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Florida State Seminoles beat Saint Joseph's 73-66

Michael Snaer, who finishes with 14 points for the Seminoles and wins tournament MVP, drives past Saint Joseph’s Langston Galloway during the first half.

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Michael Snaer, who finishes with 14 points for the Seminoles and wins tournament MVP, drives past Saint Joseph’s Langston Galloway during the first half.

NEW YORK — Reserve forward Terrance Shannon scored 11 of his 15 in the final 13:45 and added 10 rebounds to lead Florida State to a 73-66 victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White added 16 points for the Seminoles (3-1), and tournament MVP Michael Snaer had 14. Shannon had six points as FSU closed the game on a 10-6 run after the Hawks (2-1) had closed within 63-60 with 4:47 left.

Ronald Roberts had his second double double in as many days, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph's.

Carl Jones, making his first appearance of the season after serving a three-game suspension for a "violation of the University community standards," finished with 13 points. The Hawks' leading scorer the past two seasons had half of their four 3-pointers as they struggled from beyond the arc, making 4 of 21 while the Seminoles hit 6 of 13.

Saint Joseph's quickly erased a four-point halftime deficit and took a 42-38 lead by beginning the second half on a 10-2 run. Roberts keyed the spurt with four points, both on follows.

Trailing 47-43, FSU went on a 9-0 run, which included a behind-the-head alley-oop dunk by Shannon off Snaer's pass.

The teams continued to trade spurts early in the second half.

Hawks junior forward Halil Kanacevic fouled out with 6:06 left and the Hawks trailing 59-55. From that point Saint Joseph's never got closer than four points.

FSU under coach Leonard Hamilton has always been known for its tenacious defense, and the Seminoles frequently made the Hawks force shots as the shot clock was winding down. Meanwhile, FSU took advantage of its quickness and spacing to get open shots.

The Hawks finished with a 35-29 rebound advantage, but the Seminoles had a 44-30 scoring edge in the paint.

Florida State Seminoles beat Saint Joseph's 73-66 11/18/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:16am]
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