Seminoles' Jones Advances to Final Four

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University Associate Head Coach Stan Jones made 24 of his 25 free throw shots and defeated Michael Huger of George Mason in the fourth round of the Shots from the Heart campaign sponsored by the colleginsider.com to benefit the American Heart Association and has advanced to the Final Four of the national competition.

Jones has made 96 of 100 shots (96 percent) in the first four rounds of the competition. He made 24 of 25 shots in the Elite Eight round to advance to the Final Four. Jones finished tied with Huger with 30 total points but advanced as he has the longest consecutive streak of shots made, 17, during the round. Huger’s longest streak during the round was 16 consecutive.

With victories in four rounds of the assistant coaches’ bracket, Jones is just two victories away from being crowned the champion in the event. The Florida State coach will next face either Darnell Archey of Butler or Carmen Maciariello of Fairfield during the month of March for the opportunity to shoot for the tournament title.

The project is designed to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and benefits the American Heart Association. The event pays tribute to the late Skip Prosser who passed away of a heart attack in 2007. Prosser spent 21 years as collegiate head coach at Loyola (Md.), Xavier and Wake Forest. He made 18 postseason appearances and is the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams.

Jones is competing in one of two 64-team brackets (one for head coaches and one for assistant coaches) in a national free throw shooting contest. The event began in mid November and saw Jones defeat Mark Prosser of Wofford College in the first round, Andy Fox of Tulane in the second round, Alvin Brooks of Sam Houston State University in the third round and Michael Huger of George Mason in the Elite Eight.

Jones defeated Mark Prosser by a 30-21 mark in the first round as he made each of his final 23 shots of the round. After making his first attempt and missing his second attempt, Jones reeled of 23 consecutive made free throws to advance to the Round of 32. Jones was then perfect on all 25 of his shots in the second round in defeating Fox by a score of 31-24. In the round of 16, Jones made his first 16 shots and 23 of 25 total shots, only missing the 17th and 21st attempts. The 23 of 25 effort in the Sweet 16 earned Jones a 28-24 victory over Brooks and a berth to the Elite Eight. Jones made the same number of shots and scored the same number of points as his opponent (Michael Huger), but won due to having the longer consecutive shots made streak. After sinking his first 17 shots, Jones missed only his 18th attempt before making the rest of his free throws.

“Advancing to the Final Four is exciting,” said Jones who has helped lead Florida State to a 20-9 overall record and a 10-5 mark in the ACC. “Shooting my shots is something that I look forward to because this is for a cause that is so important to me. The opportunity to combine basketball with a charity that has touched my life is very important to me.”

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 are encouraged to sponsor their favorite coach in the competition. Each coach can be sponsored for designated rate or on a per basket basis. All proceeds are raised to benefit the American Heart Association.


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