Snaer and Shannon lead FSU past Tulsa
Noles improve to 8-4
For a holiday vacation this year, Florida State junior Terrance Shannon gave himself a workout.
Feeling fitter, Shannon scored a career-high 16 points off the bench Saturday to help beat Tulsa 82-63 in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.
"When I went home over the break, I spent more time running and getting in better condition," the Georgia native said. "In the second half of the season, we have to step it up, and I want to be that driving force."
Florida State (8-4) extended its winning streak to four in a row and remained unbeaten in four games against Tulsa (7-6).
"We're trying to finish strong in our non-conference schedule and get some momentum going into ACC play," Shannon said. "These games are helping us know where we need to build."
Michael Snaer scored 19 points and was chosen the game's most valuable player, but it was Shannon who kept the Seminoles in the game early.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Shannon was active inside. He led both teams with 10 rebounds and shot 6 for 11 in 26 minutes.
"I feel the more energy I come out with, the better the team is as a whole," he said. "I just have to be more aggressive and energized on the court."
Tulsa's Scott Haralson scored 17 points, all in the second half. Junior teammate Pat Swilling Jr. had a career-high 19 points and five assists, but he scored only two points in the second half.
"They were giving Pat jump shots, and Pat is a good shooter," Hurricane coach Danny Manning said. "He catches the ball in rhythm. He was knocking them down in the first half. Scottie got it going in the second half."
But the Hurricane's leading scorer this season, James Woodard, went 2 for 10 and scored only eight points.
Tulsa couldn't avert a blowout despite shooting 11 for 24 from 3-point range. The Hurricane made only 11 of 32 two-pointers (34 percent), committed 17 turnovers and were outrebounded 44-32.
Florida State missed shots on its first six possessions. The Seminoles began getting to the rim consistently in the second half, when they shot 57 percent, and they finished at 47 percent.
"We were just playing aggressive defensive and getting layups and dunks," Snaer said. "We were just executing our stuff and reversed the ball a little bit more. We did a great job on that."
An 18-5 spurt put Florida State ahead 64-49 midway through the second half. Tulsa rushed several shots during the run and scored twice in 13 possessions.
"I thought we were extremely impatient in the first part of the game," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We took our shots too quick. We didn't give ourselves a chance to get the best shot. In the second we were a bit more patient. We got some stops and easy baskets."
The Seminoles trailed by as much as five points in the first half, but Shannon helped them overcome the slow start and had nine points by halftime.
The Hurricane committed turnovers on five of their first six possessions. Swilling sank a 3-pointer to get them on the scoreboard, and he made a pair of 3s during an 11-2 run that gave Tulsa a 21-16 lead.
Devon Bookert's buzzer-beater put the Seminoles ahead at halftime, 36-33. Haralson hit consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to give the Hurricanes their final lead, 41-40, before the Seminoles' defense clamped down.
"They did a better job of jumping to the ball," Swilling said. "In the first half we were getting to the lane, penetrating and kicking. That gave us a lot of open shots. But they tightened up."
The Hurricane rallied from 17 points down to beat Oral Roberts in their last game, but there was no comeback this time.
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