|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Sept 2||AT PITT||
|Sept 14||vs Nevada||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Bethune-Cookman||
|Sept 28||AT Boston College||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Maryland||
|Oct 19||AT Clemson||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs North Carolina State||
|Nov 2||vs Miami||TBA|
|Nov 9||AT Wake Forest||
|Nov 16||vs Syracuse||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Idaho||
|Nov 30||AT Florida||TBA|
(AP) - Playing without its leading scorer, Michael Snaer, Florida State shook off a sluggish start and rallied behind a season-high performance by Okaro White and Snaer's fill-in, Aaron Thomas.
White had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Thomas, a freshman, added a career-high 17 points in his first college start as Florida State defeated Louisiana-Monroe 63-48 Monday night.
The Seminoles (6-4) played without Snaer, a senior guard who averages 14.2 points but sat out as part of what coach Leonard Hamilton called a "discipline issue."
"I kind of felt like I had to step up a little bit more because he wasn't out there," White said. "It was a little bit more pressure."
White scored 11 of Florida State's first 17 points but the Seminoles struggled early, turning the ball over 13 times in the first half. The junior forward made 12 of 13 free throws and finished one point shy of his career high, set against Charleston Southern in December 2011.
"Okaro gave us pretty good leadership on the floor," Hamilton said. "He hit some big free throws. He's been shooting the ball extremely well."
Hamilton said Snaer would return to his "regular role" in Florida State's next game at Charlotte on Saturday.
Trent Mackey had 22 points — making six 3-pointers — and Jayon James added six points and 12 rebounds for Louisiana-Monroe (1-6).
The Warhawks led 18-11 with 8:54 until halftime, but Florida State went on a 15-2 run to pull ahead for good.
Louisiana-Monroe shot 38 percent (19 of 50) from the floor, but other than Mackey they struggled with the 3-pointer. The rest of the Warhawks made 1 of 9 behind the arc.
The Warhawks were also hurt by a season-high 23 turnovers as they played without coach Keith Richard, who was suspended for Monday's game after being ejected in Louisiana-Monroe's last game, a 68-39 loss to Southern.
"We had some real costly turnovers at crucial stretches in the game," Louisiana-Monroe assistant coach Ryan Cross said. "But give Florida State a lot of credit for that. It was tough for us to run our offense. We really had to work every possession."
Florida State played without Snaer, guard Ian Miller (foot) and forward Robert Gilchrist (groin). So the Seminoles looked to White, and also got timely scoring from Thomas.
The freshman had six rebounds, shot 6-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. He also played a season-high 32 minutes.
"His game is unbelievable," White said of Thomas. "I think he'll be a pro. His game is very skilled."
Freshman Devon Bookert added 10 points for the Seminoles, who shot 40.4 percent (19 of 47) from the floor and made 83.3 percent of their free throws (20 of 24).
Florida State outrebounded Louisiana-Monroe 37-25.
The Seminoles also had at least 19 turnovers for the third straight game. Florida State defeated Maine 91-59 while committing 19 turnovers and had 22 turnovers in a 72-47 loss to Florida.