Michael Snaer is Mr. Clutch.
The only McDonald’s All-American in FSU history hit his second game-winning three this week giving the Seminoles a massive 73-71 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. The win moves FSU to 4-3 in the ACC with a huge home game vs Duke on Saturday.
[Video: Michael Snaer hits game-winning shot]
From tip-off, the game was back and forth with neither side assuming full control of the game. Early in the 1st-half, Snaer drove to the basket, landed awkwardly, and limped to the sideline during a timeout. Thankfully, he was not seriously injured and was able to return to the game following the timeout. While Maryland dominated the rebounding category, costly turnovers and surprising contributions from Boris Bojanovsky, Michael Ojo, and Ian Miller (who probably won’t practice for the rest of the year) kept the game tied at the half.
In the 2nd-half, Maryland’s Dez Wells stepped up, contributing 13 points, and was Maryland’s go to guy down the stretch. For about a 5-minute stretch, it seemed as though Maryland was starting to take control of the game. A pair of missed free throws and untimely turnovers allowed the Noles to get back in the game. FSU was able to answer a couple a big shots by Dez Wells and following a smooth hook shot by Snaer, the Seminoles were down just 1-point with 46-seconds remaining. The Noles clamped down on defense and forced a jump ball which gave them possession with 12-seconds left.
On FSU’s final possession, Ian Miller drove to the lane, slipped but somehow kept his balance, hung in the air and dished it to Snaer who was wide open on the baseline. As he has done so many times in his career, Snaer drilled the three to put the Noles up 73-71 with 1-second remaining. Not only was this Snaer’s second game-winner in six days, but it was also his fourth in the last two years. In the words of Dick Vitale, the guy’s a Diaper Dandy and is indeed the Big Man on Campus at Florida State this week.