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No. 23 Florida State Seminoles win fifth in a row, 75-52 over Wake Forest Demon Deacons

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leonard Hamilton wanted No. 23 Florida State to pound the ball to its big men, and that was before he knew Wake Forest's top shot-blocker was lost to injury.

The Seminoles then had little trouble remaining perfect against the Tobacco Road schools and staying atop the ACC.

FSU pulled away in the second half to rout Wake Forest 75-52 Wednesday night behind 18 points from Michael Snaer and a determined effort to put the ball in the hands of its post players.

That task was much less daunting after 7-foot Demon Deacons center Ty Walker left with a concussion with 9:50 left in the first half.

"Our intentions were to go inside and try to attack inside," Hamilton said. "(Walker) not being there made it a little more convenient for us."

Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White added 11 points, Xavier Gibson had 10 and Snaer hit four 3-pointers to help the Seminoles (14-6, 5-1 ACC) win their fifth straight conference game, their longest league winning streak in two years.

The ACC co-leaders shot nearly 51 percent — 68 percent in the second half — and outscored Wake Forest 40-16 in the paint. They broke the game open with an 18-2 run shortly after halftime.

"We just kind of tried to slow it down, get the ball inside, get points in the paint, take it to the free-throw line," Gibson said. "We took a lot of jump shots in the beginning of the game, and we wanted to just get it inside and be more physical. We knew they were lacking inside from foul trouble and injuries, so we just wanted to pound it inside, go to our advantage right now."

C.J. Harris scored 16 for Wake Forest (11-9, 2-4), which could not overcome 18 turnovers.