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Florida State upset #3 Wake Forest in overtime tonight in Tallahassee. The final score was Seminoles 91, Deacons 83. FSU at one time held a 16 point lead. The game was shown on ESPN2.

Go Seminoles 04-rock
Bring on Duke :D
Congrats! 04-bow

It is going to be another tough year on the road in the ACC. UNC found out on Saturday against Wake. Tech found out the same on Sunday against NCSU. Now, Wake has seen it first hand in Tallahassee.

I'm worried about the games in Clemson and Tallahassee, because we seem to struggle in both places recently.

<span style='color:yellow'>FSU has a basketball team?</span> :eekblue: :D
Way to go! Thanks for the RPI boost!
FSUViking Wrote:<span style='color:yellow'>FSU has a basketball team?</span> :eekblue: :D
Some times we do... :laugh:
Quote:'Noles Shake Wake

Tampa Tribune
Published: Jan 19, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State nearly lived its entire season in one game Tuesday night. Except, this time, the wild fluctuations that have been the Seminoles' personality this season didn't mess up the ending.

Rather, they helped create it.

After building, then letting go of, a 19-point lead and nearly losing the game on a mind-numbing mental mistake at the end of regulation, the Seminoles triumphed in overtime, beating No. 3 Wake Forest, 91-83.

The win, in front of a patchy, but raucous crowd of 7,472 fans at the Donald Tucker Center, fit the profile of everything that has been right, and wrong, about the Seminoles (10-8, 2-3 ACC) through two- thirds of the season.

"It shows that we are capable, but it also places emphasis in the areas that we still are an immature team that sometimes is affected, unfortunately, by the name on our opponents' jersey,'' FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The same team that committed 28 turnovers against Virginia Tech on Jan. 8 was nearly flawless for most of the game against the Demon Deacons. FSU had six turnovers through the first 33 minutes before senior Adam Waleskowski was called for an offensive foul and a technical foul for his reaction with 7:13 to play, fouling out of the game.

Wake Forest, which had won 10 consecutive games since losing to current top- ranked Illinois on Dec. 1, parlayed Waleskowski's mistakes into a tie game moments later.

First, sophomore guard Chris Paul made two free throws on the technical to pull the Demon Deacons (15-2, 4-1) within four. His second free throw was the 50th consecutive from the line over two games for Wake Forest, breaking a 14-year-old NCAA record.

Paul, who scored a season- high 29 points, tied the game at 69 a minute later on a layup following teammate Taron Downey's steal and assist.

Instead of wilting, the Seminoles scored the next five points and held a lead of that margin when Andrew Wilson made two free throws with 27.3 seconds to play.

A layup by Paul with 20 seconds to play and a missed free throw by FSU freshman Jason Rich on the front end of a one- and-one opportunity two seconds later set up a wild ending.

Following a timeout with 8.1 seconds to play, Downey, falling backward after being fouled by FSU freshman Ralph Mims, nailed a 3-pointer from 23 feet out with 4.3 seconds left.

With Wake Forest 18 of 18 at the line to that point and the Deacons poised to take their first lead of the game, Downey issued a quick throat-slash gesture to the FSU student section. Then he missed his free throw, and regulation play ended before the 'Noles could get off another shot.

FSU sophomore Von Wafer matched his career high of 25 points (set on Saturday at Miami) - in the first half. He finished with 30 points, going 7 for 12 from 3-point range but wasn't a factor after injuring his shoulder with 4:45 to play.

Instead, sophomore Al Thornton (career high 26 points) scored the first four points of overtime, then junior point guard Todd Galloway scored nine consecutive points for FSU to finish with a career- high 21. The game was never close in the extra period.

"Florida State deserves a lot of credit. They shot the ball great, they outrebounded us, they had fewer turnovers, more assists, played better and, frankly, deserved the game,'' Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said.
Quote:Come-And-Go Seminoles Come Up Big Vs. No. 3 Deacons

Tampa Tribune
Published: Jan 20, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - This was to have been the beginning of a dark and stormy night for Florida State basketball.

Leonard Hamilton's 9-8 up- and-down underachievers had hit the meat of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, and the meat had fangs - No. 3 Wake Forest on Tuesday, No. 4 Duke on Saturday, 28 wins and one loss between them, both visiting Tallahassee to put the Seminoles on the road to nowhere.

But those really were hundreds of FSU fans storming the home court, and those were really Hamilton's players in there somewhere after outplaying - and outlasting - Wake Forest in overtime, 91-83. It was so exciting you thought it was something big, like Bobby Bowden naming his new offensive line coach.

But it was basketball. FSU basketball. Real basketball. From the program that lost to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two months ago and Florida International five weeks ago. That last week handed Clemson its first ACC road win in nearly two years, just a few days after Clemson lost by 35 at home. To Wake Forest.

Get the picture?

Hamilton, for once, saw focus.

"Hopefully, we grew up.''

They've Done This Before

Understand, FSU has shown signs of this before. This team manhandled Florida on Jan. 2. Tuesday marked the eighth time in the past four seasons the 'Noles have knocked off a ranked team in Tally. They toppled No. 1 Duke in 2002. Last season, they beat Wake and North Carolina, back-to- back. This program steps up now and again, though not enough.

Tuesday was one of those nights. There were stars. There was patience; the team that committed 28 turnovers while holding off Virginia Tech made only nine against Wake. And there was heart, particularly after the Demon Deacons came from 19 down in the first half to tie it on a 3- pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation.

But maybe this was meant to be. How else to explain what happened off that trey? Wake's Taron Downey was fouled as he made the shot. He went to the line with his mates already jubilant, since the Deacons had made their past 50 in a row, an NCAA record, 32-for-32 in Saturday's big rout of North Carolina and 18-for-18 to that point against FSU. Downey is Wake's best foul shooter.

Well, he missed.

"Well, it was time,'' Hamilton said.

He said it with a grin. He grinned again when he saw his leaders arrive for postgame interviews.  "Here's the trio,'' Hamilton said.  "The horses.''

The horses managed sheepish grins, probably all they had gas for. There was sophomore shooting guard Von Wafer, who scored a career and game-high 30 points, one more than Demon Deacons Naismith Award candidate Chris Paul. There was sophomore forward Al Thornton, who scored a career-high 26. And junior point guard Todd Galloway saved the best for last, scoring nine in a row for FSU to blow open overtime. That's who the 'Noles were Tuesday.

"It's who we want to be,'' Galloway said.

Future's So Bright?

That we're talking about two sophomores and a junior should tell you something about the Seminoles' future if they ever get it together mentally. They're still searching for their identity. They often get lost. It was a freshman, Ralph Mims, who fouled Downey on that 3-pointer.

But there are also those flashes of brilliance. Tuesday's first half was blinding. FSU ran away to a 43-24 lead. Wafer had 25 points, including six 3- pointers.

"That's who we are, I think,'' Galloway said.

Galloway was all he could be in OT. Like much of his team, he has been spotty this season, rock-solid in the upset of Florida, then shaky in the loss Saturday at Miami, so much so that a local sports columnist suggested Hamilton should go with someone else at the point.

Point not taken.

When it was over, and Galloway had made all his points, the crowd made as much bedlam as 7,472 FSU fans can make for college basketball. FSU basketball. It might vanish against Duke. These Seminoles come and go. It didn't matter Tuesday. Todd Galloway heaved the ball toward the gym ceiling. It eventually came down, as these things always do. Still, what a refreshing trajectory.
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