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No. 10 'Noles hold off No. 12 Louisville, drop another ranked opponent

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Terance Mann soars in for a basket Saturday against Louisville.
Terance Mann soars in for a basket Saturday against Louisville. (Melina Vastola/USAToday Sports Images)

Box Score: FSU 73, Louisville 68

The No. 10 Florida State men's basketball team raced out to an early lead and then fended off several Louisville charges before holding on for a 73-68 victory Saturday at the Tucker Center.

The Seminoles, who were led by 16 points apiece from Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon, improved to 18-2 and 6-1 in the ACC. The No. 12 Cardinals fell to 16-4, 4-3.

FSU also got 15 points from Terance Mann and 10 from Michael Ojo before a sellout crowd -- the Seminoles' second of the season.

Playing their sixth consecutive game against an AP Top 25 opponent, the Seminoles got off to a brilliant start, claiming a 14-0 lead in the opening stages. Louisville clawed back to make it a six-point game at halftime, but the Cardinals could never tie the game or take the lead.

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The victory gave FSU a 5-1 record during one of the toughest six-game stretches in college basketball history. The Seminoles next will play Wednesday at Georgia Tech.

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