Jan. 4, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Looking to avoid its third consecutive loss and looking for answers, the Florida State men’s basketball team found both Wednesday night.
Five nights after falling to Princeton in the first triple-overtime game in school history, the Seminoles blasted Auburn 85-56 at the Donald L. Tucker to end their two-game skid and effectively erase the memory of what transpired less than a week prior.
FSU (9-5) needed three extra periods to reach 75 points in the loss to Princeton and scored just 10 points by halftime in that game. But against the Tigers (10-4), the ‘Noles didn’t have that same difficulty scoring the basketball and scored a season high.
Paced by Michael Snaer’s career high 22 points, Florida State built a 50-16 lead at halftime and were never tested by the previously untested Tigers in the second period.
Ten of Snaer’s points came from the free-throw line where the junior was a perfect 10-for-10. Snaer’s perfection after drawing the foul was a team-wide characteristic against Auburn. The ‘Noles were just 11-for-22 from the charity stripe against Princeton but hit 22 of their 26 attempts Wednesday against their SEC foe.
Since playing in his first game of the season in the loss to Florida late last month, sophomore Ian Miller continued his impressive play against Auburn. Miller scored 15 points off the bench and starter Xavier Gibson added 12 points, five rebounds and a game-best four blocks.
Luke Loucks added eight points and six assists and Bernard James had four points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Okaro White had six points while Jon Kreft grabbed eight rebounds to go along with his four points.
After playing just one minute all season, freshman Antwan Space earned some valuable second-half minutes and registered his first two collegiate points.
FSU shot 53.7 percent from the field against Auburn after connecting on just 42 percent of their shots against Princeton.
Auburn was held to just 32.3 percent shooting and was out-rebounded 45-30.
Wednesday’s game concludes FSU’s 2011-12 non-conference schedule as a trip to Clemson for an ACC-opening game against the other Tigers is next on the docket.
Florida State and Clemson will play Saturday at 4 p.m. live on ESPN2.