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Florida State Seminoles rout Auburn Tigers 85-56

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State followed one of its worst first halves with one of its best Wednesday night.

Michael Snaer scored a career-high 22 and made 10 of 10 free throws, and Ian Miller added 15 points as the Seminoles routed Auburn 85-56 on Wednesday night.

Snaer had 14 points in the first half as FSU (9-5) grabbed a 50-16 halftime lead. It was a stunning reversal for the Seminoles, who trailed Princeton 27-10 at the half in Friday's triple-overtime loss.

"It's almost like we were of a different mind-set," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Hopefully we can continue that type of focus. I thought the first half (Wednesday) was about as good as we have played. That's the kind of team we should be on a consistent basis."

Hamilton would love to see more of this. FSU went on a 28-3 first-half run, outrebounded Auburn by 45-30 and made 84.6 percent (22-of-26) of its free-throw attempts.

Xavier Gibson also had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks for the Seminoles, who set a season high for points.

"Now that we realize that this is what we need to be successful, now that we understand it, we're going to bring it every night," Snaer said. "Every time we play."

Chris Denson had 15 points and Kenny Gabriel 10 points and seven rebounds for Auburn (10-4), which made 5 of 33 shots (15.2 percent) in the first half.

Auburn led 5-4 in the opening minutes after a 3-pointer by Gabriel. But FSU went on a 20-0 run, including nine points from Snaer, to build a 24-5 lead with 10:34 left in the first half.

The Tigers tried to make 3-pointers to close the gap but were just 1-of-9 in the first half and 4-of-14 for the game.

Miller made 5 of 6 free throws and Gibson 4 of 4. The Seminoles also showed off their height and athleticism inside, blocking 10 shots.

"We have not always been as precise or on the same page as we should," Hamilton said. "(Wednesday) I thought we were very focused."

.up next

ACC opener

FSU at Clemson

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

TV: ESPN2

FSU 85

Auburn 56

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