ORLANDO | Florida State junior point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes might come up short in trying to catch his father, former Seminoles’ player Tharon Mayes, on the career scoring list.

 

Rathan-Mayes had 16 points in Saturday’s 91-66 loss to Xavier, which put him in a tie with Ron Hale at 25th in school history at 1,236 career points. Rathan-Mayes is 16 points behind Ron King (1971-73) and 24 points behind his father.


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The issue will be if Rathan-Mayes opts to come out for the NBA draft after this season. In that case, he’ll remain the second-leadering score in college basketball in the family.

The old man also still has his son in another category, career 3-point shots. Rathan-Mayes hit a 3-pointer to open the game to give him 127 for his career, but he failed to connect on four more attempts and is 13th on the all-time school list, one behind his father.

Bernard continues to contribute

Malcom Bernard, a senior guard for Xavier, started against FSU and had six points, five rebounds and one assist. He had six points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the Musketeer’s first-round victory over Maryland.

Bernard was the third First Coast player to contribute significantly in the NCAA tournament games in Orlando. Christian Terrell, a Providence graduate, had nine points and three assists in Florida Gulf Coasts’ 86-80 loss to FSU and Ambrose Mosely, a First Coast graduate, had 14 points on five of five shooting for UNC Wilmington in a 76-71 loss to Virginia.

Bernard was a Class 6A all-state player as a senior at Middleburg High School, averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots per game. He played two years at Charleston Southern and one year at Florida A&M before landing at Xavier as a graduate transfer.

Wilkins out or limited for UVA

Virginia may have had to manage without its leading rebounder against the Florida Gators.

Isaiah Wilkins was doubtful for the second game of the session because of the lingering affects of strep throat that hit him two weeks ago. He played only five minutes against UNC-Wilmington on Thursday and 14 minutes last week in the ACC tournament against Notre Dame.

Wilkins is a 6-foot-7 junior forward and started 28 games this season. He had 6.0 rebounds and 6.8 points per game and his absence means Bennett sometimes has had to play five guards at a time.

“This virus is hanging on,” Bennett said on Friday. “He’s lost some weight and just can’t. He pushed for about four or five minutes, and that was it. He pretty much didn’t have anything left and was having some trouble. He’s doubtful for the game. I’m not expecting him to play. But you never know.”

Durham led ‘Noles

The only other meeting between Florida State and Xavier came in 1958 when the Musketeers won 76-60 in Cincinnati.

The top player for the ‘Noles that night was future FSU and Jacksonville University coach Hugh Durham, who led all scorers with 25 points.

Xavier fans were lovin’ it

One of the biggest early cheers in the FSU-Xavier game was when highlights of Wisconsin’s upset over defending national champion Villanova were shown during the first media time out.

Musketeers fans enjoyed it, especially since Villanova is a Big East opponent and beat Xavier by 16 and 25 points during the regular season.