TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which defeated The Citadel on Tuesday night in Tallahassee, plays host to Charleston Southern on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in its final game of the month of November. The Seminoles’ game against the Buccaneers is their second of four straight home games which ranks as their longest home stand of the season. Florida State has won two of its first three home games and 10 of its last 11 non-conference home games in the last two seasons and is looking to defeat Charleston Southern for the second time in the last two years. The Seminoles defeated the Buccaneers by a 67-59 margin last December 30 in Tallahassee. In Charleston Southern the Seminoles are facing their second consecutive and second of three opponents this season from the state of South Carolina. The Seminoles faced The Citadel (Charleston, S.C.) on November 25 (Won, 66-55), play host to Charleston Southern (Charleston, S.C.) and face Clemson (Clemson, S.C.) on January 19 in Clemson and on February 4 in Tallahassee. Following Friday night’s game against Charleston Southern, the Seminoles will play host to Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Monday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. and UCF (Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.) before taking a break for semester final exams.
FLORIDA STATE VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles will play host to Charleston Southern on November 28, 2014 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Last year, Florida State closed its non-conference schedule with a 67-59 victory on December 30 in Tallahassee. Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference. Florida State is undefeated against Big South Conference opponents (17-0). The Seminoles hold a seven game winning streak going into this meeting against Charleston Southern. The Seminoles lead the Buccaneers, 7-0, in the all-time series that dates back to 1976.
RATHAN-MAYES SCORES 26 – TIES FATHER’S FLORIDA STATE RECORD
Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 26 points in the Seminoles’ 66-55 win over The Citadel on Tuesday night, and in the process, wrote his name beside his father in the Seminoles’ record book. Rathan-Mayes was a perfect five of five from the 3-point line. Tharon Mayes, who played for the Seminoles from 1988-90, was a perfect five of five from the 3-point line on February 2, 1988 against Monmouth. Tharon scored 21 points in the Seminoles’ 82-68 victory over the Hawks. Rathan-Mayes became the seventh player in school history to shoot perfect from the 3-point line on at least five attempts in a single game in school history.
RATHAN-MAYES – MOST POINTS BY A FRESHMAN SINCE AARON THOMAS IN 2012-13
Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored his career-high of 26 points in Florida State’s 66-55 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday. His total was the most by a Seminole freshman since Rathan-Mayes’ current teammate Aaron Thomas also scored 26 against Charlotte on December 22, 2012.
BRANDON BREAKING OUT AS ONE OF THE SEMINOLES’ LEADERS
Junior guard Montay Brandon enters Friday’s game against Charleston Southern as the Seminoles’ leading shooter from the field (.667), the team leader in made free throws (18), the team leader in total rebounds (36, 7.2 rpg), Florida State’s leader in defensive rebounds (26, 5.2 drpg), is ranked second on the team in offensive rebounds (10, 2.0 orpg) and is the Seminoles’ third leading scorer with a career-high 13.2 points per game scoring average.
HAMILTON AND SEMINOLES SIGN TOP FIVE RATED RECRUITING CLASS
Florida State University head coach Leonard Hamilton has secured one of the top basketball recruiting classes in school history with the addition of four players – including two ranked within the nation’s top 50 players and three ranked within the top 100 – to the Seminoles’ already deep roster which includes only one graduating player. Signing National Letters of Intent with Hamilton and the Seminoles were forward Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla./Oak Hill Academy), guard Malik Beasley (Alpharetta, Ga./Saint Francis), center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (Chad, Africa/Montverde Academy) and guard Terance Mann (Tilton, N.H./Tilton School). Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class is ranked among the nation’s best including No. 4 by 247Sports.com, No. 5 by ESPN.com, No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Hoopniks.com.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Charleston Southern and gain its eighth consecutive victory over the Buccaneers. The Seminoles are 7-0 all-time against Charleston Southern – a school that was known as Baptist College when the two teams met each of the first four meetings of the series which dates back to the 1975-76 season. Florida State was 4-0 against Baptist College and is 3-0 against Charleston Southern;
…Defeat Charleston Southern and even its record at 3-3. The Seminoles would have a 9-4 record in the month of November in the last two seasons.