Seniors Ralph Mims, Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann and Matt Zitani were all honored for their contributions to the Florida State Men's Basketball program at the Seminoles' annual honors and awards banquet at the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom at the University Center Club on Wednesday night.[details]
ON RICH: Destined to be an all-star for the Seminoles and a standout player in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the remaining two years of his career at Florida State...has displayed the offensive and defensive capabilities that will place him in the top tier of players in the ACC as he leads the Seminoles to a consistent spot in the upper echelon of the league and the nation...has started 40 games in the first two years of his career and will be a member of the Seminoles' starting lineup as a junior...earned All-ACC Freshman Team Honorable Mention honors by the ACC Area Sports Journal after a strong first season as a Seminole...changed his uniform number to 25 for the 2006-07 season after the number was vacated by the graduation of Diego Romero...wore the No. 25 as a high school all-star...one of only four Parade All-Americans who entered the ACC as freshmen for the 2004-05 season ... a four-star guard and ranked as the 28th best high school player in the nation as a senior by Rivals.com ... also named as the seventh best guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... named as the top high school basketball player in the state of Florida by FloridaHoops.com ... the 22nd ranked high school player in the nation by InsideHoops.com ... one of two current Seminoles who played in the Jordan Capital Classic following his senior season ... played against current Seminole teammate Isaiah Swann in the 2004 game ... scored six points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out four assists in 16 minutes as a starter against Swann who scored ten points in 17 minutes... earned the First Year Academic Achievement Award at the Seminoles' Annual Honors Banquet following the 2005 season...earned the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award at the annual banquet following the 2006 season.AS A SOPHOMORE (2006): Averaged 10.0 points (third on the team), 3.1 rebounds (third), 1.2 steals (third) and 1.6 assists (fourth)...ranked third on the team in minutes played and was one of only three Seminoles to play more than 800 minutes during the 2005-06 season...also averaged a career-high 10.0 points per game and was one of only three Seminole players to average in double figure scoring...among the top defenders on the team, he ranked third on the team with a career-high 36 steals and second on the team with a career-high 10 blocked shots...started the final 29 games of the season and was one of only four Seminoles to start 29 or more games during the season...started all 16 of the Seminoles' ACC games and both of Florida State's games in the NIT...established single-season career-best in just about every statistical category including field goals made (125), field goals attempted (267), field goal shooting percentage (.468), 3-point field goals made (eight), 3-point field goals attempted (45), free throws made (42), free throws attempted (57), free throw shooting percentage (.737), offensive rebounds (26), defensive rebounds (67), total rebounds (93), average rebounds per game (3.1), assists (49), blocked shots (10), steals (36), minutes played (808), minutes played per game (26.9), total points scored (300) and average points scored per game (10.0 ppg)...ranked third on the team with three 20-point scoring games as he totaled a career-high 22 against Butler in the first round of the NIT (March 17) and 20 points each against Miami (Jan. 29) and Duke (Feb. 4)...one of only four Seminole players with double figure rebounds in at least one game as he pulled down a career-high 11 in the Seminoles' victory over Texas Southern (Dec. 7)...also ranked third on the team as he led the team in scoring four times - 13 in the season opener against Jacksonville (Nov. 19), 15 against Texas Southern, 20 against Miami and 22 against Butler...scored 13 points in the Seminoles' victory over Jacksonville off the bench in his only non-start of the season...scored in double figures in three of the first five games of the season for the Seminoles -- against Jacksonville (Nov. 19), Alcorn State (Nov. 21) and Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 2) and totaled double figures in seven of the first nine...scored 15 points and career-high 11 rebounds in first career double-double against Texas Southern...scored seven points to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes against Purdue (Nov. 29) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge...his outing allowed the Seminoles to take a 97-57 victory and establish a challenge record for largest margin of victory (+40)...a string of five consecutive games in double figure scoring from Florida State's win over Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 2) through the Seminoles' victory over Campbell (Dec. 22)...scored 10 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Louisiana Monroe...his first career double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds against Texas Southern (Dec. 7)...scored 10 points and added one steal in 28 minutes played against Bowling Green (Dec. 17)...totaled 10 points, to go along with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes against Stetson...scored 11 points and added four rebounds, one blocked shot and two steals in the Seminoles' victory over Campbell...averaged 11.2 points scored per game as the Seminoles won five consecutive games...scored in double figures in 15 of the Seminoles' 30 games as a sophomore as compared to six of 30 games as a freshman...scored or averaged in double figures against six of Florida State's 11 ACC opponents during the season...(vs. Boston College): scored seven points, was credited with two assists and earned three steals in Florida State's only game against NCAA Tournament participant Boston College during the 2005-06 season...three points in the first half as the Seminoles sprinted to a 38-34 lead and four points in the second half as they attempted to hold onto a lead in the second half...his 3-point shot came with 1:36 remaining in the first half and put the Seminoles up 36-30 on their way to a four-point lead at the intermission...it marked the third of five consecutive ACC games Florida State would lead at halftime...four second half points on two lay-ups as the Seminoles worked their way back into the game after falling behind by as many as 14 points in the second half...after falling behind, the Seminoles cut the lead to as few as two and had a shot to tie the game at the final buzzer on the road...two Rich steals in the final 3:19 of the game helped the Seminoles' cut into the deficit...his steal with 1:18 left led directly to a 3-point shot by Todd Galloway and cut Florida State's deficit to two at 81-83...Boston College won the game despite being outscored 9-7 by Florida State in the final two minutes of the game...(vs. Clemson): averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Clemson...eight points and four rebounds in 27 minutes as the Seminoles traveled to play at Clemson (Jan. 4)...totaled six first half points as Florida State worked to hang with the Tigers and were down six (30-36) at the halftime break...most important basket of the game came on a steal and a lay-up with 20 seconds remaining in the first half to bring the Seminoles to within three at 30-33...was limited to two points in the second half as the Seminoles were unable to come all the way back and fell to the Tigers on the road, 61-55...totaled 13 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high tying four steals as the Seminoles defeated Clemson in Tallahassee (Feb. 1)...among the team leaders with eight second half points as Florida State pulled away and led by as many as 14 in the second half...got the Seminoles going in the second half as he stole the basketball from Clemson's Vernon Hamilton and scored on a lay-up to quickly increase the Seminoles' lead to 28-23 (+5)...was an important basket as the Tigers tied the game at the 12:31 mark but never took the lead...integral in an important four-point possession for the Seminoles with five minutes left in the game...with 5:17 remaining in the game, Rich grabbed the offensive rebound of a missed Todd Galloway free throw shot, scored a lay-up and was fouled on the play...he hit the ensuing free throw to put the Seminoles up 59-49 and very much put the game away for the Seminoles...his points were part of a 13-0 Florida State run that took the score from up one (48-47 at the 8:45 mark) to up 14 at the 4:26 mark...Florida State won the game 69-59 to even their ACC record at 4-4 at the midway point of the conference race...(vs. Duke): averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...averaged 30.5 minutes of playing time in the two games against the Blue Devils...his career breakout game came with 20 points, three rebounds and two steals in a career-high 39 minutes of play as Florida State took No. 2 ranked Duke to the limit before falling in overtime, 97-96, in one of the most memorable games of the 2005-06 college basketball season...was nearly unstoppable as he made 10 of 18 field goal attempts and combining with teammate Al Thornton for 57 points in a truly amazing performance by the entire Seminole team...totaled eight first half points to energize the Seminoles to a 45-43 halftime lead...it marked only the second time in school history the Seminoles had led the Blue Devils at halftime in a game played in Cameron Indoor Stadium...it was a Rich assist on a jumper by Al Thornton with five seconds remaining in the first half that gave the Seminoles the 45-43 lead at the intermission...three of his four first half baskets pulled the Seminoles in to a tie with the Blue Devils...there were 14 ties in the first half and 26 ties in the game...his 12 second half points were overshadowed by only Thornton's 14 second half points for Florida State...six points in a span of 1:19 in the second half on a variety of post-up jumpers (two) and a dunk to draw Florida State to within four (54-58) at the 14:40 mark...a jumper with 5:05 remaining in regulation again tied the game at 76-76...played all five minutes in the overtime period and contributed one steal in the extra session of basketball...scoring performance was his first 20-point scoring outing on the road and helped him announce presence as one of the ACC's top players...three points (all from the free throw line) and a team-leading nine rebounds as the Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke in Tallahassee (March 1)...all three points came late in the second half as Florida State battled back from as much as a seven-point deficit to gain the incredible victory...two free throws with 3:12 remaining pulled the Seminoles to within one at 69-70 and another made shot from the line tied the game at 72-72 with 1:42 remaining in the game...drew fouls on Sean Dockery (3:12) and Lee Melchionni (1:42) late in the game as two Blue Devils fouled out of the game and two more had four fouls when the game ended...the foul he drew on Melchionni with 1:42 left in the game came on a very important defensive rebound after a missed 3-point shot by DeMarcus Nelson...Florida State outscored Duke, 14-7, in the last five minutes of the game to gain the victory...(vs. Georgia Tech): scored 12 points, pulled down two rebounds and was credited with four assists in Florida State's come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech...credited with one big blocked shot and a second huge defensive play in the final six seconds of the Seminoles' victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Feb. 9)...with six seconds remaining in the game, Rich blocked a 3-point shot attempt by the Yellow Jacket's Lewis Clinch which, if the shot had gone in, would had given Georgia Tech the lead. On the ensuing play (after he blocked the ball out of bounds) he defended Tech's Anthony Morrow to the outside of the court where Morrow stepped on the sidelined and turned the ball over to the Seminoles...it was one of Rich's career-high 10 blocked shots on the season and maybe the most important of the fist two years of his career...added 10 second half points as Florida State erased as much as a 14-point second half deficit...helped begin the Seminoles' comeback after they trailed by 14 (56-70) with 9:17 left in the game...assisted on a jumper by Isaiah Swann to cut the Seminoles' deficit to 12 with 9:02 left and then scored two consecutive baskets in the next 51 seconds to pull Florida State to within eight (62-70) with 7:41 left it he game...added two free throws at the 4:47 mark to pull Florida State to within five at 67-72...added an assist on an Alexander Johnson Dunk to close the deficit to three (71-74) with 4:05 remaining...Florida State took the lead on a 3-point shot by Andrew Wilson with 1:32 left to put the score at 80-79 which turned out to be the final score of the game...the Seminole lead then set up Rich for the defensive stand of the season...(vs. Maryland): scored six points and was credited with three assists and two rebounds in Florida State's only game during the season against NIT participant Maryland...four first half points and two in the second half as the Seminoles defeated Maryland in Tallahassee (Feb. 22), 71-60, to improve to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in the ACC...scored four of Florida State's first seven points to give the Seminoles a 7-4 lead with only 2:42 elapsed in the game...the Seminoles led the rest of the way, won the game going away and were up by as many as 20 in the second half...(vs. Miami): averaged 13.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two games against NIT participant Miami...totaled 20 points on eight of 11 shooting from the field against Miami in Tallahassee (Jan. 29)...was the first time in his career that he had scored 20 or more points in a single game and the first of three times he scored at least 20 points during the 2005-06 season...did the majority of his scoring damage after halftime as he scored 16 points to help the Seminoles recover from as much as a seven point deficit to tie the game and send it into overtime...biggest play of the game was an assist on an inbounds pass to Alexander Johnson for a lay-up that tied the game with one second remaining in regulation to tie the game at 69-69...sent a perfectly timed alley-oop pass to Johnson who scored the bucket jut before the clock hit zero...scored seven points in the first five minutes of the send half to help the Seminoles reclaim the lead at the 15:08 mark (40-39...Rich tied the game and put Florida State up, 40-39, with a pair of free throws...he scored seven of the Seminoles first 14 points of the second half...added six points during the remainder as he tried to will the Seminoles to the win...totaled three points and one assist in the overtime period but his effort wasn't enough as the Seminoles fell at home, 84-78...scored seven points and added three rebounds in 29 minutes of play as the Seminoles defeated Miami in Coral Gables (March 5) to clinch a winning record in the ACC at 7-9...mot important play of the game may have come at the defensive end as he blocked a lay-up attempt by Guillermo Diaz to allowed Florida State to hold onto a 36-34 (+2 point) lead...was three of four from the free throw line in the second half with each of his three free throws helping the Seminoles hold their lead...Florida State won the game, 67-64, for their first victory over Miami on the road as a league opponent...(vs. North Carolina): scored 12 points and pulled down one rebound in Florida State's only game against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina during the 2005-06 season...was one for four Seminoles to score in double figures against the Tar Heels in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)...scored seven first half points to help the Seminoles to a seemingly commanding 50-42 lead at the intermission...scored the first three points of the game on a 3-point shot with only 58 seconds elapsed in the game...a jumper with 1:01 left in the first half gave the Seminoles their largest lead (+13, 50-47)...scored five points in the second half including one on a free throw with 2:07 left to tie the game a 76-76...North Carolina won the game as they outscored the Seminoles 5-4 in the last two minutes to gain the 81-80 victory...(vs. NC State): scored six points and added one rebound in 15 minutes of play in the Seminoles only game of the season against NC State...all six points came in the second half as NC State defeated Florida State in Raleigh (Feb. 15)...(vs. Virginia): averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Virginia...scored in double figures and shot a combined 10 of 18 (.556) in both victories over the Cavaliers during the season...totaled 12 points, for rebounds and for assists in 35 minutes against Virginia as the Seminoles won in overtime in Charlottesville (Jan. 11), 87-82...scored six first half points, four in the second half and two in the overtime period as the Seminoles gained their second ACC victory of the season...his two points in overtime (on two of two free throws) with two seconds remaining on the clock were his most pivotal points of the game and gave Florida State an insurmountable lead at 87-82 which proved to be the final score of the game...four points on two dunks within a two minutes span in the second half gave the Seminoles a five point lead at 54-49...defensively he blocked a career-high two shots with both coming in the second half...began the second half with a block of an jumper by Adrian Joseph that allowed Florida State to keep a 47-45 advantage...a second block came only one minutes late an a lay-up attempt by Tunji Soroye and allowed Florida State to keep a five point advantage at 50-45...the missed opportunities by the Cavaliers loomed large late in the second half as Florida State needed to recover from a five-point deficit in the final 3:18 of regulation to tie the game at 77-77 and send it into overtime...double figures for the third consecutive game against Virginia (he also scored 10 points against Virginia on March 6, 2005) as he totaled 10 points and three rebounds as the Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers, 76-62, in Tallahassee (Feb. 18)...the +14 point margin of victory was the Seminoles largest ACC margin of victory during the season...scored six of the Seminoles first 16 points of the game to help Florida State to a 16-5 bulge with 13:29 still left in the first half...a jumper with 4:02 left in the half allowed Florida State to take a 39-28 halftime lead and allowed the Seminoles to run to the victory...the win evened the Seminoles' ACC record a 6-6 and would allow them to win five of their last six conference games of the season to finish with a 9-7 ACC mark and a fifth place finish in the conference standings...(vs. Virginia Tech): averaged 7.5 points and 2.0 assists in two games against Virginia Tech...scored nine points and had two steals and a blocked shot in the Seminoles victory over the Hokies in Tallahassee (Jan. 7)...scored three points in the final 5:37 of the game to help the Seminoles win their first ACC game of the season...scored three straight points for Florida State in a 32 second span on a free throw and a lay-up to allow the Seminoles to extend their lead from five points to eight points with 5:05 left in the game...Florida State made their free throws at the end of the game and won going away, 74-68...one steal in each half led directly to five points on his own steal and lay-up in the first half and a steal to set up a 3-point shot by Alexander Johnson in the second half...totaled six points and three assists as Florida State traveled to play Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (Feb. 25)...(vs. Wake Forest): averaged 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Wake Forest...five points (all in the second half) as Florida State won in Winston-Salem (Jan. 24)...allowed the Seminoles to stay hot to begin the second half with a jumper at the 19:07 mark to put Florida State up by 10 (44-34)...scored three of four free throw shots in the last 35 seconds of the game after the Demon Deacons had closed to within three with just over three minutes left in the game...his first two free throw shots put the Seminoles up seven with 35 seconds remaining and his third closed the Deacons out and gave the Seminoles a 74-68 advantage...scored seven points and added two rebounds against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament (March 9) in the Greensboro Coliseum...scored four points in the first half to stake Florida State to a 40-32 lead...Wake Forest redeemed themselves in the second half and won the game, 78-66, to advance to the quarterfinal of the tournament...(vs. Butler and South Carolina in the NIT): averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in Florida State's two games against Butler and South Carolina as the Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NIT...scored his career-high of 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds as he nearly totaled his second career double-double against Butler in the first round of the NIT in Tallahassee (March 17)...his scoring performance allowed him to earn team-high scoring honors for the fourth time during his sophomore season...his scoring output allowed the Seminoles to offset the off-night by lading scorer Al Thornton who totaled only five points in the Seminoles' 67-63 victory...was a scoring terror in the second half as he scored 18 of Florida State's 34 points in the half to allow the Seminoles to survive and advance to the second round of the NIT...scored 10 of the Seminoles' first 17 points of the second half to allow Florida State to keep their lead until late in the half...a dunk (his 10th point of the second half) with 12:32 remaining in the game put the Seminoles up 50-43...an old fashioned three-point play at the 6:09 mark with a lay-up and the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Florida State up 57-51...made a career-high tying 10 field goals in the victory...eight rebounds (one off tying Alexander Johnson for team-high honors) including seven in the all-important second half...earned four rebounds in the last 10 minutes of the game including the final rebound of the game with six seconds left in the victory to seal to win...scored four points and was credited with a career-high five assists against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT in Tallahassee (March 21)...scored all four of his points in the first half as the Seminoles forged to a 25-22 lead at the intermission...South Carolina won the game in overtime 69-68...(vs. Florida): scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds in the Seminoles' only game against Florida during the 2005-06 season...all eight points came in the second half as the Seminoles battled the Gators in Gainesville (Nov. 25).
AS A FRESHMAN (2005): Averaged 5.4 points (seventh on the team), 2.0 rebounds (tied for eighth), 0.7 steals (fifth) and shot .70 from the free throw line (sixth) while playing in 30 games and starting 11...his 11 starts were the sixth most on the team and the highest amount among the Seminoles' freshman...played 584 minutes and averaged 19.5 minutes played per game in his first season - the fifth highest minutes played total and fifth highest average number of minutes played of the 13 Florida State players...averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in his 11 starts...missed the first game of his career against Texas Southern (Nov. 19) and the Seminoles' exhibition against PanAmerican University of Mexico because of an eye injury suffered during pre-season practice...scored in double figures in three of his first eight career games and was averaging 6.8 points per game after scoring 11 points to lead the Seminoles over South Alabama (Dec. 16) in Tallahassee...scored his career-high 12 points in his sixth career game to lead the Seminoles over Ole Miss on the road...most important basket was his final score of the game as he earned a steal and scored on a driving, spinning lay-up to increase Florida State's lead to five points and make the game a two possession game...Rich's basket put the Seminoles up 69-64 with nine seconds remaining in the game...Rich's career-high 12 points allowed Florida State to gain a win on the road at an SEC school for the first time since defeating Florida in Gainesville in 1992...totaled 22 steals in his 30 games played with five multiple steal games including his career-high of four steals against LSU...also earned three steals in Florida State's victory over Jacksonville (Dec. 21)...(vs. Clemson) averaged 6.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Clemson...scored five points and added two rebounds in 17 minutes of play as the Seminoles hosted the Tigers in Tallahassee (Jan. 12)...eight points and one steal as a starter when Florida State traveled to play at Clemson (Feb. 27)...all eight points came in the second half as the Seminoles attempted a furious comeback...a 3-point shot with 6:46 left in the game pulled the Seminoles to within 52-51and was part of a 15-6 run that brought the Seminoles back into the contest...Clemson made 19 free throws in the final five minutes to take the 83-74 victory...(vs. Duke) scored zero points and pulled down one rebound in 13 minutes of play in his first career game against NCAA Tournament participant Duke...earned 13 minutes of playing time before fouling out for the only time during his freshman season...(vs. Georgia Tech) averaged 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Georgia Tech...five points and three rebounds as Florida State traveled to play in Atlanta (Feb. 2)...biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the first half, gave the Seminoles a 33-27 lead and momentum heading into the halftime break...scored all five of his points in the final 2:07 of the half as Florida State seemingly took control of the game...Florida State closed the half on a 12-3 run and led by as many as eight in the half to take the early lead...Georgia Tech recovered and won the game on a 3-point shot by Will Bynum to win the game 64-61...six points, three assists and two rebounds as a starter for the Seminoles in the second of two near wins against Georgia Tech in the game played in Tallahassee (Feb. 20)...scored two points in the second half as Florida State outscored Georgia Tech 39-32 and nearly earned the victory...Rich scored on a lay-up with 14:29 left in the second half for his only two points half...his bucket started a 25-18 game-ending run that allowed the Seminoles to take a 75-74 lead with 10 seconds remaining on a basket by Al Thornton...the Yellow Jackets stole the victory from the Seminoles on two free throws by B.J. Elder with 0.4 seconds remaining in the game...(vs. Maryland) scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds in the Seminoles' only game against NIT semifinalist Maryland...made his first career ACC start and played his career-high of 31 minutes as the Seminoles opened their conference schedule...nine points including three in the second half and two in the overtime period as the Seminoles battled Maryland into overtime...a jumper with 10:30 left in the second half pulled the Seminoles to within seven at 63-56 and began a half ending 24-17 Seminole run that saw the Seminoles tie the game at 80-80 at the end of regulation...pulled the Seminoles even at 88 with a jump shot with 32 seconds left in the overtime period...Maryland won the game, 90-88, on two free throws with seven seconds left in the game by John Gilchrist...(vs. Miami) averaged 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in two games against NIT participant Miami in the Hurricanes' first season as members of the ACC...two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of play as Florida State played the Hurricanes as an ACC opponent for the first time at Coral Gables (Feb. 15)...13 minutes of play as a starter as Florida State hosted Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 22)...(vs. North Carolina) averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA National Champion North Carolina...two first half points and three rebounds as the Seminoles played host to North Carolina in Tallahassee (Feb. 6)...eight points and three rebounds as a starter in 22 minutes as Florida State played in Chapel Hill (Mach 3)...(vs. NC State) averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant NC State...helped the Seminoles to the 70-64 win in Raleigh (Jan. 26) which gave the Seminoles their first ACC road win since March 3, 2001 and broke a 26-game ACC road losing streak...four points including a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line in the second half to help lead the Seminoles to the much needed victory...his free throws came with 6:10 remaining in the second half and was part of a 17-of-20 performance from the line by the Seminoles in the final 20 minutes of the game...Florida State made eight of their last nine free throws (including two by Rich) in the final six minutes of the game...the Seminoles' free throws helped overpower the Wolfpack who outscored the Seminoles 9-8 to close the game...scored four points and pulled down four rebounds as he earned his 11th career start against NC State in the ACC Tournament at the MCI Center (March 10)...led the Seminoles with two assists as he played on the biggest stage of the first year of his Florida State career... (vs. Virginia) averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games against Virginia...shot well from the field and finished with a .600 (six-of-ten) field goal shooting percentage against the Cavaliers...best combination of points (10) and rebounds (five) in the Seminoles' regular season finale against Virginia in Tallahassee (March 6)...helped the Seminoles take the 68-63 victory...finished as one of four Seminoles in double figure scoring...four first half points as the Seminoles raced to a 32-21 halftime lead and held on to take the victory...on the floor late and made two-of-two free throws with 59 seconds remaining in the second half to put Florida State up 63-58 with under one minute to play...made his two free throws as the Cavaliers had cut the Seminoles advantage to 61-58 (-3 points)...after Florida State had led by as many as 13 points in the second half, three points was the slimmest of margins held by Florida State in the second half...the two free throws by Rich took the game from a one-possession game to a two possession game...Virginia got no closer than four in the final minutes as the Seminoles won on Senior Day for Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski...four points and his ACC career-high of three assists in the Seminoles trip to Charlottesville (Feb. 9)...all four points came in the first half as Florida State ran out to a 31-23 halftime lead...played only three minutes in the second half as Virginia outscored Florida State 33-24 to steal the victory...the Cavaliers won the game, 56-55, on a 3-point shot by Devin Smith with five seconds remaining in the game...(vs. Virginia Tech) scored zero points and pulled down zero rebounds in nine minutes of play in one game against Virginia Tech as the Hokies and Seminoles met only once during the season...two assists led to five first-half points and a 45-38 halftime lead for the Seminoles...assisted on a 3-point shot by Adam Waleskowski and a dunk by Al Thornton to help the Seminoles to their first win over Virginia Tech as an ACC opponent...Florida State evened their ACC record at 1-1 with the 77-70 victory...(vs. Wake Forest) averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games against NCAA Tournament participant Wake Forest...instrumental in the Seminoles' 91-83 overtime victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest in Tallahassee (Jan. 18)...pulled down his ACC career-high of five rebounds in the monumental win over the Deacons...also had two assists and one steal which led directly to seven first half points as the Seminoles took a 46-32 lead on their way to the victory...was the Seminoles' only win over a ranked team during the season and marked the 14th consecutive season the Seminoles had defeated at least one ranked team...scored his ACC career-high of 11 points as the Seminoles traveled to play at Winston-Salem (Feb. 12)...tied his career-high with five field goals made in the game...was one of two players in double figures for the Seminoles in the contest...(vs. Florida) scored four points and pulled down three rebounds as the Seminoles defeated Florida in the annual regular season game between the in-state rivals...all four points came in the first half as the Seminoles raced to a 45-32 lead at the intermission and went onto the 82-69 victory...two free throws with 1:24 remaining came in the midst of a half-ending 12-9 run to give Florida State the 13 point bulge at the half...was the Seminoles' first victory over the Gators since the 1997 season...
AT DR. PHILLIPS: Graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 2004 ... averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 steals and shot .550 from the field as a senior in 2004 ... the team leader in scoring in all but two games as a senior ... earned All-State First-Team honors as a senior in becoming only the second player in school history to earn the honor ... only Rich and former NC State and Georgia star Damien Wilkins are Dr. Phillips alum who have been named as the best players in the state of Florida as seniors ... named All-State First-Team by the Florida Sports Writers Association as both a junior and senior ... became the first player in school history to earn All-State First-Team honors in two consecutive seasons ... an All-Central Florida selection by the Orlando Sentinel ... earned All-Metro Conference First-Team honors his senior season ... led Dr. Phillips to a 20-7 record and a final ranking of No. 7 in the state ... the Panthers were ranked No. 1 in the state during his senior season for the first time in school history ... Dr. Phillips was ranked second in the state in the final poll of the 2004 season and were not ranked below tenth in the state during his senior season ... led Dr. Phillips to the Metro Conference Championship with a perfect 14-0 record ... Rich led Dr. Phillips to its first ever undefeated Metro Conference Championship in school history ... over his final two years at Dr. Phillips, the Panthers amassed a 25-2 conference record with one championship and one runner-up finish ... scored at least 30 points three times with his senior season high of 33 points coming against Olympia ... scored 31 points against Edgewater (Dec. 1) ... Edgewater finished the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the state of Florida ... also 31 points against Cyprus Creek in January of his senior season ... established school records for points scored (683) and points scored per game (22.8) as a junior ... also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.7 steals as a junior ... career high of 34 points came against Olympia Jan. 8, 2003 and totaled 33 against Olympia Jan. 15, 2004.
PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1986 ... Jason is the son of Ronnie and Addie Rich ... was born in Pensacola, Fla., and was a childhood friend of current Seminole freshman Ralph Mims ... the youngest of nine brothers and sisters ... selected Florida State over Kentucky, Indiana, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Southern California.