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'Noles hold off Ospreys

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:56 AM

Michael Snaer scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as Florida State held off North Florida 75-67 on Wednesday night.

Okaro White added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Terrance Shannon had 12 points for the Seminoles, who won their fourth straight game after a season-opening loss to South Alabama.

Parker Smith scored 20 points and Beau Beech added 12 points for North Florida (1-4).

Florida State jumped to a 16-3 lead at the 14:23 mark of the first half and was ahead by at least six points until the final minute of the game. The Ospreys cut the lead to five, 70-65, on a pair of free throws by Smith with 40 seconds left.

But the Seminoles made five of six free throws down the stretch to win. They finished 23 of 28 (82.1 percent) from the line, with Snaer making nine of 10.

NORTH FLORIDA (1-4) — Wallace 4-7 3-4 11, Jeune 2-2 0-0 4, P. Smith 6-14 4-5 20, Wilson 2-6 0-0 4, Granberry 2-12 2-2 8, Beech 4-11 1-2 12, McRoy 0-3 2-2 2, Rodriguez 1-4 0-0 2, Daniels 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 23-61 12-15 67.

FLORIDA ST. (4-1) — White 5-10 5-6 15, Turpin 2-4 2-4 6, Brandon 1-4 2-2 4, Snaer 5-10 9-10 21, Whisnant II 4-8 0-0 8, Bookert 0-1 2-2 2, Shannon 6-13 0-0 12, Gilchrist 0-0 0-0 0, Bojanovsky 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 1-4 3-4 5, Ojo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 23-28 75.

Halftime — Florida St. 32-24. 3-Point Goals — North Florida 9-33 (P. Smith 4-9, Beech 3-9, Granberry 2-12, Rodriguez 0-1, Wilson 0-2), Florida St. 2-10 (Snaer 2-5, Thomas 0-1, Whisnant II 0-2, White 0-2). Fouled Out — Beech, Jeune. Rebounds — North Florida 29 (Beech, P. Smith 5), Florida St. 43 (White 9). Assists — North Florida 9 (Wilson 5), Florida St. 8 (Bookert 4). Total Fouls — North Florida 20, Florida St. 15. A — 6,685.

NO. 6 SYRACUSE 73,

PRINCETON 53

James Southerland scored a career-high 22 points and nabbed five steals, Michael Carter-Williams added 10 points and nine assists, and Syracuse (3-0) beat Princeton (1-3).

Syracuse won its 24th straight game in the Carrier Dome and boosted its record to 31-0 against the Ivy League in the Dome. The Orange also have won 35 in a row at home against nonconference foes and six in a row in the series with Princeton, which lost its third straight.

C.J. Fair had 12 points and Brandon Triche and Rakeem Christmas each had 10 as Christmas matched his career high.

NO. 8 KENTUCKY 81,

MOREHEAD STATE 70

Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points, and Alex Poythress added 20 to help Kentucky (3-1) rally past stubborn Morehead State (3-2).

Their biggest contributions came at the foul line as the much-hyped freshmen combined to convert 20 of 25 free throws to help the Wildcats fight back several times against the Eagles before steadily pulling away in the second half.

Julius Mays added 11 points, and freshmen forward Nerlens Noel and Kyle Wiltjer each had nine. Noel also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 112,

CHAMINADE 70

James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points to lead five North Carolina players in double figures and the Tar Heels (5-1) routed Division II Chaminade (3-3) in the Maui Invitational.

It was the first time this season that the Tar Heels have topped the century mark. They put up 62 points in the first half after being held to 18 points in the first half in Tuesday's loss to Butler.

Women's top 25

NO. 10 MARYLAND 94,

AMERICAN 54

Tianna Hawkins had 25 points and nine rebounds, Malina Howard added 17 points, and Alicia DeVaughn had 14 to help Maryland (3-1) beat American.

NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 71,

IONA 55

Shenneika Smith scored 21 points and Nadirah McKenith added 17 to help No. 18 St. John's (3-1) beat Iona (2-3).

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