Dec. 22, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Florida State’s offense climbed out of
hibernation Tuesday night.
The Seminoles had been leaning on their defense for most of the
season, but scored a season high in their 95-68 win over the
University of Tennessee-Martin. It was the first time this year – and
the first time since December 22, 2007 – that FSU scored at least 90
points in a game. FSU broke the 80-point barrier only once in their
last nine games before Tuesday.
FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said he wasn’t ready to hang his hat on
that offensive performance, but liked the energy he saw.
“We moved the ball and made good decisions,” Hamilton, who faced his
alma mater for the first time in his 21-year coaching career, said.
“That’s what I’m excited about, and I feel that’ll give us the chance
to reach the offensive potential we have.”
Freshman Michael Snaer led the Seminoles (11-2, 1-0 ACC) with
career-high 18 points, one of six FSU players in double digits.
Florida State shot 54.4 percent from the floor, its best night since
shooting 59.7 percent against Mercer on November 21.
Snaer said FSU got its offense rolling by picking up the pace. The
Seminoles scored 24 fast break points and 35 points off turnovers.
“We just focused on everybody getting out and running,” Snaer said.
“The point guards just pushed it and got it up the floor quick. It
was easy for us to get open looks when we moved the ball around.”
The Seminoles’ defense stole the show in the first half. FSU blanketed
UT-Martin (1-9, 0-2 OVC) from the opening tip, shutting down the low
post and disrupting the Skyhawks’ passing lanes. Florida State
outscored Tennessee-Martin 23-2 in the game’s first 8:11, forcing the
Skyhawks to miss their first eight shots. UT-Martin shot just 36.8
from the floor, the ninth time this season FSU held an opponent under
37 percent shooting.