No. 9 Florida State beats No. 7 Duke for record 12th straight win

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By: Associated Press
January 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, helping No. 9 Florida State beat No. 7 Duke 88-72 on Tuesday night.

Dwayne Bacon and Terance Mann had 13 points apiece as the Seminoles (16-1, 4-0) set a school record with their 12th straight win, breaking a mark that had stood since 1970. It is also the first time they have started 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Blue Devils took a 50-48 lead on a Luke Kennard jumper before the Seminoles, who were playing their first regular-season game as a top-10 team since 1993, grabbed control with a 16-4 run over a five-minute span.

Kennard led Duke (14-3, 2-2) with 23 points.

By: Florida State Athletics; WCTV Eyewitness News
January 10, 2017

The No. 9 Florida State men's basketball team, which has won a school-record tying 11 consecutive games, plays host to No. 7 Duke on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game with a 15-1 record, an undefeated 3-0 mark in ACC play and have won each of their last 11 games with its winning streak having started on Nov. 25, 2016 with a 72-61 win over Illinois in the final round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In addition, the Seminoles have won 14 consecutive games at home (11 during the 2016-17 season and the final three of the 2015-16 season).

Florida State comes into Tuesday’s game fresh off a 93-78 victory over No. 21/23 Virginia Tech on Saturday in Tallahassee in which the earned their second consecutive victory over a nationally ranked opponent. The Seminoles defeated No. 11/11 Virginia on December 31 in Charlottesville to gain their first ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles have now defeated three ranked teams so far this season – No. 21/21 Florida (83-78, December 11), No. 11/11 Virginia (60-58, December 31) and No. 21/23 Virginia Tech (93-78, January 7).

Following Tuesday’s night’s game against Duke, the Seminoles travel to play No. 14/16 North Carolina during its gauntlet of playing six consecutive nationally ranked teams. The Seminoles are 2-0 in the first two games of its ACC schedule against six nationally ranked teams.