|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|
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Michael Snaer hit four free throws in the final 22.4 seconds to help reigning champion Florida State hold off Clemson 73-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Snaer finished with 10 points for the sixth-seeded Seminoles (18-14), who let a 14-point lead with 3 minutes left slip to a single bucket late. But Snaer's last two free throws with 6.9 seconds showing made it a two-possession game and helped FSU hang on.
Okaro White scored a career-high 24 points for FSU, while Terrance Shannon added 12 — including six straight to spark a 14-3 second-half run that helped the Seminoles take control after trailing by 10 in the first half.
Florida State advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to face third-seeded North Carolina.
Jordan Roper scored 18 to lead the 11th-seeded Tigers (13-18), who lost their seventh straight to close their worst season in nine years.
Clemson had posted seven straight winning seasons, but finished with its fewest victories since winning just 10 in 2004. Still, the Tigers nearly pulled off an improbable comeback.
The Tigers fought back to within 69-66 on Roper's 3-pointer with 23.1 seconds left, but Snaer answered with two free throws to make it a two-possession game. Then Devin Booker hit another 3 to close the gap to 71-69 with 12.1 seconds left, only to see Snaer — who had four buzzer-beating baskets this year for wins — live up to his clutch reputation by calmly sinking two more foul shots.
The Seminoles swept the two regular-season meetings by a combined eight points, with the second coming Jan. 24 when Snaer banked in a 3-pointer at the horn. Florida State gained some momentum by closing the regular season with home wins against Virginia and North Carolina State, marking the first time the Seminoles had won consecutive games in two months.
Florida State got a boost with the play of Shannon, a 6-foot-8 forward who at one point was thought to be out for the season with a neck injury suffered in January. He returned two weeks ago and played 3 minutes at North Carolina, then sat out the next two games before coming up huge in this one.
With the game tied at 46, Shannon hit two free throws, then scored on a stickback and added two more free throws to give Florida State a 52-46 lead with 6:18 left. Then, after Devon Booker's 3-pointer over Roper, White scored on a goaltending call inside and added a 3-pointer to give the Seminoles a 60-49 lead with 4½ minutes left.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Devon Bookert scored a career-high 18 points and Michael Snaer added 17 as Florida State fought back from an eight-point deficit in the second half Saturday to defeat North Carolina State 71-67 in the regular-season finale for both teams.
A pair of free throws by Bookert gave the Seminoles (17-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) their first lead of the second half at 57-55. He then added a jumper with 2:01 left to snap a tie at 62 with 2:01 left and three free throws in the final 1:23 of the see-saw contest featured by nine lead changes and nine tied scores.
Snaer broke away and caught a length-of-the court pass from Okaro White for an uncontested dunk that gave Florida State a 67-63 lead with 32 seconds left after both teams suffered turnovers in previous possessions with the lead on the line.
Richard Howell's 3-point play with 21 seconds left got the 'Pack to within 67-66. He scored off a missed 3 by Wood and was fouled on the put back.
Scott Wood's 18 points led North Carolina State, which could lose out on a first-round bye in next week's ACC tournament if Virginia defeats Maryland on Sunday. The Wolfpack had won seven of its seven previous games and hoped to clinch a first-day bye in the upcoming ACC tourney and strengthen its position for a NCAA postseason bid.
North Carolina State (22-9, 11-7) led 35-34 at the half and built its advantage to eight points on three occasions in the second half, the last time at 49-41 and led 59-57 lead with 3:51 left when Wood sank two free throws after a technical foul was whistled against Florida State's Ian Miller, who had just fouled out.
Florida State, the defending ACC champions, was scrambling down the stretch to finish with a .500 conference mark and perhaps win an invite for a postseason NIT bid. Eight of the Seminoles' wins this season are by five points or less.
Freshman T.J. Warren, whose .613 field goal percentage leads the ACC, had season-highs of 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead NC State to an 84-66 win over the Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 19, finished with eight points Saturday.
Lorenzo Brown, who led an 11-2 run to end the first half that gave NC State a 35-34 lead, scored 14 points and Howell finished with 10. C.J. Leslie, who played just 18 minutes because of foul trouble, had just five points and three rebounds.
Wood and Brown each had 12 points in the first half while Leslie sat for 12 minutes on the bench after three early fouls — the third being assessed on a technical.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There wasn't any doubt who would have the ball in their hands with the game on the line.
And there wasn't any doubt in the mind of Florida State's Michael Snaer what he was going to do with it.
Snaer's left-handed runner in heavy traffic with 4 seconds left Thursday lifted the Seminoles to a 53-51 win over Virginia after the Cavaliers had fought back from an 11-point deficit to take the lead in the game's final seconds. Snaer's basket put the Seminoles up 52-51 and he was fouled on the play and made the free throw.
"He was able to explode to the basket and fortunate enough to make the basket and get the free throw," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.
"I knew that I was going to make the play some way, somehow," said Snaer, who moved past former Seminole great and NBA Hall of Famer Dave Cowens into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list. He now has 1,489 career points. Cowens, however, played just three seasons. "I have to make sure whenever somebody comes over to help, I'm ready to find my teammates. Nobody came over to stop me."
It was the fourth game-winning shot by Snaer in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season and his sixth in league play over the past two years.
Okaro White led the Seminoles (16-14, 8-9 ACC) with 17 points while Snaer finished with 14 and Kiel Turpin 11.
Akil Mitchell led Virginia (20-10, 10-7) with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, but missed a layup with 21 seconds left with the Cavaliers leading 51-50.
Florida State's Devon Bookert grabbed the rebound and Florida State called a timeout with 12 seconds left to set up the latest game-winner for Snaer, whose last-second heroics also lifted the Seminoles to wins over Clemson, Maryland and Georgia Tech earlier this season.
"He hit a tough shot," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "We thought we made him make a tough shot."
Joe Harris, whose two free throws gave Virginia the lead with 1:28 left, threw up a desperation heave from 3-point distance as the final buzzer sounded after the Cavaliers had trouble bringing the ball upcourt. Harris finished with 13 points. Freshman Mike Tobey had 10 of his 12 points at the half for Virginia, which shot just 38.6 percent (22 of 57), but made all five of its free throws.
Virginia, which has lost four of its last six games, trailed 47-36 before Justin Anderson's dunk ignited a 15-3 run with 6:01 remaining.
"We got the right mindset and fought for everything to get ourselves in that position to win it," Bennett said "They finished stronger."
Both teams came into the game needing a win, albeit for different reasons.
The defeat leaves the Cavaliers scrambling for a postseason NCAA bid and opening-round bye in next week's ACC tournament while Florida State assured itself of an eighth consecutive winning regular season with the victory.
After starting the league season with road victories at Clemson and Maryland, Florida State went just 5-9 and three of those wins came on Snaer's buzzer-beating baskets.
Florida State's only ACC wins since January going into the game came over Georgia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest — all teams languishing in the bottom half of the ACC standings along with the Seminoles.
The win over Virginia was Florida State's first over a team with a winning record in the ACC and avenged a 56-36 loss in Charlottesville, Va. in mid-January when the Seminoles managed 16 points in the first half.
It was the game when Seminoles' forward Terrance Shannon suffered a neck injury that kept him sidelined for a dozen games. The 6-foot-8 junior returned just last week after being cleared by doctors. Although he played briefly last weekend at North Carolina, Shannon didn't see action against the Cavaliers.
Florida State went ahead for the first time Thursday with 7:17 left in the opening half on a tip-in by White, who was fouled and added the free throw for a 14-12 Seminole lead. White scored 11 of Florida State's last 15 points of the first half.
Both teams close out their regular seasons Sunday at home. Virginia hosts longtime rival Maryland while Florida State wraps up its regular season Saturday against North Carolina State.