Feb. 9, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If ever there was a team that understood the literal meaning of an up-and-down season, it’s the Florida State men’s basketball squad.
With a 71-46 loss at Wake Forest Saturday afternoon, the Seminoles’ (13-10, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) last six games look like this: Michael Snaer game-winning shot against Clemson, 24-point loss at Miami, Snaer game-winning shot against Maryland, 19-point loss against Duke, Snaer game-winning shot at Georgia Tech and then the defeat at the hands of the Demon Deacons (11-12, 4-7).
Perhaps the one positive that resulted from the setback at Joel Coliseum is that if the trend continues, undefeated Miami could be in for some late heartbreak when the Hurricanes visit Tallahassee for the second meeting between the two rivals Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the rematch can be purchased by visiting the online ticket office or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.
Saturday’s game saw the Seminoles struggle from the field from start to finish. The ‘Noles shot 32.6 percent overall, 30.8 percent from 3-point range and were just 14-of-23 from the free throw line. Wake Forest, on the other hand, was 49.1 percent from then field and 41.2 percent from long distance.
The Seminoles were also out-rebounded 45-25 and had 17 turnovers compared to the Demon Deacons’ 14. Wake Forest posted 19 second-chance points to FSU’s one and outscored the ‘Noles in the paint 32-16.
Michael Snaer and Okaro White each had 13 points for FSU. Four days after his buzzer-beating underhanded layup gave Florida State a 56-54 win over the Yellow Jackets, Snaer was just 4-of-13 at Wake Forest.
Kiel Turpin added eight points and tied with White for a team-high six rebounds.
Travis McKie was one of four Demon Deacons to score in double figures as he registered 15 for Wake Forest, which has proven to be an especially tough matchup for teams when playing at home. The Demon Deacons are now 4-1 at Joel Coliseum with the one loss coming at the hands of Duke.
After the Miami game, FSU hosts Boston College three days later before hitting the road for games at NC State and Virginia Tech as the ‘Noles enter the home stretch of the regular season.