TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sporting Alert — Terance Mann scored 19 points and led two other teammates in double-digit scoring and No. 21 Florida State beat Samford 76-68 in a college basketball game on Monday.
Mann shot 7-for-8 from the floor and made 5 of 6 from the free-throw line, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 15 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Seminoles (12-1), who improved to 9-0 at home this season.
Dwayne Bacon finished with 14 points and six rebounds for Florida State, who lead 31-27 at halftime and then held off the Bulldogs 45-41 in the second half.
The Seminoles were winning eight straight.
“We are a team that’s still improving. I don’t think we’ve come close to reaching our potential,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“Obviously, we’re pleased that we are 12-1 in the pre-conference. Now, it’s on. Let’s get the party started.”
He added: “It’s good to be able to win with different guys stepping up. Bacon and Jonathan didn’t have their usual good nights.
“We didn’t get the ball inside to our big guys. But, then Terance and ‘X’ stepped up and gave us good play.”
Christen Cunningham led Samford (7-4) with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson added 14 points, Alex Thompson finished with 13 points and six boards and Josh Sharkey chipped in with 10 points, seven assists and three steals in the defeat for the Bulldogs.
It wasn’t a productive night, however, for Wyatt Walker, as the Samford sophomore centre, who is averaging a double-double with 13.7 points and 11.6 rebounds, was held for just four points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.
He was held scoreless in the first half.
Samford will host Florida A&M on Thursday, while Florida State will begin ACC conference play Dec. 28 against Wake Forest.
“Mentally, we’ve got to understand that games are not always going to be perfect. You’re not always going to play at your best,” Hamilton added.
“But if you’re fundamentally sound and play the right way, most of the time you can find a way to be the best you can be.
“And that’s what our goal will be.”