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Notre Dame forward Matt Ryan (4) and Florida State forward Jarquez Smith (23) battle for position after a shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Florida State defeated Notre Dame 77-56. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
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Florida State beats No. 23 Notre Dame to snap 5-game skid

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points and Florida State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-56 victory over No. 23 Notre Dame on Saturday.

It was the freshman’s 11th game this season with 20 points or more as the Seminoles (17-12, 7-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) led throughout. The losing streak was Florida State’s longest in nine seasons.

The Seminoles led throughout and at one point were up by 23 points in the second half. Benji Bell added 14 points for Florida State in its second win at home this season against a ranked team.

Demetrius Jackson had 13 points for Notre Dame (19-9, 10-6), which has dropped two of three. Zach Auguste added 12 points and 17 rebounds.

With the score tied at 7, Florida State took control with an 11-3 run. Notre Dame got within 18-17 before the Seminoles ran off seven straight points, the last five from Bell.

A 3-pointer by Bacon with 1:11 remaining gave Florida State its largest lead of the first half at 46-28. A 3-pointer by Jackson to start the second half brought the Irish within 46-33 but they would not draw any closer.

STAT CORNER

Florida State’s 46 first-half points were its most in an ACC game this season. The previous high was 45 against Virginia Tech on Feb. 20. … Montay Brandon made only his second 3-pointer of the season with 15:25 remaining in the first half. He is 2 of 5 from beyond the arc this season. … Notre Dame shot 20 of 56 from the field, which was a season low (35.6 percent).

TIP-INS

Notre Dame: Jackson had four assists to become the 18th player in school history with 300 or more for his career. Jackson has 301 as five of the top 10 players on the career list have been during coach Mike Brey’s tenure.

Florida State: Bacon and Malik Beasley became the second and third players in school history to score over 450 points in their freshman season. Bacon has 457 for the season and Beasley 451. Xavier Rathan-Mayes has the record with 475 last season.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame hosts No. 12 Miami on Wednesday.

Florida State hosts Syracuse on March 5.

Allen leads No. 15 Duke past Florida State, 80-65

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gestures during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke has been dealing with some injured players and even more ranked opponents. The 15th-ranked Blue Devils were emotionally drained – yet they still found enough energy to beat fading Florida State.

Grayson Allen scored 18 points, Brandon Ingram added 16 and Duke defeated the Seminoles 80-65 on Thursday night.

Marshall Plumlee had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who faced an unranked team for the first time since Feb. 6. They played four straight against the Top 25, winning the first three by a combined seven points.

“The emotion that we’ve had to have for these last five games – really, they’re tired,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And you could tell, and it’s not because of being physically out of shape. They’re giving me everything.”

The Blue Devils placed five players in double figures for the first time in league play and forced 14 turnovers while matching a season low with five themselves.

“A good shooting team like this, you can’t give them extra possessions,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We just got beat by a team that played much better than us tonight.”

Luke Kennard finished with 12 points and Matt Jones added 11 in his first game back from injury for Duke, which has won six of seven.

Freshman guard Dwayne Bacon had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 13 and Devon Bookert finished with 10 points for the Seminoles (16-12, 6-10). They have lost a season-worst five straight.

Florida State never got closer than 11 in the second half, the last time coming on Bookert’s jumper at the 10-minute mark. Ingram hit two free throws, Jones hit a 3 and Plumlee followed with a dunk on Jarquez Smith and then a free throw that made it 67-50 with 8:52 remaining.

Duke was coming off a loss at Louisville in which the Blue Devils’ depth issues hurt them.

Jones missed that game with a sprained ankle sustained against North Carolina, effectively leaving Duke with just five players. And then freshman point guard Derryck Thornton missed about 5 minutes of the second half against the Cardinals after injuring his right (shooting) shoulder in a collision with a Louisville player.

“I just feel like we keep getting better and keep getting tougher,” Jones said.

Both played in this one, and Jones started the 24-10 run that gave Duke plenty of breathing room with a 3-pointer with 11 minutes left in the half. Allen capped the burst with a layup on which freshman Malik Beasley was called for goaltending, making it 36-24 with 3:41 before the break.

HIGHLIGHT

Chase Jeter came up with the best 4-minute run of his Duke career, by far. In that span the lightly tested freshman drew a charge, grabbed four rebounds, threw down a dunk and had the Cameron Crazies chanting his last name. “That’s everybody’s dream, to be in Cameron and hear the fans chanting your name,” Jeter said.

TIP-INS

Florida State: Beasley and Bacon entered as the highest-scoring pair of freshmen in ACC history, combining to average 31.9 points. That was barely better than the combination of Mark Price and John Salley, who scored an average of 31.8 points for Georgia Tech in 1983. … This was the Seminoles’ final regular-season road game.

Duke: The Blue Devils missed their first nine shots, then shot 51 percent the rest of the way. … Allen is on pace to become the ninth player in school history to lead the team in scoring and assists, and the first since Nolan Smith during his ACC player of the year season in 2011. Smith was added to the coaching staff earlier this week and made his coaching debut in this game.

UP NEXT

Florida State hosts No. 23 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Duke visits Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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No. 17 Louisville runs away from Florida State, 84-65

Louisville coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of its NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Quentin Snider scored 20 points, Damion Lee added 14 and No. 17 Louisville had no problem with Florida State in an 84-65 victory on Wednesday night.

Louisville (15-3, 4-1 ACC) was rarely challenged in winning its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference game, shooting 48 percent while outrebounding Florida State 44-36. Chinanu Onuaku had 14 rebounds and 11 points for his fifth straight double-double, all coming in league play.

Freshman guard Donovan Mitchell added 13 points for the Cardinals, including a monstrous one-handed dunk in the first half that charged a crowd of 21,349 in the late-evening game. Leading 22-15 at that point, Louisville never looked back in building a lead that reached 32.

Malik Beasley scored 23 points and Devon Bookert had 18 in his first start of the season for Florida State (12-6, 2-4), which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

Point guard C.J. Walker verbally commits to Florida State

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The 2015 recruiting class put together by Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff has been hailed as one of the better hauls in the country, with this talented group (led by Dwayne Bacon) expected to give the program a much-needed boost this coming season. They join a backcourt that has two seniors in Devon Bookert and Montay Brandon, and the point guard position is a spot where Florida State was in need of an addition.

Saturday night the Seminoles landed their point guard, as Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, Indiana) point guard C.J. Walker announced via Twitter that he’s committed to the ACC school. The 6-foot Walker, who was originally a Purdue commit and attends at the same high school that produced former Kentucky forward Trey Lyles, is Florida State’s second commit in the Class of 2016.

Four-star shooting guard Trent Forrest verbally committed to Florida State in early May.

“He’s a left-handed guard who had a really good spring,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said of Walker. “He has the ability to hit shots and also create for others, and he’s really good in pick and roll situations.

“He’s a nice piece for Florida State because it gives them a point guard who can really distribute, and he isn’t afraid to get guys the ball given all the talented wings and two-guards they’ve added in these last few recruiting classes.”

Walker played for the Speice Indy Heat program this spring, averaging 16.8 points and 2.8 assists per game in Nike EYBL play. In 2016 he’ll join a backcourt that is currently filled with underclassmen.

Bookert, Brandon and junior college transfer Benji Bell are the only scholarship upperclassmen on the perimeter, with sophomores Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Robbie Berwick and freshmen Bacon, Malik Beasley and Terance Mann completing the group.

Rathan-Mayes, an ACC All-Freshman Team selection, led Florida State in both scoring and assists in 2014-15.

Florida State junior guard Aaron Thomas declared ineligible

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Florida State junior guard Aaron Thomas finished the 2013-14 season in solid fashion, averaging 17.4 points per game on a team that reached the semifinals of the Postseason NIT. With Xavier Rathan-Mayes eligible to play after sitting out all of last season as a non-qualifier, Florida State was expected to have one of the better perimeter tandems in the ACC.

Unfortunately for head coach Leonard Hamilton he won’t have that luxury in 2014-15, as it was announced on the eve of the team’s ACC opener at Notre Dame that Thomas has been ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season. Thomas was leading the Seminoles in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per contest, and in Florida State’s 96-73 win over UCF on December 6 he scored 22 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field.

The loss of Thomas is another blow Florida State has been dealt at this early juncture in the season, with Devon Bookert currently out after re-injuring the foot he originally broke in the spring. Add in Robbie Berwick playing with a broken nose, and the Seminoles are nowhere near 100 percent on the perimeter.

The loss of Thomas puts even more pressure on guards Rathan-Mayes and Montay Brandon as well. Rathan-Mayes is averaging 12.3 points and 4.0 assists per game, and he’s been asked to be both a scorer and distributor for Florida State. Brandon’s averaging 13.4 points per contest, and he scored 23 points in the Seminoles’ win over UCF.

Without Thomas, those two become even more important to a team that was picked to finish eighth in the preseason ACC media poll.

Redshirt freshman sits out Florida State’s win over Manhattan

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After having his debut in a Florida State uniform pushed back a full season due the NCAA ruling him academically ineligible to compete, redshirt freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes was expected to be one of the headliners for the Seminoles in their season opener against Manhattan.

Unfortunately for Rathan-Mayes that wasn’t the case, as head coach Leonard Hamilton held him out of the 81-66 victory for an unspecified reason. According to Dustin Tackett of the Orlando Sentinel, following the game Hamilton did not elaborate on the reason why Rathan-Mayes, who was on the bench but not in uniform, didn’t play Saturday but the guard will be available Tuesday night when the Seminoles host Northeastern.

With Rathan-Mayes sidelined other underclassmen stepped forward for Florida State, which struggled early against the Jaspers but turned things around late in the first half. Two of the players providing that needed spark were freshmen Phil Cofer and Robbie Berwick, with Cofer finishing the game with four points and six rebounds and Berwick tallying 11 points himself.

In total six Florida State players scored between 11 and 14 points (Aaron Thomas led the way with 14), and as the game wore on the Seminoles’ length and athleticism slowed down a Manhattan offense that produced six first-half three pointers. Steve Masiello’s Jaspers finished the game shooting 28.6% from the field, and they made just 25 percent (7-for-28) of their two-point field goal attempts.

The game wasn’t the smoothest, with their being a combined 42 turnovers (21 apiece) and 80 free throw attempts, but Florida State used its size and athleticism to turn things around after a slow start. Rathan-Mayes will give Florida State another offensive weapon moving forward, and if Saturday’s win is any indication of what’s to come the Seminoles will once again be formidable defensively.