WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Freshman Matthew Cleveland led Florida State with 13 points as the Seminoles fell to Wake Forest, 76-54, at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Sophomore Caleb Mills scored in double figures with 10 points, while Malik Osborne led the Seminoles with eight rebounds.
Jake LaRavia scored 22 points and Alondes Wiliams added 20 as Wake Forest pulled away in the first half and maintained its lead throughout the second half. KHadim Sy added 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons.
Florida State started off the game with a six-point lead but could not recover following a 17-0 run in the first half by the Demon Deacons.
Cleveland, the ACC Freshman of the Week, shot three from the field and seven from the line. He has scored in double figures in six of the first 11 games of his career, and achieved his first career double-double against NC State on Saturday with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The freshman also contributed a career-high three steals.
The Seminoles got off to a slow start, scoring only 22 points and shooting .226 from the field in the first half.
Redshirt sophomore Caleb Mills scored in double figures with 10 points. He was a perfect six of six from the free throw line.
The Seminoles shot 20 of 25 (.800 percent) from the line.
In contributing a single steal this evening, Mills is ranked as Florida State’s leader and ranked second in the ACC with 23 steals and a 1.9 steals per game average. In the first 12 games of his Florida State career, he has more steals (23) than he did during his 35-game career at Houston (21).
Osborne contributed a team-high eight rebounds and scoring six points against Wake Forest. Osborne is the Seminoles’ second-leading leading scorer with an 11.9 points per game average this season.
Redshirt senior Anthony Polite continued to prove himself defensively with three steals. Polite is ranked seventh in the ACC with 22 steals and a 1.8 steals per game average.
The Seminoles totaled 16 steals while the Demon Deacons only had four steals. Florida State leads the ACC in steals with a total of 126 steals for a 10.5 steals per game. The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC who are averaging 10 or more steals per game.
Florida State’s bench outscored Wake Forest’s bench by a 29-20 margin.
Florida State will return home for their next game against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, January 8. The game tips off at 8:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU.