With the start of ACC play next on the schedule, the Florida State men's basketball team halts its two-game losing streak in a big way with a 85-56 win over visiting Auburn Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
After playing to within a few seconds of an Elite Eight berth last year, the veteran-heavy FSU men's basketball team now knows what's needed for an even deeper run into March this time around.
ON SPACE: Transferred to Texas A&M University during the spring of 2012 after playing one season of basketball at Florida State University...played in 10 games and was a member of Florida State's first ever ACC Championship team in 2012...also helped lead the Seminoles to an appearance in their school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2012...helped Florida State to a 25-11 overall record, a 12-4 record in ACC play, a third place finish in the ACC standings, a first round bye in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles' second ever appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship game, the Seminoles' first ever ACC Championship and Florida State's school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season...in winning a near school record 25 games, the Seminoles won an ACC best six games against nationally ranked teams, including wins over No. 3 and No. 4 North Carolina, No. 4 and No. 6 Duke and No. 18 and No. 24 Virginia - the highest number of wins over ranked teams by the Seminoles since also defeating six ranked teams during the 1992-93 season...Florida State's two wins over both Duke and North Carolina marked the first time in school history they had defeated both the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels multiple times in the same season and first time since 1995 (Georgia Tech) that any ACC team had defeated those two teams at least twice each in the same season...helped Florida State defeat all four Tobacco Road schools in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time in school history during his freshman season...the Seminoles topped the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium (Jan. 21) for only the second time in school history and in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to advance to the championship game for the first time in school history...the Seminoles' wins over the Tar Heels were just as historic...Florida State topped No. 3 North Carolina 90-57 (Jan. 14) in Tallahassee for the largest margin of victory in school history over a nationally ranked team then defeated the Tar Heels at Philips Arena in Atlanta in the championship game of the ACC Tournament to give the Seminoles their first ACC Championship in school history...the Seminoles were ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll at the end of the 2011-12 season...Florida State led the ACC with six wins over ranked teams during the season with two wins each coming against nationally ranked Duke (No. 4 and No. 6), North Carolina (No. 3 and No. 4) and Virginia (No. 18 and No. 24)...Florida State's wins over Duke and North Carolina marked the first time in school history the Seminoles had defeated the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels more than once each in the same season.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Averaged 0.7 points (13th on the team) and 0.7 rebounds (12th) while playing in 10 games including eight ACC games during his only season as a Seminole...helped Florida State to a 25-10 overall record, a school record tying 12-4 record in ACC play, a 3-0 record in the ACC Tournament and a 1-1 record in the NCAA Tournament...the Seminoles' 25 wins were only two short of tying the school record for wins in a season, their 12 ACC wins tied the school record for wins in an ACC regular season and the Seminoles' perfect 3-0 record in the ACC Tournament earned the Seminoles the first ACC Championship in school history...missed the first 11 games of the season after he suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot in the Seminoles' exhibition game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 31...earned eight minutes of playing time and pulled down one rebound in the Seminoles' exhibition game win...underwent successful surgery on Nov. 7 and played his first regular season game at Florida (Dec. 22)...played in only two non-conference games (against Florida and Auburn) upon his return from his foot surgery...earned one minute of playing time in his debut against Florida...the Gators defeated the Seminoles, 82-64, in Gainesville...played the final minute of the first half as the Seminoles worked to play catch-up and were behind at the break, 32-24, in the loss...scored his first career basket in the Seminoles' 85-56 win over Auburn in Tallahassee (Jan. 4)...his first career basket came with 4:29 remaining in the second half and gave the Seminoles a 77-43 lead...played at least four minutes in three different games - eight at NC State, five at home against Auburn and four in the Seminoles' historical 90-57 win over No. 3 ranked North Carolina in Tallahassee...played in eight ACC games against eight different teams...Florida State was 6-2 in the ACC games he appeared in and 7-3 in the 10 games he appeared in during his only season as a Seminole...his career high for points, three, came in the Seminoles' win over Wake Forest (Jan. 25) as he made his first second career field goal and his first career free throw as the Seminoles took the ACC win on the road...pulled down a career high three rebounds in a career high eight minutes played in the Seminoles' win at NC State in Raleigh...also blocked his first career shot in the Seminoles' 79-62 win against NC State which gave Florida State its 10th ACC win of the season...(vs. Clemson): Scored zero points and pulled down one rebound as he earned playing time in one of the Seminoles' two games against Clemson...a second half substitution and earned one minute of playing time as the Seminoles fell, 79-59, in Clemson (Jan. 7)...following the Seminoles' game at Clemson they would go onto win a school record seven consecutive ACC games and move into first place in the ACC standings...(vs. Georgia Tech): Totaled zero points and zero rebounds in two minutes played in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Georgia Tech...the Seminoles topped the Yellow Jackets, 68-54, in Tallahassee (Feb. 1)...earned both minutes of playing time in the first half as he helped work to keep Florida State within reach as Georgia Tech led by as many as three points in the first half...his play helped the Seminoles pull to within one at 25-24 at the intermission...the Seminoles rolled the Yellow Jackets in the second half - outscoring the visitors by 15 points and taking the win by 14 to improve to 6-1 in conference play...(vs. Maryland): Totaled zero points and zero rebounds in three minutes of playing time in Florida State's only game of the season against Maryland...all three minutes of playing time came in the second half as Florida State defeated the Terps, 84-70, in Tallahassee (Jan. 17)...Florida State's win over Maryland was sandwiched in between the Seminoles' monumental wins over No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee and No. 4 Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham...the wins not only vaulted the Seminoles' into the national rankings but into first place in the ACC where they remained until late in February...(vs. Miami): Scored zero points but pulled down one rebound in two minutes of playing time in one game against Miami during the regular season...did not see action in the Seminoles' wins over the Hurricanes in Tallahassee or Florida State's victory over Miami in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament...one field goal attempt in the first quarter as Florida State battled the Hurricanes but trailed, 24-20, at the intermission...the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles, 78-62 in Coral Gables (Feb. 26)...(vs. North Carolina): Scored zero points and pulled down one rebound as he earned playing time in one of Florida State's victories over NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina during the season...earned four minutes of playing time as the Seminoles defeated the No. 3 ranked Tar Heels, 90-57, in Tallahassee (Jan. 14)...the Seminoles' victory was their largest margin of victory over a nationally ranked team in school history...the victory was also the Seminoles' second consecutive ACC win after a disappointing conference season opening loss to Clemson and put them in first place in the league standings with a 2-1 record...the Seminoles defeated North Carolina twice during the season - once in the regular season and in the title game of the ACC Tournament to give Florida State its first ACC Championship in school history...(vs. NC State): His best career ACC game with two points and three rebounds in a career high eight minutes of playing time came in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...helped the Seminoles take a 76-62 win in Raleigh (Feb. 18) to gain their 10th ACC win of the season...most extensive playing time of eight minutes came with five minutes played in the first half and three in the second half...totaled two points, one rebound and the first blocked shot of his career in the first half to stake the Seminoles to a commanding 37-26 lead at the intermission...his first career blocked shot on a lay-up attempt by Richard Howell helped the Seminoles keep a 25-16 advantage with 7:48 left before halftime...a jumper with 3:09 left in the first half gave Florida State a 32-24 lead...three minutes of playing time in the second half helped Florida State keep a double digit lead throughout the final 20 minutes in taking the road win in conference play...(vs. Virginia): Scored zero points and added zero rebounds in one minute of playing time as he played in one of the Seminoles' two game during the season against NCAA Tournament participant Virginia...earned playing time in the Seminoles' miraculous come from behind win over the Cavaliers, 63-60, in Charlottesville (March 1)...played the final minute in the first half to help the Seminoles maintain their nine point advantage and take a 29-20 lead into the locker room at the half...after leading by 11 in the first half and trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, the Seminoles used a 16-2 run in the final 4:10 of the game to gain the win...the Seminoles won the game on a buzzer beating 3-point shot by Ian Miller with 0:08 seconds left in the game...(vs. Wake Forest): Totaled his career high of three points in two minutes of playing time in the Seminoles' only game of the season against Wake Forest...his three points came on the first old fashioned three-point of his career with 1:00 remaining in the game...the Seminoles won the ACC road game, 75-52, in Winston Salem (Jan. 25)....scored the first basket of his ACC career on a layup, was fouled by the Deacons' Tony Chennault, and made the ensuing free throw to give the Seminoles a 72-50 lead...(vs. Florida): Playing time came for the first time in his career in the Seminoles' only game of the season against NCAA Tournament participant Florida...the Gators defeated the Seminoles, 82-64, in Gainesville (Dec. 22)...was zero for one from the field in one minute of playing time...
AT DESOTO: Graduated from DeSoto High School in 2011...averaged a double double of 17.4 points and 11.2 rebounds to go along with 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior...led DeSoto to a 36-4 record and to an appearance in the regional championship game as a senior...an All-State First Team selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and named the Most Valuable Player in District 11-5A...totaled 16 points in DeSoto's 49-47 victory over Lancaster on Feb. 20, 2011...totaled 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in leading DeSoto over Mesquite on Jan, 26, 2011...made a free throw with no time remaining in DeSoto's 66-65 win over Mansfield Summit on Dec. 11, 2010...averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior in leading DeSoto to the Region 2 quarterfinals...led Desoto to the 5A state championship title in his sophomore season...played for the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Elite AAU team and was one of the top players on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2010 prior to his senior season...was impressive at the 2010 adidas Invitational and in the 2010 Las Vegas Shootout...has the ability to play well with his back to the basket and can score in the paint...his extreme length allows him to rebound well on both ends of the court with his ability to sky and keep rebounds alive before grabbing them for himself...with his strong inside-outside capabilities he has tremendous abilities in stretching defenses...can also hit the 3-point shot...also has the ability to bring the basketball up the court and initiate an offense...the 69th best prep player and the 17th best forward in the United States by ESPN.com and the 88th best player in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com...a four star player as described by Rivals.com...the third best high school player in the state of Texas as a senior by TexasHoops.com...
PERSONAL: Born June 14, 1993...Antwan was mentored by an aunt, Yvonne Bush, and an uncle, Corby Bush...lists the Cleveland Cavaliers as his favorite NBA team...selected Florida State over Florida, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri and Gonzaga...