Jan. 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s Michael Snaer, who hit the game winning shot in Florida State’s 76-73 win over No. 4 Duke on Saturday, was named the ACC Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. It marked the first time the junior had earned the honor.
In leading Florida State to victories over No. 4 Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium and Maryland at home, Snaer averaged 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting .500 from the field and .429 from the 3-point line – it was his success from the 3-point line that allowed the Seminoles to enjoy one of the greatest weeks in the history of the Seminole program. In the span of eight days, the Seminoles defeated No. 3 North Carolina (by 33 points), Maryland (at home) and Duke (on the road) to up their ACC record to 4-1 and take over a share of first place in the league standings.
Snaer scored 14 points against Duke including two buzzer beating 3-point shots to lead the Seminoles to the 76-73 win and in the process breaking the Blue Devils 45-game homecourt winning streak. Snaer won the game with a 3-point shot at the final buzzer to give the Seminoles to the victory. It was also his 3-point shot at the buzzer of the first half of play that allowed the Seminoles to pull to within 32-26 after trailing by as many as nine in the first half.
Saner scored nine second half points in the Seminoles’ win over Duke including five points in the final 52 seconds of play. He scored on a driving runner that gave Florida State a 71-70 lead with under a minute left. He then scored the game winning basket – a 3-pont shot that he launched with three-tenths of second remaining on the clock – to give the Seminoles the 76-73 win for only their second ever victory at Cameron.
Saner scored 19 points, blocked two shots and totaled two steals in Florida State’s win over Maryland to begin the week. His 19 points allowed his to earn team high scoring honors. He totaled 10 first half points and nine in the second half including four straight that allowed the Seminoles to stretch their lead after Maryland had taken their only lead of the game early in the second half.
Florida State’s victories over No. 4 North Carolina and No. 3 Duke marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated two top five ranked teams after they defeated No. 1 Duke (Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61) during last year’s regular season and No. 5 Notre Dame (March 20, 2011, 71-57) to advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The pair of wins of top five ranked teams in the same season marks the third time in school history – also 1996-97 (No. 5 Maryland and No 5 Wake Forest), 2010-11 (No. 1 Duke, No. 5 Notre Dame) and 2011-12 (No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke) — that Florida State has defeated two top five ranked teams in the same season.
Snaer enters Wednesday’s game against Wake Forest averaging a career-high 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and needing only four 3-point shots made to reach 100 for his career. He is improved his scoring average by nearly five points per game as compared to the first two seasons of his career.