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More buzzer-beating heroics from Michael Snaer helps Florida State sink Clemson

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

He may not be the best shooting guard in the nation as he famously suggested over the summer, but Florida State's Michael Snaer is still the best among his peers in at least one regard.

There's nobody you'd rather have attempting a game-winning shot at the buzzer.

Snaer, who sank buzzer-beating jump shots to beat Duke and Virginia Tech last season, did it again Thursday night. He weaved his way up court, pulled up from 25 feet when he drew multiple defenders and banked in a right-wing three as time expired to give Florida State a 60-57 win over a Clemson team that led most of the game.

The shot salvaged an otherwise forgettable game for both Snaer the Seminoles.

Florida State trailed by as many as 12 points at home in the second half against a mediocre Clemson team, but the Seminoles gradually clawed back thanks to 16 points from Kiel Turpin and 10 from Okaro White. Snaer finished with 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting, decent numbers but not the kind of production his team will need if it is going to get back into NCAA tournament contention.

Now 11-7 overall and 3-2 in ACC play, Florida State is still a long ways from even being on the bubble a month from now. Bad losses to Mercer, South Alabama and Auburn drag down the Seminoles RPI all the way to No. 76, and decent wins over BYU, Saint Joseph's and Maryland aren't enough to make up for it.

If Florida State is going to make a February surge, it will probably have to be Snaer who leads it. The senior is leading the Seminoles in scoring at 14.5 points per game, though his efficiency has dropped a bit.

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