Florida State Pulls Away to Defeat Wake Forest 67-60
Feb. 15, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Florida State used a strong second half and held off Wake Forest down the stretch to earn a 67-60 victory at the LJVM Coliseum on Saturday evening.
The Deacons fell to 14-11 overall and 4-8 in ACC play, while Florida State improved to 15-10 and 6-7 in conference matchups.
Wake Forest led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but the Seminoles came out of the halftime break on fire, shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) in the second half to earn the come-from-behind win.
Coron Williams tied a season-high with 18 points to lead Wake Forest in scoring, making seven of his 12 field goal attempts. He was joined in double figures by Tyler Cavanaugh and Travis McKie, who recorded 14 points apiece.
Overall, Florida State shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field, compared to 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) for the Demon Deacons, and outrebounded Wake Forest 41-27.
Florida State's Ian Miller led all scorers with 25 points and Aaron Thomas pitched in 19 as well for the Seminoles. Thomas also added 14 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
McKie netted his 1,600th point on a free throw with 11:16 remaining in the second half and finished the night with 1,607 in his Wake Forest career. He is only the 18th player in program history to reach the 1,600-point threshold.
The Demon Deacons got off to a strong start over the first four minutes with two baskets from Codi Miller-McIntyre and a free throw from Arnaud William Adala Moto to take a 5-0 lead heading into the first media timeout.
A four-point play by Williams at the 14:01 mark gave the Deacons their largest lead of the game to that point, extending the early advantage to 9-3 over the Seminoles. Miller responded on Florida State's next possession, however, with a three-pointer of his own to cut back into the lead.
Williams struck again from deep with 11:03 left in the half to build the first double-digit advantage (16-6) of the night for Wake Forest. The early barrage would continue with a pair of three-pointers from Cavanaugh and a short floater from McKie, part of a 15-2 run that left the Demon Deacons with a sizable 24-8 lead and 7:59 left on the first half clock.
The Seminoles made a big run over the next seven minutes, outscoring the Deacons 12-2 to slash the lead to just six, 26-20. Miller keyed the run with five points and Okaro White added four more for Florida State.
Both sides battled evenly over the final four minutes of the half, and Wake Forest carried a 29-23 lead into the halftime break.
Boris Bojanovsky opened the second half with two quick buckets for the Seminoles, cutting the advantage to just two, 29-27. A layup by Miller briefly tied the contest at 29, but Florida State was whistled for goaltending on the ensuing Demon Deacon possession to leave Wake Forest clinging to a slim 31-29 lead.
The two teams traded baskets over the next eight minutes, culminating in Florida State grabbing its first lead of the game, 39-37, on a layup by Devon Bookert with 12:18 remaining.
The Seminoles built a nine-point lead, 50-41, following a layup from Thomas, but the Deacons refused to go away, clawing back to within three after a pair of Cavanaugh free throws and a corner three from Williams.
Florida State jumped back out in front by six, but Williams again came up big for Wake Forest, draining nearly identical floaters on consecutive possessions to tie the contest at 55 with 3:48 left on the clock.
With the two sides deadlocked, the Seminoles used an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to race out to a 63-55 lead. The Demon Deacons closed the gap to five with 17.4 seconds remaining, but could not finish off the comeback attempt.
Wake Forest will return to action on Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. as it travels to Maryland for the final regular season meeting between the two sides as ACC foes. The contest will be carried on RSN and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.
Williams Provides Spark for Demon Deacons in Loss to Seminoles
By Emma Lingan, WakeForestSports.com
Fifth-year guard Coron Williams tied his highest-scoring game as a Demon Deacon in Wake Forest's 67-60 loss to Florida State on Saturday.
He started the previous two games for the Demon Deacons at No. 11 Duke (Feb. 4) and at NC State (Feb. 11), but tonight Williams was a threat off the bench.
"I was able to somehow come out with the energy that I had in the first part of the year," Williams said. "Whether I start or come off the bench, I need to come out like that every game because that's what we need."
Williams shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range, to tie his season-high with 18 points. He hit this mark against Presbyterian (Nov. 15) and, most recently, against Tulane (Dec. 4). He also led the Deacons with three assists against FSU.
With 14:03 left to play in the first half, Williams drew a foul on a 3-pointer and converted a 4-point play to put the Deacs up 9-3. It was Wake Forest's first four-point play since C.J. Harris converted one in 2010-11. After the 4-point play, Williams led the Demon Deacons at the half with nine points.
A jumper with 14:04 left to play in the second half gave Williams 11 points, making him the first Deacon to reach double digits. He also led Wake Forest's comeback effort late in the game with a 3-pointer that sparked a run to cut the Florida State lead to 52-49 with 5:49 left.
Just over a minute later, he made a jumper to bring the Deacs within two, and he hit a floater to tie the score at 55-55 with 3:36 left to play.
"It's a 40-minute game," Williams said. "You can't do it for 36, you can't do it for 38, or 39. You've got to do it for all 40. We played well in the first half, I thought with our energy and effort then they made their run. They made a bigger run than us."
Williams, the first fifth-year transfer in program history, was also honored at halftime alongside fellow Wake Forest student-athletes as the member of the men's basketball team with the highest cumulative GPA.