Dec. 17, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor (@BrandonMellor), Seminoles.com Managing Editor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Okaro White posted a double-double and the Florida State men’s basketball team emerged from finals week with a 63-48 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Despite committing 19 turnovers against the War Hawks (1-6), the Seminoles (6-4) benefitted from White’s team highs in points (19) and rebounds (11) and by a large discrepancy in free throw attempts and makes.
FSU finished the game with 20 converted free throws on 24 attempts while ULM went to the line just six times and made three of them.
"Of course you are always happy when you can come away with a victory when you don’t play as well as you feel you are capable of playing," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
Leading scorer Michael Snaer didn’t play Monday night so White picked up the slack. The junior forward was 3-of-9 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3-point range but finished the contest 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Freshman Aaron Thomas started in place of Snaer and more than chipped in as well. On 6-of-12 shooting from the field and a 5-of-5 mark from the free-throw line, Thomas poured in a career-best 17 points to go along with six rebounds.
Fellow freshman Devon Bookert was impressive leading the offense and posted a team-high five assists to go along with his 10 points. Montay Brandon added seven points and Kiel Turpin and Terrance Shannon each had five rebounds.
"We had spurts throughout the game," White said. "Obviously we don’t feel like we played a total game but those spurts that we had that we showed great energy, those are signs that we can play that way the whole game."
The Seminoles held every War Hawk player below double-digit scoring except for Trent Mackey, who finished with a game-high 22 points. Of ULM’s 23 turnovers the Seminoles scored 39 points thanks to eight steals and seven blocks.
FSU finished the game 19-of-47 shooting from the field while Louisiana-Monroe was 19-of-50.
The Seminoles had 26 rebounds to the War Hawks’ 18. Thirteen of the ‘Noles’ turnovers occurred in the first half as FSU took just a 30-25 lead into halftime.
"Tonight we had a few mishaps but we brought it together and pulled out the win," said sophomore Terry Whisnant II, who had three points and three steals.
Next up for the ‘Noles is a game at Charlotte, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.