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Florida State routs Tennessee-Martin 95-68

FSU’s Michael Snaer, who scored 18, drives against Benzor Simmons, left, and Andres Irarrazabal.

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FSU’s Michael Snaer, who scored 18, drives against Benzor Simmons, left, and Andres Irarrazabal.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's offense finally got out of its slump.

Freshman Michael Snaer scored a career-high 18 to lead FSU to a 95-68 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday night.

FSU's offense, which had broken 80 points only once since Nov. 21, eclipsed 90 for the first time this season.

Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said he wasn't ready to hang his hat on that offensive performance but liked the energy he saw.

"We moved the ball and made good decisions," said Hamilton, who faced his alma mater for the first time in his 21-year coaching career. "That's what I'm excited about, and I feel that'll give us the chance to reach the offensive potential we have."

The Seminoles (11-2) outscored the Skyhawks (1-9) 23-2 in the game's first 8:11.

Tennessee-Martin shot just 36.8 percent from the floor, and it was the ninth time this season FSU held an opponent to less than 37 percent.

The Seminoles shot 54.4 percent from the floor, their best since shooting 59.7 percent against Mercer on Nov. 21.

Snaer said the Seminoles got their offense rolling by picking up the pace. They scored 24 on fastbreaks and 35 off turnovers.

"We just focused on everybody getting out and running," Snaer said. "The point guards just pushed it and got it up the floor quick. It was easy for us to get open looks when we moved the ball around."

With their defense, the Seminoles shut down the Skyhawks from the opening tip and forced them to miss their first eight shots.

Snaer was one of six Seminoles to score in double figures. Xavier Gibson scored 12 and Terrence Shannon 11. Jordan Demercy, Deividas Dulkys and Chris Singleton each added 10.

Tennessee-Martin's Marquis Weddle finished with a game-high 27 points.

FSU 95

UT Martin 68

Florida State routs Tennessee-Martin 95-68 12/22/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:58pm]
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