After a lackluster and sloppy start, Florida State gathered itself to defeat a pesky Louisiana Monroe squad, 63-48.
"Of course you're always happy when you come away with a victory when you feel like didn't play as well as you're capable of playing," Leonard Hamilton said to open his post game press conference.
The Seminoles started off the evening just 1-of-8 from the field, with the first field goal not coming until nearly five minutes into the contest. And on top of that, FSU racked up nine early turnovers.
FSU finished the night with 19 turnovers after just six giveaways in the second half.
Perhaps more notable than the final score and any statistic, however, was the fact that freshman Aaron Thomas started in place of senior Michael Snaer, who did not see the floor at all in tonight’s action.
"We didn't have Michael available tonight -- a discipline issue," Hamilton said. "I'll say it's not something that I'm overly concerned with -- it's over with and done with. He'll be back to his regular status."
Hamilton would not comment when to expect to see Snaer back in the starting lineup.
Thomas, meanwhile, made the most out of his first career start at FSU, finishing the night having shot 6-of-12 from the floor on his way to 17 points and six rebounds.
In Snaer’s absence, junior Okaro White took the reins and led all FSU scorers with 19 points, with 12 of those coming at the free-throw line. White also led the way on the boards, accounting for 11 of his own.
Aaron Thomas put up 17 points in his first career start.
White’s 19 points and 11 rebounds were both season highs for the junior.
The Seminoles won the battle on the boards, a facet that has become the young team’s most obvious weakness on the year. FSU outrebounded ULM 37-25, which marks the largest margin in the Seminoles’ favor so far this season.
FSU will now hit the road until North Carolina comes to Tallahassee on January 12th. The Seminoles will kick off the road trip with a matchup against Charlotte on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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