Jan. 9, 2001
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Josh Howard scored 15 points to help No. 6 Wake
Forest rebound from its first loss of the season with a 76-53 victory over
Florida State on Tuesday night.
It was the 12th-straight home victory dating to last season for the Demon
Deacons, who had their 17-game winning streak snapped Saturday at No. 9 North
Carolina when they lost 70-69 on a layup with three seconds to play.
Against Florida State, it was never close enough for a dramatic finish –
even though the Deacons were only mediocre on offense.
Wake Forest (13-1, 2-1 ACC) shot just 40 percent for the game, made 7 of 17
3-pointers and was outrebounded by Florida State 41-32.
But the Deacons used stifling defense, especially in the first half, to
control the Seminoles. They held Florida State to 23 percent first-half
shooting while building a 35-15 lead at the break.
Florida State (5-10, 0-2) didn’t score a basket over the final 8:07 of the
first half and missed 10 straight shots. The Seminoles were 0-for-8 from
3-point range in the first half and committed 10 turnovers – six of which were
Wake Forest steals.
Florida State opened the second half with a 9-2 run to pull within 37-24
with 17:55 to go. But that was the closest the Seminoles would get as Wake
Forest answered with nine straight points to retake control of the game.
For the game, the Deacons held Florida State to 35 percent shooting. They
have now held 23 consecutive opponents to under 50 percent, and 20 of their
last 21 opponents to less than 40 percent.
Wake Forest forced 16 turnovers, had nine steals and blocked eight shots.
Antwan Scott scored 14 points for Wake Forest. Robert O’Kelley, playing with
a sore left shoulder that required him to wear padding around it, scored 13
Mike Mathews led Florida State with 15 points. Monte Cummings added 11 and
Michael Joiner had 17 rebounds.