November 21, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard Michael Snaer (21) reacts after their game against the North Florida Ospreys at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Florida State Seminoles beat the North Florida Ospreys 75-67. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers Basketball: Snaer, Florida State down Charlotte 79-76

The Charlotte 49ers had no answers for Michael Snaer on Saturday afternoon.  Coming off of a one-game suspension due to a team rules violation, the senior lit the Niners up for 30 points (8-19 field, 5-10 from three) to lead Florida State (7-4) to a 79-76 victory at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte (11-2) actually looked poised to possibly win this one, leading 40-33 with 32 seconds left in the first half.  But they came out flat in the 2nd half, allowing a 9-2 run spanning the end of the first half to the beginning of the second, followed by a 24-14 Seminoles run with just less than 16 minutes remaining. At one point Charlotte was held to no field goals for over three minutes and just three in the first 6:02 of the 2nd.  All told, FSU went on a 48-26 scoring run in the time spanning :32 remaining in the first to 3:25 remaining in the 2nd half.

Snaer made them pay at the other end, capitalizing on Charlotte miscues (16 total) and poor shooting to carry his team.  The Niners made a 7-2 run late and got within two with :56 remaining following a Demario Mayfield three-point play.  The rally would fall short, though, as Ivan Benkovic’s game-tying three point attempt at the buzzer.

Chris Braswell led the Niners with 20 points (7-13 from the field, including 3-4 three point shooting) but turned the ball over five times.  Demario Mayfield had 16 points on 6-8 shooting in a losing effort; Terrence Williams had 11 but was just 5-17 from the field and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc.  Two Charlotte players fouled out; Williams and Pierria Henry (9 points, six steals).

In short, it was far from a sixty minute effort from this Niner squad; even though this was a much weaker Florida State team than last year’s, the better team certainly won in this case.  Charlotte will have a week and a half over holiday break to spend with their families and prepare for January 2–when UNC Asheville pays a visit to Halton Arena.

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