Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU PG Improves His Game

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU PG Improves His Game

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TALLAHASSEE -- Virtually overlooked in the aftermath of Monday night's 64-54 Florida State victory over Georgia Tech was the play of second-year point guard Delvon Arrington.

After dishing out just three assists and committing 10 turnovers in blowout losses at Clemson and Duke, Arrington rebounded with his finest game since the 'Noles and Yellow Jackets met in Atlanta on Jan. 19.

Arrington dished out 10 assists and turned the ball over just twice as the Seminoles rallied from a 15-point first half deficit against the Jackets, which positively overshadowed his 1-of-8 shooting performance. It was the first double-digit assist performance for Arrington since he handed out 10 against the Jackets in a 65-62 loss, and just the third time he has been in double figures this season.

"Delvon did a real nice job of getting us organized out there," FSU coach Steve Robinson said following the win.

Like his team's fortunes, Arrington's play has been full of highs and lows this season, though there is little doubt he has been adversely affected by the lack of another capable ballhandler. Through 23 games he is logging a team-leading 32.4 minutes.

There's no mistaking the correlation between Arrington's play and the Seminoles' success. FSU equalled a season-high with 18 assists against the Jackets, and turned the ball over 12 times. It was just the third time in 12 Atlantic Coast Conference games this season they've handed out more than 13 assists, and only the fourth positive assist-to-turnover game. Not surprisingly, the 'Noles are 4-0 in those league games.

With his 10 assists against Georgia Tech, Arrington moved into ninth place on FSU's career list, passing Dean Shaffer and Skip Young, with 325. Next up are the two players he succeeded -- Kerry Thompson (356) and Lamarr Greer (361).

BOUNCING BACK -- FSU has rallied from double-digit deficits in three of its five Atlantic Coast Conference victories. The 'Noles were down 18 at Wake Forest (Jan. 4) before pulling out a 66-64 victory. On Jan. 12, FSU trailed Clemson 11 at the half and scored a 60-57 win at home. Monday night the 'Noles trailed 34-19 with just over a minute to play in the first half against Georgia Tech before storming to a 64-54 win. …

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