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December 2, 2012

FSU bleeding continues, downed by Mercer 61-56


The bleeding continues for Florida State.

In a game considered to be a tune-up for rival Florida in the middle of the week, the Mercer Bears (4-4) proved to be the better team Sunday on the way a 61-56 upset of the Seminoles (4-3). Florida State lost its third home game of the season, more losses at the Donald L. Tucker Center than it suffered in all of 2011-12.

"I never thought from the beginning of the game that really we had control of the game," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "We find that energy… that has been characteristic of our teams over the last several years seems to be missing from this team. It's easy to hide behind the fact that we have so many inexperienced, young players and so many new players.

"But even when we are not necessarily executing defensively or offensively, that mentality that we need… has been inconsistent with this team."

Forward Okaro White (14) was the only Seminole to finish with a double digit point total, but he sat for a stretch midway through the second half with four fouls. Guards Michael Snaer and Ian Miller combined to go 3-for-7 from the field (12 points) for a team that shot 35.4-percent for the game.

More than just being cold from the floor, Florida State also hurt itself at the free throw line. The Seminoles hit on 10 of their first 18 foul shots and finished the game 16-of-26, a 61.5-percent clip. Mercer on the other hand hit 19-of-23 foul shots, including many important attempts in a foul-plagued second half.

Snaer, who played only 26 minutes due to two early fouls, was mostly out of answers in his postgame comments. The senior did however concede that he and other veterans have responded to early-season funks in past years.

"We know what we've done before, we've been in this same situation before," Snaer said. "We've just got to come together, bounce back and - I don't know - some people are just going to have to start stepping up."

Florida State moves on to face No. 7 Florida Wednesday night at 7 p.m., a game that will be carried on ESPNU.

Notables

  • Coach Hamilton said Miller (foot) is still limited in practice with a bone bruise. Hamilton explained that if the team was to just sit Miller out of games, the healing could take "two weeks or two months. That's the dilemma we're in."

  • Florida State was outscored 22-18 in the paint. The rebound margin slightly favored Mercer at 33-32. "There's no way, there's no reason why we should get outrebounded by Mercer," Hamilton said.

  • Florida State's point guards had unbalanced performances. Montay Brandon had one point and five assists against three turnovers in 27 minutes on the floor. Devon Bookert had six points in 14 minutes, but no assists against one turnover.



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