TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Redshirt junior RaiQuan Gray scored a career-high 24 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in leading No. 17 Florida State to a 92-85 overtime win over Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The win was the 11th consecutive overtime victory for the Seminoles and tied the all-time national record for consecutive overtime wins. The Seminoles’ 11 consecutive extra session wins ties Louisville (1968-75), UMass (1991-96) and Virginia (1991-96) for the longest undefeated streak in overtime games in college basketball history.
The Seminoles also extended their school-record for consecutive ACC victories at home to 23 straight games. The Seminoles’ streak of 23 straight ACC homes wins is the second longest in ACC history behind only 26 straight home ACC wins by Duke (January 18, 1997 through February 5, 2000). The Seminoles’ current ACC steak began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019.
Florida State is now 11-3 (7-2 ACC) and Wake Forest is 6-9 (3-9 ACC).
Florida State trailed by three, 78-75, with 1:30 remaining in regulation and outscored the Demon Deacons 5-2 to tie the game and send it into overtime. Freshman Scottie Barnes scored four of the Seminoles’ final five points in regulation including a reverse layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Florida State then outscored Wake Forest by a 12-5 margin in the extra session to gain the win. Barnes scored five of Florida State’s 12 overtime points. Florida State scored eight of the first nine points in overtime to open an 88-81 lead with 40 seconds to play in the game.
Barnes, who finished with 13 points, scored 11 points after halftime to finish in double figure scoring for the sixth time in his career.
Gray, who has now scored in double figures for a career-high six consecutive games, led five Seminoles in double-figure scoring. He is averaging 16.7 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in the past six games. The redshirt junior also led the team with three blocked shots and made a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
In 79 career games, Gray has grabbed a total of 80 steals, averaging more than one steals per game for his career.
Junior Anthony Polite made his return to the court with 12 points and five rebounds. Polite made three of seven shots from the 3-point line in the Seminoles’ win over Wake Forest and is 19 of 37 (.514) from the three this season.
Senior M.J. Walker contributed 14 points, while leading the Seminoles with five assists and two steals. It marked the 11th time in 14 games this season in which he has scored in double figures.
The Seminoles led Wake Forest by a 41-31 margin at the half — their largest lead of the first half. Gray led Florida State in the first half with 12 points and eight rebounds. Florida State has led 13 of their 14 games this season at half.
Barnes ended the afternoon with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He now has 18 steals in the past 14 games for the Seminoles. The freshman also leads the Seminoles with a 3.8 assists per game average.
In his first start of the season, redshirt junior Malik Osborne was just two rebounds shy of his second Florida State double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
Redshirt junior Wyatt Wilkes knocked down three triples (for nine total points) and contributed one assist against Wake Forest.
Senior RayQuan Evans achieved a career high of two blocked shots, as the Seminoles ended with a team total of seven blocked shots.
Wake Forest’s Jonah Antonio (senior) led the team with 23 points and eight rebounds. Antonio was one foul away from joining Ian DuBose, Emmanuel Okpomo, and Ody Oguama who all fouled out for the Deacons.
With four Seminoles pulling down four or more rebounds, Florida State outrebounded Wake Forest by a 39-32 margin. This marks the sixth time in the past seven ACC games that the Seminoles held a rebounding advantage over their opponent.
No. 17 Florida State will continue their ACC schedule when No. 9 Virginia visits the Donald L. Tucker Center on Monday, February 15th. The game will tip-off at 7 pm and be aired on ESPN.