FLORIDA STATE’S STAN JONES ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS OF SHOTS FROM THE HEART FREE THROW COMPETITION
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State University Associate Head Coach Stan Jones made 24 of 25 free throws including his final 21 attempts in the semifinal round of the Shots From the Heart competition sponsored by collegeinsider.com to benefit the American Heart Association and will face Brooks Jennings of Texas Tech in this week’s championship round. Jones has now made 120 of 125 (.960 percent) free throws in the first five rounds of the tournament and finds himself on the precipice of a national championship.
“I’m happy to still be shooting for a good cause,” said Jones. “It’s good for me because heart disease is very personal for me and to be able to bring attention a disease that took the life of my father is very satisfying. I hope I have one more good round in me this week.”
Jones made his first three shots of the fifth round before missing on shot number four. He gathered himself and made his final 21 shots to give him 30 points for the round. The consecutive basket streak is what pushed Jones into the championship round as he scored 30 points and made 21 straight shots to close out the round. Carmen Maciariello of Providence College also made 24 of 25 shots including his first 18. He missed on shot number 19 thus stopping his streak at 18. Maciariello endured a coaching change during the competition as he was part of a staff that left Fairfield University for Providence College just last week.
Jones will now meet Jennings in the championship round. Jennings advanced to the championship with a one point win over Craig Neal of New Mexico. Jennings did not miss a shot during the semifinal round and has not missed a single shot during the first five rounds of competition.
With the assistant coach bracket down to Jones and Jennings, the also hotly contested head coach bracket has come down to Iowa’s Fred Hoiberg against either Buzz Peterson of UNC Wilmington or Sean Miller of Arizona.
The collegeinsider.com awards banquet to announce the champions in both brackets and the numerous other awards they presented is scheduled for April 1 at the men’s basketball Final Four in Houston.
To find out more about this program and for ways to help in the battle against heart disease, log onto www.collegeinsider.com/shots or contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association. You can also log onto www.heart.org for more information on the American Heart Association.
Fans continue to be encouraged to sponsor the remaining coaches in the competition. Both coaches can be sponsored for designated rate or on a per basket basis. All proceeds are raised to benefit the American Heart Association.