Dec. 16, 2001
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Darius Songaila scored 29 points and Jamaal Levy
added 15, both career-highs, to lead No. 19 Wake Forest to a 93-72 victory over
Florida State in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Sunday night.
Josh Howard added 14 points and Antwan Scott had 13 for Wake Forest (7-2).
Songaila, Wake Forest’s leading scorer at 17.3 points a game, broke open an
unexpectedly close game with a strong second half. He scored 16 points in the
half, making all but three shots, and disrupted Florida State with some strong
defense and a constant presence under the basket.
He turned it on just as Florida State looked like it could run with the
Demon Deacons by keeping the game close through the first four minutes of the
The Seminoles, who closed the first half with an 8-2 run to crawl back into
the game, pulled within 49-44 on Cummings’ breakaway dunk on his own steal at
the 16:00 mark.
But Songaila and the Deacons took control with a furious six-minute stretch
that put Florida State away.
After Scott and Songaila both converted three-point plays, Songaila tipped
away a Florida State pass that led to Craig Dawson’s 3-pointer.
Florida State immediately turned the ball over again and Songaila converted
it into a reverse layup and after a Seminole miss, Howard dunked Broderick
Hicks’ miss and Levy banked in a 3-pointer for a 65-48 lead with 12:23 to play.
Florida State could never get back into the game, in large part because of
22 turnovers – 10 of which were Wake Forest steals. The Seminoles also
struggled at the free throw line, going just 10-of-17.
Plus, they had no answer for Wake Forest’s 3-point shooting. Levy and
Songaila connected on consecutive 3s to put the Deacons up 72-57 immediately
after Florida State had closed within 11.