Snaer leads FSU past Buffalo

Noles rebound from season opening loss

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On the night that Florida State raised its Atlantic Coast Conference Championship banner, the Seminoles lost to South Alabama.

Florida State's veterans were frustrated about their season-opening performance and held a team meeting to talk about the expectations moving forward.

And the Seminoles responded on Monday night. Michael Snaer scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half as Florida State recovered from a season-opening loss to rout Buffalo 95-68.

Okaro White had 13 points - on 5 of 5 shooting - and freshman Aaron Thomas added 10 points for the Seminoles (1-1).

"We had a heart-to-heart," White said of the players-only meeting on Sunday night. "We let down the guys who helped build the Florida State legacy. To come out on the first home game of the season, it was embarrassing. That will stick with us all season."

The Seminoles shot 59.6 percent (34 of 57) from the floor. They also made 55.6 percent (10 of 18) of their three-pointers.

Tony Watson and Javon McCrea each had 17 points for Buffalo (0-2). Watson made 5 of 7 three-pointers, but the rest of the Bulls made just 1 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Xavier Ford added 16 points for Buffalo, which shot 50 percent (27 of 54) for the game. The Bulls, however, were hurt by 25 turnovers.

"If you turn it over as much as we turned it over, that gets swallowed up in a hurry," Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "It's great pressure on their part and it's us not handling it well."

White had 10 first-half points as Florida State grabbed a 47-30 lead at the half. The Seminoles shot 17 of 27 (63 percent) from the floor in the first half.

Florida State also had 17 assists, nearly doubling its output from the first game. The Seminoles managed just nine assists in the loss to South Alabama on Friday.

"This is a learning curve that we are trying to go through," Snaer said. "Our effort was a lot better. Our desire to play basketball, just to compete was a lot better."

In the opener, Florida State struggled from beyond the 3-point arc and finished just 5 of 21 in a 76-71 loss to South Alabama. But on Monday, the Seminoles made 10 of 18. Snaer knocked down 4 of 7 shots from beyond the arc, and Terry Whisnant made 2 of 3 shots.

The long-range shooting was one reason why Florida State scored 95 points for the first time since a 97-63 win over Stetson in December 2010.

Florida State's newcomers also played better in their second game. Thomas, a freshman, made 5 of 9 shots. Another freshman, Montay Brandon, added eight points and was 3 of 3 from the floor. Centers Kiel Turpin (seven points) and Boris Bojanovsky (six points) also made contributions.

Two problem areas for Florida State continue to be turnovers and rebounding. The Seminoles committed 17 turnovers and were outrebounded by the Bulls 28-27.

"We are a team with some talented youngsters, a few returning veterans," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We are a team that is taking baby steps and has a lot of growing up to do if we are going to be far enough along once we get to conference play if we are to compete at the level we did last year."

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