TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State redshirt junior RaiQuan Gray has been named the ACC Player of the Week while Seminole rookie Scottie Barnes has been named the ACC Freshman of the Week as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both Gray and Barnes were instrumental in helping Florida State defeat Wake Forest, 92-85 in overtime, in the Seminoles’ only game last week. It marks the first time in his career that Gray has earned the weekly Player of the Week honor from the ACC and is the second time this season Barnes has been tabbed as the ACC Rookie of the Week.
Gray scored his career-high of 24 points and pulled down his career-high of 12 rebounds in Florida State’s 92-85 overtime victory over Wake Forest on Saturday in the Seminoles’ only game of the week. He was as efficient as he has ever been as he made seven of 10 field goals and was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line in leading Florida State over the Deacons.
In addition to earning his second double double in the last three games, Gray added four assists, three blocked shots and one steal in the victory. He played in 37 of the possible 45 minutes in the game including 16 minutes in the second half and all five minutes of the overtime period. Gray played the final nine minutes of regulation and each of the five overtime minutes.
Gray scored 12 points after halftime (eight in the second half and four in the overtime period) with eight of the points coming from the free throw line. He was a perfect four of four from the free throw line in the second half and a perfect four of four from the line in the overtime period.
Barnes scored 13 points, pulled down four rebounds, totaled four assists and two steals and made the biggest basket of the game for the Seminoles – a reverse lay-up with 0.05 seconds remaining in the second half to send the Seminoles’ game against Wake Forest into overtime. After scoring just two first half points, Barnes scored 11 points after halftime including five of Florida State’s 12 points in the decisive overtime period as the Seminoles won their 23rd consecutive ACC home game with an 92-85 win over Wake Forest.
Barnes beat the buzzer for the second time in his Seminole career as he made a reverse lay-up with 0.05 seconds left to play to tie Saturday’s game against Wake Forest at 80-80 and send the game into overtime. Barnes hit a contested running jumper for the game winning basket against Indiana in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on December 9 with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Seminoles the 69-67 win in Tallahassee.
Barnes did much of his damage late in the game and when the Seminoles needed him to play older than his years.
Barnes scored four of the Seminoles’ final five points of the second half beginning with a turnaround jump shot with 1:18 left in regulation to pull Florida State to within one at 78-77. He then tied the game at 80-80 at the buzzer on an end-to-end layup after a made Wake Forest free throw had given the Deacons an 80-78 lead. He took the inbounds pass, went the length of the court and made a reverse lay-up to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Barnes then totaled five overtime points on one field goal and three made free throws as the freshman played all five overtime minutes. He totaled a team leading five overtime points (he matched Wake Forest’s overtime scoring total) and pulled down two rebounds. Barnes drew three overtime fouls as Florida State scored 10 of its 12 overtime points from the free throw line.
Gray, who has scored in double figures in a career-best six consecutive games, enters Monday’s game against No. 9 Virginia averaging a career-high 11.1 points scored per game. He is ranked second on the team in scoring.
Barnes, who is Florida State’s leader in assists (4.2 apg), enters his first career game against a top-10 ranked team ranked third on the Seminoles with a 10.5 points per game scoring average.