Florida State Pulls Away for 76-62 Defeat of Wake Forest
Feb. 26, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State broke open a close game with a big 21-2 run midway through the second half, sending Wake Forest to a 76-62 loss on Tuesday evening at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Wake Forest (12-15, 5-10 ACC) had trailed for much of the first half and into the second period, but the Demon Deacons got to within a point at 44-43 after a C.J. Harris pullup 3-pointer from the top of the key.
However, Florida State (15-13, 7-8 ACC) responded with its big run which was capped by 15 straight points from the home squad. The Deacons were held without a field goal for over 10 minutes during the stretch until a Tyler Cavanaugh 3-pointer snapped the drought.
Travis McKie led the Deacons with 15 points and six rebounds. McKie, the only Deacon in double figures, went 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and added two blocks, an assist and a steal.
Michael Snaer led FSU with 24 points, and Boris Bojanovsky came off the bench to score 10 points. Okaro White just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Seminoles dominated the paint by outrebounding the Deacons 44-21 and registered 12 blocks on the night.
Wake Forest trailed by as many as 11 in the first half as Florida State took control early, utilizing an 11-0 run to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 14-5 lead at the 14:35 mark. A Devin Thomas free throw snapped the Deacons' scoreless streak, but the Seminoles maintained a sizable cushion for much of the first half.
Wake Forest made a run to pull closer to FSU in the first half. Trailing 29-18 after an Aaron Thomas 3-pointer at 6:37, the Deacons went on a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to get within one at 33-32 on an Andre Washington dunk. Codi Miller-McIntyre and McKie hit back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel the run.
Florida State would take a 40-34 advantage into halftime after ending the period on a 7-2 run, which included a Bojanovsky putback at the buzzer. Wake Forest used a quick 6-0 run early in the second period to get within 44-43, but FSU responded with its decisive run.
The Seminoles staved off a sweep at the hands of the Deacons after Wake Forest posted a 71-46 defeat of FSU on Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest returns home to host Maryland on Saturday at noon. The game will be televised on the ACC Network and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network. Saturday will be Senior Day and Chris Paul Day presented by Lowe's Home Improvement. The Deacons' seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony, while Paul will have his No. 3 jersey honored at halftime.