Noles Upset No. No. 3 Wake Forest

TALLAHASSEE – In what is becoming a hardwood staple since Leonard Hamilton took over, Florida State shocked another ranked opponent on its home court Tuesday night.


Todd Galloway and Al Thornton had all of FSU's 15 points in the overtime session, each contributing career-high scoring performances as the Seminoles knocked off No. 3 Wake Forest Tuesday night at the Civic Center.

Von Wafer poured in a career-high 30 points – 25 in the first half – for the Seminoles, who have defeated nine ranked teams spanning the last two-plus seasons.

"They all gave tremendous effort tonight," Hamilton said. "We played with the focus that has been missing during the majority of the season.

"We just hope that we have grown up some tonight. Hopefully the magnitude of this game will help our youngsters learn what its all about."

The Seminoles (10-8, 2-3 ACC) never trailed against the Demon Deacons (15-2, 4-1), whose only loss previously was to top-ranked Illinois.

A heroic three-pointer late in regulation from Taron Downey made things interesting. Downey caught and shot with four seconds to play, tying the game at 76.

A foul by Ralph Mims gave Downey a chance to give the Deacons their first lead with an improbable four-point play.

But Downey missed, sending the game to overtime and snapping a NCAA-record streak of 50 straight free throws Wake had made as a team.

"The kid is devastated," Deacons coach Skip Prosser said. "He feels like he's shouldering the blame but that was such a minuscule part of the game. Obviously we have more games ahead of us and we have to move on."

Galloway added an exclamation point to his 21-point, 8-rebound effort by scoring seven straight points for the Seminoles in overtime. FSU's 15-7 overtime burst was uncharacteristic for a team that has collapsed in similar circumstances previously.

"I got a little rhythm going and things were falling for me," Galloway said. "We could have easily folded but we all stuck together. We looked each other in the eyes in the huddle and knew we could get it done."

Chris Paul
had 29 points for the Wake and connected on the record-breaking 50th consecutive free throw in the second half, breaking a record Indiana State has held since 1991.

The Seminoles will get another crack at a ranked opponent Saturday when they host No. 5 Duke at 6 p.m.

Todd Galloway and Al Thornton had all of FSU's 15 points in the overtime session, each contributing career-high scoring performances as the Seminoles knocked off No. 3 Wake Forest Tuesday night at the Civic Center.

Von Wafer poured in a career-high 30 points – 25 in the first half – for the Seminoles, who have defeated nine ranked teams spanning the last two-plus seasons.

"They all gave tremendous effort tonight," Hamilton said. "We played with the focus that has been missing during the majority of the season.

"We just hope that we have grown up some tonight. Hopefully the magnitude of this game will help our youngsters learn what its all about."

The Seminoles (10-8, 2-3 ACC) never trailed against the Demon Deacons (15-2, 4-1), whose only loss previously was to top-ranked Illinois.

A heroic three-pointer late in regulation from Taron Downey made things interesting. Downey caught and shot with four seconds to play, tying the game at 76.

A foul by Ralph Mims gave Downey a chance to give the Deacons their first lead with an improbable four-point play.

But Downey missed, sending the game to overtime and snapping a NCAA-record streak of 50 straight free throws Wake had made as a team.

"The kid is devastated," Deacons coach Skip Prosser said. "He feels like he's shouldering the blame but that was such a minuscule part of the game. Obviously we have more games ahead of us and we have to move on."

Galloway added an exclamation point to his 21-point, 8-rebound effort by scoring seven straight points for the Seminoles in overtime. FSU's 15-7 overtime burst was uncharacteristic for a team that has collapsed in similar circumstances previously.

"I got a little rhythm going and things were falling for me," Galloway said. "We could have easily folded but we all stuck together. We looked each other in the eyes in the huddle and knew we could get it done."

Chris Paul had 29 points for the Wake and connected on the record-breaking 50th consecutive free throw in the second half, breaking a record Indiana State has held since 1991.

The Seminoles will get another crack at a ranked opponent Saturday when they host No. 5 Duke at 6 p.m.

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