Aug. 8, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's basketball team set a program record as six players were named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll earlier this week. The Seminoles ranked first in the ACC among basketball teams with their six honorees. In addition to re-writing the academic records of the program, the current members of the program are re-writing the statistical record book. Numerous current members of Leonard Hamilton's squad are already beginning to find themselves in the record section of the Seminole media guide.
HAMILTON PREACHES GOOD ACADEMICS TO HIS PLAYERS Six Seminoles - Orenn Fells, Todd Galloway, Marcell Haywood, Mike Mathews, Will Wightman and Andrew Wilson - have officially been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference honor roll. It marks the program record for Florida State men's basketball players being named to the ACC Honor Roll. While second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton was at the University of Miami, 28 of his 31 seniors received their degrees.
Anthony Richardson IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK Junior Anthony Richardson is one of 15 players in school history to be perfect on at least 10 free throws in a single game. Richardson was a perfect 10-of-10 against Georgia Tech Jan. 14, 2003 in Atlanta. Seminole great Bob Sura holds the all-time record with a perfect 16-of-16 performance against South Florida during the 1994-95 season.
Michael Joiner IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK Senior Michael Joiner holds the school record for rebounds in an ACC game with 17. He pulled down 17 rebounds against Wake Forest Jan. 10, 2001 on his way to being named to the ACC All-Freshman team. His 17 rebounds included 12 defensive rebounds - a total that is tied for the Seminole record for defensive rebounds in a single conference game.
Michael Joiner IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK II Senior Michael Joiner is ranked eighth in school history for career 3-point field goal shooting percentage with a 36.8 success rate. He has made 70 career 3-point shots and averages nearly 25 long -range shots per season. Joiner is looking to become only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or 3-points shots during his career. The all-time record for 3-point shots made in a career is 255 by James Collins.
Tim Pickett IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK Senior Tim Pickett garnered 82 steals in 2003 - a total that ranks as the second highest for a single-season in Seminole history. Only Sam Cassell's 97 steals during the 1993 season rank ahead of Pickett for a single season. Pickett needs only 54 steals to move onto Florida State's all-time top 10 list where former Seminole greats Mickey Dillard and LaMarr Greer currently sit with 136 career steals.
Mike Mathews IN THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK Senior Mike Mathews is ranked eighth in school history with 100 career blocked shots. He averages more than 33 blocked shots per season during his three year career. Mathews has the strong potential to move onto Florida State's all-time top five during his final season in Tallahassee. Currently in fifth place is Randell Jackson with 113 career blocked shots. The Seminoles' all-time leader is Rodney Dobard with 240 rejections.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK - 3-POINT SHOOTING There have been 25 players in school history who have been perfect on at least three 3-point shots in a single game in school history. The Seminole record for perfection in a single game from the 3-point line is seven of seven by Sam Cassell against Tulane during the 1992-93 season and James Collins against South Florida during the 1993-94 season.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK - 3-POINT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE Only five players in school history have made at least 40 percent of their career 3-point shots. La Rae Davis, who played on Florida State's 1987 NIT team, holds the school record for the highest career 3-point shooting percentage with a .457 mark. Davis made 80 of 157 shots from the bonusphere. His 80 career 3-point shots made is the 13th highest total for a career in Florida State history.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK - GOING TO THE BOARDS Only two players in school history have pulled down 1,000 or more rebounds during their careers. Dave Cowens holds Florida State's all-time record with 1,340 while Reggie Royals pulled down 1,006 while wearing the garnet and gold. Both totals represent outstanding efforts because they came in only three years, as there was a rule against freshman eligibility at the beginning of their careers. If you include Cowen's freshman year total, he pulled down an incredible 1,697 rebounds.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK - HELPING OUT A TEAMMATE Only two players in school history have dished out 600 or more assists during their Seminole careers. Delvon Arrington, the all-time school leader in assists, had 688 career assists in four years while Otto Petty had 602 assists in three years. Petty is the only player in school history with 200 or more assists in two different seasons.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK - GET THAT SHOT OUT OF HERE Only one player in school history has blocked 200 or more shots during his Seminole career. Rodney Dobard blocked a school-record 240 shots in four seasons in Tallahassee and leads the second-place Seminole shot blocker, Corey Louis, by 43 blocked shots on the all-time list.
FLORIDA STATE'S FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP During the 1963 season, the Seminoles won the first in-season tournament championship in school history as they won the title at the Savannah Invitational. Florida State defeated Georgia, Alabama and Georgia Southern on three consecutive days to earn the title. Including the Savannah Invitational, Florida State has won 13 different tournament titles during it men's basketball history.
FLORIDA STATE'S FIRST WIN OVER A RANKED OPPONENT Florida State defeated Kentucky, 63-58, on Dec. 3, 1960 for its first ever win over a ranked team in school history. The Seminoles were winless against its first 10 ranked opponents in school history before they defeated the Wildcats in Lexington. Kentucky finished the season ranked 18th in the nation and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season.
THE OBSCURE NOTE OF THE WEEK A total of 63 players have scored at least 725 points during their Florida State careers. Included on that list is current Seminole Michael Joiner who has scored 742 career points and ranks 59th on Florida State's all-time scoring list and Monte Cummings who scored 745 points in only 57 games including the winning basket as Florida State defeated No. 1 ranked Duke during the 2001-02 season.
THE OBSCURE NOTE OF THE WEEK II A total of 63 players have made at least one 3-point shot during their careers at Florida State. James Collins is the all-time Seminole leader with 255 3-point shots made. That list goes down to 10 players who made one 3-point shot while wearing the garnet and gold.
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
Dave Cowens, considered to be the greatest player in school history, arrived on the Florida State campus as a freshman in 1966. During his freshman season of 1966-67, Cowens averaged 14.4 points and 20.0 rebounds as a member of the Seminoles' freshman team. He would play three years on Florida State's varsity and finish his career ranked eighth in school history in scoring with 1,479 points.