- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 23, 2006

Last night at Tallahassee-Leon County (Fla.) Civic Center:

BY THE NUMBERS

25Total fouls called in the first half, 13 on Maryland and 12 on Florida State. Three players had three fouls by the break in the tightly officiated game, and Maryland’s James Gist and Florida State’s Alexander Johnson combined for five minutes before sitting the rest of the half with two fouls.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Florida State forward Al Thornton displayed a multifaceted game that rightfully attracted attention from NBA scouts, mixing midrange jumpers, strong drives to the basket and aggressive defense to finish with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Thornton celebrated by giving high fives during a victory lap near the Seminoles’ student section.

QUOTABLE

“I don’t want J.J.”

— A Florida State student perched behind press row after a chant of “We want J.J.” broke out with less than three minutes left in anticipation of Duke’s visit to Tallahassee next week.

Patrick Stevens

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