GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sporting Alert – Terance Mann scored a career-high 25 points and Florida State upset No. 5 Florida 83-66 on Monday night to continue its undefeated start to the season.
The Gators (5-2) went into the game as the favorites, but struggled early and trailed 10-1 in the opening minutes and entered the halftime break with a 42-35 deficit.
After the interval, the Seminoles (7-0) used an 8-0 run to open up a 12 point lead and then went on to pull away for their fourth successive victory in this series for the first time in the 68-game history of the head-to-head battle.
Mann, who was 11-of-17 on shooting, also grabbed eight rebounds in the win at C. O’Connell Center.
CJ Walker added 17 points, with five rebounds, four assists and three steals for Florida State and Phil Cofer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Braian Angola scored 10 points for Florida State, which continue to look like one of the best teams in the nation after the opening month.
Jalen Hudson scored 16 points to lead Florida, while KeVaughn Allen ended with 15 in the defeat, as the SEC outfits lost for a second straight time to an ACC opponent, following the defeat to No. 1 Duke in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon last week.
Egor Koulechov ended with 11 points for the Gators, who shot just 6 of 25 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 42-32 by the Seminoles.
Florida State won the game despite shooting less than 40 percent with just nine assists after making 20 of 24 free throws to keep the scoreboard ticking over and forced 16 turnovers.
WHAT THE COACHES SAID:
“It’s a quality win. Obviously, at the end of the season, these victories mean a lot,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“Four in a row? I don’t know what that really means other than we’ve been fortunate because we lost like five in a row.
“I’m not really sure if we can start taking bows if we won four in a row. We didn’t hang our heads when we lost five in a row.”
Florida Coach Mike White said his team played “soft”
He added: “We spent the last 24 hours talking about throwing the first punch, throwing the first punch, being the aggressor, being proactive against a team that’s gotten the better of us the last few years.
“They threw the first three or four punches and continued throwing most of them and connecting on most of them until the final buzzer. A very disappointing effort.”
Florida will play host to Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday.
Florida State welcomes Loyola-Maryland on Wednesday.