Feb 2, 2002
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A little demotion hasn’t slowed down Wake Forest’s Broderick Hicks.
The senior co-captain, who was removed from his starting position three games ago, went 12-of-13 from the free throw line Saturday and scored a career-high 23 points, including eight over the final 77 seconds, to spark the 24th-ranked Demon Deacons to an 89-80 victory at Florida State.
Wake Forest (16-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 39-28 at halftime and made 18 of 19 free throws in the second half to keep control of the game.
Hicks, who scored 19 points in the second half, said he’s not concerned about his new role.
“Whatever I have to do to help my team, that’s what I’ll do,” he said. “If that’s my role for the rest of the year, I’ll be fine with it.”
Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said he reminded his players at practice Friday about the importance of free throws, pointing to Maryland’s 25-of-26 performance Thursday in its victory at Virginia.
“We do spend a lot of time on them,” Prosser said. “It’s like the kicking game in football, it really adds up.
“I said, ‘Let’s do our best to concentrate and shoot swishes,”‘ Prosser said.
Wake Forest was almost as good as Maryland, making 26 of 30 Saturday, including 10 straight over the final 2:01 to win its second league road game in four days.
“Those guys answered every time when we’d cut into the lead,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson said.
Florida State (10-10, 3-6) has lost three straight games and next plays at Duke on Thursday. The top-ranked Blue Devils will be looking to avenge their only loss of the season.
“The biggest thing for us right now is between our right ear and our left ear,” Robinson said. “There are no breaks in this league.”
Florida State also continued to have problems defending Darius Songaila, who scored a career-high 29 points in Wake Forest’s 93-72 victory over the Seminoles earlier in the season. Songaila made eight of nine free throws and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds Saturday, his 10th double-double of the season.
Josh Howard added 15 points and Craig Dawson had 14 for Wake Forest, which shot 52.9 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 shooting from 3-point range.
Monte Cummings led Florida State with 23 points, while Delvon Arrington and Anthony Richardson each added 14. The Seminoles shot 43.7 percent, but were only 9-of-25 from long distance and 9-of-16 in free throws.
“We’ve got to start putting the ball in the bucket,” Arrington said.