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FSU’s Rathan-Mayes Joins Father in 1,000-Point Club

Perrone Ford/FSU athletics

Entering conference play, Florida State junior Xavier Rathan-Mayes was just four points shy of becoming the 46th Seminole to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career.

Five minutes into play, Rathan-Mayes had five points off an early trey and a finger-roll layup, joining his father, Tharon, and becoming the only father-son duo in ACC history to hit 1,000-points milestone.

“Just to be in the thousand-point club, and be the first father-son duo in ACC History, it means a lot to me,” Rathan-Mayes said following his 23-point performance in Wednesday’s 88-72 win over Wake Forest. “After the game I went and gave him a big hug and I cried because he means so much to me. He’s been there for me all my life and it just means a lot to be able to make him proud.”

Tharon Mayes was a 3-year starter at Florida State. The shooting guard was on campus from 1986-90 and helped lead the Noles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in 1988 and 1989.

Rathan-Mayes’ father is all over the Florida State record books and 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. Mayes has the third-highest single-season scoring average in FSU history, putting up 23.3 points per game his senior season.

In 14 games this season, Rathan-Mayes is averaging just under 11 points as No. 20 Florida State continues to roll with now nine straight wins. Rathan-Mayes will continue to chase his father in the record books when the Noles travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers on Saturday.

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