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November 27, 2012

Minnesota overwhelms Florida State 77-68



Florida State fell to 4-2 on the year Tuesday night with a sloppy 77-68 loss to No. 21 Minnesota in the ACC- Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee.

The Seminoles turned the ball over 14 times in the game, leading to 26 points by the Golden Gophers (7-1). FSU shot just 37.9 percent from the floor in the game, including a combined 7 of 25 performance from guards Michael Snaer, Ian Miller and Montay Brandon.

Terrance Shannon led the way with his second double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds. Snaer had 12 points, and went 2 for 2 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers led by 13 at the half as FSU shot just 32.1 percent in the first half.

"I think we allowed those early misses to affect our energy and our focus," FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Where as I thought (Minnesota) did a very good job f being focused enough to make their plays and it seems as thought it took away from our energy."

FSU trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, but cut the lead down to 10 with 6:30 left in the game after a pair of free throws from Aaron Thomas. The run was started by five straight points early from Terry Whisnant, who finished with 10 points.

After the Thomas free throws Okaro White forced a steal, but Montay Brandon quickly turned the ball over. Brandon had a game-high four turnovers on the night.

Minnesota pushed its lead back out to 17 points with 3:29 left on a three-point play by Rodney Williams. FSU cut the lead to nine points twice in the final minute of the game, but it was too little to late as the Gophers put FSU away for good at the free throw line.

Joe Coleman scored a game-high 16 points for the Golden Gophers, while Williams added 14 points.

Florida State returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in the Donald L. Tucker center as it hosts Mercer. Hamilton said he still likes this team a lot, but that they need to find a way to win as they continue to learn how to play at the Division I level.

"I don't want to try to sugarcoat it," he said. "That's pretty much where we are. I still think we just need a few more games under our belt, but we need to not lose games while we're developing."



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