FSU rebounds against Maine

Noles coming off a 25 point loss to Florida

Published On: Dec 09 2012 09:16:42 PM EST
FSU basektball
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

For a team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in March, suffering three straight losses at home was demoralizing.
   
But Florida State stopped the slide with its most decisive win of the season on Sunday.
   
Michael Snaer scored 19 points and freshman Aaron Thomas had a career-high 15 points as Florida State routed Maine 91-59.
   
Terry Whisnant had 14 points on 5-of 7-shooting and Okaro White added 13 points and seven rebounds for Florida State (5-4), which had lost consecutive games to Minnesota, Mercer and Florida.
   
"It's good for the confidence of our team, to start getting that bad taste out of our mouth and just get on the right page," Snaer said.
   
Snaer was more aggressive Sunday, shooting 6-for-18 from the floor and grabbing six rebounds. He set the tone early, scoring 12 points as Florida State pulled ahead 41-27 at the half.
   
"At some point I got to stop playing tentative and play with some guts," Snaer said. "Just play my game the way I know I can play. When I don't worry about it, just go out and play, I trust myself as a player and just play the game I know how to play."
   
Florida State shot 43.8 percent (32 of 73) from the floor and was 45.8 percent (11 of 24) beyond the 3-point arc.
   
The Seminoles played a cleaner game offensively. They had 16 assists, including five from Devon Bookert. And Florida State committed just seven turnovers - only one in the second half.
   
"We went into the game wanting to re-establish ourselves in transition. We wanted to get out and run little more and attack," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We saw some signs of some things that we like, but we still have a long ways to go."
   
Justin Edwards had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Dimitry Akanda-Coronel had 11 points for Maine (3-6), which shot just 21 of 62 (33.9 percent) from the floor and had 19 turnovers.
   
It was the first double-double of the season for Edwards.
   
"We think very highly of him," Maine coach Ted Woodward said. "He is a guy that athletically is always able to do a great job in these games. They made it difficult for him. They made him work hard for all of his points. He's still a guy that is able to create for himself and others."
   
Mike Allison had nine points and 11 rebounds and Alasdair Fraser had eight points and eight rebounds for Maine, which had a slim 43-42 edge in rebounding.
   
Florida State was short-handed on Sunday. The Seminoles played without Ian Miller (foot) and Terrance Shannon (neck). Center Kiel Turpin broke his nose in practice and also played with a mask on his face. He had five points.
   
Hamilton said that Miller would not return until after Christmas. Shannon has a stinger and may be able to play in Florida State's next game, which is at home against Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 17.
   
So Florida State started three guards - Snaer, Whisnant and Montay Brandon. They combined for 37 points.
   
Junior-college transfer Robert Gilchrist had a career-high seven points and six rebounds for the Seminoles.

But Florida State stopped the slide with its most decisive win of the season on Sunday.

Michael Snaer scored 19 points and freshman Aaron Thomas had a career-high 15 points as Florida State routed Maine 91-59.

Terry Whisnant had 14 points on 5-of 7-shooting and Okaro White added 13 points and seven rebounds for Florida State (5-4), which had lost consecutive games to Minnesota, Mercer and Florida.

"It's good for the confidence of our team, to start getting that bad taste out of our mouth and just get on the right page," Snaer said.

Snaer was more aggressive Sunday, shooting 6-for-18 from the floor and grabbing six rebounds. He set the tone early, scoring 12 points as Florida State pulled ahead 41-27 at the half.

"At some point I got to stop playing tentative and play with some guts," Snaer said. "Just play my game the way I know I can play. When I don't worry about it, just go out and play, I trust myself as a player and just play the game I know how to play."

Florida State shot 43.8 percent (32 of 73) from the floor and was 45.8 percent (11 of 24) beyond the 3-point arc.

The Seminoles played a cleaner game offensively. They had 16 assists, including five from Devon Bookert. And Florida State committed just seven turnovers - only one in the second half.

"We went into the game wanting to re-establish ourselves in transition. We wanted to get out and run little more and attack," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We saw some signs of some things that we like, but we still have a long ways to go."

Justin Edwards had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Dimitry Akanda-Coronel had 11 points for Maine (3-6), which shot just 21 of 62 (33.9 percent) from the floor and had 19 turnovers.

It was the first double-double of the season for Edwards.

"We think very highly of him," Maine coach Ted Woodward said. "He is a guy that athletically is always able to do a great job in these games. They made it difficult for him. They made him work hard for all of his points. He's still a guy that is able to create for himself and others."

Mike Allison had nine points and 11 rebounds and Alasdair Fraser had eight points and eight rebounds for Maine, which had a slim 43-42 edge in rebounding.

Florida State was short-handed on Sunday. The Seminoles played without Ian Miller (foot) and Terrance Shannon (neck). Center Kiel Turpin broke his nose in practice and also played with a mask on his face. He had five points.

Hamilton said that Miller would not return until after Christmas. Shannon has a stinger and may be able to play in Florida State's next game, which is at home against Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 17.

So Florida State started three guards - Snaer, Whisnant and Montay Brandon. They combined for 37 points.

Junior-college transfer Robert Gilchrist had a career-high seven points and six rebounds for the Seminoles.