Feb. 1, 2012
Snaer scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and tied his career high with five 3-pointers in the win.
Georgia Tech scored just two fast-break points on Wednesday.
Michael Snaer recorded a career high five steals against the Yellow Jackets.
The ‘Noles scored 44 second-half points. FSU hasn’t scored less than 44 in the second frame since the Virginia Tech game.
The Seminoles hot 61.5-percent in the second half against Georgia Tech — its third game in a row with at least 60 percent shooting in the second period
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It wasn’t nearly as flawless as the blow out of North Carolina or as thrilling as the buzzer-beater at Duke but Wednesday night’s game was still record setting for the No. 21 Florida State men’s basketball team.
FSU bounced back from a poor shooting performance in the first half and beat Georgia Tech, 68-55, at the Donald L. Tucker Center to capture its school-record sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference win.
By extending their winning streak to six games, the Seminoles (15-6, 6-1 ACC) remain atop the league standings via tie-breakers. But maintaining that first-place perch looked to be in doubt after 20 minutes of basketball against the Yellow Jackets Yellow Jackets (8-14, 1-7).
FSU looked a lot like the team that got beat soundly at Clemson in early January in that opening half, scoring just 24 points and shooting just 35 percent.
Of course that was an outing that led to a passionate post-game locker-room talk by the ‘Noles that helped spark FSU’s five-game run prior to playing the Yellow Jackets.
Down 25-24 at the break, FSU’s spark this time was a halftime regrouping rather than the post-game kind. The Seminoles opened the second period with back-to-back Xavier Gibson and Luke Loucks buckets and a Deividas Dulkys 3-pointer. Not too long after that, Okaro White’s tomahawk slam gave Florida State a 41-32 lead — its fifth double-digit advantage in seven ACC games — and the team never led by less than seven the rest of the evening.
“Second half, we played with a lot more energy,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We executed a lot better. We got some deflections and steals, and got out and got some easy baskets.”
Michael Snaer had his own record-setting night as his five made 3-pointers tied his career best. Snaer’s 21 points — 16 of which were posted in the second half — on 7-for-10 shooting led all scorers.
Snaer also had a game-high and career-best five steals as the ‘Noles forced 24 turnovers.
“His defense sets the tone for everybody else,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said.
Bernard James added 13 points and eight rebounds and White connected for 11 points. Loucks had nine points and seven of the ‘Noles’ 15 assists.
FSU turned the ball over just 15 times and shot 49 percent from the field while holding Georgia Tech to 43 percent shooting and scoring 25 points off the Yellow Jackets’ giveaways.
Brandon Reed scored 18 points for the Yellow Jackets but Georgia Tech couldn’t overcome another terrific second half by the ‘Noles. After shooting 67 and 68 percent in the second half of wins at Duke and Wake Forest, respectively, FSU shot 62 percent against Georgia Tech — a marked change after shooting at just a 35 percent clip in the first half.
“This team is learning when you move into the upper echelon of this league you are going to take every team’s best shot,” Hamilton said. “I thought this team came at us and played an excellent game. If we hadn’t turned it up a notch, we wouldn’t have had to opportunity to come away with a 14-point victory like we did.”
Florida State now has a stiff test Saturday at 1 p.m. when No. 16 Virginia comes to town. That game will air on the ACC Network and online at ESPN3.com.