Florida State couldn’t survive its own offensive struggles. Or UCF’s 3-point barrage.
And the Seminoles’ home supremacy of the last two years is also now history.
Brandon Mahan scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and freshman Isaiah Adams added 22 points as UCF knocked off No. 15 Florida State 86-74 on Saturday, ending the Seminoles’ 27-game home winning streak.
Mahan shot 10 of 13 from the floor and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line for UCF (2-1), which won for the first time in 12 games against the Seminoles.
“They played to their strengths better than we played to our strengths,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “There is no doubt they are great perimeter shooters.”
M.J. Walker scored 22 points, two shy of a career high, but the Seminoles (4-1) saw their streak of 41 straight home non-conference wins snapped. Rayquan Gray and Anthony Polite each had 14 points.
Florida State shot 24 of 51 (47.1 percent) and 10 of 23 (43.5 percent) from 3-point range.
But the Seminoles had more turnovers (14) than assists (11) and lost for the first time in Tallahassee since No. 1 Duke defeated Florida State 80-78 on Jan. 12, 2019.
“Tonight we just got outplayed,” Hamilton said. “I’m not in a panic mode. We’re a team that’s still growing and developing. We’re not a team that’s fine-tuned yet. I think this team exploited some of the areas where we need to improve.”
Darin Green Jr. scored 20 points for the Knights, who opened the second half by making 6 of 7 3-pointers to pull away. UCF shot 27 of 54 (50 percent) from the floor and 9 of 19 (47.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Adams added eight rebounds as UCF won the battle on the boards 32-25.
Florida State plays host to Gardner-Webb on Monday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network).
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