TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State has been searching all season for a go-to guy. The job has been passed around to several players, and Sunday was freshman Michael Snaer's turn.
Snaer tied a career-high 18 points and Florida State defeated Boston College 62-47.
The Seminoles (18-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 36-35 after Joe Trapani's 3-pointer put Boston College ahead with 18:02 to go, but pulled away on a 13-2 run. Snaer's runner in the lane capped the run to give Florida State a 48-38 lead with 13:01 remaining.
There was no doubt who took the ball in crunch time last year.
Toney Douglas, the 2009 ACC Player of the Year runner-up, was the Seminoles' star. Douglas, now a guard for the New York Knicks, sat courtside for Sunday's game and watched Snaer provide a needed spark.
The freshman, making his third straight start, was 6 of 9 from the floor. Snaer was 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and drove the lane for several tough runners.
He said he never felt the need to put the team on his back. He just took the opportunities he was given.
"As the game went on, I just played to my instincts," he said. "I didn't over-think anything. I didn't think, 'Oh, I need to hit a shot really, really bad for the team."'
"I just let it go. I just played. The ball came to me in scoring opportunities and I let it go."
Snaer, who shoots 64.7 percent from the free throw line, made all four attempts against the Eagles. Snaer's first 18-point game came against Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 22 .
FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said Snaer never let up against Boston College.
"I saw a different look in his eyes," Hamilton said. "He was active. I didn't think he took any possessions off, offensively or defensively."
The Seminoles led by as many as 19, forced 20 turnovers and held the Eagles to 33.3 percent (17 of 51) from the floor.
Florida State had nine blocks, including a career-high seven from center Solomon Alabi.
Boston College's 47 points are the fewest Florida State has allowed in an ACC game since joining in 1991.
Boston College coach Al Skinner said the Eagles suffered through an 8-minute offensive lapse in the second half they couldn't overcome.
"(Florida State's) defense was pretty consistent," Skinner said. "Our offensive execution, I wouldn't say we got lazy, but our execution wasn't as sharp. When you're playing on the road, you have to be on for 40 minutes."
Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Florida State.
Florida State led 10-5, but made just two of its next 10 from 3-point range. The Eagles, however, were 4 of 9 from behind the arc, including two by Trapani.
Trapani, who scored 15 in a 61-57 loss to Florida State on Jan. 30, had 14 at halftime and finished with 17.
The teams went into halftime tied at 30 after an emphatic one-handed dunk by Boston College's Reggie Jackson with 6 seconds left. The dunk answered a 3-pointer by Florida State's Deividas Dukys 21 seconds earlier.
Rakim Sanders added 12 points for the Eagles (12-13, 3-8), who have lost five of their last six.