Thursday, December 14, 2017
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FSU Seminoles snap three-game losing streak with win over Maine Black Bears

TALLAHASSEE — For a team that won the ACC tournament in March, suffering three straight losses at home was demoralizing.

But Florida State stopped the slide with its most decisive win of the season Sunday.

Michael Snaer scored 19 and freshman Aaron Thomas had a career-high 15 as the Seminoles routed Maine 91-59.

Terry Whisnant had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and former Clearwater High standout Okaro White added 13 points and seven rebounds for FSU (5-4), which had lost consecutive games to Minnesota, Mercer and Florida.

"It's good for the confidence of our team, to start getting that bad taste out of our mouth and just get on the right page," Snaer said.

Snaer was more aggressive Sunday, shooting 6-for-18 and grabbing six rebounds. He set the tone early, scoring 12 as FSU pulled ahead 41-27 at halftime.

"At some point I've got to stop playing tentative and play with some guts," Snaer said. "Just play my game the way I know I can play. When I don't worry about it, just go out and play, I trust myself as a player and just play the game I know how to play."

The Seminoles shot 43.8 percent (32-of-73) and 45.8 percent (11-of-24) on 3-pointers. They had 16 assists, five by Devon Bookert. And they committed just seven turnovers, one in the second half against the Black Bears (3-6).

"We went into the game wanting to re-establish ourselves in transition. We wanted to get out and run little more and attack," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We saw some signs of some things that we like, but we still have a long ways to go."

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