Nov. 21, 2012
Donald L. Tucker Center // Tallahassee, Fla.
'NOLES PLAYER OF THE GAME
Senior // Guard
Michael Snaer scored just four points in the first half but that didn't stop him from registering a season of 21 on the night.
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Unable to fully put away visiting North Florida after jumping out to an early lead, the Florida State men's basketball team's undisputed leader took over in the second half Wednesday night.
In a 75-67 win over the visiting Ospreys (1-4) at the Donald L. Tucker Center, Michael Snaer scored 17 of his 21 points in the second period as the Seminoles (4-1) won their fourth consecutive game. The 'Noles will now prepare to face Minnesota at home Monday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"I'm hopeful and happy that we were able to win while we are still developing our team," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "
FSU led 16-3 in the game's early moments but saw that lead slip to a 32-24 score at halftime. Then midway through the second half, FSU had its biggest lead of the night -- a 14-point advantage -- but UNF's timely triples from long range kept the game within two possessions throughout much of the contest.
Despite that, Snaer still kept UNF at bay with his defense and clutch free-throw shooting. The senior finished the night 9-of-10 from the free-throw line while hitting 50 percent of his field goals and adding eight rebounds and two blocks.
Okaro White also missed just one from the charity stripe and scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and two steals. Terrance Shannon had 12 points and a team-high four steals and Terry Whisnant II, who started in place of the injured Ian Miller added eight points.
True freshman Devon Bookert paced the team with four assists but FSU only had eight as a team in that category after excelling at sharing the basketball over the past three games.
"It was just one of those days where the ball wasn't falling and our assists we just had a bad night," Shannon said. "But we weathered the storm and made it through. It's something we can build upon. Not every win is going to be pretty. You can have ugly wins so I think it's something to build upon."
As a team, FSU was 82.1 percent from the free-throw line and pulled down 43 rebounds compared to the Ospreys' 29. UNF shot 33 3-pointers but hit only nine of them while the 'Noles were just 2-for-10 from long range.
FSU outscored UNF 34-18 in the paint and registered 18 points off 15 takeaways. The 'Noles had 17 turnovers of their own.
Parker Smith's 20 points led North Florida.