Feb. 16, 2012
Snaer didn’t shoot well all game but that didn’t matter with 2.6 seconds left when his 3-pointer bit the Hokies at the “Snakepit” and gave FSU a 48-47 win.
FSU had the lead two times in the second half — once right after the period started before Virginia Tech went on a 17-0 run and then once more after Snaer’s game-winner with less than three seconds lef.
The ‘Noles got back into the game with a 12-2 run in the second half.
The Seminoles have won 16 of 18 ACC home games over the past two seasons.
Florida State has taken exactly 50 shots in two consecutive games.
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It goes by many names.
The Donald L. Tucker Center. The Civic Center. And even the T-L-C-Double-C.
But perhaps the most fitting name — and the one most appropriate considering what happened tonight at the home of the No. 20 Florida State men’s basketball team — is the one that started simply as a nickname by FSU Assistant Director of Marketing Drew Longenecker because of a recent history of struggles by the Seminoles’ visiting opponents.
Just call it the “Snakepit” because Atlantic Coast Conference teams keep getting bit.
Virginia Tech experienced the dangers of coming into the Seminoles’ lair Thursday night as Michael Snaer’s game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left gave FSU an improbable 48-47 come-from-behind victory.
“It was a tough one,” Snaer said. “They kept pounding on us. Fortunate enough we finally found some fire, found some heart in our team and we just kept pushing and fighting back.”
The win not only kept the ‘Noles (18-7, 9-2 ACC) atop the league standings but it moved improved the team’s record in ACC games at home to 6-0 this season. The Seminoles are also now 16-2 in their last 18 conference games in Tallahassee over the past two-plus years.
Snaer found himself in position to hit his second game winner of the year because of FSU’s improved offensive play in the final moments and the Hokies’ (14-12, 3-8) inability to connect on what would have been game-sealing free throws.
Virginia Tech trailed 25-23 at halftime but erased that slight deficit with a hefty 17-0 run to the start the second period. FSU trailed by as many 15 points with less than 15 minutes to play but chipped away at the Hokies’ lead before scoring 11 points in the final minute and 13 seconds.
While Florida State was finding the offensive rhythm that had eluded its grasp all evening, Virginia Tech was aiding in its host’s comeback effort by shooting just 7-of-16 from the free-throw line — including five misses in the final 1:09 of the game.
Ian Miller led FSU in scoring with 11 points, including a big 3-pointer with 44 seconds left that put FSU within two points at 47-45. After Virginia Tech then missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, Snaer rose and fired from nearly the same spot on the floor as he did when FSU upset Duke at Cameron Indoor last month.
His final 3-pointer gave Snaer nine points for the game after he had gone 0-for-3 from long range and 3-of-10 from the floor before that dagger.
“I missed a few before that but you’ve just got to keep believing in yourself,” Snaer said.
Bernard James added six rebounds and three blocks but was held to just four points.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 18 points.
FSU shot 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range while committing 15 turnovers. The Hokies shot 32.7 percent overall and only had seven turnovers while being out-rebounded 38-29.
“I was pleased for our kids,” said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team was down by nine points with 1:29 left to play. “But in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘gosh we dodged a bullet tonight.'”
The ‘Noles may be flawless at home in league play this season but they have a quick turnaround with aroad game at NC State Saturday. FSU then host Duke Feb. 23 in a highly anticipated game that is already sold out.