Florida State earned its fourth straight conference victory Saturday after a 91 –71 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
It was a game of runs for much of the early portion of the contest, but the Seminoles (16-7, 6-5) pulled away from the Demon Deacons (10-13, 1-10) and cruised to a double-digit victory. The game marks the first time Florida State has reeled off four consecutive ACC wins since 2012.
Malik Beasley led the Seminoles with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting, continuing his double-digit scoring streak. Guards Montay Brandon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes each threw in 13 points. All five Seminole starters finished in double figures as the team shot 50 percent from the floor, 42 percent from 3-point range.
Just over seven minutes into the game, Devon Bookert connected on a 3-point attempt that saw him become a member of the 1,000 career point club. Bookert finished with nine points, all from beyond the arc.
The turning point came at the 10-minute mark of the second half, as guard Benji Bell came off the bench and hit two quick three-pointers to rejuvenate the Seminole offense and open up a 10-point lead. After a Wake Forest basket, Bell found Beasley alone in the corner to put the Noles up 66-55, their largest lead of the game at the time.
Bell was the catalyst the Seminoles needed to put the game away. While he finished with just nine points and two assists, he opened things up for the offense at critical moments and gave the Noles a lead that they would hold for good.
As the Seminoles pulled away, it was the defense that sealed the victory. Wake Forest forward Devin Thomas finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and was the focus of the game for the Seminoles.