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Noles pick up a must-win game vs the Eagles
Since Steve Donahue took over as head coach, the best game BC has ever had from beyond the arc was 56.5%. With 5.2 seconds left in the game, possession of the ball, and trailing by 3, the Eagles had made 60% vs FSU. They drove the length of the court, drew the defense, and then had an open three off a ball reversal but it wasn't to be. BC finished the game at 56.3% from deep, and FSU picked up a much needed win.
In the early going it was the Michael Snaer show. He made 5-6 buckets in the first half and added 3 offensive boards, a block and an assist. The teams traded 9-0 runs and eventually FSU took a five point lead in the half. This was the 2nd straight game that FSU went with a starting lineup of Michael Ojo, Okaro White, Michael Snaer, Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert, and for the 2nd straight game they scored early.
The Eagles battled back in the 2nd half, largely on 3-point shots (made 6 of their first 8), and took a 3-point lead. Michael Snaer had yet to attempt a shot in the half, though that changed with 10:26 to go. Snaer took his first shot of the 2nd half, his first three of the game, and canned it, giving FSU a lead it would not relinquish. BC kept it close, and got it down to 2-points twice in the final minute, but FSU did just enough from the line to squeeze out a victory.
Snaer finished the game with 21 points off just 10 shots, and added 6 rebounds. Okaro White had 13 and 8, and Devon Bookert ran the point for 31 minutes and had 8 assists without a single turnover.
This was just a 56 possession game, so FSU finished with 1.22 points per possession, which is their 2nd best effort this year. A big part of it was snapping out of their 3-pt funk, making 7-13 3s.
The Noles are now back to .500 in ACC play, and travel to NC State on Tuesday.