After dropping three straight at home, Florida State got the kind of win it needed heading into a finals-week layoff.
Four Seminoles finished in double digits on the way to a 91-59 victory over the visiting Maine Black Bears. Senior Michael Snaer led the way for the 'Noles with 19 points in what was easily his most aggressive offensive performance of the season.
"Early this season, I wanted to reverse the ball and let guys build their confidence… but at some point (I've) got to realize that this team goes as far as I take it," said Snaer, who went 6-of-18 from the field. "And I've got to welcome that. I can't run from that anymore."
Freshman Aaron Thomas finished with 15 points, playing a career-high 24 minutes. Sophomore Terry Whisnant shot 5-of-7 to finish with 14 points, while Okaro White added 13 points and seven rebounds.
"I thought our effort was a lot better today," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "For a majority of the game, on the defensive end especially, I thought we were very active… Offensively, I thought we made the extra pass for the majority of the game."
As an offense, Florida State finished with 16 assists against seven turnovers. Defensively, the 'Noles also amassed nine steals and seven blocks, holding the Black Bears to 33.9-percent shooting from the floor. Florida State set the tone with a 41-point first half in which it hit 6-of-13 three-pointers.
"We saw some signs of some things that we like, but we still have a long ways to go," said Hamilton. "We need these games that we have coming up just so that we can gain some more experience."
The Seminoles break for exams this week and will face Louisiana-Monroe Monday evening, December 17.
Coach Hamilton offered a series of Seminole injury updates in his post-game remarks. Guard Ian Miller, who was said to be out at least a week with a bone bruise in his foot, is now said to be out until at least sometime between Christmas and New Year's. Coach Hamilton even opined that Miller's absence could linger until around FSU's ACC opener which is January 5th against Clemson.
Forward Terrance Shannon missed Sunday's game with what Hamilton initially called a "stinger". Hamilton went on to explain that Shannon was suffering from back spasms, but indicated that the junior shouldn't miss significant time.
Center Kiel Turpin broke his nose in practice this week, and was wearing a mask for his 17 minutes on the floor Sunday evening. Turpin was amongst the starting five and finished with five points and a rebound.
As for guard Devon Bookert and his knee scrape that occurred in preseason, Hamilton said there was no way that Bookert will be completely over the injury until he can remain inactive to completely heal the wound. Hamilton also revealed that there was an infection in his knee earlier in the season, a hurdle that has since been cleared.
"He'll be dealing with the effects of that injury probably for a long, long time," Hamilton said. "It's in an area that's hard to heal. So even though we're kind of over the infection, over any really deep injury… on the surface, when the injury is right in the knee where you're flexing and bending all the time… it's always breaking back open and it's part of what he has to deal with."