Feb. 21, 1998By JOE MACENKA
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Robert O’Kelley had 26 points, including thedecisive 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining, and Wake Forest kept its postseasonhopes alive with a 69-68 victory over Florida State on Saturday.
Steven Goolsby added 15 points as the Demon Deacons (14-11, 6-8 AtlanticCoast Conference) put together their first two-game winning streak in nearly amonth and stayed in the hunt for fourth place in the league.
The Seminoles (16-12, 5-10) lost their fifth consecutive game and are inseventh place in the ACC.
After 12 lead changes and 11 ties, Florida State had a chance to win it onthe final possession, but LaMarr Greer missed a 12-footer from the leftbaseline and Corey Louis couldn’t convert the tip at the buzzer.
Greer and teammate Terrell Baker, who came in averaging nearly 24 pointsbetween them, struggled to get quality shots in the first half and got in foultrouble in the second. Baker didn’t make any field goals in the first half, andGreer didn’t make his first until there was 12:34 left in the game.
Baker finished with 18 points, including 15 in the second half, and theSeminoles also got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Louis and 11 points fromRandell Jackson. Greer had two points on 1-for-8 field-goal shooting.
The Demon Deacons had just four turnovers in the first half but turned itover four times in five possessions midway through the second half. WakeForest’s miscues fueled a 9-2 run that put Florida State up 57-54 on aturnaround jumper by Louis with 7:37 left.
Wake Forest rallied and took the lead to stay on a 3-pointer by Tony Rutlandthat made it 66-63 with 2:37 remaining.
After Rutland forced a turnover on the other end, O’Kelley hit a 3-pointerthat put the Demon Deacons up by six – their biggest lead of the game.
Baker scored the next five points to give the Seminoles a shot at the end.