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Florida State at FIU Game Notes

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

FLORIDA STATE COMPLETES FOUR GAME SEASON OPENING BLITZ AT FIU

With three victories in its first three games – in the first five days of the regular season – Florida State has its eyes set on a fourth consecutive victory as it travels to play at FIU on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles have defeated North Florida (Nov. 14, 75-55), UNC Greensboro (Nov. 16, 97-73) and Gardner Webb (Nov. 16, 78-33) all by at least 20 points and all by an average of 23 points per game in running their record to 3-0 for the fifth consecutive season. Florida State has been led during the first three games of the season by All-American candidate Chris Singleton who enters Thursday’s game against FIU averaging a near double-double of 21.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in all three of the Seminoles games and recorded the first triple double of his career with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in Sunday’s victory by the Seminoles at UNC Greensboro. His triple double was the first in ACC history that included points, rebounds and steals. Following Thursday night’s game against FIU, the Seminoles will return home to play host to Mercer (Nov. 23, 7:00) before playing host to a pair of top 10 ranked teams in No. 9/10 Florida (Nov. 28, 7:45 p.m.) and No. 4/5 Ohio State (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.) in a span of three days at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.

SINGLETON NAMED TO NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton was named to the Naismith Award Preseason Watch List on Tuesday by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. It marks the fourth consecutive season a Florida State player has been named to the Naismith list following Al Thornton (2007), Toney Douglas (2008) and Solomon Alabi (2009). Singleton is one of eight players from the ACC to be named to the list which includes Kyrie Irving, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith of Duke, Jordan Williams of Maryland, Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller of North Carolina and Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech. The list includes 50 players from 44 teams from across the country. The list will be cut to the top 30 in late February and to four finalists in late March. The award will be presented at the 2010 NCAA Final Four in Houston.

SINGLETON MUCH DECORATED AS SEASON ROUNDS INTO FULL SWING

Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton is on the preseason award watch lists for both the Wooden and Naismith awards as the nation’s top player, is the top candidate for the Henry Iba Award presented to the nation’s top defender and is a pre-season All-ACC First Team selection by every major outlet including the voting media at the ACC Operation Basketball event held in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 20. Singleton is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is looking to become only the second player in ACC history (joining former Duke star Shane Battier) to win the award as the best defender in the ACC multiple times. He is also looking to become the third straight Seminole to win the award following Toney Douglas (2009) and himself (2010).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Defeat FIU and win its fourth game of the season. It would mark the second time in the last three years and fourth time in the last eight years that the Seminoles have won at least four consecutive games to begin a season;

…Defeat FIU and win its fifth consecutive road or neutral site game that has been played in the state of Florida. The Seminoles won at Miami (March 6, 2010, 62-61) and won the championship of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando (Nov. 26-29, 2009) with wins over Iona, Alabama and Marquette at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

NOTING CHRIS SINGLETON’S STAT LINE AGAINST GARDNER WEBB

Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton scored his career-high of 30 points on 10 of 11 shooting (.909) from the field, a perfect three of three shooting from the bonusphere (1.000) and seven of 10 shooting from the free throw line (.700). He pulled down 12 rebounds, blocked three shots, was credited with two steals and handed out two assists.

SINGLETON SCORES 30 POINTS AGAINST GARDNER WEBB

Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton scored his career-high of 30 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Gardner Webb. He became the first Seminole to score at least 30 points in a game since All-American Toney Douglas scored 32 points against North Carolina on Jan. 28, 2009.

AMONG SINGLETON’S IMPROVEMENTS – SUCCESS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE

Junior All-American Chris Singleton enters Thursday’s game against FIU shooting .810 (17 of 21) from the free throw line in the first three games of the season. At one point, from the second half of the Seminoles’ season-opening victory over North Florida and into the second half of Florida State’s victory over Gardner Webb he made a career-high 11 consecutive free throws. Singleton was a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line in the Seminoles’ victory over UNC Greensboro.

Singleton’s Improvement From The Free Throw

Season FTM FTA Pct. Notes

2008-09 58 95 .611 Six free throws made against Jacksonville, Nov. 15, 2008

2009-10 57 115 .496 Six free throws made against NC State, Jan. 12, 2010

2010-11 17 21 .810 Career-high seven FT made vs., UNCG and Gardner Webb

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE SINGLETON MAKES HISTORY

All-American candidate Chris Singleton earned the third triple double in Florida State history with a 22 point, 11 rebound and 10 steal performance in leading Florida State to its 97-73 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday. Singleton’s triple double was the first triple double in ACC history that included steals, was the third triple double in school history, the first triple double at Florida State since 1995 and the first triple double by an ACC player in the famed Greensboro Coliseum. His 10 steals not only set a personal best mark and a single game Florida State mark but they were the most steals by an ACC player since Duke’s Kenny Dennard earned 11 steals on Feb. 3, 1979. His 10 steals were also the most by a Division I player since Ricky Woods of Southeast Louisiana had 10 steals against Lamar on March 3, 2006.

Florida State’s Triple Doubles

Player Opponent Date Pts. Rebs. Asts/Stls

Reggie Royals Georgia Southern Dec. 1, 1972 12 16 10

Bob Sura NC State Jan. 15, 1995 19 12 12

Chris Singleton UNC Greensboro Nov. 14, 2010 22 11 10

SINGLETON’S 10 STEALS SETS SCHOOL RECORD

All-American candidate Chris Singleton established a new school record for steals in a single game with 10 against UNC Greensboro on Sunday. In setting a new school record he surpassed some of the great names in Florida State basketball history who had all earned nine steals in a single game – Tony William, Charlie Ward and Bob Sura. The last time a Seminole had nine steals in a game was during the 1994-95 season (16 years ago) when Bob Sura earned nine steals against Georgia Tech on March 2, 1995.

DULKYS HOT FROM THE BONUSPHERE IN THE EARLY GOING

Junior sharpshooter Deividas Dulkys has made seven 3-pooint shots and is shooting .467 from the 3-point line in the first three games of the season. He made his season high of four shots from the bonusphere in the Seminoles’ victory over Gardner Webb and has now made 107 career 3-point shots. In the last two seasons, he is shooting nearly 40 percent (76 of 194, .392 percent) from long range.

GIBSON IN THE STARTING LINE-UP

Junior forward Xavier Gibson has started each of the first three games of the 2010-11 season for the Seminoles – and has already doubled his career number of starting assignments this season as compared to his first season. He started three games as a sophomore with one of those starts coming on Dec. 6, 2010 against FIU. He scored nine points and added four assists in the Seminoles’ 82-62 victory over the Panthers last season.

JAMES PLAYING WELL IN HIS FIRST THREE DIVISION I GAMES

In his first three games of the season, junior college transfer Bernard James is averaging nearly 10 points scored and nearly seven rebounds per game. He scored his first career double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ season opening win over North Florida and enters Thursday’s game against FIU ranked second on the team in rebounds with 20. James has earned at least one blocked shot (eight total, second on the team) and at least one steal (five total, fourth on the team) in each of the first three games of the season and has multiple blocked shots in two games and multiple steals in two games. He earned four blocked shots and two steals in the Seminoles’ victory over North Florida.


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