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No. 21 Florida St tops Samford 76-68 for eighth straight win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State will enter Atlantic Coast Conference play off to one of the best starts in school history.

The 21st-ranked Seminoles got a career-high 19 points from Terance Mann on Monday as they took control in the second half for a 76-68 victory over Samford.

Florida State has won eight straight and is 12-1 for only the third time, matching the 1988-89 and 2008-09 squads.

Even though the Seminoles are ranked and off to a strong start, Mann said that might not mean a lot in a couple months unless they can play well in the conference.

''You can't make the tournament winning 12 games. We know we have to keep winning,'' Mann said. ''We haven't done anything really in five years. We just got to keep getting better and prove to the world that we're here and we're good.''

Mann, whose previous career high was 18 last season against Georgia Tech, is on a roll. The 6-foot-6 sophomore guard is averaging 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in his past three games along with going 17 of 23 from the field.

Samford led for most of the final five minutes of the first half before FSU scored the final five points to go up 31-27. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who scored 15 points, had the key shot with a 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounced in off the rim.

The Seminoles scored the first six points to start the second half, pushing the lead to double figures. Florida State led by 17 with 6:12 remaining after a 12-2 run.

FSU shot 42.2 percent from the field (27 of 64), which was its second-worst shooting game of the season.

''It's a learning experience and preparing us for the ACC,'' Rathan-Mayes said. ''We did a good job of relying on our defense. I don't think there are too many nights where we are going to struggle like that offensively.''

Christen Cunningham led the Bulldogs (7-4) with 16 points while Demetrius Denzel-Dyson added 14.

''We gave ourselves chances but we battled,'' Samford coach Scott Padgett said. ''I've got a play card with 150 plays but I think we ran just one tonight. It was tough to drive inside.''

BIG PICTURE

Samford: The Bulldogs are 17-9 in nonconference games over the past two seasons but are 0-2 this season against teams currently ranked in the Top 25 (they lost to Cincinnati 70-55 on Nov. 23). Samford was picked to finish seventh in the Southern Conference but might exceed expectations based on how it has done so far.

Florida State: The Seminoles struggled in the first half for the second straight game before pulling away in the second half. If it weren't for blowing an 18-point, second-half lead on Nov. 24 against Temple, Florida State would be undefeated going into the Atlantic Coast Conference part of its schedule.

HOT IN DECEMBER

Florida State has won 12 straight games in December and 16 of its last 17. It has also won 17 of its last 18 non-conference games in the month.

TOUGH DAY

Each team's leading player struggled. Florida State's Dwayne Bacon, who came into the game averaging 17.2 points, scored 14 but was 4 of 15 from the field.

Samford's Wyatt Walker, who is averaging a double-double with 13.7 points and 11.6 rebounds, was held scoreless in the first half. He had eight points and four rebounds.

UP NEXT

Samford: The Bulldogs host Florida A&M on Thursday. It is the first of two more nonconference games before they open Southern Conference play Dec. 31.

Florida State: The Seminoles begin ACC play Dec. 28 against Wake Forest. They are 9-16 in conference openers.

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Key Players
C. Cunningham
X. Rathan-Mayes
24.9 Min. Per Game 24.9
9.6 Pts. Per Game 9.6
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
34.8 Field Goal % 45.5
30.8 Three Point % 34.0
90.9 Free Throw % 57.9
+ 1 Demetrius Denzel-Dyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Demetrius Denzel-Dyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Demetrius Denzel-Dyson made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Jonathan Isaac 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Demetrius Denzel-Dyson 2.0
  Alex Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Dwayne Bacon made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
  Dwayne Bacon missed 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Dwayne Bacon missed 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Triston Chambers 9.0
+ 2 Christen Cunningham made layup 11.0
Team Stats
Points 68 76
Field Goals 24-56 (42.9%) 27-64 (42.2%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 11-12 (91.7%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 30 41
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 23 25
Team 2 6
Assists 12 11
Steals 3 4
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 19 15
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Samford 7-4 274168
home team logo 23 Florida State 12-1 314576
Team Stats
away team logo Samford 7-4 78.6 PPG 40.3 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 23 Florida State 12-1 77.2 PPG 40 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
00
C. Cunningham G PPG RPG APG FG%
14
T. Mann G 11.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.2 APG 53.1 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Cunningham G 16 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
T. Mann G 19 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 42.2
36.0 3PT FG% 27.3
91.7 FT% 72.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Cunningham 16 1 3 7/15 2/6 0/0 0 34 0 0 3 0 1
D. Denzel-Dyson 14 4 0 5/11 0/2 4/4 3 32 0 0 5 1 3
A. Thompson 13 6 0 5/11 3/9 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 6
T. Chambers 9 1 0 3/5 3/5 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 0 1
W. Walker 4 8 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 1 1 2 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Cunningham 16 1 3 7/15 2/6 0/0 0 34 0 0 3 0 1
D. Denzel-Dyson 14 4 0 5/11 0/2 4/4 3 32 0 0 5 1 3
A. Thompson 13 6 0 5/11 3/9 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 6
T. Chambers 9 1 0 3/5 3/5 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 0 1
W. Walker 4 8 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 34 0 1 1 2 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sharkey 10 3 7 2/8 1/3 5/6 4 25 3 0 1 1 2
T. Brutus 2 5 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 2 13 0 0 1 1 4
A. Peters 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 6 0 0 1 0 0
J. Hopkins 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
E. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Coleman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Tapp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Boone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 28 12 24/56 9/25 11/12 19 200 3 1 14 5 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 19 5 1 7/8 0/0 5/6 1 25 1 0 0 1 4
X. Rathan-Mayes 15 4 5 6/10 3/6 0/0 1 31 0 0 2 0 4
D. Bacon 14 6 2 4/15 1/5 5/6 0 29 1 0 2 0 6
J. Isaac 5 4 0 2/6 0/3 1/2 3 22 0 1 2 2 2
M. Ojo 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 1 3 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 19 5 1 7/8 0/0 5/6 1 25 1 0 0 1 4
X. Rathan-Mayes 15 4 5 6/10 3/6 0/0 1 31 0 0 2 0 4
D. Bacon 14 6 2 4/15 1/5 5/6 0 29 1 0 2 0 6
J. Isaac 5 4 0 2/6 0/3 1/2 3 22 0 1 2 2 2
M. Ojo 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 1 3 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Forrest 8 4 1 3/4 0/1 2/2 2 19 1 0 3 0 4
B. Angola-Rodas 7 0 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
B. Allen 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cofer 1 5 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 22 1 0 0 3 2
C. Koumadje 1 3 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 10 0 1 0 1 2
P. Savoy 1 0 1 0/5 0/4 1/2 0 7 0 0 1 0 0
J. Smith 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 1
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 35 11 27/64 6/22 16/22 15 200 4 3 12 10 25