NCAAB Game Recap - Florida State at Wake Forest
Wed Jan 8, 2020 7:30 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBap
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(10) Florida State (14-2)

41

37

78

Wake Forest (8-6)

34

34

68

Vassell, No. 10 Florida State beat Wake Forest 78-68
Wed Jan 8, 2020 11:08 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Tenth-ranked Florida State keeps winning games and hovering near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference, even as coach Leonard Hamilton sees an inexperienced team that's still developing together.

Devin Vassell scored 17 points and Florida State pulled away in the final 10 minutes to beat Wake Forest 78-68 on Wednesday night, giving the Seminoles another double-digit win in league play.

Florida State (14-2, 4-1) got in foul trouble in the first half and sent the Demon Deacons to the line 22 times before the break, then surrendered an 11-0 run out of the break that gave Wake Forest a lead. Yet Florida State tightened up its defense and stopped sending a parade of Demon Deacons players to the foul line, then began to gradually stretch out a lead on the way to a seventh straight win.

"I'm just proud we were able to find a way to win while we're still growing," Hamilton said. "We're extremely inexperienced. . so we're still trying to find our way. I think if we continue to keep growing, hopefully we can continue to keep finding ways to win games while we're still developing and evolving."

M.J. Walker scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for the Seminoles, who went ahead for good on RaiQuan Gray's 3-pointer at the 14:04 mark. They also held the Demon Deacons to one field goal over 6 1/2 minutes as they finally asserted control, pushing a 52-49 lead to 67-56 on Malik Osborne's 3-pointer with 2:46 left.

Florida State has won won 14 of 15 games, including a weekend win at then-No. 7 Louisville that signaled Hamilton's Seminoles are again a factor in the league race.

"Just because we might not be playing another ranked team doesn't mean that we can come out and be flat," Vassell said, adding: "It might not be Duke or Virginia, but we've always got to come out and just play to the best of our abilities."

Brandon Childress scored 20 points to lead Wake Forest, which played without starter Chaundee Brown due to a lower-leg injury. The Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-3) got off to a slow start to fall behind by a dozen in the opening minutes, but used that 11-0 run to erase a 41-34 halftime deficit and get back in it.

"Obviously we can say that we competed against a top-10 team, but that's not enough," said Wake Forest's Olivier Sarr, who had 10 points. "Now we need to win games. Losing by 10 to a top-10 team is not just something we should be happy about."

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: The Seminoles arrived with plenty of momentum following the Louisville win, with its past three league wins all coming by double-figure margins dating to early December. FSU has won 16 of its last 18 ACC regular-season games dating to last January.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were coming off a big win at Pittsburgh after rallying from 16 down. But they were short-handed for this one without Brown, a 6-foot-5 junior averaging 13.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. They fell behind 15-3 before pushing ahead early in the second half, then stayed within a shot or two of the Seminoles before Florida State made its clinching move.

OFF THE LINE

Wake Forest made 18 of 22 free throws in a first half that saw FSU whistled for 14 personal fouls, offsetting a rough first half in which the Demon Deacons had seven field goals and six turnovers. But the Demon Deacons warmed up to 48% from the field after halftime, but they got to the line just 10 times.

TIP-INS

Trent Forrest had 14 points and 10 rebounds for FSU, posting his second career double-double. ... Wake Forest coach Danny Manning offered no clear timeline on when Brown might be ready to play again. ... The Demon Deacons committed 11 second-half turnovers that led to 11 second-half points for FSU. ... Florida State made just 6 of 23 3-pointers and shot 43.5% for the game.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Seminoles return to action next Wednesday at home against 18th-ranked and reigning national champion Virginia.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons stay in their home state and visit second-ranked Duke on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Florida State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Olejniczak 0 0 0 2 0 0
W. Wilkes 0 0 1 1 0 0
Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Wright Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Childress 20 0 5 3 0 0

Team Comparison

FlaSt Wake
Points For 78 68
Field Goals 27/62-44% 19/48-40%
Three Pointers 6/23-26% 6/18-33%
Free Throws 18/24-75% 24/32-75%
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Defensive Rebounds 22 25
Rebounds 38 39
Blocks 5 2
Steals 10 1
Turnovers 10 17
Personal Fouls 22 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - FlaSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 FlaSt 78 @ Wake 68 H. Prieto 4 O. Oguama 2

Game Information

Stadium: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 5,277
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