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.