TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State brought its New York mojo back south Wednesday night when it earned a 75-67 win over North Florida in its first game back at the Donald L. Tucker Center since winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament last weekend.

Beating BYU and St. Joseph's in consecutive days, the Seminoles claimed the tournament championship in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

As he has been throughout the young campaign, senior guard Michael Snaer was FSU's (4-1) biggest offensive contributor, statistically speaking, against the Ospreys. He had a game-leading 21 points. He also corralled eight rebounds.

"Michael Snaer does something that very few guys like him do, and I told him this after the game," North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll said. "He never let his bad game allow him to be a bad player. He let the game come to him. ... There's very few All-Americans that would do that. They would always try to get an extra shot; he never tried to force the game. To me, that was pretty impressive."

Snaer was best in the second half when he went 9-for-10 from the free throw line. In all, the Seminoles scored 19 points from the line in the final 20 minutes of the game.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton was proud to see his team draw fouls after having struggled to do so at earlier times this season.

"We have not been getting to the foul line as much as we did [Wednesday]," Hamilton said. "We are not posting up in the lane with the consistency that we're going to have to. We're big enough, we're strong enough and skilled enough inside. That's part of our game that we still need to be developed."

The Seminoles had several turnovers as they tried to get the ball to their big men in the low post. In all, they had 17.

The turnovers, along with a few other schematic issues, had Hamilton rethinking his team's approach to the season.

"What I learned from this team [Wednesday night] is that I'm not real unsure, unlike in the past, that we'll be able to sub as liberally as we have in the past," Hamilton said. "With an inexperienced team, it seems as though we're not as able to maintain the same flow, the same rhythm offensively or defensively like we have in the past."

FSU has eight "newcomers" -- freshmen and transfers -- on the team this season.

"I'm happy that we're able to win while we're still developing our team," Hamilton said.

Seminoles forwards Okaro White and Terrance Shannon also factored heavily into the win. White scored 15 and had nine rebounds. Three of White's more memorable points came after Snaer tapped back a quick give-and-go pass that resulted in a two-handed White dunk. Fouled on the play, the junior made the subsequent foul shot.

Shannon played his normally energetic role, coming off the bench to add 12 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Despite grinding out the win, there were times the Seminoles began reverting back to the sloppy, turnover-prone versions of themselves that lost to South Alabama during the season opener at the Tucker Center two weeks ago.

For a moment, things got so ugly that it looked like FSU might need to petition rap and business mogul Jay-Z into helping build a Barclays Center South. Shawn Carter, the entertainer better known by his bi-syllabic stage name, is a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, the current everyday tenants of the building that housed last weekend's tournament.

With 40 seconds left in the game, the Ospreys had a chance to strike.

A pair of free throws by North Florida guard Parker Smith cut the game to within five -- 70-65. Five FSU free throws later, the Seminoles pulled away for the win.

Off the court, the Seminoles lost a key member of the team before the opening tip. Junior guard Ian Miller suffered what trainers are calling a bone bruise in his right foot. He was wearing a protective boot before the game.

Hamilton said the team is going to try to be conservative with its treatment of the injury in hopes that Miller doesn't aggravate it. The coach was unsure of when the injury occurred, but believed it may have been the result of Miller trying to overcompensate for a turf toe injury that he had been previously battling.

Miller could have played Wednesday, Hamilton said. He might even play next Tuesday when the Seminoles face Minnesota at home as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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