March 19, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s basketball team’s 2012-13 season came to an end Tuesday night with a 71-66 loss to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Playing in what turned out to be the final game of his unforgettable FSU career, Michael Snaer scored a team-high 24 points for Seminoles (18-16).
But Snaer’s offensive heroics — the California native made five of his 10 3-point attempts while playing 40 minutes — weren’t enough to overcome the ‘Noles’ inability to protect the basketball and halt the Bulldogs (27-6) in the second half.
Florida State committed 18 turnovers on its home floor and Lousiana Tech scored 24 points off those miscues. The Bulldogs also used a 11-0 run early in the second half to bounce back from a 28-24 halftime deficit and shot 65.5 percent in the final 20 minutes.
“We didn’t do a very good job of handling their pressure,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
Junior forward Okaro White added 11 points and tied with Terrance Shannon with a team-high six rebounds for FSU. Freshman Montay Brandon scored 10 points and junior Kiel Tuprin posted eight for a ‘Noles team that shot 46 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point distance.
For the Bulldogs, Raheem Appleby’s 27 points led the way for the No. 4 seeded team with 21 one them coming in the second half.Alex Hamilton contributed 16 of his own.
Louisiana Tech finished the game 27-of-60 from the field and had 32 rebounds to FSU’s 26.
“They were very disruptive on the defensive end,” Brandon said. “The calls we normally get we just weren’t getting so obviously that messed up our mentality a little bit.”