Feb. 15, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Seminoles.com) — The Florida State men’s basketball team didn’t let an early double-digits deficit deter its quest for a big streak-busting victory on the road Saturday night.
Despite falling into an early 21-6 hole, FSU (15-10, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied for a 67-60 win against Wake Forerst at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The triumph halted a two-game losing streak for the `Noles, who will now return home to host North Carolina in primetime Monday night.
Tip off between FSU and UNC is slated for 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Ian Miller came off the bench to lead Florida State with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting against the Demon Deacons (14-11, 4-8). He was a scalding 3-of-7 from 3-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line while adding three rebounds.
Aaron Thomas finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for a well-time double-double. The talented sophomore also posted three assists and four steals. Montay Brandon scored eight points, Okaro White had six points and Boris Bojanovsky had a strong game with five points, eight rebounds and six of the team’s seven blocks.
For Wake Forest, Travis McKie and Tyler Cavanaugh scored 14 points apiece. The Demon Deacons were held to 37.7-percent shooting while FSU was 45.1-percent from the field. FSU was relentless on the glass, too, out-rebounding its hosts 41-27.
The Demon Deacons built that 21-6 advantage with nine minutes remaining in the first half but a technical foul helped spark a Florida State run that resulted in a 29-23 Wake Forest lead at the break.
Devon Bookert’s turnaround jumper with 11:49 left in the second half then gave FSU a 39-37 lead and after trading scores the rest of the game, an 8-0 `Noles run that, coupled with some late Miller free throws, helped preserve the victory.