr        Tallahassee (Maclay/Shelton State CC)
* 15 Terrance Shannon      F       6-8   220  Fr        Forsyth, GA (Mary Persons)
* 31 Chris Singleton       F       6-9   220  So   *    Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
* 21 Michael Snaer         G       6-5   205  Fr        Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde)
* 30 A.J. Yawn             G       6-0   170  Sr        Oceanside, CA (El Camino)

2010 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  0 Pierre Jordan         G       6-0   170  Fr-R      Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
*  1 Xavier Gibson         F-C     6-11  230  So   *    Dothan, AL (Northview)
*  2 Jordan DeMercy        F       6-7   204  Jr   **   Norcross, GA (Norcross)
*  3 Luke Loucks           G       6-5   205  So   *    Clearwater (Clearwater)
*  4 Deividas Dulkys       G       6-5   195  So   *    Silute, Lithuania (Findlay College Prep)
* 15 Terrance Shannon      F       6-8   220  Fr        Forsyth, GA (Mary Persons)
* 21 Michael Snaer         G       6-5   205  Fr        Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde)
* 22 Derwin Kitchen        G       6-4   180  Jr   *    Jacksonville (Raines/Iowa Western CC)
* 30 A.J. Yawn             G       6-0   170  Sr        Oceanside, CA (El Camino)
* 31 Chris Singleton       F       6-9   220  So   *    Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
* 32 Solomon Alabi         C       7-1   241  So-R *    Kaduna, Nigeria (Montverde Academy)
* 33 Joey Moreau           G       6-2   165  Fr        Bradenton (IMG Academies)
* 35 Andrew Rutledge       F       6-6   200  Jr        Tallahassee (Maclay/Shelton State CC)
* 42 Ryan Reid             F       6-8   237  Sr   ***  Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson)

2/1/2010 - Jordan DeMercy decided to leave the team for personal reasons.

2009-10 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Toney Douglas            23      G                  New York Knicks
Al Thornton              12      F                  Los Angeles Clippers
Al Thornton              14      F                  Washington Wizards
Von Wafer                1       G                  Dallas Mavericks

Noles in the Pros -  3

2010 Schedule and Results

             
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
NCAA
NIT
FSU
AP
FSU
USA
OPP
AP
OPP
USA
AP
UPI
11/16
Ref
H
JACKSONVILLE
W 87-61
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/18
Ref
H
STETSON
W 80-38
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/21
Ref
A
MERCER
W 89-50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/24
Ref
A
FLORIDA
L 52-68
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/26
Ref
N
IONA COLLEGE
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl
W 54-49
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/27
Ref
N
ALABAMA
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl
W 60-51
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11/29
Ref
N
MARQUETTE
Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl
W 57-56
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/02
Ref
A
OHIO STATE
ACC/Big 10 Challenge
L 64-77
 
 
21
 
15
15
5
11
12/06
Ref
H
FL INTERNATIONAL
W 82-62
 
 
21
 
 
 
 
 
12/15
Ref
H
GEORGIA STATE
W 62-55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/17
Ref
H
AUBURN
W 76-72
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/20
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
OT
W 66-59
 
 
 
 
22
15
 
 
12/22
Ref
H
TENNESSEE-MARTIN
W 95-68
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12/31
Ref
H
ALABAMA A&M
W 81-34
 
 
22
25
 
 
 
 
01/04
Ref
H
TX AM-CORPUS CHRISTI
W 94-54
 
 
18
19
 
 
 
 
01/10
Ref
A
MARYLAND
L 68-77
 
 
18
19
 
 
20
18
01/12
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 81-88
 
 
25
25
 
 
 
 
01/16
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 63-58
 
 
25
25
 
 
 
 
01/24
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH
W 68-66
 
 
 
 
19
18
 
 
01/27
Ref
A
DUKE
L 56-70
1
 
 
 
8
7
3
1
01/30
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 61-57
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/04
Ref
H
MARYLAND
L 67-71
 
 
 
 
 
 
20
18
02/06
Ref
H
MIAMI
W 71-65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/10
Ref
A
CLEMSON
L 67-77
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/14
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 62-47
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/17
Ref
A
VIRGINIA
W 69-50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/24
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA
W 77-67
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
02/28
Ref
H
CLEMSON
L 50-53
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/03
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 51-47
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/06
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 61-60
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/12
Ref
N
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
ACC, Greensboro, NC
L 52-58
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03/19
Ref
N
GONZAGA
NCAA, Buffalo, NY
L 60-67
 
 
 
 
22
18
22
23
EOY Stats Ref

Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    22-10   13- 3    6- 5    3- 2
VS ACC           10- 6    5- 3    5- 3    0- 0
AGAINST TOP 25    2- 3    1- 0    1- 2    0- 1

2010 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1t DUKE                 13- 3    35- 5 
 1t MARYLAND             13- 3    24- 9 
 3t FLORIDA STATE        10- 6    22-10 
 3t VIRGINIA TECH        10- 6    25- 9 
 5t WAKE FOREST           9- 7    20-11 
 5t CLEMSON               9- 7    21-11 
 7  GEORGIA TECH          7- 9    23-13 
 8  BOSTON COLLEGE        6-10    15-16 
 9t VIRGINIA              5-11    15-16 
 9t NORTH CAROLINA        5-11    20-16 
 9t NORTH CAROLINA STATE  5-11    20-16 
12  MIAMI                 4-12    20-13 

2010 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Greensboro, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
03/11/2010  (9)VIRGINIA 68, (8)BOSTON COLLEGE 62                Round 1
03/11/2010  (12)MIAMI 83, (5)WAKE FOREST 62                     Round 1
03/11/2010  (7)GEORGIA TECH 62, (10)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 58     Round 1
03/11/2010  (11)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 59, (6)CLEMSON 57          Round 1
03/12/2010  (1)DUKE 57, (9)VIRGINIA 46                          Round 2
03/12/2010  (12)MIAMI 70, (4)VIRGINIA TECH 65                   Round 2
03/12/2010  (7)GEORGIA TECH 69, (2)MARYLAND 64                  Round 2
03/12/2010  (11)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 58, (3)FLORIDA STATE 52    Round 2
03/13/2010  (1)DUKE 77, (12)MIAMI 74                            Round 3
03/13/2010  (7)GEORGIA TECH 57, (11)NORTH CAROLINA STATE 54     Round 3
03/14/2010  (1)DUKE 65, (7)GEORGIA TECH 61                      Round 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
ACC Tournament, Greensboro, NC                                                                                                                                                                          
3/11/2010 - Virginia 68, Boston College 62                                                                                                                                                              
            Miami 83, Wake Forest 62                                                                                                                                                                    
            Georgia Tech 62, North Carolina 58                                                                                                                                                          
            North Carolina State 59, Clemson 57                                                                                                                                                         
3/12/2010 - Duke 57, Virginia 46                                                                                                                                                                        
            Miami 70, Virginia Tech 65                                                                                                                                                                  
            Georgia Tech 69, Maryland 64                                                                                                                                                                
            Noth Carolina State 58, Florida State 52                                                                                                                                                    
3/13/2010 - Duke 77, Miami 74                                                                                                                                                                           
            Georgia Tech 57, North Carolina State 54                                                                                                                                                    
3/14/2010 - Duke 65, Georgia Tech 61                                                                                                                                                                    

2009-10 - 30 Point Club

Name Date Opponent FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

2009-10 - 15 Rebound Club

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

2009-10 - 10 Assist Club

Name Date Opponent Assists ------------------------------------------------------------------ Derwin Kitchen 12/31/2009 ALABAMA A&M 10 Derwin Kitchen 01/27/2010 DUKE 10

2009-10 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
====================================================================================================================================
Solomon Alabi        32 32  820  133  249 .534    0   0 .000  108 136 .794  374 11.7     79 119  198  6.2  75  2   16   61   75   20
Chris Singleton      32 32 1005  117  284 .412   35 118 .297   57 115 .496  326 10.2     66 157  223  7.0  95  2   70   96   48   71
Michael Snaer        32 10  755  101  230 .439   23  66 .348   57  87 .655  282  8.8     23  62   85  2.7  59  2   42   80    6   17
Deividas Dulkys      32 22  705   94  227 .414   71 179 .397   20  29 .690  279  8.7     26  49   75  2.3  79  1   34   33    9   32
Derwin Kitchen       31 31  886   87  204 .426   20  67 .299   58  82 .707  252  8.1     34 118  152  4.9  42  0  122   69    7   47
Ryan Reid            31 29  704   82  167 .491    0   0 .000   46  77 .597  210  6.8     58  65  123  4.0  46  1   35   51   16   18
Xavier Gibson        32  3  411   71  128 .555    6  15 .400   28  52 .538  176  5.5     39  52   91  2.8  60  0   11   41   26   12
Luke Loucks          32  1  632   47  123 .382   24  79 .304   23  39 .590  141  4.4      8  71   79  2.5  62  0   90   51    2   26
Jordan DeMercy       21  0  298   26   62 .419    3  14 .214   23  28 .821   78  3.7     15  30   45  2.1  19  0   14   26    6   18
Terrance Shannon     18  0   93   13   24 .542    0   0 .000    5  12 .417   31  1.7      6  13   19  1.1  21  0    2    9    5    4
Pierre Jordan        17  0   93   10   25 .400    2  10 .200    0   0 .000   22  1.3      2  12   14  0.8  17  0   10    9    0    2
Joey Moreau           9  0   13    2    6 .333    2   6 .333    6   6 1.00   12  1.3      1   0    1  0.1   0  0    0    0    0    0
A.J. Yawn             4  0    5    0    2 .000    0   1 .000    0   6 .000    0  0.0      0   1    1  0.3   0  0    0    0    0    0
Andrew Rutledge       4  0    5    0    2 .000    0   1 .000    0   0 .000    0  0.0      0   1    1  0.3   0  0    0    1    0    0
Team                                                                                     49  55  104                     1
====================================================================================================================================
FSU                  32          783 1733 .452  186 556 .335  431 669 .644 2183 68.2    406 805 1211 37.8 575  8  446  528  200  267
Opp                  32          660 1752 .377  203 619 .328  409 609 .672 1932 60.4    385 659 1044 32.6 595 15  312  513   78  254

2009-10 Game Stats

FLORIDA STATE 87, JACKSONVILLE 61
11/16/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the Tallahassee Democrat.
By Corey Clark

FSU blasts past Jacksonville in opener, 87-61.

Last year, in their season-opener against Jacksonville, the Florida State men's basketball team hung on for dear life in a 59-57 win.

On Monday night, there was no such drama.

The Seminoles led 35-18 at the half and then by as much as 33 in the second on their way to an impressive 87-61 win at the Civic Center.

"We watched that film in its entirety and it was somewhat embarrassing," Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said of the 2008 contest. "But I think we learned from that...I think the effort we played with tonight was a direct result of how poorly we executed our game plan at the end of the game over there (last season)."

Each player got a DVD of last year's game to watch. In that contest, the Seminoles led by 17 with barely more than three minutes remaining. They wound up winning by just two.

This time around, Florida State hammered Jacksonville into submission, hitting 10 of its first 12 shots in the second half to build a 33-point lead that was never threatened.

"This year we're already talking among each other that when we get a lead we've got to keep pounding," said sophomore center Solomon Alabi, who finished with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes. "We can't let the other team come back. So we've just got to keep pushing and pushing."

The deep and talented Seminoles basically pushed the Dolphins off the court on Monday night.

Freshman Michael Snaer had 14 points off the bench, senior Ryan Reid scored 13 and pulled down eight rebounds, sophomore Xavier Gibson added a career-high 12 points off the bench and sophomore Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 11 points and snared seven rebounds.

The Seminoles, who struggled shooting in their two exhibition wins, were 8 of 18 from 3-point range as a team and 31 of 52 from the floor (59.6 percent).

"I think we're a good perimeter shooting team," Hamilton said. "I said that after each exhibition game."

On Monday, they looked like one - with Snaer and Dulkys both hitting three 3's.

Many of FSU's buckets came after forcing turnovers or wild shots by Jacksonville.

The Seminoles limited the Dolphins to 7 of 28 shooting in the first half, including a nine-minute stretch in which they hit just one shot.

"You ain't playing if you ain't playing defense," said junior guard Derwin Kitchen, who had a game-high six assists in 26 minutes. "You can be the best offensive player in the world, but if you ain't playing any defense he's going to snatch you out.

"I mean, that's pride right here. Everybody wants to play, so you know you better play defense for Coach Ham."

For the game, despite a hot stretch late in the second half when the game was already well out of reach, Jacksonville shot just 31.7 percent from the floor.

"They are very large and very athletic," Jacksonville head coach Cliff Warren said. "It's very, very difficult to get around those guys."

And there were a lot of guys.

All 11 FSU players that were dressed out got into the game on Monday night, 10 played at least 10 minutes and nine played at least 18 minutes. Chris Singleton played a team-high 27 minutes for Coach Hamilton's team, which plays again Wednesday night at home against Stetson.

"It looks like we have the potential to have quality depth," Hamilton said. "We did have this team outmanned tonight, so we probably looked fairly good.

"But I thought we played with very good effort."

Freshman forward Terrance Shannon did not dress for Monday's game after he was poked in the eye during a recent practice. Hamilton said there is no timetable on Shannon's return and that he would not be rushed back into action.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  19   4   7    3    5   0   0  11      1    6   7  2   1  0   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  26   2   4    0    1   0   0   4      1    2   3  1   6  4   1   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   3   8    0    3   0   5   6      1    6   7  2   4  2   2   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  22   5   8    0    0   7   8  17      4    4   8  2   0  2   2   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  20   5   7    0    0   3   4  13      5    3   8  1   3  1   0   0
 0 Pierre Jordan            10   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  4   2  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            19   5   5    1    1   1   4  12      0    4   4  4   0  4   2   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           18   1   1    0    0   2   2   4      0    1   1  1   2  1   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              19   1   3    1    3   1   2   4      0    2   2  1   3  2   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            18   5   7    3    4   1   2  14      0    2   2  3   1  2   2   1
33 Joey Moreau               2   0   1    0    1   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  31  52    8   18  17  29  87     12   30  42 21  22 19   9   6
   Opp                     200  19  60    5   20  18  24  61     13   13  26 23   6 15   2   8


  1 2 Total
JACKSONVILLE
18
43
61
FLORIDA STATE
35
52
87
Attendance: 6,493

FLORIDA STATE 80, STETSON 38
11/18/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the Tallahassee Democrat.
By Corey Clark

'Noles put hammer to Stetson Hatters.

Stetson's 38 points a record low at Civic Center.

It wasn't going to be a two-point game this time.

Instead, the Florida State men's basketball team went out and made history.

The Seminoles suffocated Stetson from start to finish Wednesday night on their way to an 80-38 win over the Hatters.

The 38 points was the record for fewest points in the history of the Civic Center and it was the first time since March 2, 1979, that the Seminoles held an opponent under 40 points for a game.

"(Defense) is something our coaching staff prides itself on," sophomore forward Chris Singleton said. "And I think if you check the records, they're one of the top defensive staffs in the country."

Wednesday night is already down in the record books.

If Hamilton was wondering how his team would respond to its second game in three nights, he had his answer by halftime. The Seminoles were up 46-10.

"I think defensively I saw a lot of things I like," Hamilton said. "They were talking and switching and doing those things you like to see happening, especially this early in the year.

"Our defense is definitely ahead of our offense."

For the second straight game to start the season, the Seminoles (2-0) were able to exact a measure of revenge on a team that played them down to the wire a year ago.

In 2008, both Jacksonville and Stetson lost to FSU by just two points.

On Monday, the visiting Dolphins were blasted by 26.

And on Wednesday, the Hatters had their hats handed to them, trailing by as much as 47 in the second half.

"It was the longest 40 minutes of my life," Stetson coach Derek Waugh said with a smile.

From 11:37 of the first half to the 16:31 mark of the second half, Stetson didn't hit a single shot from the floor and scored just three points total. That's over 15 minutes without a made basket.

Stetson had 17 turnovers on the night and another 10 shots rejected by FSU defenders - sophomore Xavier Gibson had six blocks by himself.

"Xavier has a lot of potential," Hamilton said. "He just has to become more consistent with his effort and his focus."

FSU once again had 10 players in double figures in minutes played. Nobody on the team played more than 23 minutes in the game and no available scholarship player was on the court for less than 16.

Florida State also had a mammoth 50-24 rebounding edge in the win.

Sophomore guard Deividas Dulkys led FSU in scoring with 13 points (on 3 of 8 from behind the arc) in 19 minutes. Senior Ryan Reid and Gibson both added 11 and Singleton finished with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

He also had a highlight-reel basket near the end of the game when he stole the ball on Stetson's side of the floor, dribbled down the right wing, put the ball behind his back to avoid a smaller defender and then slammed it home.

"It was alright," Singleton said matter-of-factly about the play. "It was just part of the game."

A game that was never really in doubt.

Florida State led by scores of 16-5, 24-7, 46-10 and 78-31.

At one point, Stetson was just 3 of 26 from the floor and without a second-half scoring barrage from Tyshawn Patterson (15 points) the Hatters might not have scored 30 for the game.

That's how dominant FSU was Wednesday night.

"We're really playing some defense," Reid said. "I really like this team. Everybody is just going hard and playing defense."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  19   5  10    3    8   0   0  13      2    1   3  1   0  0   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  23   4   7    1    3   0   0   9      2    4   6  0   3  0   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  23   4   7    1    3   3   3  12      3    6   9  2   0  3   1   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  19   4   7    0    0   0   0   8      2    4   6  3   0  0   2   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  19   4  11    0    0   3   3  11      6    2   8  1   0  1   1   1
 0 Pierre Jordan            16   1   6    0    2   0   0   2      0    3   3  1   1  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            21   4   7    0    0   3   5  11      2    3   5  1   0  3   6   2
 2 Jordan DeMercy           18   2   3    0    0   3   3   7      0    4   4  0   1  1   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              17   1   2    0    1   0   0   2      1    1   2  4   4  1   0   2
21 Michael Snaer            23   2   5    1    2   0   0   5      0    2   2  0   1  2   0   1
33 Joey Moreau               2   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                                2   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  31  66    6   20  12  14  80     18   32  50 13  10 11  10  11
   Opp                     200  14  51    7   21   3   9  38      6   18  24 17   7 17   1   3


  1 2 Total
STETSON
10
28
38
FLORIDA STATE
46
34
80
Attendance: 6,525

FLORIDA STATE 89, MERCER 50
11/21/2009, MACON, GA From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Dominates Mercer.

The Seminoles will play at Florida on Tuesday.

MACON, GA - Sophomore Deividas Dulkys led a balanced offensive attack with 14 points and All-American Solomon Alabi led a ferocious defensive effort with five blocked shots to lead undefeated Florida State to an 89-50 victory over Mercer at the University Center. Dulkys led five Seminoles in double figures for the second time in three games and the Seminoles blocked 13 shots, were credited with 11 steals and limited the Bears to 19.7 percent shooting from the field.

Florida State won its third consecutive games by at least 26 points to improve its record to 3-0. The Bears, playing during campus homecoming ceremonies, fell to 3-2.

Florida State set the tone for the game early as they limited Mercer to one point for a span of more than 10:00 during the first half of the game. After spotting the Bears a 3-0 lead, the Seminoles scored 21 of the next 25 points to take a 21-7 lead with 7:21 left in the first half. The Seminoles led by as many as 22 points in the half as they took a 40-18 halftime lead.

"The thing I was happiest about was the fact that we were relentless throughout the game," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "We continued to play defense for all 40 minutes. That is something we have done so far this season and I hope we can keep that up."

The Seminoles limited the Bears to 18 first half points and held them without a two-point basket in the first 20 minutes. Mercer scored five baskets in the first half with all five coming from beyond the 3-point arc. Florida State blocked eight first half shots, allowed the Bears to make only five of 37 shots (13.5 percent) and were credited with four steals. The Seminoles also forced the Bears into nine first half turnovers.

While Florida State was playing outstanding defense, they continued to move the ball well and seemingly scored at will on offense.

The Seminoles led by 10 with less then eight minutes played and despite suffering through a five minute scoring drought of their own, led by 19 with just over five minutes left in the first half and increased their lead to 20 with just over a minute left before halftime.

Sophomore Chris Singleton, who celebrated his 20th birthday, scored nine points, pulled down 14 rebounds, was credited with a career-high seven assists and blocked two shots.

"I was just taking what was coming to me," said the sophomore. "I had my mother and a lot of family at the game so I really wanted to play well today. Coach Ham wants us to play hard for 40 minutes and thats what I plan to do this year - go hard on every play."

Three Seminoles - Alabi, junior Jordan DeMercy and sophomore Xavier Gibson scored 12 points each as Florida State achieved its high-watermark for points scored this season.

Dulkys scored 14 points as he made four of six shots from 3-point range and was perfect on two free throw attempts. He also added two blocked shots and one steal in the win.

Led by Alabi's season-high five blocked shots, a total of six different Seminoles blocked at least one shot. Florida State came within two blocked shots of tying the all-time single game school record for blocked shots in a single game. The school record of 15 blocked shots came against Florida Atlantic University on Dec. 3, 1994.

Florida State plays its second of six consecutive road games as it travels to play at Florida on Tuesday night.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  20   4   7    4    6   2   2  14      0    3   3  3   0  1   2   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  22   4   7    0    1   2   2  10      0    3   3  1   2  4   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   3   7    2    3   1   2   9      1   13  14  2   7  1   2   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  20   4   6    0    0   4   4  12      2    3   5  4   0  1   5   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  19   3   3    0    0   1   2   7      1    4   5  3   1  2   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan            10   3   3    0    0   0   0   6      0    1   1  0   1  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            17   5  10    0    3   2   6  12      1    0   1  2   0  2   2   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           24   4   6    1    2   3   4  12      0    2   2  1   2  1   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              19   1   2    0    1   0   2   2      0    4   4  0   4  1   0   4
21 Michael Snaer            20   1   2    1    1   2   8   5      0    1   1  2   0  0   1   1
33 Joey Moreau               2   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           2    3   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  32  54    8   18  17  32  89      7   37  44 18  17 14  13  11
   Opp                     200  14  71    7   32  15  23  50     26   22  48 23   7 20   1   8


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
40
49
89
MERCER
18
32
50
Attendance: 3,200

FLORIDA 68, FLORIDA STATE 52
11/24/2009, GAINESVILLE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Falls to Florida, 68-52.

The Seminoles will play Iona on Thanksgiving.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker and Alex Tyus scored 13 points apiece as Florida beat Florida State 68-52 Tuesday night and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.

The Gators opened up a 20-point lead at halftime - playing the kind of defense coach Billy Donovan wanted to see the last two years - and put the game away with another defensive-led spurt in the second half.

Florida (4-0) now gets its toughest challenge of the season when it plays No. 2 Michigan State on Friday in Atlantic City in the Legends Classic.

Derwin Kitchen, a former Florida signee who never played in Gainesville, led the Seminoles (3-1) with 15 points. Chris Singleton added 14.

The Seminoles, outplayed in every aspect in the first 20 minutes, came to life to start the second half. They started pressing, forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets. The result was a 19-2 run that nearly erased a 20-point halftime deficit.

But the play of the game may have been a charge. Yes, a charge.

Dan Werner stopped a 2-on-1 break by drawing a charge on Jordan DeMercy. FSU had a chance to cut the lead to 45-40. Instead, Werner's play sparked another strong defensive effort from the Gators and a 12-0 run that put them out front 55-38.

Tyus hit a jumper, Walker got a steal and a reverse layup, then added another layup on a behind-the-back pass from Ray Shipman.

It was just getting started, too. Boynton converted a three-point play, Chandler Parsons hit a 3 from the corner and Walker's uncontested drive through the lane made it 61-41 with about 5 minutes remaining.

The Gators shot 46 percent from the field and held FSU to 33 percent shooting.

Florida played its most inspired first half in more than two years.

The Gators pressed Florida State into mistake after mistake. Errant throws, traveling calls, 10-second violations, FSU found several ways to turn the ball over. The Seminoles had twice as many turnovers (16) as shots made (8) in the opening 20 minutes.

The Gators, meanwhile, were getting easy shots all over the court.

Tyus, who sprained an ankle in Florida's last game, showed no trouble getting up and down the floor. He had eight points and five rebounds, Shipman added eight points off the bench and the Gators led 39-19 at the break. They were 16 of 31 shooting, had eight offensive boards and did just about everything right to start the game.

The Seminoles, behind 10 points from Singleton, led early. But the Gators put together an 18-2 run to pull away. FSU went more than 6 minutes without a basket and couldn't find an answer for Florida's pressing defense and up-tempo offense.

Donovan's team really started pulling away when it got hot from long range. Shipman and Walker hit consecutive 3-pointers. Walker, the shortest guy on the court, was left alone for two layups. Werner added a pair of 3s in the final minutes.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  17   0   2    0    1   0   0   0      1    0   1  4   0  1   1   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  32   6  14    1    4   2   2  15      1    3   4  0   1  5   0   4
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   4  11    2    6   4   4  14      2    2   4  4   1  4   2   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  24   4   8    0    0   0   0   8      2    4   6  1   0  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  26   1   4    0    0   2   4   4      1    5   6  1   2  3   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   2   2    0    0   0   0   4      3    1   4  0   0  0   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           17   1   6    0    0   0   0   2      2    2   4  3   1  2   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              28   0   6    0    5   0   0   0      1    3   4  4   2  4   0   1
21 Michael Snaer            18   1   4    0    0   3   4   5      2    2   4  1   2  3   0   1
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  19  57    3   16  11  14  52     15   23  38 18   9 23   4  10
   Opp                     200  25  54    5   17  13  22  68     12   25  37 13  14 18   3  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
19
33
52
FLORIDA
39
29
68
Attendance: 11,239

FLORIDA STATE 54, IONA COLLEGE 49
11/26/2009, Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl From the Tallahassee Democrat.

It's ugly, but FSU claims 54-49 win against Iona.
By Corey Clark

ORLANDO, FL - Well, they won. That was the good news for the Florida State Seminoles on Thursday night in the first round of the Old Spice Classic.

They beat Iona 54-49 to advance to the winner's bracket, where they will take on Alabama today at 5 p.m.

Despite 27 turnovers and 35-percent shooting from the floor, the Seminoles found a way - they defended their way actually to the five-point victory.

"Sometimes I think we're out of control," said sophomore forward Chris Singleton, who had six of the turnovers. "Especially me. We've just got to make better decisions."

With the game tied at 47-47, center Solomon Alabi drilled two straight free throws. Singleton followed with two more and Derwin Kitchen hit a running one-hander - after a big offensive rebound by freshman Michael Snaer to lift the Seminoles (4-1).

Florida State won even though it hit just three shots from the floor in the final 13 minutes of the game. And the reason Florida State won was because Iona couldn't do anything against the Seminoles' suffocating defense.

"We gave up a little too much penetration, but you can't catch every raindrop," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I was pleased with our defensive execution."

The Gaels (3-1) scored 10 points in the final 10 minutes and shot just 32.7 percent from the floor (including a 2 of 15 mark from 3-point range). The Seminoles blocked 12 shots and forced 18 turnovers to get back on track after derailing in Gainesville on Tuesday night.

Kitchen led the way with 16 points and Singleton added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

"Our defense came to play," Singleton said.

The first half was once again an ugly one.

It wasn't as bad as the one against Florida two days earlier (19 points, 16 turnovers), but it wasn't much better.

FSU missed seven of its first eight shots and scored just four points in the first eight minutes. Alabi had five turnovers in the first half alone when the Seminoles shot just 9 of 24 from the floor and committed 11 turnovers.

"He's not used to being trapped like that," Hamilton said. "Those were inexperienced turnovers. I'm kind of glad we ran into that tonight."

Iona was just 9 of 28 from the floor in the first half (0 of 8 from 3-point range) and had nine turnovers of its own.

A 10-0 run to start the second half, keyed by five straight points by Derwin Kitchen, gave the Seminoles an 11-point lead with 16:29 left in the game.

It didn't last.

Iona answered right back with an 8-0 run of its own and from there it was a battle the rest of the way. The Gaels tied the game at 39-39 on Keon Williams' jumper at the 9:54 mark, but then didn't score again until a free throw by Scott Machado with 5:43 remaining.

But because the Seminoles continued to struggle offensively and Singleton missed four straight free throws, FSU was unable to breathe easy. Not until Snaer blocked Machado's three-point attempt in the final seconds of the second half to ensure the victory.

"Our defense was pretty good," Dulkys said. "It was pretty good. That was the reason we won the game."

Said Kitchen: "That's our bread and butter. We're going to rely on our defense every night. If we're going to turn the ball over as much as we do, we better stop teams on the other end or we're going to definitely lose."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  25   2   7    2    6   2   4   8      1    2   3  2   2  2   1   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  33   6  11    2    3   2   2  16      0    3   3  4   2  4   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  35   4   9    1    3   4   8  13      0    7   7  3   2  6   2   4
32 Solomon Alabi         c  27   1   7    0    0   4   4   6      5    2   7  1   0  7   3   2
42 Ryan Reid             f  25   1   3    0    0   5   6   7      3    5   8  0   2  3   0   2
 1 Xavier Gibson            12   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    3   3  0   0  1   3   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            9   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              13   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  3   1   0
15 Terrance Shannon          1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            20   1   3    0    1   2   3   4      2    1   3  4   0  1   1   0
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  15  41    5   14  19  27  54     12   26  38 18   8 27  12   8
   Opp                     200  17  52    2   15  13  17  49     11   16  27 22   8 19   0  13


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
25
29
54
IONA COLLEGE
24
25
49
Attendance: 2,149

FLORIDA STATE 60, ALABAMA 51
11/27/2009, Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl From the Tallahassee Democrat.

Update: FSU basketball defeats Alabama despite ugly start.
BY COREY CLARK

ORLANDO, FL - Six minutes into their game against Alabama on Friday, the Florida State Seminoles had four points, six turnovers and a head coach thinking, "Gosh, here it goes again."

Thirty-four minutes later however, Leonard Hamilton's team had earned a berth in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic.

FSU hit 9 of 13 from 3-point range and committed just two turnovers in the second half on its way to a convincing 60-51 win over Alabama at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

FSU (5-1) will play Marquette for the tournament title Sunday night.

"I was very proud of the fact (that) we moved the ball well and executed against a team with an attacking style of defense," Hamilton said.

Derwin Kitchen and Luke Loucks combined for nine assists and one turnover in 55 minutes against Alabama.

Solomon Alabi, who committed a career-high seven turnovers in a sloppy 54-49 win over Iona on Thursday night, had just one Friday - and that was in the first 16 seconds of the game.

Said associate head coach Stan Jones: "On our board before the game, I wrote up there: 'Shocking news. They are going to press us. And they're going to double-team the low post.' So don't anybody go out there and be surprised.

"Our kids were much more aware, handled the ball much more fundamentally and they understood where they were supposed to be and made terrific decisions for the most part."

"We're a pretty good team when we don't turn the ball over," said Kitchen, who tied a career-high with six assists.

After yet another sluggish start, FSU trailed 10-4 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. But Xavier Gibson hit a 3 from the baseline to cut the lead in half and FSU caught fire after that.

Gibson came off the bench to score nine points and grab four rebounds. He and Alabi combined for 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in 37 minutes.

"I just want to come in and make a spark and get us going a little bit," said Gibson, a native of Dothan, Ala. "Bring a little energy to the team. And I wanted to play good against Alabama because it's my home state."

Deividas Dulkys hit three 3's in a three-minute stretch of the first half and sophomore forward Chris Singleton hit another at the buzzer as FSU went into the locker room with a 30-25 lead.

"We definitely needed that," Kitchen said of Dulkys' 3-pointers. "We really need his shooting."

While the offense started to find its groove, finally, the FSU defense was its typical suffocating self. Alabama shot 37 percent from the floor in the first half and 40 percent for the game.

Alabama scored 12 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half as FSU - which had no trouble breaking the Alabama press - built a comfortable 50-37 lead.

"I think we got good leadership from Derwin," Hamilton said. "And I thought Luke came in and gave us good minutes, too."

When Alabi knocked down two free throws with 1:25 left, to extend the lead back to nine, the game was basically over.

FSU, which had committed 50 turnovers in its past two games, had 12 on Friday night. It also had 15 assists on 20 made field goals.

"You have to give Florida State credit," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "For a team that played their third game in four days, I thought they came out and played with good energy."

Alabama, thanks to another relentless effort by the FSU defense, did not. Alabama didn't have a player score in double figures. Its leading scorer, JaMychal Green, scored nine points before fouling out.

"That's what we pride ourselves in," said Singleton, who had a game-high 14 points (on 3 of 3 from behind the arc). "We're going to keep playing defense. That's what we do. Our offense might not always be there, but we know our defense will be."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  23   3   7    3    6   0   0   9      0    0   0  3   1  2   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  35   3   6    1    1   1   2   8      0    6   6  0   6  1   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  34   5   9    3    3   1   2  14      2    4   6  1   2  3   0   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  20   3   5    0    0   4   4  10      2    2   4  2   0  1   4   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  17   2   4    0    0   0   2   4      1    0   1  2   0  2   0   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  1   0  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            17   3   6    1    1   2   4   9      1    3   4  3   1  0   1   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            6   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   0  2   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              20   0   2    0    1   0   2   0      0    2   2  2   3  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            26   1   4    1    1   1   3   4      1    2   3  0   2  1   0   1
   Team                                                           5    1   6                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  20  43    9   13  11  21  60     13   20  33 14  15 13   5   4
   Opp                     200  20  50    6   15   5   8  51     11   16  27 20  10 12   2   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
30
30
60
ALABAMA
25
26
51
Attendance: 1,915

FLORIDA STATE 57, MARQUETTE 56
11/29/2009, Old Spice Classic, Orlando, Fl From the Tallahassee Democrat.

'Noles pull off comeback win over Marquette.

Alabi's game-winner helps FSU finish rally from 17 points down and win Old Spice Classic.
By Corey Clark

ORLANDO,FL - With 15 minutes to go in Sunday night's Old Spice Classic championship game, the Florida State Seminoles had scored just 22 points and trailed Marquette by 17 points.

When zeroes hit the scoreboard, they were holding a trophy.

Sparked by a suffocating defense and timely shooting by a wide array of Seminoles, FSU stormed back for a stunning 57-56 win over the Golden Eagles at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

"I'm pleased with the mindset we seem to have that when the game is on the line, we find a way," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

In the final minute, FSU found the biggest guy on the floor. Two times in a row.

The 7-foot-1 Solomon Alabi hit a baby hook shot from the lane and, after Marquette's Lazar Hayward (21 points, 10 rebounds) answered on the other end, Alabi hit the biggest shot of the young season - a quick turnaround jumper to give FSU the eventual one-point win.

"My team believes in me and they told me that when I get the ball in there, I should take care of the ball and be patient," said Alabi, who up until the final minute had just four points and four turnovers. "I trust in my teammates and they believe in me to step up and make big plays."

So does his coach.

"I had all the confidence in the world," Hamilton said of his seven-footer. "And I went straight to him in two different situations and he came through for us like we know he's capable."

After Alabi's second go-ahead basket, with 11 seconds left, Marquette had one last chance to answer. But the Golden Eagles threw the ball away and FSU improved to 6-1 on the season in improbable fashion.

FSU had almost as many turnovers (13) as points (18) in the first half and trailed by a dozen points.

"We went into halftime knowing that the 12-point lead wasn't going to stick for them, just because of who we are and what we represent," FSU junior Jordan DeMercy said. "We just knew we were beating ourselves in the first half with dumb turnovers and not finishing layups.

"We knew we were going to come around sooner or later."

Trailing 39-22 after a 3-pointer by Hayward, FSU went on a 26-9 run to tie the game with three minutes left.

The spurt started when DeMercy (five points, six rebounds, one highlight dunk) dove on the floor to grab a loose ball, starting a fast break that ended with a Chris Singleton layup at the 14:55 mark.

"Jordan and Luke (Loucks) came in and gave us tremendous effort," Hamilton said. "Jordan's activity - diving on the floor for a loose ball, making that back-door dunk - kind of energized the team."

FSU, which shot just 8 of 27 in the first half, were as crisp as they've been all season in the final minutes against Marquette.

FSU hit 17 of 30 shots in the second half and scored on its last six possessions.

Junior guard Derwin Kitchen hit two big 3's during the run, his last one giving FSU a 53-52 lead with 1:24 remaining. It was the Seminoles' first lead since the score was 2-0.

"We knew they were going to be a tough team," said Kitchen, who finished with 14 points. "We knew that we were either going to have to be as tough as them or match their toughness. We came out in the second half and started playing tough. Finally."

Singleton finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists in earning MVP honors for the tournament.

He scored 14 points in the second half as FSU went on a championship-clinching run that seemed to come out of nowhere.

"You can't panic," DeMercy said of the team's second-half mindset. "Because that's when it can get real ugly. Kind of like it did at Florida."

A five-day stretch that started with a 16-point loss to the Gators in Gainesville ended with a championship trophy in Orlando for FSU, which takes the floor again on Wednesday night at No. 18 Ohio State.

"We stuck it out," Kitchen said.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  23   2   6    0    4   0   0   4      1    0   1  4   2  1   1   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   6  13    2    5   0   0  14      3    2   5  0   1  1   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  32   7  13    2    3   2   5  18      4    6  10  4   3  3   1   4
32 Solomon Alabi         c  22   4   7    0    0   0   0   8      1    6   7  1   0  3   2   2
42 Ryan Reid             f  16   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  2   1  3   1   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   1   1    0    0   0   1   2      1    2   3  1   1  2   0   1
 2 Jordan DeMercy           19   2   3    0    0   1   2   5      1    5   6  3   0  1   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              22   1   3    0    1   0   0   2      1    2   3  2   4  2   0   2
21 Michael Snaer            24   1   9    0    3   0   0   2      0    1   1  0   1  3   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  57    4   16   3   8  57     12   26  38 17  13 19   5  12
   Opp                     200  21  54    4   18  10  19  56     12   23  35 14   5 16   1  15


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
18
39
57
MARQUETTE
30
26
56
Attendance: 2,225

OHIO STATE 77, FLORIDA STATE 64
12/02/2009, COLUMBUS, OH, ACC/Big 10 Challenge From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Falls to Ohio State, 77-64.

The Seminoles will play host to FIU on Sunday.

COLUMBUS, OH - Evan Turner smiled when asked the importance of No. 15 Ohio State's 77-64 victory over No. 21 Florida State.

"That's the championship right there," Turner said. "So that was huge."

Turner had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Jon Diebler added 22 points to lead the Buckeyes over the Seminoles, clinching the Big Ten's first victory in 11 years of its annual series with the ACC.

The conferences came into the night with three wins apiece in head-to-head matchups. Wisconsin's 73-69 upset of No. 6 Duke set the stage for the Buckeyes (6-1) to put the Big Ten over the top, ending a decade of frustration against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ohio State coach Thad Matta reluctantly conceded that the win meant a little extra.

"It does, I guess," he said. "It's so hard because the Big Ten is a great conference and the ACC is a great conference. It's a unique situation for early in the year. I'm proud of our guys that on Dec. 2 we've played three top 25 teams already."

Reserve Jeremie Simmons added 14 points for the Buckeyes, who improved to just 3-5 in the annual series with the ACC, with another win vacated by NCAA violations in 2000.

At the end, after the Big Ten had won six of the 11 matchups, Ohio State's student section chanted, "Big Ten! Big Ten!"

"We weren't really focused on that," Diebler said of the showdown between the conferences. "We were just trying to close out this game."

Solomon Alabi had 21 points for the Seminoles (6-2), perhaps road weary after playing their last six games away from home. Chris Singleton, the MVP of last weekend's Old Spice Classic, fouled out with eight points and eight rebounds.

Derwin Kitchen had 12 points and Michael Snaer 10 as Florida State shot 41 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers.

The Buckeyes led by 11 at halftime and maintained their lead while both teams traded misses and occasional baskets for the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half.

Ahead 43-34 and with the Seminoles hanging around, the Buckeyes finally pulled away. Simmons hit a 3 from the right side off an assist from Turner. Turner then double-clutched on a short shot along the baseline and completed a three-point play. Simmons drilled another 3 and Kyle Madsen tipped in his own miss to swell the lead to 54-32.

Florida State never got closer than 11 points again.

"A lot of people know how tough this conference is," Diebler said, defending the Big Ten's failures in the past against the ACC. "But what it comes down to is at the end of March. A year ago, that was a Big Ten team (Michigan State) and an ACC team (North Carolina) for the national title."

The loudest roar might have come when Wisconsin's victory was announced with just under 4 minutes remaining. The crowd of 13,514 knew what Ohio State's impending win meant.

The teams combined to shoot just over 30 percent from the field, but the Buckeyes built a 31-20 halftime lead behind Diebler's 3-pointers. The junior hit 5 of 8 from behind the arc for 15 points, while Turner added 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

"I've got to take my hat off to Diebler," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We had a difficult time finding him in the first half."

Florida State held sway along the frontcourt, but couldn't hit anything from the perimeter and played fast and loose with the ball. The Seminoles had 12 turnovers - many unforced errors - to more than offset a 25-18 rebounding advantage.

"Our defense, especially in the first half, was really effective for what we wanted to get done," Matta said.

They came in among the national leaders in defense, limiting their opponents to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Buckeyes, seventh in the country in accuracy from the field at 52.2 percent, mustered just 32 percent in the opening half but hit 7 of 16 3-pointers.

The Seminoles fell to 7-4 in the annual matchup with Big Ten teams.

"We got beat by a team tonight that played with a lot more energy at the defensive end," Hamilton said. "They kept us from getting into any rhythm on offense."

Hunter sped to the interview room before some of the reporters could get there. He said there was no reason to cut down the nets.

"I think they were trying to get us out of there," he said with a laugh. "We all want to head home. I didn't want to keep you guys waiting."

The wait finally ended for the Big Ten.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  17   0   6    0    4   0   0   0      2    0   2  3   2  0   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  36   5  11    0    4   2   3  12      0    4   4  4   4  3   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  25   3  10    0    3   2   6   8      2    6   8  5   1  6   1   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  29   8  13    0    0   5   6  21      4    6  10  2   1  2   0   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  15   1   2    0    0   1   2   3      2    1   3  0   0  1   0   1
 0 Pierre Jordan             0   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      1    0   1  2   0  0   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           27   1   5    0    2   0   0   2      2    2   4  2   1  0   0   4
 3 Luke Loucks              24   3   6    2    3   0   0   8      1    2   3  4   1  3   0   1
21 Michael Snaer            16   4   6    0    0   2   2  10      2    2   4  2   0  5   0   1
   Team                                                           2    3   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  61    2   16  12  19  64     18   26  44 24  10 20   1   9
   Opp                     200  25  58   12   28  15  26  77     12   22  34 14  14 12   4   9


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
20
44
64
OHIO STATE
31
46
77
Attendance: 13,514

FLORIDA STATE 82, FL INTERNATIONAL 62
12/06/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

'Noles Roll Against Panthers, 82-62.

Florida State hosts Georgia State Tuesday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 19 points and No. 21 Florida State overcame a slow start and poor first-half shooting to defeat outsized Florida International 82-62 on Sunday.

The taller Seminoles rode a 26-3 run to a 34-17 halftime lead, allowing first-year coach Isiah Thomas' visiting Panthers only one field goal over the final 11:02 of the half. FIU shot 22.2 percent in the first half and 35.5 percent for the game.

Florida State (7-2) scored the first nine points of the second half to build a 43-17 lead and opened it to 49-19.

Marvin Roberts led FIU (3-8) with 18 points while teammate Marlon Bright added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the height disadvantage, FIU managed 34 rebounds, one less than Florida State.

Seven-foot-1 sophomore Solomon Alabi added 13 points for the Seminoles, while freshman Michael Snaer had 12.

Dulkys, a 6-4 sophomore from Lithuania, was 5 of 10 from 3-point range for the Seminoles, who shot 60.7 percent in the second half after a chilly 35.7 percent in the first.

Florida State took the lead for good at 18-15 on Dulkys' 3-pointer with 7:21 left in the half.

Sophomore Luke Loucks had seven assists while handling point guard duties in place of injured Derwin Kitchen, who was nursing a groin strain.

Nine of the 11 players used by Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton in the game scored.

It was Florida State's first home game in 18 days after a six-game trip that ended with a 77-64 loss at No. 15 Ohio State on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Seminoles break for semester finals and play next against Georgia State on Dec. 15.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Xavier Gibson         f  18   3   7    0    1   3   4   9      2    2   4  2   0  2   0   2
 3 Luke Loucks           g  28   2   6    2    4   0   0   6      0    4   4  0   7  1   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  22   6  13    5   10   2   2  19      1    2   3  2   4  1   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   2   4    1    2   3   4   8      0    6   6  2   3  1   3   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  26   5   7    0    0   3   4  13      2    5   7  2   2  2   1   2
 0 Pierre Jordan            12   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      1    2   3  2   1  3   0   1
 2 Jordan DeMercy           19   0   3    0    1   2   2   2      0    0   0  1   2  2   0   2
15 Terrance Shannon         14   2   2    0    0   1   2   5      1    1   2  3   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            19   3   8    0    2   6   8  12      1    1   2  3   0  4   0   0
33 Joey Moreau               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                14   4   5    0    0   0   0   8      0    2   2  1   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  56    8   21  20  26  82      9   26  35 18  19 16   4  12
   Opp                     200  22  62    5   23  13  18  62     14   20  34 19  11 20   2   9


  1 2 Total
FL INTERNATIONAL
17
45
62
FLORIDA STATE
34
48
82
Attendance: 5,168

FLORIDA STATE 62, GEORGIA STATE 55
12/15/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Hold Off Panthers, 62-55.

Alabi scores a career-high 22 points in winning effort.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the time for ugly wins needs to end.

The Seminoles (8-2) watched double-digit leads fade away in both the first and second periods. Yet, thanks to Solomon Alabi's career-high 22 points, they held on to defeat Georgia State 62-55 on Tuesday.

FSU led by as many as 17 in the second period, but the Panthers (5-6, 1-0 CAA) cut the Seminoles' lead to four on Trae Goldston's jumper with 1:43 remaining. Goldston's jumper with 32 seconds left fell short and Florida State iced the game on the free throw line.

"It was one of those games that would give you gray hairs, if I had some hair," Hamilton said.

With SEC foe Auburn visiting Thursday and a tough ACC schedule inching closer, Hamilton said the Seminoles were running out of opportunities to play poorly and still win. FSU hit three of four free throws in the final 22 seconds to win, but shot just 58.6 percent from the line for the game and committed 19 turnovers.

"One of the things that we're fighting with this team is that we have not totally committed ourselves to executing within a system," Hamilton said. "It's not a selfish thing. We're just making poor decisions."

The Seminoles stayed ahead thanks to Alabi's command of the paint. Along with his career-best scoring night, he tied a career high with six blocks and missed just one shot from the floor. Alabi was one of just two double-digit FSU scorers, with freshman Michael Snaer adding 10 points.

"When the game is on the line, I feel the team and the coaches believe in me," Alabi said. "They trust in me. That gives me the confidence to step up and make the play."

The Seminoles raced out to a comfortable 15-point lead in the first, outscoring the Panthers 19-2 over a 7:17 span. Yet FSU scored just seven points in the period's final nine minutes. GSU coach Rod Barnes said Florida State's length and athleticism overwhelmed his players to start, but they settled down and made a good run.

"We had some opportunities to close the gap, but we missed some good shots," Barnes said. "Against a good team like that, you can't do that."

Joe Dukes led Georgia State with 22 points, hitting four of seven 3-pointers.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Xavier Gibson         c  12   1   4    0    0   0   0   2      2    4   6  3   1  1   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  18   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      0    1   1  3   1  1   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  26   1   3    0    0   5   5   7      0    4   4  1   3  2   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  34   3   6    0    2   1   5   7      3    4   7  4   1  3   1   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  31   8   9    0    0   6   8  22      1    3   4  1   0  3   6   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           15   3   4    2    2   0   0   8      3    0   3  0   0  3   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              26   0   2    0    2   1   5   1      1    1   2  0   3  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            25   3   7    0    2   4   6  10      2    1   3  0   1  3   0   0
42 Ryan Reid                11   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  2   4  2   0   0
   Team                                                           2    5   7                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  21  43    3   11  17  29  62     14   24  38 14  14 19   7   6
   Opp                     200  18  56    6   23  13  19  55     17   13  30 21   5 11   2   8


  1 2 Total
GEORGIA STATE
24
31
55
FLORIDA STATE
30
32
62
Attendance: 5,281

FLORIDA STATE 76, AUBURN 72
12/17/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the Tallahassee Democrat.

Alabi gives 'Noles big help in victory.

Center scores 22 as FSU defeats Auburn.
By Corey Clark

Maybe the Florida State Seminoles have found their go-to guy.

He just happens to be the biggest guy on the floor.

Sophomore center Solomon Alabi scored 21 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead FSU to a 76-72 win over the Auburn Tigers at the Civic Center on Thursday night.

"It was a close game," said Alabi, who has now scored 20-plus points in three of FSU's past four games. "All those guys were hitting 3-point shots, so we had to make shots.

"So it was really important that when I get the ball down there that I make the shot."

Especially after the top two Auburn big men fouled out late in the second half. That forced Auburn coach Jeff Lebo to insert a true freshman, Ty Armstrong, into the game to guard Alabi.

"The play that the young dude came in, (Alabi) came to me and said, 'He can't guard me,'" said junior guard Derwin Kitchen, who had a season-high seven assists. "He said he was 'scared.'

"I knew coach was going to keep running the offense through him anyway, but I was going to keep feeding him."

With FSU holding a 69-67 lead with under a minute remaining, Alabi was fed the ball in the post. The 7-foot-1 center spun away from the double team and into the lane, got fouled by Armstrong and still hit a bank shot with 36 seconds left.

Alabi then made the free throw to give FSU a five-point lead.

"We really made an effort to get the ball to him and I thought he finished plays and made his free throws," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He maintained his composure.

"That just shows a lot of progress from five or six games ago."

During a critical stretch during Auburn's comeback attempt in the second half, Alabi scored 10 of FSU's 12 points.

The Seminoles then hit enough free throws down the stretch to improve to 9-2 on the season.

It wasn't easy though as Auburn (5-5) continued to shoot - and occasionally make - 3-point shots.

In all Auburn was 13 of 39 from behind the arc (including 9 of 20 in the second half) and 13 of 33 from in front of it.

"Thirty-nine 3's are a lot of 3-point shots to take during a game," Hamilton said. "But I think Solomon had a lot to do with that."

Lebo didn't disagree. He knew his team, which didn't start a player over 6-foot-8, wasn't going to get a lot of clean looks around the basket.

"We're not going to score inside against them," he said. "Not many people are. So we want to shoot 3's. That's our way to beat them."

Auburn was just 4 of 19 from 3-point range in the first half and FSU went into the locker room with a 33-25 lead after Deividas Dulkys (14 points) buried a 3 from the left wing at the buzzer.

The lead was expanded to 14 on a layup by Michael Snaer, who had a career-high 14 points on the night, at the 13:34 mark of the second half.

But then Auburn went on a run. DeWayne Reed scored 16 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as Auburn began to catch fire from 3-point range and take advantage of FSU turnovers (19 for the game). When Brendan Knox knocked down two free throws at the 6:21 mark, the game was tied at 61-61.

Then Alabi took over, and FSU remained undefeated at home.

Auburn was whistled for 31 fouls in the game. Three Tigers fouled out and three others finished with four.

"He fouled out both of our post guys," Lebo said of Alabi. "We had a freshman in there at the end of the game trying to guard him. We put him on the line and then he's an excellent foul shooter. He's big in there. It's hard to simulate what you're going to get from him in practice. You just can't simulate that size and strength and length he has in there.

"And when they need one they go to him."

A go-to guy indeed.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  27   5   8    3    6   1   2  14      0    4   4  3   0  1   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   0   6    0    1   4   7   4      1    5   6  0   7  3   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  36   3   7    1    4   0   1   7      0    7   7  2   4  5   1   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  32   7  10    0    0   8  10  22      3    6   9  2   1  3   3   1
42 Ryan Reid             f  14   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      2    3   5  1   1  0   1   1
 1 Xavier Gibson             9   1   2    0    1   6   6   8      1    1   2  1   0  2   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           16   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      2    0   2  2   0  2   2   1
 3 Luke Loucks               9   2   2    1    1   0   0   5      0    1   1  2   1  2   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            24   4   9    1    2   5   8  14      0    1   1  3   1  1   0   0
   Team                                                           2    5   7                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  47    6   15  24  34  76     11   33  44 18  15 19   7   6
   Opp                     200  26  72   13   39   7  13  72     15   18  33 31  12 10   0  10


  1 2 Total
AUBURN
25
47
72
FLORIDA STATE
33
43
76
Attendance: 6,063

FLORIDA STATE 66, GEORGIA TECH 59
12/20/2009, ATLANTA, GA, OT From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Knock Off Yellow Jackets, 66-59.

Singleton's basket in overtime propels Florida State in ACC opener.

ATLANTA, GA - Ryan Reid loved the game plan Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton designed to defend Georgia Tech.

Match size with size. Seal off passing lanes. Make the Yellow Jackets earn every shot.

"They have big strong guys," Reid said. "We couldn't let them dunk on us. When they get into the post, they're dangerous. They're a pretty good team."

Reid scored a career-high 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida State beat No. 22 Georgia Tech 66-59 on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (10-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth straight and stopped Georgia Tech's seven-game winning streak.

Hamilton was delighted that Reid, a senior power forward known mostly for his defense, gave Florida State an offensive boost.

"He is the only senior we have on this team," Hamilton said. "He's been our unsung hero for two or three years. He always seems to take the toughest defensive assignments and does all the dirty work."

Zachery Peacock scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 0-1 ACC). Mfon Udofia added 12 points, and Derrick Favors pulled down 12 rebounds as Georgia Tech lost its fourth straight ACC opener.

"We went into the game feeling like we had to score in transition before they could set up defensively, but we did not do that," Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. "We shot early and quick in the first half. In the second half, we did a better job moving the ball around and getting some open shots."

Reid scored on Florida State's first two possessions of overtime before Singleton banked in a one-handed runner to make it 61-59 and put the Seminoles ahead to stay.

On his first overtime basket, Reid hit a 15-footer from the left baseline after Derwin Kitchen drove the lane and passed to his open teammate.

"I'm not being big-headed, but I've been working on that shot," Reid said. "It just went down."

Singleton missed his first eight shots from the field and finished 0 for 6 on 3-point attempts.

Peacock, whose 17-footer forced a 54-54 tie with 33 seconds left in regulation, hit a 3-pointer to begin OT and give the Yellow Jackets their first lead since his runner made it 37-36 at the 9:47 mark of the second half.

But Georgia Tech ended the game with a 32.9 percentage on 70 attempts from the field. Gani Lawal scored a season-low four points on 1 for 7 shooting, and Brian Oliver went 1 for 6 on 3-point attempts.

Lawal began the game tied for the conference lead with a 10.4 rebounding average. He finished with four.

"We all know Gani is an outstanding player, and a couple of shots just didn't fall for him, and we were able to get enough guys around him," Hamilton said. "At times when he got the ball, we had about four or five guys around him, and that's because we have so much respect for him."

The 6-foot-10, 246-pound Favors couldn't do much against the Seminoles, either.

"They're a pretty long team, so I guess the guards couldn't see a way to get into the post," Favors said. "It did get frustrating a little bit, but you've got to move on to the next play."

The Yellow Jackets, who hit only eight of 26 shots beyond the arc, are seeking their second winning ACC record, and first since the 2003-04 team advanced to the national title game, in 10 seasons under Hewitt.

Georgia Tech went 2-14 in the conference last season, but Hewitt is hoping his three starting freshmen, Favors, Udofia, Oliver and Glen Rice Jr., can help turn the school's fortunes.

"They're good players," Hewitt said.

Florida State, coming off a 10-6 ACC record last season, took its fourth straight victory in the series.

Deividas Dulkys had 12 points, and Solomon Alabi finished with 12 rebounds for the Seminoles.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  29   4   8    3    7   1   2  12      1    1   2  2   1  0   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  32   2   5    1    2   2   4   7      1    7   8  0   6  1   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  39   3  11    0    6   4   4  10      1    1   2  3   3  4   1   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  32   4  10    0    0   1   4   9      4    8  12  2   1  1   4   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  36   7  11    0    0   3   7  17      4    1   5  1   0  1   1   3
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   0   4    0    0   0   0   0      0    4   4  0   1  2   0   1
 2 Jordan DeMercy            7   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              14   1   3    1    3   1   2   4      0    0   0  1   2  2   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          8   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    2   2  2   0  3   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            17   2   6    1    3   0   0   5      1    3   4  2   0  2   1   0
   Team                                                           4    2   6         1        
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 225  24  60    6   21  12  23  66     16   30  46 14  14 17   7   7
   Opp                     225  23  70    8   26   5   7  59     18   24  42 18  12 15  11   8


  1 2 OT Total
FLORIDA STATE
27
27
12
66
GEORGIA TECH
22
32
5
59
Attendance: 8,225

FLORIDA STATE 95, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 68
12/22/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Slam Skyhawks, 95-68.

Freshman Michael Snaer scores a career-high 18 points.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State's offense climbed out of hibernation Tuesday night.

The Seminoles had been leaning on their defense for most of the season, but scored a season high in their 95-68 win over the University of Tennessee-Martin. It was the first time this year - and the first time since December 22, 2007 - that FSU scored at least 90 points in a game. FSU broke the 80-point barrier only once in their last nine games before Tuesday.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said he wasn't ready to hang his hat on that offensive performance, but liked the energy he saw.

"We moved the ball and made good decisions," Hamilton, who faced his alma mater for the first time in his 21-year coaching career, said. "That's what I'm excited about, and I feel that'll give us the chance to reach the offensive potential we have."

Freshman Michael Snaer led the Seminoles (11-2, 1-0 ACC) with career-high 18 points, one of six FSU players in double digits. Florida State shot 54.4 percent from the floor, its best night since shooting 59.7 percent against Mercer on November 21.

Snaer said FSU got its offense rolling by picking up the pace. The Seminoles scored 24 fast break points and 35 points off turnovers.

"We just focused on everybody getting out and running," Snaer said. "The point guards just pushed it and got it up the floor quick. It was easy for us to get open looks when we moved the ball around."

The Seminoles' defense stole the show in the first half. FSU blanketed UT-Martin (1-9, 0-2 OVC) from the opening tip, shutting down the low post and disrupting the Skyhawks' passing lanes. Florida State outscored Tennessee-Martin 23-2 in the game's first 8:11, forcing the Skyhawks to miss their first eight shots. UT-Martin shot just 36.8 from the floor, the ninth time this season FSU held an opponent under 37 percent shooting.

Xavier Gibson scored 12 for Florida State, while Terrence Shannon added 11 and Jordan DeMercy, Deividas Dulkys and Chris Singleton each added 10. UT-Martin's Marquis Weddle led all scorers with 27.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 1 Xavier Gibson         f  21   5   9    0    0   2   4  12      1    2   3  3   1  2   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  14   4   6    2    3   0   0  10      2    2   4  1   4  0   0   4
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  16   1   4    0    1   0   0   2      0    2   2  1   4  1   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  23   4   7    2    4   0   0  10      1    4   5  2   3  4   1   0
32 Solomon Alabi         c  23   4   7    0    0   1   2   9      2    6   8  0   3  0   3   0
 0 Pierre Jordan            13   2   4    1    2   0   0   5      0    1   1  3   2  0   0   1
 2 Jordan DeMercy           25   3   7    0    2   4   5  10      0    3   3  0   1  3   1   2
 3 Luke Loucks              23   2   5    1    4   0   0   5      0    9   9  1   7  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon         17   5   6    0    0   1   2  11      3    3   6  2   1  2   2   0
21 Michael Snaer            22   6  11    2    4   4   4  18      0    2   2  1   2  3   0   0
30 A.J. Yawn                 1   0   1    0    1   0   2   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Joey Moreau               1   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
35 Andrew Rutledge           1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  37  68    9   22  12  19  95     10   35  45 14  28 16   7   9
   Opp                     200  25  68   12   26   6  13  68     13   25  38 13  11 21   1   7


  1 2 Total
TENNESSEE-MARTIN
28
40
68
FLORIDA STATE
51
44
95
Attendance: 5,231

FLORIDA STATE 81, ALABAMA A&M 34
12/31/2009, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 22 Florida State Cruises Past Alabama A&M, 81-34.

Deividas Dulkys matched his career high with 19 points.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knew his team had Alabama A&M outmanned Thursday. What made him happy was that the No. 22 Seminoles played like it.

FSU (12-2, 1-0 ACC) rode a record-setting defensive performance to an 81-34 rout of Alabama A&M, allowing the fewest points in Civic Center history. The Seminoles smothered the Bulldogs (3-5) in the second half, allowing them to score just 10 points on 4-of-22 shooting.

Hamilton said Alabama A&M's offensive strategy could have made it tough for FSU to stick to its defensive goals. Yet the Seminoles, who lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense, stayed strong.

"They didn't intend to shoot the ball very much," Hamilton said. "They wanted to control the tempo and it challenges your defensive principles when a team is playing the shot clock and moving the ball down."

The Bulldogs kept it close with FSU in the first half thanks to some turnovers and spotty shooting from the Seminoles. When Maurice Kemp scored a layup to cut FSU's lead to 22-16 with 7:17 to go in the first, Hamilton called a time out to regroup.

After that, he said, the Seminoles started to come around.

"We were a little tentative in the first half, defensively and offensively," Hamilton said. "Once we called time out and readjusted, I think our guys stayed pretty focused."

When Evan Hilton scored on a layup with 2:22 left in the first half, it was the last shot Alabama A&M would make until Casey Cantey made a layup with 13:55 left in the game. The Seminoles stifled the Bulldogs, forcing 22 turnovers and allowing them to shoot just 25.9 percent for the game. FSU also dominated on the glass, outrebounding Alabama A&M 50-30.

"We wanted to impose our will with our size and athleticism," forward Xavier Gibson said. "We didn't want to let them be more excited than us about playing. We wanted to go faster and go harder."

It was the fewest points the Seminoles allowed overall since beating Memphis State 35-34 on March 2, 1979.

Deividas Dulkys led FSU with 19 points, tying his career high. Dulkys, the Seminoles' top 3-point threat, hit five of eight from beyond the arc, but called the performance "just another day."

"The team has told me and the coaches have told me that's what I'm here for, to shoot the ball," Dulkys said. "I'm going to take my open shots and try to make them. It doesn't happen every time, but you've just got to keep thinking it's going to go in."

Hamilton said there remained room for improvement, even in a 47-point win. The Seminoles, making just 63.4 percent of their free throws this season, hit just 61 percent from the line Thursday. They also committed 20 turnovers, the fourth time this season they've lost 20 or more in a game. Forward Chris Singleton committed seven turnovers.

"Twenty turnovers is way too much," Hamilton said. "I thought we were a little nonchalant with the ball several times."

Gibson added a career-high 17 points and Michael Snaer added 10. Derwin Kitchen recorded a career-high 10 assists for the Seminoles. Bo Amusa led Alabama A&M with 14 points, the only Bulldog to score more than six.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  21   7  10    5    8   0   0  19      1    1   2  1   1  1   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  23   1   4    0    2   5   6   7      0    3   3  0  10  1   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  21   1   6    1    3   0   2   3      3    4   7  3   2  7   1   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  21   3   7    0    0   1   1   7      1    5   6  3   0  2   5   1
42 Ryan Reid             f  16   2   3    0    0   2   2   6      1    1   2  0   0  0   2   1
 0 Pierre Jordan             9   2   3    1    2   0   0   5      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            17   8   9    0    0   1   2  17      5    3   8  4   0  3   1   1
 2 Jordan DeMercy           21   0   3    0    0   1   2   1      3    7  10  0   2  1   0   2
 3 Luke Loucks              17   1   3    0    2   0   0   2      0    5   5  0   3  4   0   1
15 Terrance Shannon         12   0   1    0    0   2   6   2      1    1   2  1   1  1   2   0
21 Michael Snaer            21   5  10    0    3   0   0  10      1    3   4  1   1  0   0   1
33 Joey Moreau               1   0   0    0    0   2   2   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  30  59    7   20  14  23  81     16   34  50 13  20 20  11  13
   Opp                     200  14  54    1   11   5  14  34     12   18  30 19   2 22   2   8


  1 2 Total
ALABAMA A&M
24
10
34
FLORIDA STATE
39
42
81
Attendance: 4,412

FLORIDA STATE 94, TX AM-CORPUS CHRISTI 54
01/04/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Coast By Islanders, 94-54.

Dulkys scored 17 points for FSU in a winning effort.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - When Florida State saw Texas A&M-Corpus Christi take No. 2 Texas to the limit two days ago, the 18th-ranked Seminoles took notice.

And Florida State started draining 3-pointers Monday night, the Islanders noticed. They just couldn't do anything to stop it.

The Seminoles (13-2) hit a season-high 12 3-pointers to coast past A&M-Corpus Christi 94-54 for their seventh straight victory.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the Islanders' tenacity in the six-point loss to Texas gave the Seminoles all the motivation they needed.

"It was obvious we had to be really prepared to play against a team that was hungry, quick and was kind of on a mission," Hamilton said. "We realized we had to take this team seriously.

"I thought the respect we had of how they played against Texas was a direct reflection of how focused we were at the beginning of the game."

Florida State raced to a 16-2 lead over the Islanders (5-8) less than 4 minutes into the game. Deividas Dulkys had eight of those points, including the first two of his game-high five 3-pointers.

"Coach said just throw the first punch," said Dulkys, who had 14 of his 17 points in the first half. "The coaches preached a lot about the Texas game and how Texas wasn't ready. We tried to come out, execute and hit the first punch. I don't think they were expecting that."

Islanders coach Perry Clark tried some of the strategies against Florida State that worked against Texas. His team tried to win the battle in the paint and allow the Seminoles to shoot jump shots.

Florida State hasn't normally relied on its 3-point shooting, making just six per game. When those shots started falling, Clark knew his team was in trouble.

"When they started making those, it just starts opening up driving lanes and I think it gave them a lot of confidence," Clark said. "They played with fresh legs and that made it tougher. It was an uphill battle all the way."

Chris Singleton scored 12 points for Florida State, hitting four of five from 3-point range, while Luke Loucks and Jordan DeMercy each added 10 points.

Demond Watt led the Islanders with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Kevin Palmer scored 13 points.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made just one shot from the field in the game's first 7:30 and shot 29 percent in the first half. The Islanders kept it from being a first-half blowout by hitting 11 of 15 free throws.

This was second straight game Florida State held its opponent under 30 percent shooting and the seventh straight game it forced its opponent to shoot worse than 37 percent.

Florida State forced 25 turnovers, tying the Islanders' worst total for the season. The Seminoles committed just 11 turnovers, tying a season low. They entered Monday night averaging 18 turnovers per game.

"That's been an Achilles' heel of ours," Hamilton said. "We've been taking away possessions from us and giving them an opportunity to score. In my mind, that's always a negative. Sometimes it's hard to realize how much five less turnovers would mean to you."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  23   6  11    5    9   0   1  17      0    2   2  2   0  0   0   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  19   1   4    0    2   0   2   2      0    1   1  1   4  3   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   4   5    4    5   0   0  12      2    5   7  2   5  1   1   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  21   3   5    0    0   3   3   9      3    2   5  3   1  1   2   2
42 Ryan Reid             f  21   4   6    0    0   0   0   8      2    1   3  3   2  1   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             8   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            16   2   5    0    0   4   4   8      0    1   1  0   1  0   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           14   4   6    0    2   2   2  10      1    1   2  0   1  2   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              15   3   3    2    2   2   2  10      0    2   2  3   6  0   0   2
15 Terrance Shannon         13   3   4    0    0   0   0   6      0    0   0  3   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            17   3   7    1    2   1   2   8      0    3   3  0   4  2   0   4
30 A.J. Yawn                 2   0   0    0    0   0   2   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
33 Joey Moreau               2   0   1    0    1   2   2   2      1    0   1  0   0  0   0   0
35 Andrew Rutledge           2   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                                4   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  34  59   12   24  14  20  94      9   24  33 19  24 11   5  13
   Opp                     200  16  55    3   19  19  26  54     19   18  37 15   8 25   0   7


  1 2 Total
TX AM-CORPUS CHRISTI
27
27
54
FLORIDA STATE
46
48
94
Attendance: 5,576

MARYLAND 77, FLORIDA STATE 68
01/10/2010, COLLEGE PARK, MD From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Falls to Maryland, 77-68.

Solomon Alabi led the Seminoles with 17 points.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points, Eric Hayes had 17, and Maryland held off No. 18 Florida State 77-68 on Sunday night to snap the Seminoles' seven-game winning streak.

The Terrapins (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) let a 16-point lead dwindle to 48-45 before Vasquez scored nine points in a 14-4 surge that made it 62-49 with 9 minutes left.

Then, after the Seminoles closed to 72-66, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to all but seal the victory.

Vasquez scored 17 points after halftime on 6-of-10 shooting. He has at least 20 points in six straight games.

Chris Singleton had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Florida State (13-3, 1-1), which played much of the second half without 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Reid, who injured his left ankle with 19:35 to go and didn't return until 7:56 remained.

Solomon Alabi scored 17 points for the Seminoles despite missing a long stretch of the first half because of foul trouble.

After Florida State scored the first two baskets of the second half to close to 41-31, Maryland's Landon Milbourne hit a jumper in the lane and Vasquez followed with a three-point play to increase the margin to 15.

It was 48-34 before Michael Snear hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 Florida State run that included two baskets by Singleton.

That's when Vasquez took over.

Hayes and Milbourne each scored 11 points, and the Terrapins outrebounded Florida State 20-12 in going up 41-27 at halftime.

After scoring the Seminoles' first five points, Alabi picked up his second foul with 17:27 left in the first half and was forced to the bench. Florida State promptly went nearly 6 minutes without a field goal, allowing Maryland to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 17-8 lead.

Alabi returned with 9:41 to go and the Seminoles down 22-13. His presence was not immediately felt, as evidenced by a 10-3 spurt by the Terrapins that made it 37-23.

The gap expanded to 16 just before halftime.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  31   5   9    4    8   1   2  15      0    2   2  4   1  0   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  23   2   8    0    2   0   0   4      0    2   2  1   0  0   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  37   5  13    0    1   2   3  12      5    9  14  2   2  3   3   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  25   7  10    0    0   3   3  17      5    4   9  2   3  1   2   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  22   3   4    0    0   1   2   7      2    2   4  0   1  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson             8   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  3   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           13   1   4    0    1   0   0   2      0    0   0  3   0  2   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              19   1   2    1    2   0   0   3      0    0   0  1   2  1   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            22   3   9    1    3   1   2   8      1    0   1  3   1  1   0   1
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  60    6   18   8  12  68     13   21  34 17  10 12   5   3
   Opp                     200  29  62   10   16   9  17  77     17   23  40 12  14 12   3   3


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
27
41
68
MARYLAND
41
36
77
Attendance: 17,295

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 88, FLORIDA STATE 81
01/12/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Drop Tough Decision to NCSU.

Florida State falls in its ACC home opener.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Scott Wood scored a career-high 31 points to lead North Carolina State to an 88-81 upset of No. 25 Florida State on Tuesday night, spoiling the Atlantic Coast Conference home opener for the Seminoles.

The Wolfpack (12-5, 1-2 ACC) hit 11 of 23 3-pointers with Wood connecting on 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. Farnold Degand added 13 points and Julius Mays 12, including 10 straight free throws for the winners.

N.C. State rode an early 16-1 run to take a 23-12 lead as Florida State went 6:33 between field goals. The Wolfpack never trailed afterward.

Chris Singleton scored a career-high 22 points and Solomon Alabi added 15 for Florida State (13-4 1-2) which lost its second league game in three days.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  30   1   3    1    2   2   2   5      0    1   1  5   0  0   2   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   5  10    1    4   4   4  15      1    1   2  4   4  1   2   3
31 Chris Singleton       f  36   7  15    2    5   6  10  22      3    5   8  5   2  4   4   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  31   4   6    0    0   7  10  15      1    2   3  1   1  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  23   4   9    0    0   4   6  12      3    2   5  2   0  2   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             0   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson             3   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      2    0   2  1   0  2   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            8   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              13   0   3    0    2   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   2  0   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          0   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            25   5   7    0    0   2   2  12      1    2   3  5   0  4   0   0
   Team                                                           2    1   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  57    4   13  25  34  81     13   15  28 26   9 14  10   8
   Opp                     200  24  53   11   23  29  35  88     14   23  37 27  11 18   4   5


  1 2 Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
38
50
88
FLORIDA STATE
31
50
81
Attendance: 9,709

FLORIDA STATE 63, VIRGINIA TECH 58
01/16/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 25 Noles Edge Hokies, 63-58.

Solomon Alabi and Deividas Dulkys scored 13 points apiece to pace Florida State.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Solomon Alabi and Deividas Dulkys scored 13 points apiece Saturday night as 25th-ranked Florida State survived a furious last-minute Virginia Tech finish for a 63-58 victory that snapped a two-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak.

Florida State (14-4, 2-2) led by 10 points before Dorenzo Hudson's layup with 37 seconds left cut the Seminoles' lead to 57-49.

Hudson, Terrell Bell and Malcolm Delaney then hit 3-pointers in a 21 second span that brought the Hokies (13-3, 1-2) within one point with four seconds left before Michael Snaer's two free throws put the Seminoles up 61-58.

A desperation pass for a possible game-tying shot was intercepted with 2.3 seconds left by Dulkys, who then sank two free throws to ice the game.

Delaney, who came into the game leading the ACC in scoring, led Virginia Tech with 23 points and Hudson finished with 19.

Florida State's Chris Singleton was held to only two points, but he grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots as the Seminoles limited Virginia Tech to 34.5 percent shooting in claiming their third straight win over the Hokies.

The 7-foot-1 Alabi also had eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, and Snaer pulled down seven rebounds to help Florida State win the battle of the boards 40-34.

Florida State took the lead three minutes into the game and never gave it up, building a 14-point edge on two occasions in the first half. The Seminoles held a 32-25 lead at the break.

A pair of baskets and a free throw by Alabi capped a 15-3 run that gave Florida State a 15-5 lead less then eight minutes into the game.

Virginia Tech, which did shoot 40.9 percent from 3-point range, managed to close the deficit to 30-25 on a 3-pointer by Dorenzo Hudson with a minute left in the half.

Neither team shot well early. Florida State hit 38.5 percent in the opening half and Virginia Tech suffered through a cold 33 percent shooting effort before halftime.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  29   4   8    2    6   3   4  13      0    3   3  2   1  2   0   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  26   2   7    0    3   7  10  11      1    3   4  3   3  3   1   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  36   1   9    0    4   0   0   2      2    6   8  4   2  4   5   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  32   4   7    0    0   5   5  13      2    6   8  4   0  2   2   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  23   2   2    0    0   5   8   9      5    0   5  3   1  5   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson             8   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    3   3  2   0  1   1   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            4   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  2   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              14   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    1   1  2   0  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          2   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  1   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            26   2   5    1    2   3   4   8      1    6   7  0   1  2   0   0
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  18  44    4   17  23  31  63     11   29  40 21   8 23   9   6
   Opp                     200  19  55    9   22  11  21  58     13   21  34 23   8 18   1  10


  1 2 Total
VIRGINIA TECH
25
33
58
FLORIDA STATE
32
31
63
Attendance: 9,214

FLORIDA STATE 68, GEORGIA TECH 66
01/24/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Down No. 19 Georgia Tech, 68-66.

In addition to 20 lead changes, there were 10 ties in the game, including 34-34 at halftime.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Solomon Alabi wasn't a bit worried as he stepped to the free throw line, his team trailing by a point with 22 seconds left.

Alabi, who may be the best 7-foot-1 free throw shooter around, made both of them - even though the first bounced high off the rim before dropping through the net. The second gave the Seminoles the lead over 19th-ranked Georgia Tech, which failed to score again.

"There's no one we'd rather have up there," coach Leonard Hamilton said after a 68-66 win, the Seminoles' fifth straight over the Yellow Jackets. "He's got ice water in his veins."

Alabi, a redshirt sophomore who has made 83 percent (68 of 82) of his free throws this season, said he was confident largely because of a dedicated practice routine.

"I've done this so many times in practice," said Alabi, who often will shoot 100 free throws in a session and made 50 of 54 in one particular hot stretch. "I tune everything else out."

Alabi finished with 14 points and was perfect in six trips to the foul line for Florida State, (15-4, 3-2 ACC), which otherwise was just 10 of 21 at the stripe.

Georgia Tech (14-5, 3-3 ACC) got its last lead on Iman Shumpert's jump shot with 1:27 left.

After Alabi's free throws, Brian Oliver missed a 3-point try and Gani Lawal and Shumpert both missed opportunities to tie the game for Georgia Tech. Jordan DeMercy added a free throw in the closing seconds for the final margin.

"We were really impatient offensively," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, who has one of the youngest teams in the country with two freshmen and two sophomores starting.

Chris Singleton's career-high 23 points led Florida State. Deividas Dulkys added 11.

"I was just trying to get the offense going," said Singleton, who was rebounding from his worst game (two points) of the season in last week's 63-58 win over Virginia Tech. "The coaches keep telling me to look for my shot."

Lawal, Georgia Tech's leading scorer, was held to a single field goal by the Seminoles for the second time this season.

"It's like a barroom brawl inside," Hamilton said. "Very aggressive."

Hewitt noted Alabi's presence inside as a factor.

"I'm not sure anybody in the country has a guy like him," he said.

Oliver, another Tech freshman, came off the bench and hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-best 20 points while Derrick Favors added 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Aside from Alabi, both teams shot poorly from the free-throw stripe. Florida State was 16 of 27 with Singleton only 4 of 10, while Georgia Tech was 11 of 22.

Alabi and Singleton each had seven rebounds for the Seminoles, who had a 39-37 edge.

Besides 20 lead changes, there were 10 ties in the game, including 34-34 at halftime.

"I don't think any loss or win in the ACC is an upset," Hamilton said. "It's going to be interesting to see how things pan out."

It was a game of runs by both schools in the opening half with the lead changing eight times and the score tied another five occasions.

A trio of 3-point baskets by Oliver in a span of 71 seconds sparked a 14-2 Georgia Tech run, after the Seminoles had opened the game on their own 10-2 spurt.

Georgia Tech's biggest lead in the first half came at 23-16 on a Shumpert layup.

Florida State defeated the Yellow Jackets 66-59 in an overtime thriller Dec. 20 at Atlanta in the ACC opener for both teams.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  29   3  11    3    9   2   4  11      2    0   2  1   1  2   0   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  24   1   2    0    1   0   1   2      0    5   5  3   5  3   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  30   9  17    1    6   4  10  23      3    4   7  2   2  4   0   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  30   4   6    0    0   6   6  14      4    3   7  3   0  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  32   3   8    0    0   2   2   8      1    1   2  5   1  3   0   2
 1 Xavier Gibson            14   2   3    0    0   0   0   4      3    1   4  1   1  1   1   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            7   1   2    0    1   1   2   3      0    0   0  0   0  1   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              16   0   3    0    2   1   2   1      0    2   2  0   0  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          2   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            16   1   4    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  3   0  2   0   0
   Team                                                           5    3   8                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  57    4   19  16  27  68     18   21  39 19  10 18   2   9
   Opp                     200  23  54    9   22  11  22  66     15   22  37 24  14 20   2   9


  1 2 Total
GEORGIA TECH
34
32
66
FLORIDA STATE
34
34
68
Attendance: 8,661

DUKE 70, FLORIDA STATE 56
01/27/2010, DURHAM, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall To No. 8 Duke 70-56.

Chris Singleton finished with 14 points.

DURHAM, NC - Jon Scheyer scored 22 points, Kyle Singler added 20 and No. 8 Duke held off Florida State 70-56 on Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (17-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 43 percent against the nation's toughest field-goal percentage defense and forced 22 turnovers but needed a late 15-4 run to seal their 14th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Solomon Alabi had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Singleton added 14 points for the Seminoles (15-5, 3-3). They outrebounded the Blue Devils 40-30 and held them without a field goal for more than six minutes to erase most of a 16-point deficit, but were denied their second straight victory against a Top 25 opponent.

Singleton made things interesting late, hitting a free throw to make it 51-47 with 8:56 left, before the Blue Devils pulled away down the stretch with seven straight points.

Scheyer hit a 19-footer, Brian Zoubek added a stickback and Singler knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:45 remaining to get the decisive run rolling and restore Duke's double-figure lead.

It wasn't until then that the Blue Devils were assured of extending a few streaks at Cameron. They claimed their 39th straight victory there against unranked opponents--a string that dates to the Seminoles' win in February 2007--and improved to 12-0 this season at home, winning 10 of those by at least 20 points.

At least Florida State can take solace in this: The only team to keep things this tight against Duke here was St. John's, an 80-71 loser in December.

For a while, though, this one was shaping up as yet another blowout for the Blue Devils, who seemingly took control early in the second half. A 12-2 spurt gave them a 51-35 lead on Singler's free throw with 13:55 left.

But a scoreless drought of nearly six minutes allowed Florida State to creep back into the game. The Seminoles reeled off 12 straight points--nine by freshman reserve Michael Snaer--to make it a four-point game late.

Worse for the Blue Devils, Florida State was simply outhustling them, with the Seminoles missing three straight foul shots in 20 seconds--and beating Duke to all those rebounds but having trouble converting them into points.

Nolan Smith finished with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting for Duke, which led for all of about three minutes of this one despite scoring runs proving hard to come by against a defense that allows teams to shoot just 35.5 percent.

Florida State had more turnovers (14) than field goals (13) at halftime, while Scheyer had 13 points in the opening 20 minutes. But it wasn't until there were 70 seconds before the break that the Blue Devils took their first double-figure lead. Singler rattled in a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 37-27.

But the Seminoles had Alabi, and that meant they still had a chance. The 7-footer showed his dominance during one memorable sequence midway through the half, blocking Scheyer's layup attempt and then beating everybody back downcourt for a layup.

Snaer finished with 13 points for Florida State, which was coming off a 68-66 victory three days earlier against then-No. 19 Georgia Tech.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  17   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  4   0  1   0   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  34   1   2    1    2   0   1   3      2    5   7  2  10  3   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  33   5  10    2    4   2   7  14      4    5   9  2   1  4   3   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  27   6  12    0    0   2   3  14      2    8  10  4   0  4   2   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  24   3   6    0    0   0   0   6      1    2   3  0   3  2   0   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             0   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            13   3   7    0    0   0   0   6      2    2   4  3   0  2   0   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy            1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              25   0   6    0    3   0   0   0      0    2   2  2   3  1   0   3
21 Michael Snaer            26   5   9    1    2   2   3  13      2    1   3  2   1  5   1   0
   Team                                                           2        2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  54    4   13   6  14  56     15   25  40 20  18 22   6   7
   Opp                     200  25  58    8   22  12  17  70     11   19  30 19  16 12   2  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
29
27
56
DUKE
39
31
70
Attendance: 9,314

FLORIDA STATE 61, BOSTON COLLEGE 57
01/30/2010, CHESTNUT HILL, MA From the Tallahassee Democrat.

FSU responds from poor start to beat Boston College.

Second half saves 'Noles.
Mike Stella
DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Florida State overcame the first-half turnovers, missed 3-pointers and an 0-3 mark at the Conte Forum to come away with a big 61-57 ACC win on the road Saturday.

"I was especially proud of our team because we turned over the ball 11 times in the first half and only five times in the second half," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That's mentally where we have been faltering.

"To shoot as poorly as we did from the free-throw line and still come away with a road victory says a lot about our ability to rebound the ball and get the shots we had to get in the crucial parts of the game to put ourselves in a position to win."

Even more woeful might have been FSU from 3-point range. The Seminoles were 1 for 13 in the game, but the key "one" came with 44 seconds left, when Derwin Kitchen knocked it down to score his first points of the game.

FSU sealed the game with two free throws each by freshman Michael Snaer and Kitchen.

"We stepped up and hit those free throws at the end of the game when the game was on the line," Hamilton said.

But FSU really rallied in the second half doing what it seems to do best - feeding sophomore center Solomon Alabi and the defensive intensity of sophomore forward Chris Singleton.

Alabi scored a team-high 16 points, most coming on inside hooks. Singleton went scoreless in the first half, but picked it up with two second-half steals that resulted in four of his 10 points in the game.

"I was especially happy with the way we executed the second half," Hamilton said. "As we moved through our different systems that we thought would give us an opportunity. I thought our guys did a really good job of getting the ball where they had to go."

Singleton knew the team didn't play its best in the first half, down 27-22, and he had to step it up in the second half.

"We came out struggling in the first half, just a lot of turnovers," Singleton said. "But the second half we calmed down on it.

"I let my team down in the first half and I just wanted to come out and give a good showing and pick up my defense more and do what I can for the team."

FSU out-rebounded BC, 39-22. Singleton had 11 and Alabi added six.

"In the inside game, my teammates have confidence in me," Alabi said. "They want us to post harder to give us the ball and they want us to rebound. We know that."

BC was led by Rakim Sanders with 17 points and Joe Trapani added 15.

FSU moved to 16-5 overall and 4-3 in the ACC, while BC dropped to 12-10 overall and 3-5 in the ACC.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  23   0   7    0    4   2   2   2      1    1   2  3   3  4   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  32   1   2    1    2   2   3   5      3    6   9  0   1  1   0   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  30   5  10    0    2   0   0  10      5    6  11  3   3  2   1   4
32 Solomon Alabi         c  33   8  13    0    0   0   0  16      3    3   6  1   0  2   3   1
42 Ryan Reid             f  31   4   8    0    0   2   5  10      1    3   4  1   2  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson             6   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   0  1   1   0
 2 Jordan DeMercy           10   2   4    0    1   2   2   6      1    0   1  0   1  0   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              14   0   1    0    1   0   0   0      0    2   2  2   1  5   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   1
21 Michael Snaer            20   4   7    0    2   2   4  10      1    2   3  2   3  1   0   0
   Team                                                                1   1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  25  53    1   12  10  16  61     15   24  39 14  14 16   6   7
   Opp                     200  24  56    6   10   3   4  57      6   16  22 18  12 14   3   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
22
39
61
BOSTON COLLEGE
27
30
57
Attendance: 8,188

MARYLAND 71, FLORIDA STATE 67
02/04/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Fall to Terps, 71-67.

The Seminoles will play host to Miami on Saturday.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points as Maryland overcame a late rally to beat Florida State 71-67 on Thursday.

Maryland (15-6, 5-2 ACC) led by as many as nine in the second half, but FSU (16-6, 4-4 ACC) tied the game twice in the final three minutes and had the ball down 66-64 with 38 seconds left. Freshman Michael Snaer drove to the hoop and made a runner, but was called for charging with 14.5 seconds left.

The Terrapins outscored FSU 18-7 in the first 5:21 of the second half, turning the Seminoles' four-point halftime lead into a seven-point Maryland lead. Vasquez punctuated the run with a 3-pointer from the wing, his only three of the game.

Junior guard Derwin Kitchen scored a career-high 29 points for FSU, but the Seminoles shot just 37.7 percent as a team. Starters Deividas Dulkys and Chris Singleton went a combined 1-for-14 for five points.

After going scoreless for the game's first 3:22, Maryland finally got going thanks to Landon Milbourne and freshman Jordan Williams. The two scored 13 of the Terrapins' first 15 points and gave Maryland an early 15-11 lead. FSU allowed Maryland back into the game with dismal shooting, as the Seminoles hit just four of their first 20 shots. Florida State recovered with a quick 7-0 run, making three of four baskets in that span.

Maryland regained the lead, pulling ahead 25-24 with 1:17 remaining in the first, but FSU darted away on a 5-0 run to end the half. Kitchen's steal and layup with 50 seconds left allowed FSU to enter halftime with a 29-25 lead.

The Terrapins were effective in blanketing FSU center Solomon Alabi. The sophomore, who shot 70 percent from the floor for 17 points in teams' first meeting, made just one of his first seven shots against constant pressure. Alabi scored 12 points, but shot just 4-for-15 for the game.

Vasquez added seven assists and seven rebounds for Maryland, while Milbourne scored 18 points.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
 4 Deividas Dulkys       g  22   0   7    0    4   0   0   0      0    4   4  2   1  1   1   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  37  12  16    3    3   2   2  29      1    3   4  2   1  3   0   4
31 Chris Singleton       f  27   1   7    0    4   3   3   5      2    6   8  4   1  3   1   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  33   4  15    0    0   4   4  12      7    3  10  1   0  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  26   2   5    0    0   0   0   4      0    3   3  1   1  2   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             3   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson             7   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              26   3   8    1    4   1   1   8      0    0   0  4   3  1   0   0
21 Michael Snaer            19   4   9    0    1   1   1   9      2    1   3  5   0  3   0   0
   Team                                                           8    1   9                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  26  69    4   16  11  11  67     20   22  42 20   7 14   4   5
   Opp                     200  26  61    3   14  16  20  71     14   22  36 12  13 11   6   6


  1 2 Total
MARYLAND
25
46
71
FLORIDA STATE
29
38
67
Attendance: 9,228

FLORIDA STATE 71, MIAMI 65
02/06/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the Tallahassee Democrat.

Seminoles swat away the 'Canes, 71-65.

Loucks (19 points) fuels FSU's win.
By Corey Clark

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Luke Loucks' career night came at the absolute perfect time for the Florida State men's basketball team.

The sophomore sub, who was averaging just three points per game heading into Saturday night, scored 19 against the Miami Hurricanes - including four clutch free throws late - to lead FSU to a 71-65 win at the Civic Center.

With the victory, FSU improves to 17-6 overall and 5-4 in the ACC. Miami drops to 16-7 and 2-7.

"In the pregame," Loucks said. "Coach (Hamilton) just looked at me and said, 'We need a good one out of you tonight. Be aggressive and play within yourself. And that's what I tried to do from the start."

Miami head coach Frank Haith would probably argue that Loucks played well above himself on Saturday night. After all, the sophomore had scored just 19 points total in the Seminoles' first eight conference games this season.

"He made some big shots," Haith said. "His (season) numbers didn't indicate he would have that kind of night. You've got to give him credit."

Said Loucks: "If I was their coach, I probably would have sagged off of me too the way I've been shooting."

Loucks was just 4 of 19 from 3-point range in ACC games and was hitting just 26 percent overall on the season.

On Saturday he was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, and when he found Derwin Kitchen for a fast-break and-one layup with 4:24 left, the Seminoles had a 59-47 lead.

After that basket, it actually looked like FSU might cruise to an ACC win.

It didn't quite work out that way.

Miami rallied back, scoring 18 points in the final four minutes to keep the game tight.

It remained too close for FSU until Loucks made two free throws with 19.1 seconds left to extend the lead to six. Then Miami's James Dews missed a 3-pointer that led to Ryan Reid's breakaway layup with five seconds left, allowing the Seminoles to ice their fifth conference win.

"You've got to win your games at home and find a way to steal a few on the road," Hamilton said. "That's the formula."

Florida State actually trailed by seven with eight minutes left in the first half, but a 13-2 run sparked by Loucks' back-to-back jumpers gave the Seminoles a 28-24 lead.

Thanks to another Loucks bucket, a runner in the final seconds, FSU went into halftime with a 32-31 lead.

With 14 minutes left in the game, the Seminoles and Hurricanes were still tied.

But then Solomon Alabi hit a layup, Loucks drained another 3 and Alabi hit another layup - off a great pass from Kitchen - to push the advantage to seven.

Though it got tight there in the final minute, the Seminoles held the lead the remainder of the game - despite shooting just 17 of 27 from the line.

Loucks' 19 points led all scorers. Singleton finished with 10 and Alabi and Michael Snaer both added nine for the Seminoles, who shot 48 percent from the field.

Sophomore Xavier Gibson added eight big points off the bench for FSU, including a highlight-reel spin move and baseline dunk in the second half.

It was Gibson's best ACC game of the year as well.

"I just do what I can," the Dothan, Ala., native said. "I'm just trying to do my part to help us win."

Though the Seminoles' free-throw shooting was again subpar on Saturday night, they committed just 11 turnovers on the night - including just two in the second half.

They also got 31 bench points against the Hurricanes.

"I think it's interesting we keep having different guys step up and make major contributions," Hamilton said. "I think we're maturing to some degree."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  27   3  11    1    2   2   2   9      0    1   1  3   1  3   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  32   2   7    0    1   2   6   6      0    5   5  3   6  0   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  37   3   5    2    3   2   4  10      1    1   2  3   2  2   2   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  23   3   4    0    0   3   4   9      2    3   5  3   1  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  19   3   5    0    0   0   0   6      1    1   2  2   1  0   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  1   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            15   3   4    0    0   2   3   8      2    2   4  2   0  0   0   1
 3 Luke Loucks              25   5   7    3    5   6   8  19      0    5   5  0   3  1   1   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          19   1   5    0    4   0   0   2      1    1   2  1   1  4   0   2
15 Terrance Shannon          2   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           2    4   6                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  50    6   15  17  27  71      9   23  32 18  15 11   5   9
   Opp                     200  22  50    6   15  15  22  65     10   20  30 24   7 14   2   3


  1 2 Total
MIAMI
31
34
65
FLORIDA STATE
32
39
71
Attendance: 11,115

CLEMSON 77, FLORIDA STATE 67
02/10/2010, CLEMSON, SC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Fall at Clemson.

Florida State drops a 77-67 decision on the road.

CLEMSON, SC - David Potter and Andre Young each had career highs of 19 points as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Florida State with a 77-67 victory Wednesday night.

The Tigers (17-7, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had come in having lost four of five this season, the one-time ACC contenders in danger of falling even further out of the muddled league chase.

Instead, Potter and Young's outside shooting proved the difference against the taller, stronger front line of Florida State (17-7, 5-5).

The two combined for seven of Clemson's eight 3-pointers. Young had two from long range and Potter hit one as the Tigers closed the opening half with an 18-8 run to lead 37-24.

The Seminoles, who rallied from 19 down to win here at Littlejohn Coliseum last season, could not come back in this one.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  25   4  13    2    5   0   0  10      0    4   4  1   0  3   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  30   1   4    1    2   4   4   7      1    3   4  2   2  4   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  36   2   7    1    5   1   5   6      2    3   5  4   2  3   1   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  22   3   6    0    0   8   9  14      1    4   5  5   0  3   0   2
42 Ryan Reid             f  23   4   9    0    0   0   0   8      0    3   3  4   0  0   1   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             1   1   3    0    2   0   0   2      0    0   0  1   1  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   1   1    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  2   0  1   1   1
 3 Luke Loucks              28   5   9    1    4   4   5  15      2    2   4  4   6  0   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          20   1   4    1    4   0   0   3      4    1   5  3   3  0   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          4   0   2    0    0   0   0   0      1    1   2  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1        1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  22  58    6   22  17  23  67     12   22  34 26  14 15   3   7
   Opp                     200  20  45    8   20  29  38  77      9   29  38 22  11 17   3  11


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
24
43
67
CLEMSON
37
40
77
Attendance: 10,000

FLORIDA STATE 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 47
02/14/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Beat Eagles, 62-47.

Snaer ties a career-high in scoring 18 points in a winning effort.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Michael Snaer tied a career-high 18 points and Florida State defeated Boston College 62-47 on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (18-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 36-35 after Joe Trapani's 3-pointer put Boston College ahead with 18:02 to go, but pulled away on a 13-2 run. Snaer's jumper capped the run to give Florida State a 48-38 lead with 13:01 remaining.

The Seminoles have spent this season searching for a go-to player to replace Toney Douglas, last season's runner-up in ACC Player of the Year voting. Douglas, now a guard for the New York Knicks, sat courtside for Sunday's game as Snaer played like he wanted to assume that role.

The freshman, making his third straight start, was 6-of-9 from the floor. Snaer made 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and drove the lane for several tough runners.

Snaer, who shoots 64.7 percent from the free throw line, made all four attempts against the Eagles.

The Seminoles led by as many as 19, forced 20 turnovers and held the Eagles to 33.3 percent (17 of 51) from the floor.

Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Florida State. Snaer's first 18-point game came against Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 22.

Florida State led 10-5, but made just two of its next 10 from 3-point range. The Eagles, however, were 4 of 9 from behind the arc, including two by Trapani.

Trapani, who scored 15 in a 61-57 loss to Florida State on Jan. 30, had 14 at halftime and finished with 17.

The teams went into halftime tied at 30 after an emphatic one-handed dunk by Boston College's Reggie Jackson with 6 seconds left. The dunk answered a 3-pointer by Florida State's Deividas Dukys 21 seconds earlier.

Rakim Sanders added 12 points for the Eagles (12-13, 3-8), who have lost five of their last six.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  26   6   9    2    3   4   4  18      1    0   1  3   2  2   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  32   4   8    1    3   0   0   9      1    4   5  1   5  2   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  33   5  13    1    7   1   2  12      2    6   8  1   2  1   1   5
32 Solomon Alabi         c  28   3   7    0    0   2   3   8      2    2   4  0   0  1   7   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  32   2   3    0    0   1   2   5      2    4   6  1   0  2   0   1
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   2   4    0    1   0   0   4      2    0   2  3   0  2   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              19   0   5    0    5   0   0   0      0    3   3  3   1  2   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          16   2   6    2    5   0   0   6      1    3   4  1   0  2   0   0
30 A.J. Yawn                 1   0   0    0    0   0   2   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Joey Moreau               1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
35 Andrew Rutledge           1   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
   Team                                                           1        1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  24  55    6   24   8  13  62     12   22  34 13  10 14   9   9
   Opp                     200  17  51    6   18   7   8  47     12   18  30 16   9 20   2   8


  1 2 Total
BOSTON COLLEGE
30
17
47
FLORIDA STATE
30
32
62
Attendance: 7,374

FLORIDA STATE 69, VIRGINIA 50
02/17/2010, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Victorious at Virginia.

The Seminoles will play at North Carolina on Wednesday.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Florida State to a 69-50 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Luke Louks had 11 points and Xavier Gibson added 10 for the Seminoles (19-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who held Virginia to its second-lowest scoring output of the season.

The Cavaliers' 50 points are the fewest they have scored since moving into John Paul Jones Arena in 2006.

Solomon Alabi, who came in averaging 12.5 points per game, scored eight points for Florida State. The Seminoles' leading scorer this season left the game at the 18:46 mark with an arm injury, but returned to score six first-half points.

The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor compared to Virginia (14-10, 5-6), which shot 38 percent.

Florida State led by nine points at halftime, but went on an 11-2 run to start the second half.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  24   2   5    0    2   0   1   4      0    1   1  2   1  2   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   3   7    1    2   0   0   7      1    7   8  0   1  0   1   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  28   4  13    1    3   3   5  12      3    5   8  2   2  0   1   3
32 Solomon Alabi         c  18   3   5    0    0   0   0   6      0    1   1  4   0  3   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  29   5   7    0    0   0   2  10      1    3   4  1   3  2   0   2
 0 Pierre Jordan             3   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   1  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            19   4   7    1    1   1   1  10      2    2   4  1   1  0   2   0
 3 Luke Loucks              22   4   4    1    1   2   3  11      0    4   4  2   4  1   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          20   2   4    2    4   0   0   6      0    1   1  2   2  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          3   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  2   0  0   0   0
30 A.J. Yawn                 1   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
33 Joey Moreau               1   1   1    1    1   0   0   3      0    0   0  0   0  0   0   0
35 Andrew Rutledge           1   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           1        1                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  28  56    7   14   6  12  69      8   26  34 16  15 10   5   7
   Opp                     200  18  48    5   18   9  13  50      7   24  31 15  10 12   3   4


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
33
36
69
VIRGINIA
24
26
50
Attendance: 10,365

FLORIDA STATE 77, NORTH CAROLINA 67
02/24/2010, CHAPEL HILL, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

'Noles Best Tar Heels.

Florida State reaches 20 wins with a victory at Chapel Hill.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Chris Singleton scored 19 points and Florida State hit 11 3-pointers to beat North Carolina 77-67 on Wednesday night.

Deividas Dulkys scored 17 and hit five 3s off the bench to help the Seminoles (20-7, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) guarantee themselves at least a break-even record in league play that could be critical for their NCAA tournament chances. It was Florida State's first win in Chapel Hill since 2000 and marked the first time in 13 years that the Seminoles have won two straight in a series long dominated by the Tar Heels.

The Seminoles controlled this one from the start, going 9-for-15 from 3-point range in the opening half and capitalizing on repeated turnovers to open a 48-33 lead at the break.

Derwin Kitchen had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Seminoles.

Will Graves scored 21 points to lead North Carolina (14-14, 3-10). The Tar Heels shot 42 percent and got as close as nine points in the final minute.

The Tar Heels continued their recent battles with injuries. Ed Davis as well as Travis and David Wear were relegated to the sidelines.

Singleton drained 3s on the Seminoles' first two possessions, while Dulkys hit two more in that opening stretch to give Florida State a 23-12 lead. And the 3s kept coming, with Dulkys burying one off an inbounds play before taking a pass from Kitchen and knocking down his fourth 3 just before the halftime horn for the 15-point lead.

In an unusual sight, North Carolina wore silver uniforms Wednesday night as part of the 25th anniversary of the Air Jordan franchise at Nike. It is one of the programs that will wear the silver Jordan Brand uniforms this week, joining California and Georgetown.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  28   4   8    1    2   2   2  11      0    1   1  1   4  2   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  33   3   8    2    3   5   6  13      0    7   7  1   6  4   1   3
31 Chris Singleton       f  35   7  14    3    6   2   2  19      3    5   8  4   1  0   3   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  16   2   2    0    0   2   4   6      1    2   3  4   1  1   2   1
42 Ryan Reid             f  33   1   4    0    0   1   2   3      5    5  10  0   6  2   0   1
 1 Xavier Gibson            11   3   5    0    1   0   1   6      0    0   0  4   0  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              17   0   1    0    1   0   1   0      0    2   2  3   1  3   0   0
 4 Deividas Dulkys          22   6  13    5   11   0   0  17      1    1   2  2   1  2   0   1
15 Terrance Shannon          5   1   2    0    0   0   0   2      0    1   1  1   0  1   0   3
   Team                                                           1    1   2                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  27  57   11   24  12  18  77     11   25  36 20  20 15   6  11
   Opp                     200  21  50    6   17  19  28  67      9   22  31 14  13 14   1  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
48
29
77
NORTH CAROLINA
33
34
67
Attendance: 15,779

CLEMSON 53, FLORIDA STATE 50
02/28/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall To Tigers, 53-50.

FSU returns to action Wednesday at home against Wake Forest.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Trevor Booker scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday as Clemson rebounded from an early 13-point deficit to defeat Florida State 53-50, sweeping its season series with the Seminoles.

Booker hit four straight free throws in the final 11 seconds and blocked a 3-point shot by the Seminoles' Deividas Dulkys with 5 seconds left that could have tied it.

But it was the outside sniping of sophomore guard Andre Young from nearby Albany, Ga., that made the difference. His 3-point basket gave the Tigers a 49-47 lead with 30 seconds left.

Young finished with 12 points for Clemson (20-8, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Florida State (20-8, 8-6) didn't have a player in double figures.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  32   3   9    1    3   1   3   8      0    3   3  1   1  3   0   2
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   2   5    0    2   4   5   8      3    4   7  2   2  3   0   1
31 Chris Singleton       f  32   2   5    0    1   2   4   6      1    4   5  4   2  2   0   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  24   2   5    0    0   2   4   6      1    2   3  2   0  3   1   2
42 Ryan Reid             f  35   2   6    0    0   4   6   8      2    2   4  1   0  3   4   1
 1 Xavier Gibson             8   1   3    0    0   0   0   2      2    1   3  2   1  0   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              21   2   3    1    1   0   0   5      0    2   2  2   2  4   0   2
 4 Deividas Dulkys          14   2   5    2    5   0   0   6      0    0   0  3   0  1   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          3   0   1    0    0   1   2   1      0    1   1  0   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                                3   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  16  42    4   12  14  24  50      9   22  31 17   8 20   6   9
   Opp                     200  17  51    4   18  15  19  53     11   22  33 20   6 18   1  11


  1 2 Total
CLEMSON
19
34
53
FLORIDA STATE
21
29
50
Attendance: 9,153

FLORIDA STATE 51, WAKE FOREST 47
03/03/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

D Rules in Demon Deacon Defeat.

Seminoles hold visiting Wake Forest to 47 points in a key ACC win.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Freshman Michael Snaer scored 14 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 4 seconds left, to lead Florida State to a 51-47 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

The win kept the Seminoles (21-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a third place tie with Clemson and Virginia Tech going into the final weekend of regular season play. The top four finishers have an opening round bye in next week's conference tournament.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest (18-9, 8-7) dropped its fourth straight game and is in danger of losing a bye.

Ishmael Smith led Wake Forest with 14 points and CJ Harris had 12. The Demon Deacons leading scorer and the ACC's top rebounder, Al-Farouq Aminu, was held scoreless for the first time in his career.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  33   4   6    0    2   6   6  14      0    4   4  0   1  2   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  31   1   3    0    2   0   0   2      2    2   4  1   6  3   0   5
31 Chris Singleton       f  38   1   8    1    5   2   4   5      3    5   8  2   0  2   0   4
32 Solomon Alabi         c  30   2   8    0    0   6   8  10      0    0   0  2   0  4   2   1
42 Ryan Reid             f  15   1   3    0    0   1   2   3      1    0   1  4   0  2   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            17   4   5    2    2   0   2  10      1    1   2  3   0  2   1   0
 3 Luke Loucks              12   0   3    0    2   2   2   2      0    3   3  0   3  0   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          24   2   5    1    3   0   0   5      1    1   2  3   0  0   0   1
   Team                                                           2    2   4                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  15  41    4   16  17  24  51     10   18  28 15  10 15   3  12
   Opp                     200  17  40    3   11  10  15  47      7   19  26 20   6 20   2   7


  1 2 Total
WAKE FOREST
25
22
47
FLORIDA STATE
31
20
51
Attendance: 8,178

FLORIDA STATE 61, MIAMI 60
03/06/2010, CORAL GABLES, FL From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Down Miami, 61-60.

Luke Loucks' 3-pointer with 1:52 left put the Seminoles (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead 61-60.

CORAL GABLES, FL - Luke Loucks didn't allow Miami much time to celebrate its first lead.

Loucks' 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining put Florida State ahead as his basket was the final margin in the Seminoles' 61-60 victory over the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon.

Miami had taken its first lead of the game on Durand Scott's driving layup with 2:04 remaining. The Hurricanes had rallied from a 10-point deficit with 5:32 remaining and ran off 12 unanswered points.

"When they started on that run, I just kept thinking somebody has to step up and make a shot," Loucks said. "I give them credit. They played well down the stretch."

The Hurricanes had three opportunities to retake the lead, including Scott's missed jumper at the buzzer.

"I was hoping I had enough time to get to the basket but my coach was like 'shoot," and I just tried to get it up as soon as possible," Scott said.

Loucks and Deividas Dulkys each scored 13 points to lead the Seminoles (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Scott was the high scorer for Miami (18-15, 4-12) with 14 points.

"We didn't play as well as we should have," Loucks said. "But a win is a win no matter how ugly it is."

Florida State State could not extend its one-point lead after Miami's DeQuan Jones blocked Michael Snaer's shot 11 seconds remaining.

"I obviously was very proud of how hard we fought," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "I wish we could have exerted ourselves a little longer."

With the Seminoles starters struggling offensively, Loucks and Dulkys picked up the scoring load. Ryan Reid was the only Florida State starter in double figures with 10 points.

"We played a lot of kids early in the season and I said I didn't think that there was that much separation between several of our players," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Hopefully, we're the kind of team that will continue to keep winning games by committee."

Loucks and Dulkys converted six of Florida State's 10 3-pointers.

"I feel as if we have seven or eight starters on the team," Dulkys said. "If they take something away, we step it up. We (Loucks and Dulkys) did it this game and and next game somebody is going to step it up."

Florida State finished the regular season with five victories in its last six games. The Seminoles also swept the season series against Miami for the third time in four years.

"It's hard to beat teams on the road no matter what place they are in the conference," Loucks said. "We're going to build off this, go to the ACC tournament and hopefully make a good run."

Behind four 3-pointers, Florida State built a 14-point lead in the opening 9:05 of the first half. The Seminoles ran off 10 unanswered points during their early advantage, capped by Xavier Gibson's 3-pointer with 10:55 remaining for a 19-5 Florida State lead.

But the Hurricanes responded and outscored the Seminoles 14-4 in the next 6:13. Reggie Johnson's two free throws with 4:42 cut Florida State's lead to 23-19.

The Hurricanes played without leading scorer Dwayne Collins, who sat out with a tibia stress reaction. Haith said he is unsure whether Collins, who didn't dress Saturday, will be ready for the ACC tournament.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  33   2   8    1    3   0   0   5      1    3   4  2   8  6   0   0
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  17   1   4    1    1   0   0   3      3    3   6  2   2  2   1   0
31 Chris Singleton       f  34   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      0    1   1  4   2  6   0   1
32 Solomon Alabi         c  21   2   5    0    0   3   4   7      0    5   5  5   0  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  25   5   8    0    0   0   2  10      1    1   2  0   0  0   0   1
 0 Pierre Jordan             3   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   0  0   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            15   3   3    1    1   0   0   7      1    1   2  2   1  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              25   5   7    3    5   0   0  13      0    2   2  2   4  1   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          27   4   7    3    6   2   2  13      1    1   2  2   0  1   1   2
   Team                                                           1    2   3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  23  46   10   18   5   8  61      8   20  28 19  17 17   3   5
   Opp                     200  19  46    3   15  19  22  60      7   17  24 12   7  9   5   7


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
30
31
61
MIAMI
22
38
60
Attendance: 7,014

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 58, FLORIDA STATE 52
03/12/2010, ACC, Greensboro, NC From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall To NC State 58-52 In ACC Quarterfinals.

Solomon Alabi finished with 13 points.

GREENSBORO, NC - Freshman Scott Wood scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to help North Carolina State beat Florida State 58-52 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Tracy Smith added 13 points for the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (19-14), including a critical jumper to beat the shot clock with about a minute left that helped protect a slim lead. It was the second upset in as many nights for N.C. State, which has won five of six games and is back in the semifinals for the first time since its unexpected run to the finals three years ago.

N.C. State next faces seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, which upset No. 19 Maryland earlier Friday.

Solomon Alabi scored 13 points for the third-seeded Seminoles (22-9), who never quite recovered after falling behind by nine midway through the second half.

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  29   3   4    0    1   0   0   6      0    2   2  1   0  4   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  33   2   7    0    3   0   0   4      4    7  11  2   4  2   0   2
31 Chris Singleton       f  36   3   8    0    3   0   1   6      1    2   3  4   1  2   1   2
32 Solomon Alabi         c  27   4  10    0    0   5   7  13      5    4   9  1   0  2   4   3
42 Ryan Reid             f  23   2   7    0    0   3   4   7      3    1   4  1   0  5   0   0
 0 Pierre Jordan             2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  0   1  1   0   0
 1 Xavier Gibson            17   3   5    0    1   1   5   7      2    3   5  3   1  2   2   1
 3 Luke Loucks              11   1   3    1    2   0   0   3      1    0   1  4   1  1   0   0
 4 Deividas Dulkys          22   2   8    2    8   0   0   6      0    3   3  3   0  1   0   0
   Team                                                           3        3                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  20  52    3   18   9  17  52     19   23  42 19   8 20   7   9
   Opp                     200  19  43    7   15  13  20  58      6   19  25 16  12 16   1  10


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
28
24
52
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
25
33
58
Attendance: 23,318

GONZAGA 67, FLORIDA STATE 60
03/19/2010, NCAA, Buffalo, NY From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Fall To Bulldogs In First Round, 67-60.

Dulkys finishes with 14 points to lead Florida State.

BUFFALO, NY - Matt Bouldin scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half in helping the Bulldogs close out a 67-60 victory over the ninth-seeded Seminoles in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.

Steven Gray scored 15 points while Robert Sacre added 13 points and nine rebounds for the 'Zags (27-6), who nearly squandered an 18-point lead.

Deividas Dulkys scored 14 points and Solomon Alabi had 13 for the ninth-seeded Seminoles.

Opening the second half down 35-19, Florida State started chipping away and finally got the crowd on its feet after Alabi hit two free throws to make it 51-44 with 6:37 remaining.

The Seminoles eventually cut the lead to 59-54 with 2:21 left when Dulkys banked in a 3-pointer. They had a chance to pull closer but Michael Snaer missed two free throws a minute later.

Bouldin pulled down the rebound and the Bulldogs made 8 of 10 free throws to close out the victory.

"We had nowhere to go but up. We were down in a big hole and we just had to do something," Dulkys said. "I really thought we had a chance."

Though disappointed with the loss, Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton hoped his players can learn something from this experience by how composed the Bulldogs were with the game on the line.

"I told our players that we have moved. We have elevated our status. And you can use programs like (Gonzaga) as an example," Hamilton said. "They are a team that has tremendous amount of courage...They've gotten the most out of their talent, and they ought to be commended for that."

The Bulldogs' high level of talent was certainly on display with a near-perfect first-half performance when they picked apart the Seminoles' vaunted defense.

After giving up the first basket, Gonzaga opened a 24-9 lead before the game was 12 minutes old and never trailed again.

The Bulldogs were so efficient that by the time they opened a 17-7 lead, every Gonzaga starter had scored at least one basket.

Gonzaga frustrated the Seminoles at both ends of the court, while their offense patiently worked the ball around to tire Florida State's defense. By the time Florida State made its way into the offensive end, it was forced into taking poor shots or - by the time the game appeared to be getting out of hand - awkward 3-point attempts.

The Bulldogs went 21 of 42 from the field to end the Seminoles' string at 67 games of holding opponents to under 50 percent. They also outrebounded Florida State 38-32.

"It was a monster challenge," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of facing the Seminoles' defense. "Our guys played with an incredible amount of poise, and they stuck with the game plan."

 
NO        NAME          GS MIN FGM FGA 3FGM 3FGA FTM FTA PTS   OREB DREB REB PF AST TO BLK STL
== ==================== == === === === ==== ==== === === ===   ==== ==== === == === == === ===
21 Michael Snaer         g  34   4   9    1    3   0   3   9      1    3   4  3   2  3   0   1
22 Derwin Kitchen        g  24   2   5    0    1   3   5   7      2    2   4  0   5  2   0   4
31 Chris Singleton       f  30   3   7    0    4   2   4   8      1    3   4  4   2  1   2   0
32 Solomon Alabi         c  31   5  12    0    0   3   4  13      5    1   6  4   1  1   1   0
42 Ryan Reid             f  20   0   8    0    0   2   2   2      1    2   3  2   0  0   0   1
 1 Xavier Gibson             5   0   1    0    0   0   0   0      0    0   0  3   0  0   0   0
 3 Luke Loucks              31   2   6    1    3   2   2   7      0    3   3  3   4  1   0   1
 4 Deividas Dulkys          23   5  11    4    9   0   0  14      1    1   2  2   1  0   0   0
15 Terrance Shannon          2   0   0    0    0   0   0   0      0    1   1  1   0  0   1   0
   Team                                                                5   5                  
                     =========================================================================
   FSU                   5 200  21  59    6   20  12  20  60     11   21  32 22  15  8   4   7
   Opp                     200  21  42    3   10  22  30  67      6   32  38 19  11 15   5   5


  1 2 Total
FLORIDA STATE
19
41
60
GONZAGA
35
32
67
Attendance: 18,948