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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
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Miller leads FSU to win


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ian Miller scored a career-high 25 points, and Florida State overcame a large first-half deficit to defeat Wake Forest 67-60 on Saturday night.

Aaron Thomas added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Seminoles (15-10, 6-7 ACC), who registered their first road win since posting a 63-53 victory at Miami on Jan. 15.

Despite Thomas’ efforts, it was Miller who made timely plays to lead FSU. His 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining gave Florida State a 61-55 advantage and sent the fans toward the exits.

The Seminoles needed every bit of Miller’s heroics. Florida State had lost five of its previous six games before today’s game and badly needed a victory to keep its fledgling NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

In the opening stages, it appeared FSU’s recent struggles were only going to continue.

Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8 ACC) took control with a 12-0 run, as Coron Williams scored seven quick points to push the Deacons to a 21-6 lead. The advantage grew to as many as 16 points at 24-8 before Florida State rallied, but the Seminoles still trailed Wake Forest 29-23 at the break.

The Seminoles took their first lead at 39-37 in the second half on a Devon Bookert jumper and held it down the stretch. Miller’s 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining gave Florida State a 61-55 advantage.

Williams led Wake Forest with 18 points and three assists. Cavanaugh and forward Travis McKie added 14 points each for the Demon Deacons, who lost their fifth-consecutive game and third in a row at home.

FLORIDA ST. (15-10) — O. White 2-5 2-4 6, Ojo 0-0 0-0 0, Bookert 1-5 0-1 2, Thomas 7-17 5-8 19, Brandon 2-5 4-6 8, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Gilchrist 0-1 0-0 0, Bojanovsky 2-3 1-2 5, Miller 8-12 4-4 25. Totals 23-51 16-25 67.

WAKE FOREST (14-11) — Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, McKie 4-8 5-6 14, Adala Moto 0-1 1-2 1, Miller-McIntyre 4-13 1-3 9, Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 7-12 1-1 18, Overton 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 0-0 0-2 0, Rountree III 0-2 0-0 0, Cavanaugh 3-10 6-6 14. Totals 20-53 14-20 60.

Halftime—Wake Forest 29-23. 3-Point Goals—Florida St. 5-17 (Miller 5-7, O. White 0-1, Smith 0-2, Bookert 0-3, Thomas 0-4), Wake Forest 6-21 (Williams 3-8, Cavanaugh 2-6, McKie 1-3, Rountree III 0-1, Miller-McIntyre 0-3). Fouled Out—O. White. Rebounds—Florida St. 41 (Thomas 14), Wake Forest 27 (Cavanaugh, McKie 7). Assists—Florida St. 5 (Thomas 3), Wake Forest 12 (McKie, Williams 3). Total Fouls—Florida St. 17, Wake Forest 22. Technical—Thomas. A—10,043.

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