Feb. 5, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Oliver Simmons scored seven points in the final six
minutes of the game Saturday, including a pair of free throws with 23.3 seconds
remaining, to lead Florida State to a 66-61 victory over Wake Forest.
Simmons’ 3-pointer as time ran out on the shot clock gave the Seminoles a
58-56 lead with 5:22 left and he later sank four consecutive free throws,
including the decisive two at the finish.
Florida State (9-11, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 47-32 early in the
second half, but Wake Forest rallied to take a 56-55 lead on a free throw by
Ervin Murray with 6:52 remaining.
The Seminoles regained the lead on Simmons’ shot-clock beater from the
corner before Wake Forest took its final lead 61-60 lead on two free throws by
Josh Howard with 4:24 left. But the Demon Deacons (12-10, 2-6) did not score
Simmons, a fifth-year senior transfer from Kentucky, put Florida State in
the lead again, 62-61, with two free throws with 4:03 remaining.
Robert O’Kelley led Wake Forest with 21 points on 7-for-22 shooting. Howard
added a career-high 18 points.