November 29, 2014 - by

Seminoles Top Charleston Southern 58-47

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 16 points to lead Florida State to a 58-47 victory over Charleston Southern.

Rathan-Mayes has had the green light to shoot with Florida State (3-3) down two veteran starters.

Montay Brandon scored nine for the Seminoles and point guard Dayshawn Watkins led the team with eight rebounds.

“Offensively, we were extremely tentative,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “A lot of that, we have some inexperienced guys we’ve asked to step up and be efficient for us in order for us to be successful.

“I think that’ll smooth itself out as they gain more and more experience.”

The 58 points scored were the second fewest of the season for Florida State, but the Buccaneers shot just 29.6 percent from the field, including 8 for 31 from behind the 3-point line.

Danny Upchurch and Saah Nimley led Charleston Southern with 10 points apiece.

Charleston Southern (3-2) opened the second half with a 19-10 run the cut the lead to 39-36. The Bucs, however, couldn’t find any consistency offensively. The ‘Noles used a 10-0 run to go up 49-36 and ice the game.

“We simply couldn’t get it done on the offensive end,” Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “Credit Florida State on that. Their size presented us a ton of problems. A lot of shots we make in our league couldn’t even see the rim tonight.

“Coach Hamilton has made a career on having terrific defensive teams and terrific length.”

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