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Jan 25, 1997

Deacons' Duncan Just Too Much for FSU, 61-58

Tim Duncan came within one blocked shot of a triple-double and Loren Woods added a key dunk in the final minute as fourth-ranked Wake Forest overcame another slow start at home to defeat Florida State, 61-58, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Duncan finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks and six assists, while Woods, making his second consecutive start, finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (15-1, 7-1). Wake Forest, which has won 38 of its last 40 home games, struggled at the foul line down the stretch, making 6-of-10 free throws in the final 99 seconds.

Florida State (11-5, 2-5) had two chances to tie in the final 10 seconds, but LaMarr Greer missed an open 10-footer with 4.4 seconds to play with the Seminoles down two points. After Ricky Peral made one of two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to give Wake Forest a 61-58 lead, Greer's running 30-footer hit the rim as time expired.

Wake Forest has won six of the last seven games between the schools and holds a 7-6 lead in the all-time series. Six of the last 11 games have been decided by three points or less and each of the Deacons' last four conference games have been decided by four points or less.

"In all of my imagination, I can't believe this team that we played today is 2-5 in the league," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom. "I think that speaks of the strength of this league. This league is, without a doubt, impossible."

Kirk Luchman and James Collins had 13 points apiece for the Seminoles, who made all 11 of their foul shots.

"They deserved 30 foul shots, but we deserved more than 11," noted Florida State coach Pat Kennedy. "Obviously a very powerful inside game -- the combination of Duncan and Loren Woods. Both these kids are outstanding shot-blockers with their size as well. I thought we had a lot of good looks. We didn't shoot the ball well particularly well, but if we had gotten some better opportunities, we could have finished our offensive plays off a little better."

A three-pointer by Collins lifted FSU into a 50-50 tie with 5:31 remaining, but Woods made the second of two free throws 19 seconds later to give the Demon Deacons the lead for good. Duncan followed with two free throws to make it 53-50 with 2:13 remaining.

Duncan hit a free throw and when double-teamed on the next possession, found Woods alone for a dunk to give Wake Forest a 56-50 lead with 58 seconds to play. Randell Jackson made a pair of foul shots and Ron Hale made a three-pointer around a foul shot by Duncan to make it 57-55 with 31 seconds left.

Jerry Braswell hit two free throws for Wake Forest, but Greer knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing to make it 59-58 with 11 seconds to go. Joseph Amonett was fouled less than a second later, but he made only the second of two free throws to make it 60-58.

Wake Forest used an 11-3 run to open up a 49-43 lead with 8:33 to play. Braswell scored the final five points of the run and Duncan added four points in the spurt. But the Seminoles answered with a 7-1 tear to tie the game.

The Deacons, who fell behind 27-8 at home to Maryland last Sunday, trailed 23-12 with 8:47 remaining in the first half, but went on a 13-0 tear, taking a 25-23 lead with 4:05 to play after a layup by Duncan.

Wake Forest, which holds opponents to 33.3 percent shooting,

improved on that by holding the Seminoles to 31.3 percent (20-of-64) from the field. Florida State committed just six turnovers.

The Deacons shot 41 percent (20-of-49), but only 3-of-20 from three-point range. Wake Forest, which committed 24 turnovers in its win over Clemson on Thursday, made just nine miscues but shot only 18-of-30 from the foul line.

"I don't think we played very well," said Odom. "It certainly wasn't a good start. We weren't hitting the outside shots early and that made things very difficult. The substitution of Loren into the starting lineup has helped, but I don't think that we are totally comfortable yet."

FLORIDA ST (58)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Hale            16   2-9   0-0   0-3  0  1    5
Louis           22   2-5   0-0   1-4  0  5    4
Jackson         28   2-9   4-4   2-5  0  4    8
Collins         36  5-14   0-0   1-7  0  1   13
K Thompson      32   2-7   0-0   0-3  5  5    4
Greer           20   2-5   0-0   0-1  0  2    6
Luchman         29   4-8   5-5  7-10  0  5   13
Deas             8   1-2   0-0   0-2  0  0    3
Brower           9   0-5   2-2   0-0  2  1    2
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TOTALS         200 20-64 11-11 11-35  7 24   58
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Percentages: FG-.313, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals:
7-24, .292 (Hale 1-5, Collins 3-8, K Thompson
0-3, Greer 2-3, Deas 1-1, Brower 0-4). Team
rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Jackson).
Turnovers: 6 (Collins 2, Jackson 2, K Thompson,
Luchman). Steals: 5 (K Thompson 2, Brower,
Collins, Louis).
WAKE FOREST (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Peral           29   2-4   1-2   1-5  1  2    5
Woods           31   5-9   3-7  4-11  2  0   13
Duncan          38  7-15  8-13  4-10  6  3   22
Braswell        30   2-8   3-4   1-4  0  2    8
Amonett         28   0-2   1-2   0-2  0  0    1
Allen            8   0-0   2-2   0-0  0  1    2
Rutland         31  4-10   0-0   0-4  2  1   10
Goolsby          5   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 20-49 18-30 10-36 11  9   61
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Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals:
3-20, .150 (Peral 0-1, Duncan 0-2, Braswell 1-6,
Amonett 0-2, Rutland 2-8, Goolsby 0-1). Team
rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 11 (Duncan 9, Woods
2). Turnovers: 9 (Braswell 3, Duncan 2, Woods 2,
Peral, Rutland). Steals: 3 (Rutland 2, Duncan).
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Florida St         28   30  -   58
Wake Forest        28   33  -   61
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 14,407. Officials:
Frank Scagliotta, Stephen Gordon, Mike Wood.

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