Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Michael Snaer's scoreless game doesn't worry Florida State Seminoles

Guard Michael Snaer, who averages 14.1 points for the Seminoles, says his scoreless game against St. Bonaventure doesn’t faze him: “We won the game, so I’m just excited we won.”

Getty Images

Guard Michael Snaer, who averages 14.1 points for the Seminoles, says his scoreless game against St. Bonaventure doesn’t faze him: “We won the game, so I’m just excited we won.”

NASHVILLE — In 98 games at Florida State, Friday's was a first for junior guard Michael Snaer, who failed to score in the Seminoles' NCAA Tournament win against St. Bonaventure. And FSU's leading scorer was unfazed by that, so long as his zero came in a victory.

"I don't know much you really have to bounce back from in a win," Snaer said Saturday as the third-seeded Seminoles prepared for tonight's third-round matchup with sixth-seeded Cincinnati at Bridgestone Arena. "We played some good basketball (Friday), we won the game, so I'm just excited we won."

Snaer, a 6-foot-5 guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., averages 14.1 points for FSU and hadn't scored fewer than four since he had two twice during his freshman year. He picked up two fouls in the opening three minutes Friday and spent most of the first half on the bench, not taking a single shot before halftime. In the second, he missed all seven of his attempts, but FSU coach Leonard Hamilton cited his defensive presence and his four rebounds rather than focus on his lack of scoring.

"We've had several games where Michael didn't score in double figures and we won. It's not like this is anything unusual," Hamilton said. "He's been on such a good run here lately that maybe it's highlighted a little bit. I have very little concern about him bouncing back and getting going."

Snaer had averaged 18 points in FSU's three wins in the ACC tournament, where he was named most outstanding player, but FSU has found success whether his shot is on or not. The Seminoles are 5-2 when he scores nine or fewer, 20-7 when he scores 10 or more, a testament to the depth of scoring options FSU has to balance out nights when Snaer's shots aren't falling.

"I think we were able to pull the game out because of the quality of our depth. That's been big for us all year long," Hamilton said. "One reason why we've been able to develop that type of rotation is because of the unselfish spirit of our players."

Bernard James, who led FSU with 19 points against the Bonnies, said balanced scoring is something that makes the Seminoles that much harder to defend because opponents don't know which players they should focus on containing most.

"Teams have to pick their poison," James said. "We have about eight guys on our team that can go out and give you 20 points on any given night. It just depends on how the defense plays, what type of game we're playing. We're a really versatile team and it's definitely helped us get to where we are right now."

And Friday, even without its leading scorer hitting shots, FSU found a way to rally for the lead in the final six minutes against St. Bonaventure and survive and advance to today's third round.

"We continued to play tough," Snaer said. "We've been in situations like that before when we're down. We know what it looks like when teams are about to fold on us. We just attacked."

.fast facts

FSU vs. Cincinnati

About 9:40 tonight, Nashville. TV/radio: TBS; 1040-AM, 1010-AM

Michael Snaer's scoreless game doesn't worry Florida State Seminoles 03/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting


    UPDATE, 11:01: No Dickerson today as the Rays go with seven right-handers.

    Here is the lineup:

  2. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  3. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. This Tampa Bay Lightning wing rides the newest wave of fan interaction

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There are photos of Lightning fan Shaun Egger as a toddler at center ice at the then-Thunderome, aka Tropicana Field. He's played in the Lightning's high school hockey league for Palm Harbor University. But his closest personal encounter with players had been waving through a crowd after a training camp …

    Tampa Bay Lightning player J.T. Brown wears his anti UV glasses as he talks over the headset with a hockey fan while they play against each other on line in an XBOX NHL video game in Brown's game room at his home in south Tampa. The fan chose to be the Washington Capitals and Brown, of course, was the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brown interacts with fans through video game systems as he streams the games live on Twitch with plans for the proceeds to go to charity.
  5. ‘Biggest fight' behind her, Petra Kvitova returns ahead of schedule


    PARIS — Five months after a home invader's knife sliced into her left hand, Petra Kvitova will return to competitive tennis at the French Open, a last-minute decision to make her comeback earlier than expected.

    Petra Kvitova adjusts her hair during a news conference at Roland Garros Stadium, where she will make her tennis return at the French Open. Kvitova's left hand was badly injured by a knife-wielding intruder in December; she has recovered ahead of schedule. [Associated Press]