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11/17/2012 12:22 AM EST
Florida State crushes BYU in Coaches vs. Cancer
FLORIDA ST 88, BYU 70

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Florida State had a game coaches dream about:
the Seminoles shot the ball well and defended like their lives
depended on it.



"I thought for a young team we displayed an ability to score
even though we're in sync. We had some mishaps while trying to
learn," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Defensively,
that was one of our better nights."



The Seminoles shot 58 percent from the field and made 11 of 20
3-pointers in an 88-70 victory over BYU in the Coaches vs.
Cancer semifinals on Friday night at the Barclays Center.



The defense Hamilton was so happy about held the Cougars to 33
percent shooting overall and 6 of 25 from 3-point range.



"Thirty-three percent from the field surprised our coaches and
players," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "Florida State sped us up
and we took some quick shots but besides that Florida State
shoots 58 percent from the field. Our defense was slow. Our
rotations were slow. They did a great job of finding the open
man and made some great passes along the baseline."



Florida State (2-1) will play Saint Joseph's in Saturday night's
championship game. The Hawks (2-0) beat Notre Dame 79-70 in
overtime.



Okaro White scored 17 points for the Seminoles, while Michael
Snaer had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ian Miller and Devon
Bookert both added 15 points.



Hamilton said Snaer has more to do than score and rebound.



"Michael, being a senior on such a young team has at some points
forced his will on this team," Hamilton said of Snaer who was
the MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last season.
"He wants all the dirty work, the toughest defensive assignment.
He wants to take the big shot or be on the foul line at the end
of the game. He led by example for the seven new players."



One of those seven, freshman point guard Devon Bookert, agreed
with his coach.



"He's a guy who has been there and done that," said Bookert who
was 5 for 7 from the field and had five assists as he took the
over running the offense for long stretches. "He is cool all the
time, but he's tough when he thinks he has to be."



The Seminoles came into the game shooting 38.5 percent from
3-point range but they made 11 of 20 as they led by as many as
27 points in the second half. They shot 58.0 percent (29 for 50)
from the field overall while holding down a BYU offense that
came in averaging 80.5 points per game.



Tyler Haws had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the
Cougars (2-1) who were within 50-43 with 17:30 to play.



The Seminoles went on a 13-0 run making all three of their
3-point attempts, two by Snaer.



Florida State went ahead 77-50 with 9:06 to play on a drive by
Bookert. The Cougars closed within 14 points twice but got no
closer.



Brandon Davies had 19 points for the Cougars despite playing
just 21 minutes because of foul trouble.



Matt Carlino, a sophomore guard who averaged 12 points and shot
32.6 percent from 3-point range, missed all nine of his shots
from field, including four 3-point attempts, and the Cougars
were 6 of 25 from 3-point range and they shot 33 percent overall
(25 of 75).



"Matt is a lot stronger and in better shape than last year but
they seemed to rush him a little bit," Rose said. "The more he
plays the more comfortable he will get. He took good shots but
had a hard time making them. If we shoot 25 3s we better make
more than six."



Rose made a reference to a game when a big deficit didn't deter
the Cougars. BYU rallied from a huge deficit to beat Iona in the
opening round of the NCAA tournament last season.



"We were down 25 in a game last year and we won it," he said,
"so it can happen."



BYU came into the game shooting 53 percent from the field and 38
percent on 3s.



Haws, who entered the game averaging 22 points a game, scored
BYU's first 11 points but the Cougars were down by nine points.
Brock Zylstra's 3-pointer with 10:14 left in the first half were
the first BYU points not scored by Haws.



Haws finished with 15 points in the half as the Seminoles took a
44-35 lead.



Florida State shot 60 percent (15 for 25) in the first half and
forced BYU into eight turnovers that the Seminoles turned into
13 points.

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