The 7-4 Florida State Seminoles were once again led to victory by Michael Snaer as the senior delivered a career game for his team.
Snaer recorded a career-high 30 points in the 79-76 win over the 11-2 Charlotte 49ers, handing the team their second loss of the season.
After trailing at halftime despite the guard’s 17 points, the Seminoles tighten things defensively in the second half to take the lead before nearly blowing things in the final minutes. Late free throws by Snaer and freshman Devon Bookert helped secure the victory.
Snaer had five three-pointers and shot 9 for 10 from the foul line as Florida State’s success continues to be dependent on his performance. When the 6-foot-5 leader of the team is scoring, the team is usually winning. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that his four lowest scoring totals on the season have all come in the team’s four losses.
In losses, Snaer is shooting 29.4% from the field and averaging only 9.7 points in those games. However, in the team’s victories this season he’s shooting 42.3% while averaging 17 points. On the year he’s averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, two assists and shooting 38.7% from the floor.
The Seminoles managed to keep their tournament hopes alive with the victory considering if they lost it would have been difficult to make the case to get in. With five losses heading into conference play, Florida State would have had a major uphill battle against much tougher competition.
Their post-season hopes are by no means guaranteed with the win but the team did keep the Seminoles’ slim potential alive. They’ll need players around Snaer to step up and do it in a hurry given the fact the senior can’t do it alone against the rest of the ACC.
Florida State will hope freshman Aaron Thomas can build off his three straight double-figure scoring performances. The 6-foot-5 guard now has back-to-back 17 point games after recording the number against the 49ers and in the Seminoles previous 63-48 win versus the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
The team also hopes second leading scorer Okaro White can learn to stay out of foul trouble. He came into the game against Charlotte averaging 13.5 points but at times this season has struggled to stay on the court, including fouling out against the 49ers.
Florida State came into the season young and hoping to be led by Snaer, however they weren’t expected to be this one dimensional considering they were once a ranked team.