HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Florida State will play its second-round NCAA Tournament game with a heavy heart on Saturday after the death of forward Phil Cofer's father.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Florida State got a first-round scare from sharp-shooting Vermont.
In the end, the Seminoles were just too long and too strong for the upset-minded...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said his team's goal this season has been to establish itself among the hierarchy of the Atlantic Coast Conference largely dominated the...
No. 14 Florida State surges past Wake Forest 65-57
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Florida State made no excuses for its sluggish first half.
The No. 14 Seminoles fell behind 14-2 to Wake Forest, a team near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trent Forrest has been in pain with a toe injury throughout the season. The Florida State guard hasn't missed a game yet, though, and he pushed through to provide a...
Vassell leads No. 18 Florida St.’s late run past Notre Dame
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State was sluggish for much of the night, showing signs of a team that was worn down by playing for the third time in seven days.
Mann scores 22, No. 22 Florida State beats Syracuse 80-62
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Florida State played with focus and purpose from the opening tipoff and Syracuse didn't. In the end, that proved more than enough.
Terance Mann scored 22 points, Mfiondu Kabengele added 18 and No. 22 Florida State beat Syracuse 80-62 on Tuesday night, blasting the Orange early and late.
No. 25 Florida State beats cold-shooting Georgia Tech 59-49
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner wanted to "muck it up" against Florida State. The Seminoles waded through the mud, all right, but came out looking fine.
Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 59-49 for its third straight victory Saturday, with Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann scoring 12 points each.
Walker’s 6 3s help FSU beat Miami 78-66
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida State beat Miami from beyond the arc — and from everywhere else.
The Seminoles made a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot a season-best 56 percent overall to beat the outmanned Hurricanes 78-66 Sunday night.
Sophomore M.J. Walker sank a career-best six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points to help Florida State (15-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) complete a season sweep of the Hurricanes.
Florida State tops Clemson 77-68 behind Kabengele
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and David Nichols added 16 points as Florida State halted a three-game slide with a 77-68 win over Clemson on Tuesday.
Nichols made four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (14-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Florida State came into the game shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but made 10 3-pointers against Clemson. That's the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game and one short of the season high.
Nichols, Savoy lead No. 13 Florida State past Miami 68-62
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's depth has long been a big part of its success under coach Leonard Hamilton. On a night when fouls limited minutes for a number of players, it was two Seminoles who came off the bench to spark the victory.
David Nichols had 13 points and PJ Savoy scored eight of his 10 in the second half as the reserves helped No. 13 Florida State hold off Miami 68-62 on Wednesday. The Seminoles' bench contributed 41 points.
Guy, Key lead No. 4 Virginia past No. 9 FSU, 65-52
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton and his team knew that Virginia's Kyle Guy could hurt them offensively.
The No. 9 Seminoles were less ready for Braxton Key.
Guy scored 21 points and Key had 20 Saturday as the No. 4 Cavaliers beat the Seminoles 65-52.
No. 9 Florida State holds off Winthrop 87-76
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terrance Mann and Phil Cofer helped No. 9 Florida State keep its impressive start to the season going and finish its nonconference schedule nearly perfect.
Mann scored a season-high 22 points, Cofer added 14 and the Seminoles beat Winthrop 87-76 Tuesday for their seventh straight victory. Florida State improved to 12-1 for the fourth time in school history.
No. 11 FSU shoots 55 percent to beat Saint Louis 81-59
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — From Mfiondu Kabengele's no-look off-the-glass basket to Terance Mann's double dunk in the final seconds, Florida State shot at a high rate.
The 11th-ranked Seminoles made a season-best 55 percent, including 10 of 18 from 3-point range, and beat Saint Louis 81-59 Saturday in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.
"These are shots we've been getting all season," said guard David Nichols, who scored a season-high 19 points. "Sometimes they fall; sometimes they don't."
Forrest helps No. 11 Florida State beat SE Missouri 85-68
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Playing for the first time in eight days, Florida State looked rusty and trailed for much of the first half.
Trent Forrest soon changed everything, driving to the basket and consistently producing points or drawing fouls.
Forrest scored a career-high 23 points and freshman Devin Vassell added 16 points as No. 11 Florida State overcame a sluggish first half and beat Southeast Missouri 85-68 on Monday night.
Mann scores 20 as No. 11 Florida State beats UConn 79-71
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Once Terance Mann sorted out his torn jersey, he powered Florida State to another victory.
Mann scored 20 points, reserve David Nichols had 16 and the 11th-ranked Seminoles beat Connecticut 79-71 on Saturday night in the second game of the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
Mann departed after his jersey got ripped early in the second half. But he came back and helped Florida State close out its third straight win.
Savoy scores 16 as No. 11 Florida State beats Troy 83-67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton keeps saying his team is a work in progress. Part of the equation now is learning to handle high expectations.
P.J. Savoy scored 16 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, and No. 11 Florida State shook off a sluggish performance to put away Troy 83-67 on Monday night.
Florida State won despite a rough night for leading scorer Terance Mann. The Seminoles also committed 17 turnovers.
No. 14 Florida State beats No. 19 LSU in OT thriller, 79-76
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton flashed a big smile when talking about a game-winning 3-pointer by 6-foot-10 forward Mfiondu Kabengele.
Kabengele hit the deep jumper with a half-second left in overtime, and No. 14 Florida State advanced to the AdvoCare Invitational championship game with a 79-76 win over No. 19 LSU on Friday.
Florida St. Preview Capsule
Last season: 23-12, reached third Elite Eight in school history.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: Guard Braian Angola (graduated, will play for Orlando Magic's G League team in Lakeland), guard C.J. Walker (transfer to Ohio State), center Ike Obiagu (transfer to Seton Hall), forward Brandon Allen (graduated).
Depth could lead No. 17 Florida State on deep postseason run
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State busted brackets around the country with an Elite Eight run in last season's NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles surprised everyone — except perhaps themselves.
"We feel that we fell a little short last year," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We thought we had a chance to get to the Final Four. No one else thought we did, but that's how we felt at the beginning of the year."
ACC coaches have more questions than worries about G League
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference coaches say they have more questions than worries about the NBA G League option for elite prospects.
The G League will offer "select contracts" worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State says David Nichols will join the men's basketball program next season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot Nichols played point guard for Albany the past three seasons. He was an America East Conference first-team selection in 2016-17, averaging 17.9 points. He was third for the Great Danes in scoring this season, averaging 14.6 points.
Nichols will get his degree from Albany in June. He will be eligible immediately for the Seminoles.
Florida State announces guard CJ Walker leaving program
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State says point guard CJ Walker is leaving the program.
Coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement on Tuesday that Walker asked for the release and that he appreciated his contributions over the past two seasons.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore started 34 of 35 games for the Seminoles, who lost to Michigan in the West Region final.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton says he wishes he "could have done better" in making postgame comments during an awkward exchange with a reporter following the Seminoles' Elite Eight loss to Michigan.
In a statement posted on the program's Twitter account Sunday, Hamilton said he was "impacted" by the emotions as he answered questions from reporter Dana Jacobson following the 58-54 loss Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State surprised many by making consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
When next season begins, the Seminoles will not be considered an underdog after their first Elite Eight appearance in 25 years.
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein is racking up bonuses, $25,000 at a time, on this wild ride to the Final Four.
So far this postseason, Beilein has accumulated $150,000 in additional pay and can earn $50,000 more if the Wolverines cut down the nets in San Antonio next week under a contract extension signed in 2015.
Los Angeles – When fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson corralled a defensive rebound with 13 seconds left and Michigan up four, he was expecting to be fouled.
Probably everyone else in Staples Center did, too.
Well, everybody except for Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, who opted to let the clock run out on the game and the No. 9 seed Seminoles' season as third-seeded Michigan prevailed, 58-54, in the West Region final on Saturday.
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State coach, annoyed by question about not fouling Michigan at game’s end
Michigan advanced to the Final Four with a tight 58-54 win over Florida State Saturday night. The Seminoles did not foul the Wolverines in the final 11 seconds to try to regain possession one final time, and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton seemed offended when asked about it after the game.
When CBS Sports sideline reporter Dana Jacobson asked about the team's decision not to foul, Hamilton first seemed incredulous when saying, "The game was over."
Los Angeles — When Michigan and Florida State squared off the in 2016 Orange Bowl, it was a clash between two traditional gridiron powerhouses.
The Wolverines boast the most all-time wins, while the Seminoles have reached the national title game four times and won it all twice since 1998.
On Saturday night, two universities that are known more for their football success will face off at Staples Center with a spot in the Final Four up for grabs.
Los Angeles — When Florida State took the dais for Friday's news conference at Staples Center, the Seminoles trotted out six players.
For reference, teams typically bring out two or three top players to the podium.
But for No. 9 seed Florida State, it symbolized the depth and selflessness that has propelled the team this deep into March and into tonight's West Region final against third-seeded Michigan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Hamilton is well aware of the perception that Florida State is a football school. The coach also knows that the moniker is often applied to Michigan, the Seminoles' opponent Saturday night in a most unlikely NCAA Tournament regional final.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Florida State takes its win-by-committee philosophy seriously.
The Seminoles crowded six players on the dais with coach Leonard Hamilton for Friday's news conference at Staples Center. They were only required to bring five, but nobody gets left out on this team, including the walk-ons.
Los Angeles — Florida State's upset run in the NCAA Tournament has stretched all the way to the brink of the Final Four.
Terance Mann scored 18 points and the ninth-seeded Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight for just the third time in school history with a 75-60 victory over fourth-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday night in the West Region semifinal.
Sweet 16 foes Gonzaga, Florida State both influenced by international recruiting
LOS ANGELES – One is located in warm, muggy Tallahassee, Florida, the other in crisp, cool Spokane. One is a member of the football-driven Atlantic Coast Conference, the other in the faith-based and basketball-centric West Coast Conference. One lists its enrollment at 32,000, the other keeps its undergraduate population to well less than 10,000.
Leonard Hamilton is Florida State’s all-time wins leader, co-founder of gospel music label
LOS ANGELES – Into the Sweet 16 for just the sixth time in program history, the Florida State Seminoles have been producing some sweet music this March. That’s something their leader, 16th-year coach Leonard Hamilton, knows a thing or two about.
Upset-minded Florida State gets shot at powerful Gonzaga
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 4 seed Gonzaga (32-4) vs. No. 9 seed Florida State (22-11)
Third round, West Region; Los Angeles; 10:07 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: Surprising Florida State has crossed the country to take on its third higher-seeded opponent when the Seminoles face the Zags, who are off to a strong start in their attempt to return to the NCAA championship game. These two programs led by long-serving, respected coaches have met just once before, in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Florida State has lots of guys who can score, and the Seminoles used that depth to win their fourth straight NCAA Tournament opener.
Or as coach Leonard Hamilton calls it, a team effort.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 14 points, and Florida State beat No. 8 seed Missouri 67-54 on Friday night in the West Region.
Florida State (21-11) will play No. 1 seed Xavier in the second round on Sunday.
Florida State rallies in second half to defeat Pittsburgh
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton took his two of his leading scorers out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Their replacements ended up being more than adequate.
PJ Savoy led the Seminoles with 18 points and M.J. Walker added 16 as they were able to rally and pull away in the second half for an 88-75 victory over the Panthers.
Sophomores stepping up for Florida State during stretch run
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's 2016 basketball recruiting class is showing that it shouldn't be defined by just one person.
Jonathan Isaac garnered most of the attention last season before deciding to leave college after one year for the NBA, where he was the sixth overall selection by Orlando. With Isaac's departure, sophomore guards CJ Walker and Trent Forrest along with redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengele are making solid contributions for the 18-8 Seminoles.
Florida State rallies from 18 down to beat Clemson in OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Hamilton's 500th win as a college head coach will be one he is going to remember for a long time.
Hamilton's Florida State team trailed 11th-ranked Clemson by 18 early in the second half on Wednesday but rallied to send it into overtime before winning 81-79.
No. 2 Virginia in firm control as ACC enters stretch run
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference's stretch run looks more like a coronation than a race.
Second-ranked Virginia has all but wrapped up the league's regular-season championship and could rise to No. 1 in the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era. The rest of the league is far behind — No. 16 Clemson is the closest at three games back — and playing for postseason positioning amid a jumbled mess in the standings with roughly three weeks left.
FSU survives 3-point onslaught from Miami to win in OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When a team allows 15 or more 3-pointers in a game that usually translates into a loss.
Florida State is starting to make a habit out of overcoming that.
The Seminoles defeated Miami 103-94 in overtime on Saturday at the Tucker Center despite the Hurricanes making a school-record 17 3-pointers. Last season, Florida State was able to beat Notre Dame despite the Fighting Irish making 15 from beyond the arc.
Mann scores career-high 30 to lead Florida St. past Ga. Tech
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton referred to Terance Mann as a "stat stuffer" when he was a freshman two years ago because of his ability to play an all-around game.
On Wednesday night, Mann delivered one of the best games of his collegiate career.
The 6-foot-6 junior guard scored a career-high 30 points and led the Seminoles with five rebounds and five assists in an 88-77 win over Georgia Tech.
No. 24 Florida State survives against No. 12 North Carolina
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It ended up being a day and evening for Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton and his team to gut things out.
Hamilton had surgery to remove kidney stones Wednesday morning. Less than 12 hours later he was on the sidelines as his 24th-ranked Seminoles held on for an 81-80 victory over No. 12 North Carolina.
No. 24 Florida State makes 19 3s in rout of Southern Miss
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After struggling in its past two games, including suffering its first loss of the year, No. 24 Florida State was given a team exercise leading into Thursday's matchup against Southern Mississippi. Coach Leonard Hamilton had his players grade their previous game and come up with points of emphasis.
The self-scouting ended up benefiting the Seminoles, who closed nonconference play with a 98-45 victory Thursday over the Golden Eagles.
Angola scores 18, Florida State defeats Tulane 72-53
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Braian Angola had 18 points and a career-high eight rebounds to lead Florida State to a 72-53 win over Tulane on Sunday.
Florida State (9-0) jumped out to a 21-7 lead midway through the first half after a 10-0 run. Tulane (7-3) answered with a 10-2 run to close to gap to 23-17 but the Seminoles scored the final six points of the half to take a 29-17 lead.
Florida St. not fazed by quick turnaround in beating Loyola
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State didn't have much time to savor Monday's win at fifth-ranked Florida.
The Seminoles were playing their second game in three nights but did not have a letdown as they defeated Loyola-Maryland 96-71 on Wednesday.
The win improves to Florida State to 8-0, which is the first time that has happened since the 2003-04 seasons, they it won its first 10 games. All but one of the victories has been by 17 points or more.
Sunshine State upset: FSU knocks off No. 5 Florida 83-66
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton doesn't want his guys getting too high after another victory against rival Florida, even if it was their most impressive one in the last four years.
Terance Mann scored a career-high 25 points, CJ Walker added 17 and the Seminoles upset the fifth-ranked Gators 83-66 on Monday night to remain undefeated.
Florida State remains unbeaten, tops Rutgers 78-73
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — It was the first litmus test for Florida State and Rutgers on Tuesday night.
CJ Walker scored a career-high 24 points and Phil Cofer added 19 to lead the unbeaten Seminoles past Rutgers 78-73.
"It was a tremendous test for us," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. "This was the kind of game I thought we really needed."