June 25, 2018
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Florida State men’s basketball team rolls past University of Maine

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State shot 46 percent from 3-point range and cashed in on several of the University of Maine’s 19 turnovers while cruising to a 91-59 men’s basketball victory Sunday afternoon at the Tucker Center.

The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Seminoles (5-4) had their way with the Black Bears (3-6) in the second half, scoring 50 points to break open what had been a 14-point game at halftime.

Florida State snapped a three-game losing streak.

UMaine, which attempted to bottle up the middle in an effort contain Florida State’s post players, wound up allowing the hosts to go 11 for 24 from beyond the 3-point arc. Michael Snaer (6 rebounds) tallied a game-high 19 points and hit three 3-pointers, as did Okaro White (7 rebounds).

Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears shot 34 percent (21 for 62) from the field overall, but went 5 for 21 from long range.

Sophomore guard Justin Edwards sparked the UMaine offense with 19 points, led all rebounders with 12 and handed out five assists. He also committed six turnovers.

“Obviously, they are extremely athletic, long,” Woodward said. “One of the biggest things that they make it very difficult to do is to get into your offense. We just had a lot of trouble, especially later on in the game, finding situations where we could score.”

Freshman Dimitry Akanda-Coronel tallied a career-best 11 points on the strength of 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.

Senior Mike Allison contributed nine points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals for UMaine, while junior Alasdair Fraser finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Xavier Pollard was charged with seven turnovers, but posted five points, five rebounds and four assists. He shot 1 for 10 from the field.

The Bears outrebounded the Seminoles 43-42.

Woodward was pleased with the efforts of Akanda-Coronel, a 6-foot-4 guard and forward from Boston.

“He’s athletic and when you look at guys with some high athleticism, they’re able to continually produce, even in games like the ACC,” said Woodward, who also lauded the play of Allison and Edwards.

Aaron Thomas netted 15 points for Florida State with Terry Whisnant providing 14. Devon Bookert added five assists and two steals for the ’Noles, who had only seven turnovers.

UMaine was still very much in the contest late in the first half. Jon Mesghna’s 3-pointer with 8:31 remaining got the Bears within 24-18.

However, Florida State later went on a decisive 12-2 run to open things up. Okaro White hit a 3-pointer at the 7:30 mark to get things started, before Pollard answered with two free throws to make it 29-22.

The ’Noles got to the foul line often, as Snaer made two free throws, Kiel Turpin sank one and Thomas hit a pair during a span of 1:31 to give the hosts a 34-22 lead. Robert Gilchrist and Thomas followed with baskets as FSU took a 38-22 lead with 3:33 left in the half.

UMaine went 0 for 7 from the field and committed three turnovers during that key span.

The Black Bears return to action with games Friday and Sunday at Army and Marist, respectively.

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