For the second time in a week's span, it was Michael Snaer who propelled Florida State to victory on another three point bucket in the game's final seconds, this time bringing the Seminoles over Maryland, 73-71. Here's the 2-4-7 from the game's action.
Michael Snaer hit the game winning shot once again, but he also put together one of his better overall performances in FSU's second win over Maryland.
2 KEY PLAYERS
Not only did the senior again hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds, but he also had perhaps his best overall performance of the season tonight. Snaer finished having shot 7-of-13 from the field with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
He may have only accounted for two points in 14 minutes, but make no mistake about it, Ojo gave FSU 14 enormous minutes tonight in the win over Maryland. For the first time in his collegiate career, it seemed as though Ojo prowled the paint with confidence and intensity, even throwing down a strong dunk. He also added three rebounds, a block and a steal.
4 KEY STATS
16: Despite coming out with the win, FSU was again abused on the boards, ending up with 16 less rebounds than Maryland. The Seminoles grabbed just 20 boards compared to the Terrapins’ 36. FSU totaled just five offensive rebounds on the night.
14: Minutes played by Michael Ojo. Prior to tonight’s contest, the true freshman had a career high of four minutes. After making his presence felt early on, Ojo’s minutes significantly increased in FSU’s thrilling win over Maryland.
19: FSU scored 19 of its 73 points off 16 turnovers, while the Seminoles turned it over just six times. If rebounding is going to continue to be an issue for this FSU team, winning the turnover battle is certainly one area where it can make up for its flaws on the boards.
5: Blocks by FSU players tonight. It’s been no secret that FSU has suffered physically down low this year, but the Seminoles’ big men came out with a noticeably different attitude after the 33 point loss to the Miami Hurricanes.
“That was really a great college basketball game. Unfortunately one team had to lose.” – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon
“Our young guys, Boris [Bojanovsky] and [Michael] Ojo, I thought they gave us some good minutes. Because Maryland has a physical team, they have some big bodies and we’re not quite as big and strong throughout our team as we have been in the past. Michael’s play, even though he only played 14 minutes, was huge.” – Leonard Hamilton
“We’ve put [Snaer] in a very, very tough spot. It’s almost kind of unfair because he’s one of the only seniors and he’s put in his situation when he has to be a leader, when in reality, his whole career he’s been a guy who’s been a finisher.” – Leonard Hamilton
“I forget who was down there – Mitchell. It was either him or whoever was in the game, yeah it was Mitchell. As soon as Mike [Snaer] starting shooting, he was so wide open, I heard [Mitchell] say, ‘Not again!’” – Okaro White
“In Virginia, when Terrance [Shannon] went down, everybody was like, ‘We got a man down. Everybody has to step up. We got to get together’.” – Michael Ojo
“It’s good to win at home now to keep our fans interested, to keep that motivation going. Just keep that faith in us and it makes us keep faith in ourselves. It’s good for us to keep winning games like this and pulling out tough ones.” – Michael Snaer