ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Phil Cofer is not with Florida State but he was very much on the minds of his teammates as they practiced Wednesday.
The Seminoles are in the Sweet 16 for the second...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Scribbled in black marker on Terance Mann's left shoe was all the inspiration he needed: Mike Cofer, 3-21-19.
Just a couple of days ago, Mann's close friend and...
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...
Virginia meets Fla St. in ACC semis
Florida State (26-6, 14-5) vs. Virginia (29-2, 17-2)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Semifinals, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 6 p.m. EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With the clock winding down in a tie game, Florida State's Terance Mann pushed upcourt and launched a twisting off-balance shot that ended with him flat on his back, his...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Staring down a 14-point halftime deficit, No. 14 Florida State didn't panic.
M.J. Walker scored nine of his 11 points after halftime, including a critical 3-pointer...
NC State looks to knock off No. 18 Fla St.
North Carolina State (20-8, 8-7) vs. No. 18 Florida State (22-6, 10-5)
Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST
ND, Fla St. meet in conference play
Notre Dame (13-14, 3-11) vs. Florida State (21-6, 9-5)
Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Fla St. hosts ND in an ACC matchup. Notre Dame...
No. 8 UNC looks for home win vs No. 16 Fla St.
No. 16 Florida State (21-5, 9-4) vs. No. 8 North Carolina (21-5, 11-2)
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 3:45 p.m. EST
Kabengele, Mann help Florida State edge Louisville in OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State didn't consistently make its free throws on Saturday in regulation. But in overtime, the Seminoles' success at the line was the reason why they won.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points and Terance Mann added 20 as No. 22 Florida State erased a 10-point second-half deficit to force overtime, where the Seminoles made 11 of 12 free-throw attempts to knock off No. 16 Louisville 80-75 on Saturday.
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.
No. 25 Florida State beats cold-shooting Georgia Tech 59-49
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann each scored 12 points, and No. 25 Florida State won its third straight game Saturday with a 59-49 victory over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets failed to score in the last 4:14.
This was the lowest point total by a Florida State opponent this season and it ties the lowest output by Georgia Tech in a game this season.
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.
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."
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.
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The Latest: No. 14 Florida St to face No. 19 LSU at AdvoCare
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World (all times local):
Terance Mann scored 17 points and No. 14 Florida State advanced to the AdvoCare Invitational semifinals with an 81-63 victory over UAB on Thursday night.
The unbeaten Seminoles (4-0) will play No. 19 LSU on Friday night for a spot in Sunday's championship game. The Tigers defeated College of Charleston 67-55.
Kabengele scores 18 points as Florida State routs Canisius
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele knew he was ready to make the jump from reserve to a major contributor this season.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore had a career night Monday, even doing it while coming off the bench.
Kabengele scored a career-high 18 points in 19 minutes as No. 14 Florida State warmed up after a seven-day layoff to put away Canisius 93-61 on Monday night. The nephew of former NBA All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, Kabengele shot 6 of 12 from the floor and added six rebounds.
Kabengele scores 18 points as Florida State routs Canisius
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele scored a career-high 18 points and Terance Mann added 12 as No. 14 Florida State warmed up after a seven-day layoff to beat Canisius 93-61 on Monday night.
Kabengele, the nephew of former NBA All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo, came off the bench to shoot 6 of 12 from the floor and had six rebounds for the Seminoles. Florida State is 3-0 for a third straight season.
Mann leads No. 17 Florida State past Tulane, 80-69
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Terance Mann's production under both baskets saved Florida State from being surprisingly upstaged by a Tulane freshman's remarkable debut.
Mann had 21 points and 10 rebounds, PJ Savoy added 14 points and No. 17 Florida State wore down a feisty and apparently improved Tulane squad, 80-69 on Sunday night.
Tulane was buoyed by the debut of freshman Kevin Zhang, who had 24 points, including 10 during a second-half surge that briefly pulled the Green Wave as close as 62-56.
Savoy helps No. 17 Florida State beat Florida 81-60
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State reached the Elite Eight in March with a tenacious defense. The Seminoles opened the season with more of the same, frustrating their in-state rival from the opening tip.
P.J. Savoy scored 20 points with five 3-pointers, Trent Forrest added 13 points and five assists, and No. 17 Florida State opened with an 81-60 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
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).
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Saturday's Elite Eight NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Florida State (8:49 p.m., TBS/950).
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terance Mann grabbed the basketball with both hands and screamed, relishing his turn to be the high-scoring hero while Florida State steadily pulled away from Gonzaga.
If he doesn't get the opportunity again, the junior guard will be just fine with it. These surprising Seminoles are thriving on balance, discipline and tremendous teamwork during an upset run that has stretched all the way to the brink of the Final Four.
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This Sweet 16 is picking up right where its zany lead-in left off. Two No. 9 seeds and an 11 are in the Elite Eight, and at least one of those underdogs will reach the Final Four.
Fitting for this NCAA Tournament that's cranked up the unpredictability of March Madness to never-before-seen levels.
Gonzaga-Florida State key matchup: Forward Phil Cofer emerges as key player for Seminoles
Senior forward Phil Cofer has emerged as one of Florida State’s primary players after three seasons in the background.
The 6-foot-8 Cofer took over the team scoring lead last week from junior guard Terance Mann. Cofer averages 12.9 points after averaging below four points in each of the previous two seasons. He’s buried 47 3-pointers – he made 12 in his first three seasons – and his 39-percent accuracy paces the Seminoles.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — PJ Savoy made a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat top-seeded Xavier 75-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the West Region.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida State junior Terance Mann calls home after games, the conversation with his mother is slightly different than for most college athletes.
Sure, Daynia La-Force asks her son about his grades, whether he is eating right and the other normal parental inquiries. But Mann also gets a breakdown of his performance with his mother pointing out his strengths and weaknesses.
That's because La-Force is the women's basketball coach at Rhode Island.
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.
Florida State holds off Louisville 80-76
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Terance Mann couldn't mope over two missed free throws that could have sealed the victory for Florida State. There was still work to do on the other end to make sure Louisville didn't take advantage.
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.
Mann out for No. 23 Florida State due to concussion
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann, Florida State's leading scorer, is out for Saturday's game against Syracuse due to a concussion.
Mann suffered the concussion late in the second half of the 23rd-ranked Seminoles' loss to Louisville on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 junior tied a career high with 25 points in the defeat.
No. 24 Florida State bounces back with victory
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State struggled for the first 21 minutes of Monday night's game against Charleston Southern, but it found success by playing zone defense and getting to the rim on offense during an 8-minute span in the second half.
The 24th-ranked Seminoles went on a 21-4 run as they defeated the Buccaneers 69-58. Phil Cofer scored 19 points to lead Florida State, which bounced back from its first loss of the season on Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State hands No. 19 Florida State 1st loss, 71-70
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — A grinning Mitchell Solomon collapsed on his back under the Florida State basket, looking up toward his celebrating Oklahoma State teammates and the scoreboard above them.
Cowboys 71, Seminoles 70.
Solomon scored on a tip-in with 6 seconds left and then happily fell to the floor at the other end of the court when he took a game-clinching charge, and Oklahoma State knocked No. 19 Florida State from the unbeaten ranks Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.
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, routing The Citadel 113-78
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann and Braian Angola each scored 21 points and Florida State extended its home winning streak to 24 with a 113-78 victory over The Citadel on Friday.
The Seminoles (5-0) scored the first 12 points, including the first eight by Mann, and were leading 18-2 less than five minutes into the game. They would lead by as many as 41 (103-62) with 6:19 remaining.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After Bojangles on the bus for Thanksgiving, The Citadel basketball team had Florida State on the menu for Black Friday.
It was a feast for the bigger and stronger Seminoles, who took a 113-78 victory at the Tucker Civic Center on Friday night.
Terance Mann scored 21 points to lead FSU (5-0), which jumped out to an 18-2 lead to start the game and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 53-39.
Walker’s 22, Mann’s 20 lead Florida St by Colorado St 90-73
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — M.J. Walker came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers and score a career-high 22 points, Terance Mann added 20 and Florida State pulled away from Colorado State 90-73 at the Jamaica Classic on Sunday night.
Walker was 7 of 12 from the field, 5 of 8 from distance and Mann was 8 of 12 with nine rebounds and four steals.
Mfiondu Kabengele added 12 points and CJ Walker had 11 for the Seminoles (3-0), who used an 11-0 run for a 76-60 lead with 6:28 to play.
Florida State’s defense throttles Fordham in Jamaica 67-43
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — The offense was good but the defense was great for Florida State.
Freshman reserve Mfiondu Kabengele scored 15 points, Terance Mann added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and the Seminoles rolled to a 67-43 win over Fordham in the Jamaica Classic on Friday night.
The defense was suffocating for the Seminoles (2-0), holding the Rams (1-2) to 23 percent shooting (12 of 52), including 1 of 22 from 3-point range, and turning 23 turnovers into 21 points.
After seeing his team lose its two leading scorers to the NBA and its third-leading scorer to the NBA G League, Florida State junior guard Terance Mann knows he'll have a lot more on his plate in the 2017-18 season.
For starters, the 21-year-old Lowell product is one of the Seminoles' few elder statesmen. He's a grizzled vet compared to the eight freshmen on the roster.
"I'm just around here telling people the do's and don'ts of college basketball," said Mann.
Florida State Preview Capsule
Last season: 26-9, lost to Xavier in NCAA Tournament second round.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Dwayne Bacon, F Jonathan Isaac, G Xavier Rathan-Mayes, C Michael Ojo, F Jarquez Smith.
NEW YORK (AP) — Soon after Florida State fans brought the tomahawk chop to Brooklyn, the Seminoles walked into the New York Islanders' dressing room at Barclays Center and chanted "Semi-finals! Semi-finals!"
Dwayne Bacon scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half and No. 16 Florida State finally overpowered valiant Virginia Tech 74-68 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.