Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Florida State routed at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton offered a simple assessment when asked what his team did right Saturday.

"We put our uniforms on right," he said. "That's about where it stopped."

He only slightly exaggerated.

The Seminoles never led and fell to .500 in ACC play in being routed by Wake Forest 71-46.

"If I was in Wake Forest's shoes, I would have been disappointed that we didn't give them more of an effort, a challenge that would have helped them improve," Hamilton said.

"With all of the progress that we've made with our program in the last six or seven years, we seemed to have taken a step back with our execution and our effort."

Travis McKie scored 15 and C.J. Harris 14 for the Demon Deacons (11-12, 4-7), who ended a four-game skid and matched last season's ACC win total.

"All we talked about was our pride, our confidence, our will, our desire and getting back to playing really good basketball," coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "Simple as that."

Wake finished with a 45-25 edge in rebounding, which led to a 19-1 edge in second-chance points. Its 14-0 second-half run (Harris scoring seven) made it a 26-point game. FSU (13-10, 5-5) made 6 of 24 second-half shots.

"They busted a lead open, saw us bleeding and kept going," said FSU's Michael Snaer, whose 13 points tied Clearwater High grad Okaro White for the team high.

The loss extended FSU's recent up-and-down stretch. Its past six games have been: Snaer's last-second winning shot against Clemson, a 24-point loss to Miami, Snaer's last-second winning shot against Maryland, a 19-point loss to Duke, Snaer's last-second winning shot against Georgia Tech and Saturday's 25-point loss.

If the trend continues, Miami, 10-0 in ACC play, will be in for some late heartbreak Wednesday in Tallahassee.

"One good thing about being in the ACC is that you can't dwell on it for so long because you have another challenge coming down the pike," Hamil­ton said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't play excellent come Wednesday night."

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