Their season is just four games old and the Florida State Seminoles have already added another trophy to their collection.
Michael Snaer was named tournament MVP after FSU's win over St. Joseph's.
Paced by Okaro White's 16 points and a double-double from Terrance Shannon, FSU left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a 73-66 victory over St. Joseph's in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
“It's interesting that we won the tournament and I still think we're still a team that's growing and learning how to play together,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton. “I was especially proud of the unselfish spirit that these guys played with.”
That unselfishness paid off in a big way in Friday's win over Brigham Young and again on Saturday night. For the second consecutive game, the Seminoles had four players score in double figures.
The game, though, served as a makeshift coming-back party for Shannon, who had a career-high 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists off the bench. The 6-8, 240-pound forward, playing in just his fourth game back from shoulder surgery, also helped shore up FSU's physical presence underneath the basket.
St. Joseph's outrebounded FSU 31-25, but Shannon did his part with four offensive and six defensive boards.
“Terrance is our most physical guy, there's no doubt about that,” Hamilton said. “And we've got to get some of the other players to pick it up and play with that same type of spirit.
“When Terrance was in there, he kind of kept them at bay.”
Snaer and White were also named to the all-tournament team.
With a surprising, season-opening loss to South Alabama apparently firmly in the rearview mirror, the Seminoles return to Tallahassee for a seven-game homestand that begins Wednesday against North Florida.
FSU will also host, among others, Minnesota in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27 and No. 10 Florida on Dec. 5.
“This is a team that's growing,” Hamilton said. “ I think we have pretty good potential, but what we've got to do is appreciate and enjoy this victory for the moment, then we've got to go back and try to use each game as a way for us to improve.”
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