Michael Snaer doesn't need a three pointer to beat a team at the buzzer.
On Tuesday night, coming off a tough loss at home to Duke, Michael Snaer delivered another game-winning shot on the road in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. But this time it came in the form of a finger roll. With 18.8 seconds remaining the Seminoles in-bounded the ball with the game tied 54-54 and quickly got the ball into the hands of their senior leader.
"The coach had faith in me to get the ball to me," said Snaer after the game. "My teammates did a good job of spacing the floor, trusted me to get off a good shot and I did."
Snaer ran the clock down, faked out his man and then drove the ball on the Tech defense, releasing his shot with only tenths of a second left. And for the third time in 13 days he bailed out a Florida State performance that was inconsistent at best.
After starting the game on 13-0 run, Florida State managed to squander the lead by the half and actually headed into the locker-room trailing the Yellow Jackets 27-26.
It was a tale of the Florida State season in 20 minutes of basketball. The Seminoles showed their potential when they jumped out to an early lead before succumbing to all the usual vices that keep them from playing at a consistently high level. The shooting went cold, there were defensive mistakes and at times things looked downright sloppy.
Florida State still managed to improve on a number of fronts, they had 20 rebounds in the first half and actually out-rebounded an ACC opponent for the first time in nine games. They shot 50 percent for the game. But they also turned the ball over 16 times and the rebounding fell off down the stretch in the second half.
The improvement is evident, the consistency is not.
Snaer lead the Seminole scoring with 15 and also added four rebounds and four assists. Boris Bojanovsky and Kiel Turpin also added 10 and had a very solid night under the hoop for Florida State.
The Seminoles improved to 5-4 in the ACC and 13-9 overall. For FSU to have any shot at reaching the post-season though, they need either another ACC tournament championship or a very impressive end to the year.
"I think [the young guys] are starting to get it," Snaer said. "I'm starting to get it, it's my first time being a leader in this position, but I think we have a bright future ahead."
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