ATLANTA — Michael Snaer was a late-game hero for Florida State again, hit a driving layup just before the buzzer to give the Seminoles a 56-54 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.
Snaer made up for a turnover on the Seminoles' previous possession, when he let a routine pass slip through his hands and couldn't save it from rolling out of bounds. After Mfon Udofia missed a 3-pointer, keeping the score tied at 54, FSU rebounded and called timeout to set up the last play.
Devon Bookert dribbled down the clock before passing to Snaer. He might have gotten away with a push-off — Udofia went flying near the top of the key, and Georgia Tech complained bitterly — but the refs made no call. Snaer spotted an opening down the right side of the lane, darted toward the hoop and banked it in just before the red light went off. The officials looked at the replay and quickly ruled the shot was good.
It was FSU's third win in less than two weeks. The other two ended in similar fashion: Snaer hit 3-pointers to beat Clemson and Maryland.
Snaer led the Seminoles (13-9, 5-4 ACC) with 15 points. Daniel Miller and Brandon Reed had nine points each for Georgia Tech (12-9, 2-7).
Kiel Turpin and Boris Bojanovsky added 10 points each for the Seminoles, who took a 13-0 lead but couldn't put the Yellow Jackets away. In fact, Georgia Tech was ahead by halftime, and it was tight the rest of the way.
The Seminoles have won eight straight in the series, their longest run of dominance against Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets failed in their bid for a second straight home victory, having rallied in the final minutes to knock off Virginia in their previous game. Georgia Tech got points from 10 players.
FSU took its early lead by outrebounding the shorter Yellow Jackets 7-1 and taking advantage of five turnovers.
But Georgia Tech began to cut into the deficit, sparked by Reed's consecutive 3-pointers from nearly identical spots. When Reed hit another 3 with 1:44 left in the half, the Yellow Jackets had their first lead of the night, 25-23.
The home team was still on top at the half, going to the locker room up 27-26 after Udofia ran down the clock, drove toward the lane and got off an awkward pass to Miller. The 6-foot-11 center made a strong move to the hoop, dunking over two defenders with 3 seconds left.