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Snaer leads Florida State past Georgia Tech

Feb 2, 2012 - 4:07 AM Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Michael Snaer connected on 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc, part of a 21-point performance, as No. 21 Florida State downed Georgia Tech, 68-54, at Tucker Center.

Bernard James totaled 13 points and Okaro White added 11 for the Seminoles (15-6, 6-1 ACC), who have won six in a row and seven of eight.

Brandon Reed scored 18 points and Daniel Miller posted 10 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (8-14, 1-7), losers of six consecutive contests.

Georgia Tech led 25-24 at the break, but the Seminoles began the second half on a 19-7 tear to take control for good.

Luke Loucks' jumper gave the hosts a 28-27 edge less than 90 seconds in, and later Bernard scored five straight to extend the lead to 38-32. Snaer then connected from long distance and White ended the burst with a slam for a 43-32 game with 13:07 to play.

A Mfon Udofia bucket pulled the visitors to 49-42 with 7:51 remaining, but White began an 11-3 run with a free throw, Snaer connected twice more from long distance and James' slam capped the surge at 60-45 with 2:15 showing.

Florida State cruised from there.

The Seminoles were up 14-5 early on thanks to five points from Loucks. A James dunk provided a 20-11 margin with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but Georgia Tech responded with a 14-2 burst mostly from the free-throw line.

Daniel Miller made both of his attempts, Udofia sank his two and Reed went 4- for-4 from the charity stripe.

Game Notes

Florida State has won seven in a row against their Atlanta-based rivals and leads the all-time series by a 36-27 count...Loucks finished with nine points, seven assists and four rebounds...Udofia contributed nine points and eight rebounds but committed five turnovers...Georgia Tech turned the ball over 24 times in all...Snaer also led all players with five steals.