TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Terance Mann scored 22 points and was almost perfect from the field to help No. 9 Florida State fend off Winthrop for an 87-76 win on New Year’s Day.
Mann shot 10 of 11 from the field and made two 3-pointers for the Seminoles, who won their seventh straight and picked up win number 12 overall on the season.
The senior who leads Florida in scoring this season (12.3 points per game), also grabbed seven rebounds.
Phil Cofer added 14 points, while Mfiondu Kabengele and David Nichols each scored 10 points apiece for the Noles, who have a 12-1 record to start the season for the fourth time in program history, which matches their best start.
Meanwhile, Adam Pickett scored 19 points and Charles Falden collected 15 points with seven rebounds to lead Winthrop (8-5), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Kyle Zunic scored 13 points and Micheal Anumba chipped with 10 points and five rebounds for the Eagles, who shot 49.2 percent from the floor, but was only 6 for 23 from 3-point range.
Winthrop was without its leading player, Nych Smith, who is averaging 16 points per game this season.
Florida State shot 46.9 percent from the field (30 of 64) and went 8 for 22 from long-range.
The Seminoles led 52-36 at halftime, but Winthrop stormed back to trim the deficit to 63-61 with 11:50 left.
However, Florida State responded to take back control of the game and sealed the win.