TALLAHASSEE — Deividas Dulkys always believed his shot would come back even if it did take awhile.
The 6-foot-3 junior guard snapped out of a month-and-a-half-long shooting slump to score 16 as Florida State rebounded from its worst loss of the season with a 85-61 victory over hapless Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
"I just put extra work in the gym and I believed it was going to come back," Dulkys said. "It came back (Tuesday). When you hit one, the team will starting looking for you. They really supported me when I was in a slump."
FSU (16-6, 6-2 ACC), which twice had 32-point leads in the second half, was coming off a 62-44 loss at Clemson on Saturday that knocked it from the AP poll. The Seminoles moved within a half-game of conference-leading Duke and North Carolina heading into a big game at 2 p.m. Sunday at the No. 23 Tar Heels (FSN).
Dulkys keyed a 12-0 run midway through the first half that helped FSU to a 31-19 lead at the break despite shooting 31.9 percent.
Bernard James made 5 of 6 field goals and had 13 points, and freshman Ian Miller and Michael Snaer added 11 each for the Seminoles.
"Historically we have bounced back once we have laid an egg," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I hate for that to happen for us to focus."
Gary Clark's 16 points led Wake Forest (8-14, 1-6), which has lost 10 of 14 games, including four of its past five by 20 points or more.
Freshman Okaro White, a former Clearwater High standout, had eight points and four of FSU's 16 steals in his first collegiate start. Clearwater's Luke Loucks had two points and three assists.
"Okaro's kind of a cool customer," Hamilton said. "He takes things in stride and believes he has the ability to contribute."