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FSU Seminoles beat Louisiana-Monroe 63-48

TALLAHASSEE — Playing without leading scorer Michael Snaer, Florida State shook off a sluggish start and rallied behind season-best performances from Okaro White and Snaer's fill-in, Aaron Thomas.

White, the former Clearwater High standout, had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Thomas, a freshman, added a career-high 17 points in his first college start as the Seminoles defeated Louisiana-Monroe 63-48 Monday night.

FSU (6-4) played without Snaer, a senior guard who averages 14.2 points but sat out as part of what coach Leonard Hamilton called a "discipline issue."

"I kind of felt like I had to step up a little bit more because he wasn't out there," White said. "It was a little bit more pressure."

White scored 11 of the first 17 for FSU, which turned the ball over 13 times in the first half. The junior forward made 12 of 13 free throws and finished one point shy of his career high, set against Charleston Southern in December 2011.

"Okaro gave us pretty good leadership on the floor," Hamilton said. "He hit some big free throws. He's been shooting the ball extremely well."

Hamilton said Snaer would return to his "regular role" Saturday at Charlotte.

FSU, who also played without guard Ian Miller (foot) and forward Robert Gilchrist (groin), got a breakout performance from Thomas. The freshman had six rebounds and shot 6-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. He also played a season-high 32 minutes.

"His game is unbelievable," White said of Thomas. "I think he'll be a pro. His game is very skilled."

Trent Mackey had 22 points and hit six 3-pointers, and Jayon James added six points and 12 rebounds for Louisiana-Monroe (1-6).

The Warhawks led 18-11 with 8:54 left in the first half, but FSU went on a 15-2 run to pull ahead for good.

Louisiana-Monroe shot 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor. Other than Mackey, the Warhawks made 1 of 9 3-pointers.

FSU Seminoles beat Louisiana-Monroe 63-48 12/17/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 11:10pm]
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