Terrance Shannon is Florida State’s second best player, yet it’s his role on the second unit of which he’s most proud.
The fabulous sixth man chipped in 15 points (6-9 FG), 10 rebounds and four assists coming off the bench for the Seminoles on Saturday night in Brooklyn, keying the team’s 73-66 win over frontcourt-stout Saint Joseph’s in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The resilient Hawks had battled back from an eight-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining in regulation of Friday’s overtime win over Notre Dame in the semifinals. When faced with a similar scenario one night later—Saint Joseph’s down eight with less than four minutes to play—Shannon would deny the Hawks an encore.
Shannon scored six of his 15 points during a pivotal stretch in the closing moments which helped the Seminoles put the finishing touches on a statement win. On three consecutive possessions, beginning immediately before the final TV timeout, Shannon scored on a jumper, then a layup and finally a dunk off his own offensive rebound.
Against the very same frontcourt that stifled Big East preseason first-teamer Jack Cooley the night before, Shannon, along with teammate Okaro White, were the two best forwards on the court. Ronald Roberts Jr. had a day himself for Saint Joseph’s, tallying 15 points (6-8 FG) and 11 boards, but Roberts, save a late dunk in garbage time, ultimately disappeared down the stretch when it mattered.
Shannon and White rose in those same moments. As the pressure mounted, so did their games.
Florida State is used to stumbling out of the gates. The Noles were off to their usual ways in the season opener, victims of a head-scratching loss to South Alabama, whom they bludgeoned a year ago. But something has changed over these past few games. Something is clicking now that wasn’t on opening night.
It isn’t Michael Snaer, a finalist for ACC preseason player of the year who comes adorned with all the bells and whistles. The do-everything guard has had a rather rough start to his senior season.
The answer is hidden on the bench, in a role seemingly well below his talent level.
Terrance Shannon has it in him to become one of five first-team all-conference players by season’s end. That wouldn’t be too shabby for a guy who doesn’t even crack his own team’s starting-five.