Nov. 25, 2011
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — The No. 20/22 Florida State men’s basketball team missed its first 15 shots and never recovered Friday evening in a 46-41 loss to a talented Harvard team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
FSU’s poor start from the field was a common theme in the opening 20 minutes that didn’t get much better in the second half as the Seminoles and Crimson went into the halftime break tied at just 14-14.
In what was their first loss of the season, the Seminoles (5-1) shot 36.2 percent from the field — a mark that typically would have still been OK for a team that plays such strong defense on a daily basis. The Crimson (5-0) shot even worse at 27.3 percent but went to the free-throw line 24 times and made 17.
In striking contrast, the ‘Noles got to the line just 10 times and only made four of those freebie shots.
Junior guard Michael Snaer led Florida State in scoring for the second game in a row with 10 points. Luke Loucks had eight points and four assists and Xavier Gibson posted six points to go along with his six rebounds and four steals.
The Seminoles were out-rebounded 36-26 by a Harvard team that didn’t have any players score in double figures. Florida State turned the ball over 16 times and forced 17 Crimson turnovers.
Despite the loss, FSU still has a surprising opportunity to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume before returning stateside. Earlier in the day, UCF — a team FSU beat earlier this month — upset No. 4/4 UConn 68-63 to propel itself into the Battle 4 Atlantis title game against Harvard.
The ‘Noles and Huskies will play Saturday at 2 p.m. in the consolation game.