TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State basketball team, which is ranked in the nation’s top 25 in numerous pre-season polls, plays host to Georgetown College on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its final exhibition game before the official start of the 2009-10 season. The game is free of charge and is Florida State’s final tune-up of the preseason which for the Seminoles began in August as it won four games on a 10-day tour of Spain.
The Seminoles won their first exhibition game as they defeated Delta State, 81-38, on Nov. 3 and will open their season against Jacksonville on Nov. 16 in Tallahassee.
Georgetown fell at Mississippi State, 90-70, on Saturday and lost a close 80-68 decision to Louisville on October 28. The Tigers finished with a 27-5 overall record and finished in first place 10-2 record in the Mid South Conference last season.
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi led the Seminoles with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in their exhibition game victory over Delta State. He made eight of 11 shots from the field and blocked half of Florida State’s team total of six shots against the Statesmen.
Alabi is a candidate for both the Naismith and Wooden awards as the nation’s top collegiate player.
Also playing well for the Seminoles against Delta State were juniors Jordan DeMercy and Derwin Kitchen. DeMercy led Florida State with a game-high nine rebounds while Kitchen earned four assists and committed only one turnover in 18 minutes played against Delta State.
“Georgetown is a very tough team,” said DeMercy. “They are very aggressive and will give us a good indication of where we are as a team. They will bang with our big guys inside and not just sit back and shoot threes. The game against Georgetown is a great game for us and will help us see where we are heading into the season opener next week.”
Florida State outrebounded Delta State, 50-36, and limited the Delta State to a .288 shooting percentage from the field for the games in its win last week. The Seminoles limited the Statesmen to 16 points in the second half and held them to on two made 3-point field goals for the entire game.
“We need to be more consistent throughout the game with our play,” said DeMercy. “When we get tired we can’t give up; we have to play hard for all 40 minutes. Our effort needs to be more consistent than it was in the last game.”
Kitchen, who played 19 minutes and scored eight points against Delta State, agrees with his classmate on the importance of playing well against Georgetown.
“A couple of the important things for Monday night are to play hard for 40 minutes and to keep everybody on the same page,” said Kitchen. “We were kind of out of synch and our organization wasn’t what it was supposed to be against Delta State. Things that we have practiced are not where we want then to be both offensively or defensively so we have to work harder on the concepts and principals that our coaches have taught us.”
Kitchen also understands the importance of the Seminoles’ game against Georgetown with the season opener only one week away.
“This game is important to see where we really stand,” said Kitchen. “We did some good things against Delta State and we did some things that we have to do better. We want to begin to start perfecting many of the things that our coaches have taught us since the beginning of practice.”
Following its game against Georgetown College, the Seminoles begin their season against Jacksonville on Nov. 16 before playing host to Stetson on Nov. 18. Florida State will play 16 games at home during the regular season.