TALLAHASSEE — Desperate to bolster its postseason resume and looking to generate momentum ahead of next month's ACC Tournament, Florida State had been searching for a big conference win.
The Seminoles got that and more Tuesday night when they blasted Wake Forest 76-62 at the Tucker Center.
It was FSU's most lopsided win since it beat Tulsa 82-63 in December during the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. Since then, the widest margin the Seminoles (15-13, 7-8 ACC) had won by was five points at Clemson on Jan. 5.
The Seminoles' onslaught also helped offset a 71-46 loss at Wake Forest (12-15, 5-10) earlier this month. Tuesday, FSU reached 46 points with about 16 minutes left in the game.
Guard Michael Snaer had 24 points, 19 in a second half that saw the Demon Deacons go through a scoring drought from the field that lasted nearly 11 minutes. FSU took advantage with 23 points.
Travis McKee led Wake Forest with 15 points but was limited to a free throw in the second half.
FSU dominated for much of the first half. With 6:14 left in the half, the Seminoles built their lead up to 11 points. Less than three minutes later, Wake Forest had cut the deficit to four.
Terrance Shannon, a junior forward who has been injured since Jan. 19, still didn't play. He had been cleared to resume practicing with the team on Feb. 18 and has been doing so. Coach Leonard Hamilton remains optimistic that the high-energy, prolific rebounder will be back before the regular season ends.
FSU travels to North Carolina on Saturday.