Dec. 5, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On the heels of three consecutive losses on the road, the Florida State men’s basketball team was in need of some home cooking.
Perhaps more importantly, FSU needed a renewed sense of intensity and energy.
The Seminoles got all three of those things Monday night as they returned to the Donald L. Tucker Center and defeated Charleston Southern, 76-51.
After falling to Harvard (then unranked but now in the top 25 for the first time in program history at No. 24), then-No. 4 UConn and Michigan State in consecutive games in which they averaged just 55 points, the ‘Noles nearly hit that total by halftime against the Buccaneers (5-3).
The Seminoles (6-3), who moved to 5-0 at home this season, shot 48.4 percent from the field against CSU compared to the 39-percent shooting average they experienced in the trio of losses.
Sophomore forward Okaro White was behind that renewed offensive prowess. His 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 shooting from 3-point range surpassed his previous career high of 19 that he registered against Hawaii last season and went along with his seven rebounds and three assists.
In addition to White, three other FSU starters posted double-figure scoring marks.
Michael Snaer finished the night with 13 points behind a team-best three triples and Bernard James and Xavier Gibson each had 12 points apiece while adding six and seven rebounds, respectively. Gibson also had four blocks.
Freshman Terry Whisnant II broke out of his shooting slump, too. Whisnant entered the game against Charleston Southern with just two baskets to his credit on 11 shots during his young career but he surpassed that total with three makes on Monday — including two 3-pointers — to reach eight points.
The Seminoles had 19 assists to CSU’s eight.
Defensively, Florida State was stingy from the start. The ‘Noles took a 45-18 lead into the locker room at halftime and it was the lowest offensive output by an opponent at the Tucker Center this season.
For the game, the Buccaneers shot 29.8-percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 44-26. FSU also forced 20 turnovers but gave the ball away 21 times.
FSU returns to its home floor this Sunday for a 1 p.m. game against UNC Greensboro. The game will air live on television on RSN and on the Internet at ESPN3.com.