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College basketball: Seminoles top Gators

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FSU switched into a 2-3 zone to mix up looks and stymie the Gators early in the half.

For Florida State: Junior Terance Mann is coming off a career performance and leads FSU, averaging almost 17 points per game and ranks second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per contest.

In a change from the past, the Florida State-Florida basketball rivalry is more appealing this season than its football counterpart. "Our overall toughness on the interior", coach Mike White said about the defensive issues after the loss. "I don't know what to say", White said when asked if he could do anything improve the team's rebounding. It's not our strength. Having Egbunu healthy ... that would help. Again it comes down to being more accountable.

Senior forward Phil Cofer, who along with foward Brandon Allen are the only players on the team to have been in uniform for all four victories over the Gators, said stopping the nation's top-scoring team from running off points in batches was the key. "Florida brought out the best in us tonight and hopefully we can continue to play that way". In road wins over Rutgers and Florida, Walker has averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals. Florida shot just 36.2 percent from the field and 24 percent (6-25) from 3-point range. Now, Florida has a two-game losing streak and questions about their lofty ranking.

"A reality check for us", he said. "I think this is where we need to get back together as a team ... work hard and get mentally tougher and find other ways to win because we're not going to be hitting 15 3s every game".

Playing its first game in eight days since falling to No. 1 Duke in the PK 80 Tournament Finals in Portland, Ore., Florida slogged through a sloppy first half.

Florida blew a 17-point lead with 10 minutes left against the Blue Devils and lost 87-84.

It was a sign of things to come.

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WACO, Texas (AP) - Jo Lual-Acuil had 15 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players who scored in double figures for Baylor during a victory over Sam Houston State. The Florida Gators are shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line.

If Florida's perimeter shots aren't falling, who exactly is their go-to scorer and how are the Gators consistently getting buckets?

Guard Egor Koulechov said the loss might have awakened the Gators. Cofer scored four points on the run with a turn-around inside jumper and breakaway dunk off a missed Chiozza drive. FSU also had its way on the boards, outrebounding the Gators 28-21 in the first and outscoring Florida 14-6 in second-chance points.

"We've got to become way better on the defensive glass and in defensive transition, which we hung our hat on a year ago", White said.

A dunk by Ike Obiagu and a triple from Angola put the icing on the cake, extending FSU's lead to 83-64.

"It's super humbling", Hudson said. "I said over the summer it was something I would do, if the team needed me to be that guy, whatever it takes to win". Stokes is still at least a month away from returning and could choose to redshirt.

The 'Noles (7-0) are off to their best start since the 2008-09 season, when they won their only ACC championship.

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