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March 21, 2011
CHICAGO - That one team shot the ball especially well, particularly from 3-point range, while the other struggled to develop any kind of offense wasn't especially surprising.
"It seemed like the first 30 minutes of the game we couldn't make anything," Abromaitis said. "We normally make those shots and, obviously, Florida State's defense had a lot to do with it."
"If you think that we're there every time, then you have in your mind that when you come off the screen, you're not going to be ready to shoot," he said. "Because you're think 'Oh, someone's going to be here. It's not going to be open. They've been here all day, why would they fall down just one little play?'"
As a result, on the rare occasion that a Notre Dame player found an open look, the shot more often than not missed its target.
"I want them to think every time they catch it that I have a hand right here," Snaer said. "So don't even think about shooting."
Meanwhile, Florida State stunned the Irish with a number of 3-point shots - seven in the first half - that built up and early lead and, eventually, dealt Notre Dame a deficit that it couldn't overcome.
Junior Deividas Dulkys knocked down two 3-point attempts in the first half. Snaer added three more for the game. Guard Luke Loucks had a first half 3-pointer bounce twice on the rim before falling in. It was just that kind of night.
Dulkys, who's tenacious defense has made up for a recent shooting slump, was no less pleased to get on the score sheet against Notre Dame. He celebrated his 23rd birthday today, and said after the game that it was the "best birthday gift ever."
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton attributed the offensive performance to relaxed attitude that eventually led to higher confidence for the Seminoles.
"When (shots) start falling and keep (you) moving the ball and keep doing it, you feel better about yourselves," he said. "That's one of the reasons we shot the ball so well tonight."