Game Preview: Seminoles Vs. Saint Joseph's
Florida State plays for championship of Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Nov. 17, 2012
FSU vs. Saint Joseph's
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, which defeated Brigham Young, 88-70 in Friday's Coaches vs. Cancer semifinals, faces Saint Joseph's in the championship game of the tournament on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It marks the third time in the last five seasons that the Seminoles will play for the championship of a regular season tournament. Florida State won the 2008 in the Las Vegas Global Sports Classic and won the 2009 Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The Seminoles have won 10 regular season tournament championships since winning the title at the 1962 Savannah Invitational. Following Saturday's game against Notre Dame, the Seminoles begin a five-game homestand as they play host to North Florida on Wednesday, November 21 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The homestand includes games against Minnesota (ACC/Big 10 Challenge on November 27), Mercer (the 2012 CBI Tournament Champion, December 2), Florida (2012 NCAA Elite 8, December 5), Maine (December 9) and Louisiana Monroe (December 17).
FLORIDA STATE VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S - A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play Saint Joseph's in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. This game will mark the first time in school history that the two teams will play in the sport of men's basketball. The last time Florida State played an Atlantic 10 conference team was in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Saint Bonaventure, 66-63, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Florida State holds a winning record of 33-18 against the teams of Atlantic 10.
SNAER IN THE FIRST THREE GAMES OF THE SEASON
Senior All-American Michael Snaer scored 16 points and is the only Seminoles to have scored in double figures in each of the Seminoles' first three games of the season. He scored 10 points in the Seminoles' season-opener against South Alabama, totaled 19 points in the Seminoles' win over Buffalo and scored 16 in the Seminoles' win over BYU on Friday.
SNAER LEADS SEMINOLES OVER BYU
Senior All-American guard Michael Snaer earned the second double-double of his career with a 16-point, 10- rebound performance in the Seminoles' 88-70 victory over BYU on Friday in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the Barclays Center. Snaer led four Seminoles in double figures scoring as they led from the start on a lay-up by Ian Miller and never trailed in defeating the Cougars to advance to the championship game of the tournament. Snaer was joined in double figure scoring by junior Okaro White (17 points on six of seven free throws made), Ian Miller (15 points on three made 3-point shots) and freshman Devon Bookert (15 points on five made field goals).
FLORIDA STATE DENTING THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State, which is averaging 84.7 points scored per game in its first three games of the season, has scored at least 88 points in its last two games - 95 in its 95-68 win over Buffalo and 88 in its 88-70 win over BYU. It marks the first time since Dec. 7, 2006 (87-55 win at Georgia State) and Dec. 10, 2006 (88-62 win over SW Louisiana State that the Seminoles have score at least 85 points inconsecutive games. The last time the Seminoles scored at least 85 points in three consecutive games was during the 2005-06 season in consecutive games against Purdue (97-57, November 29, 2005 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge), 85 against Louisiana Monroe (December 2, 2005 in Tallahassee) and 90 against Texas Southern (Dec. 7, 2005 in Tallahassee).