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Florida State stymies George Washington in BB&T Classic

WASHINGTON (AP) Xavier Rathan-Mayes and C.J. Walker both scored 11 points as Florida State used a suffocating defense to defeat short-handed George Washington 67-48 on Sunday in the BB&T Classic.

Dwayne Bacon added 10 points for the Seminoles (7-1), who have won three in a row since a Thanksgiving Day loss to Temple in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

''We felt if we didn't come here and play with a sense of urgency, there was a possibility things wouldn't turn out well,'' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. ''I thought our guys responded real well defensively, and in the first half I thought we executed very well offensively.''

Florida State never trailed while badgering George Washington (5-4) with their size and length. The Colonials committed 18 turnovers and shot just 22.6 percent from the field and 17.4 percent from 3-point range. George Washington especially struggled in the first half, shooting 20 percent while committing 11 turnovers en route to a 35-19 deficit.

George Washington played without two of its regulars. Junior guard Yuta Watanabe, the team's second-leading scorer, missed his fourth consecutive game with a calf injury. Graduate student Patrick Steeves sat out his second game in a row with a knee injury.

Freshman Kevin Marfo led George Washington with a career-high 18 points.

''You could make all the excuses in the world --- we played yesterday, we have injuries, this that and the third,'' George Washington interim coach Maurice Joseph said. ''We're not going to make excuses. We got our butts kicked. Now we have to see how we respond.''

Florida State, which led as many as 35, dominated inside with a 34-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

The Seminoles kept Colonials forward Tyler Cavanaugh, the team's top scorer at 18.1 points per game, to just eight points and six rebounds and limited guard Jaren Sina to nine points on 2 of 9 shooting.

''We had a great mindset coming into this game,'' Rathan-Mayes said. ''They have two main guys on their team in Sina and Cavanaugh, and we wanted to limit their touches, take away post catches and really make it tough on them. They were a two-headed snake and if we were able to cut that off, we were going to be able to hold them to a low field goal percentage and I think we did a great job of that.''

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: Leonard Hamilton's team, which routinely visited the Washington area when Maryland was still in the ACC, showed off its depth against George Washington. All 12 Seminoles who played scored in the rout.

George Washington: The Colonials, who edged South Florida 68-67 on Saturday, were overwhelmed by Florida State while playing their second game in a little more than 24 hours.

INJURY

Florida State freshman forward Jonathan Isaac, who started the Seminoles' first seven games and is averaging 15.1 points, sat out with a hip flexor.

TURNING POINT

After George Washington tied it at 5, Rathan-Mayes hit a 3-pointer with 14:07 left in the first half and Christ Koumadje followed with a dunk two possessions later for the Seminoles. Florida State's lead never dipped to less than five the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

Florida State has a quick turnaround when it returns home and plays host to Southern Mississippi on Tuesday. It's the start of a three-game homestand over six days for the Seminoles.

George Washington travels to Philadelphia on Wednesday to begin a home-and-home series against former Atlantic 10 rival Temple. The teams last met when Temple earned a 90-77 victory in the 2015 NIT.

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Key Players
X. Rathan-Mayes
T. Cavanaugh
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
9.5 Reb. Per Game 9.5
39.4 Field Goal % 38.6
25.8 Three Point % 31.3
60.7 Free Throw % 81.8
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Allen 15.0
  Kevin Marfo missed jump shot, blocked by Christ Koumadje 17.0
  Defensive rebound by George Washington 37.0
  Brandon Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Christ Koumadje 1:03
  Kevin Marfo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:03
+ 1 Kevin Marfo made 1st of 2 free throws 1:03
  Personal foul on Jarquez Smith 1:03
  Offensive rebound by George Washington 1:03
  Jair Bolden missed layup 1:03
  Offensive foul turnover on Brandon Allen 1:10
Team Stats
Points 67 48
Field Goals 27-66 (40.9%) 14-62 (22.6%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 4-23 (17.4%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 46 55
Offensive 11 20
Defensive 29 26
Team 6 9
Assists 17 6
Steals 10 7
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
18 PTS, 9 REB
12T
away team logo Florida St. 7-1 353267
home team logo Geo. Wash. 5-4 192948
Team Stats
away team logo Florida St. 7-1 83.0 PPG 41.7 RPG 15.6 APG
home team logo Geo. Wash. 5-4 67.2 PPG 35.8 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
2
C. Walker G 9.2 PPG 2.9 RPG 3.0 APG 43.0 FG%
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K. Marfo F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Walker G 11 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
K. Marfo F 18 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
40.9 FG% 22.6
36.4 3PT FG% 17.4
62.5 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
X. Rathan-Mayes 22 11 6 5 2 0 2 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 6
D. Bacon 22 10 6 0 0 0 1 0 4/11 0/4 2/3 2 4
T. Mann 31 6 4 3 2 0 3 2 3/8 0/1 0/0 1 3
M. Ojo 12 3 4 0 0 2 0 3 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 2
P. Cofer 14 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
X. Rathan-Mayes 22 11 6 5 2 0 2 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 6
D. Bacon 22 10 6 0 0 0 1 0 4/11 0/4 2/3 2 4
T. Mann 31 6 4 3 2 0 3 2 3/8 0/1 0/0 1 3
M. Ojo 12 3 4 0 0 2 0 3 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 2
P. Cofer 14 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Walker 18 11 1 1 3 0 2 1 4/7 1/3 2/2 1 0
C. Koumadje 12 8 4 0 0 3 0 2 4/6 0/0 0/0 1 3
P. Savoy 12 6 1 1 0 0 2 2 2/5 2/4 0/0 0 1
B. Allen 8 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 2
B. Angola-Rodas 17 3 2 0 1 0 0 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 1
J. Smith 14 2 4 2 0 1 0 5 1/5 0/0 0/1 1 3
T. Forrest 18 2 2 5 2 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 0
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 40 17 10 6 12 20 27/66 8/22 5/8 11 29
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Sina 27 9 5 2 0 0 2 0 2/9 2/4 3/4 2 3
T. Cavanaugh 27 8 6 2 2 0 2 3 2/9 1/3 3/4 1 5
M. Hart 20 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 1 1
C. Smith 21 2 9 0 1 1 3 2 0/3 0/2 2/3 2 7
A. Toro 18 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 0/6 0/2 0/0 4 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Sina 27 9 5 2 0 0 2 0 2/9 2/4 3/4 2 3
T. Cavanaugh 27 8 6 2 2 0 2 3 2/9 1/3 3/4 1 5
M. Hart 20 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 1 1
C. Smith 21 2 9 0 1 1 3 2 0/3 0/2 2/3 2 7
A. Toro 18 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 0/6 0/2 0/0 4 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Marfo 26 18 9 0 2 0 2 2 6/10 0/0 6/11 7 2
J. Roland 13 5 1 0 0 0 2 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 0
J. Bolden 13 2 2 2 1 1 2 0 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 1
J. Williams 10 2 3 0 0 1 1 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 2
C. Goss 19 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
A. Mitola 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
P. Steeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 48 46 6 7 4 17 14 14/62 4/23 16/24 20 26