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Mar 7, 1997

Duncan, Deacons Bounce FSU in ACC Quarterfinals

Tim Duncan scored 13 of his 31 points from the foul line as eighth-ranked Wake Forest edged Florida State, 66-65, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ricky Peral added nine points for the Demon Deacons (23-5), who will face North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals. Wake Forest and the Tar Heels were the only higher-seeded teams to advance in the quarterfinal round.

"Obviously, we were one point better and about five-tenths of a second better and that's about it," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom. "We had a chance, we felt, to take control of the game on several occasions when the lead got to double figures and each time we went into a bit of a drought."

James Collins scored 22 points and Randell Jackson added 13 for Florida State (16-11), which lost any chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 59-55, in the final regular-season game for both schools.

The Demon Deacons led comfortably for most of the second half and still held a 60-48 lead with 4:50 to play after a jumper by Steven Goolsby. But Florida State used an 11-3 run to close within 63-59 after a three-pointer by Collins with 1:51 remaining.

After a miss by Tony Rutland, the Seminoles had a chance to draw closer, but Collins and Geoff Brower missed three-pointers. Goolsby missed another shot for the Deacons, but Greer did, too.

Joseph Amonett made two free throws with 15 seconds left before Jackson hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half, 65-62. Duncan sank one of two free trows with seven seconds left before Collins closed the scoring with a three-pointer in the final second.

"We finally hit some free throws down the stretch," Odom said. "Not as many as we liked, but we did hit some -- enough to win the basketball game."

A dunk by Collins lifted Florida State into a 12-12 tie, but the Deacons went on an 8-0 run as Duncan hit a jumper, Sean Allen sank two free throws and Peral knocked down a three-pointer before Duncan added a free throw at the 11:13 mark to make it 20-12.

The Seminoles closed within 35-31 less than a minute into the second half, but Duncan fueled an 8-0 burst with six points. Rutland's eight-footer gave Wake Forest a 43-31 lead with 16:42 to play.

Duncan, who hit 13-of-23 free throws, made and attempted more foul shots than Florida State, which was 10-of-15 from the line. Wake Forest shot 47 percent (20-of-43) from the field and 4-of-21 from three-point range.

The Seminoles hit 39 percent (22-of-56) of their shots from the field and stayed close by going 11-of-25 from three-point range. Collins hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

"We did a nice job on the perimeter and didn't get double figures from their other post position, so it was just Timmy (Duncan)," said Florida State coach Pat Kennedy. "Shot-making was our biggest problem. If we knocked down a few more shots in the first half, we would have been in better shape."

FLORIDA ST (65)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Greer           27  3-10   1-1   0-0  1  1    8
Jackson         37  5-12   1-2   3-5  1  5   13
Luchman         19   0-2   2-2   2-2  0  5    2
K Thompson      37   2-8   0-0   0-0  7  3    5
Collins         33  8-15   1-2   1-8  2  4   22
Louis           23   1-2   4-6   2-8  0  4    6
Brower          20   3-6   1-2   0-2  2  0    9
Deas             3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Hale             1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 22-56 10-15  8-25 13 22   65
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Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
11-25, .440 (Greer 1-5, Jackson 2-2, K Thompson
1-5, Collins 5-9, Brower 2-4). Team rebounds: 5.
Blocked shots: 3 (Jackson 2, Brower). Turnovers:
9 (K Thompson 4, Collins, Deas, Greer, Louis,
Luchman). Steals: 6 (K Thompson 2, Collins,
Greer, Louis, Luchman).
WAKE FOREST (66)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Peral           28   2-3   4-4   1-5  1  3    9
Duncan          40  9-12 13-23  4-13  1  2   31
Amonett         16   0-1   2-2   0-1  2  3    2
Braswell        34  3-11   0-0   0-4  0  2    8
Rutland         38   3-8   0-2   0-2  6  2    7
Woods            4   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  1    0
Allen           12   0-0   3-4   2-2  0  4    3
Goolsby         28   3-8   0-0   0-1  0  0    6
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TOTALS         200 20-43 22-35  8-30 10 17   66
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Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.629. 3-Point Goals:
4-21, .190 (Peral 1-1, Amonett 0-1, Braswell 2-8,
Rutland 1-6, Goolsby 0-5). Team rebounds: 6.
Blocked shots: 4 (Duncan 3, Peral). Turnovers: 12
(Allen 4, Rutland 3, Duncan 2, Amonett, Goolsby,
Woods). Steals: 1 (Rutland).
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Florida St         28   37  -   65
Wake Forest        33   33  -   66
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 23,250. Officials:
Rick Hartzell, Stephen Gordon, Felton Steed.

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