Seminoles rally to upset Wake Forest
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) – Todd Galloway’s only two points came from
the foul line with 45.5 seconds remaining to lift Florida State over 10th-
ranked Wake Forest, 75-70, in ACC action at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic
Nate Johnson scored a game-high 19 points for the Seminoles (14-5, 3-3 ACC),
who came back from an eight-point deficit in the second half to win their
second straight game on the heels of a four-game slide. Florida State also won
in comeback fashion over seventh-ranked North Carolina in overtime, 90-81, on
Tim Pickett scored 18 points, all in the second half, for the Seminoles.
“I was especially proud of our team today because we were facing a team that
was really hungry for a victory,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton
Chris Paul netted 17 points for the Demon Deacons (11-4, 2-3), who have
dropped four straight after opening the season with 11 consecutive victories.
With 45.5 seconds left, Kyle Visser fouled Galloway while going for an
offensive board. Not only did the call send Visser to the bench with five
fouls, but it also put Wake Forest in the penalty as Galloway walked the floor
with his team down one. Galloway then successfully sank his first two free
throw attempts of the day to give the Seminoles their first lead of the second
Eric Williams missed a shot for Wake Forest on the ensuing possession with 24
seconds to play, but the ball went out of bounds off a Florida State player
and the Demon Deacons got another chance.
However, seven seconds later, Taron Downey missed a shot in the paint and Wake
Forest was forced to foul Adam Waleskowski, who made both free throws to
extend the Florida State edge to 73-70 with 18.1 seconds left to play.
Justin Gray missed a long-distance three-pointer with eight seconds left for
Wake Forest and Pickett then secured the victory for Florida State via a pair
of free throws with 2.7 seconds left.
“I thought we played really hard,” Deacons head coach Skip Prosser said. “I
thought we fought. We just didn’t finish.”
The Demon Deacons started the game on a 12-4 run which was capped off by a
Visser jumper less than eight minutes into the contest.
But the Seminoles proved once again that Tallahassee is not an easy place to
get a victory as they responded with a 14-5 run to go ahead by one. Alexander
Johnson’s bucket completed the run to give Florida State an 18-17 edge with
8:39 left in the half.
The rest of the half was tightly contest with Wake Forest taking a 37-36
advantage into the intermission. Nate Johnson led all halftime-scorers
with 14 points for the Florida State.