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Mercer edges FSU 61-56

Florida State dropped its second game in a row on Sunday afternoon, as the Mercer Bears edged the Seminoles, 61-56.

FSU guard Michael Snaer was at a loss for words after the Seminoles' loss to Mercer.

“I never thought from the beginning of the game that we really had control of the game,” head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We find that energy, that intensity, that junkyard dog mentality that has been characteristic of our team over the past several years seems to be missing from this team.”

“The mentality that is necessary to play at this level has been inconsistent.”

Rebounds continue to be an issue for FSU, as the Seminoles were outrebounded by the Bears, 33-32. FSU also turned the ball over 18 times, marking a total of three more than Mercer’s total of 15.

“I think that’s an area where we need to have more people involved on that end,” Hamilton said. “Our guards are not as involved as they need to be on that end.

“There’s no reason why we should get outrebounded by Mercer.”

However, the Seminoles only allowed six-second chance points and four on the fast break. More than anything, the tale of FSU’s struggles today was the Seminoles’ poor field goal percentage, both from the field and the free throw line.

FSU shot just 35.4 percent from the field on the afternoon and 61.5 percent from the charity strike.

“Today was a winnable game,” Hamilton said. “16-of-26 from the free throw line in a close game – it’s difficult when you don’t quite execute.

“We have to become more consistent.”

Junior forward Okaro White was the only offensive spark for the Seminoles, as he accounted for 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. However, White had a hard time staying on the floor in pivotal moments, as he was constantly in foul trouble throughout the contest.

If the Seminoles want to avoid a third straight loss, they will have to overcome the seventh ranked Florida Gators, who come to town for a showdown this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Senior guard Michael Snaer wasn’t willing to sugarcoat the task his team has waiting for him on Wednesday night.

“It’s definitely tough. There’s no reason to be losing to Mercer at home. I don’t know what it is,” Snaer said.

However, despite the early bumpy roads, Hamilton still likes where his team stands mentally.

“I do believe our attitudes have stayed good and if we stay true to form, we’ve always bounced back,” Hamilton said.

Box Score: Mercer 61, Florida State 56

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