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After NCAA berth, Florida St. top scorers weigh decisions

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Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, but whether the Seminoles (26-9) can return next season will depend on the decisions of their three leading scorers. Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes said after Saturday’s 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round that they had not reached a decision and had no timetable. All three though are expected to put their names into consideration for the NBA draft. Isaac, a 6-foot-10 freshman…

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No. 9 Florida State getting big contributions from its bench

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Florida State sophomore Terrance Mann has dubbed the ninth-ranked Seminoles’ bench the “Boom Squad.” So far the nickname has proven to be appropriate considering how productive the reserves have been in conference play. The Seminoles’ reserves are averaging 22.5 points and the team is 16-1 and off to a 4-0 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time in school history. They are one of two ACC teams that have 12 players averaging in double figures in minutes…

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FSU starts slow again, but subdues Charleston Southern

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For the second consecutive game, the Florida State Seminoles were facing a heavy underdog and for the second consecutive game, they struggled in the first half. After the 2-9 Florida Atlantic Owls gave FSU all they could handle on Saturday night, this time it was the 4-7 Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Like Saturday, Florida State came out in the second half and took control, finally dispatching Charleston Southern, 75-64 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. With the victory, FSU…

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Coach Leonard Hamilton likes mix on Florida State basketball roster

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Florida State is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference that returns all five of its starters from last season. For most teams that would be cause for celebration. For coach Leonard Hamilton it means he is hoping the struggles of the past two seasons have been valuable experience. The Seminoles had their first practice on Wednesday as they are looking to bounce back from a season in which they went 17-16 and didn’t play in a postseason tournament…

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