TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Junior Okaro White scored a game high 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and senior All-American Michael Saner scored 11 points and was credited with five assists to lead No. 24 Florida State to a 65-56 win over Saint Leo in the Seminoles’ second and final exhibition game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles won both of their exhibition games and open their regular season at home against South Alabama Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Florida State defeated Lincoln Memorial in their first exhibition game and Saint Leo on Monday. The Seminoles will raise their ACC Championship banner prior to their home opener on Friday night. The Seminoles won the first ACC Championship in school history with wins over Miami, No. 6 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina at the Philips Arena in Atlanta in March.
Florida State took its first lead of the game on a lay-up by junior guard Ian Miller which made the score 8-7; the Seminoles did not trail in the game after Miller’s basket. Miller’s lay-up began a 13-0 Seminole run which vaulted the Seminoles to a 19-7 lead with 11:53 left in the first half. The Seminoles would stretch their lead to as many as 14 in the first half and led 35-38 at the intermission.
White scored 11 first half points to rank as the only player to score in double figures in the first half.
Florida State opened the second half on a 13-6 run to push its lead back to 14 points at 48-34 with 14:04 left in the game. Junior Terrance Shannon led the Seminoles with four points on a dunk and a lay-up during the run to open the half. The Seminoles maintained as much as a 12 point lead during the remainder of the game before Saint Leo scored six of the final nine points of the game to cut the final margin to nine points.
White finished the game with seven made field goals and was a perfect two of two from the free throw line. He also added a team high three blocked shots and a team high-tying three steals. White averaged 17.5 points in two exhibition games and was the Seminoles’ leading scorer in both games. He totaled a game-high 19 points in the Seminoles’ win over Lincoln Memorial.
Freshman Montay Brandon scored 11 points as he finished a perfect six of six from the free throw line. He was also credited with one blocked shot in 16 minutes of playing time. Snaer added five assists and one steal to goal along with his 11 points while Miller scored seven points to go along with two assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Freshman Aaron Thomas totaled six points in 17 minutes of playing time.
Saint Leo, which defeated Miami (Fla.) on Friday, was led by Shaun Adams and Trent Thomas who both scored 13 points each.
Florida State limited the Lions to .324 shooting from the field, blocked eight shots and was credited with nine steals. The Seminoles were called for only three fouls and sent Lions to the free throw line for only two shots.
Florida State plays host to South Alabama (Nov. 9) and Buffalo (No. 12) in the first two rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament to open the season. The Seminoles travel to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to play in the championship rounds of the tournament facing BYU (Nov. 16) and either Notre Dame or St. Joseph’s on Nov. 17.