Florida St. 59, No. 5 Wake Forest 55
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Kerry Thompson scored a career-high 21 points Saturday, including three crucial free throws in the final 43 seconds, as Florida State upset No. 5 Wake Forest 59-55 despite Tim Duncan’s 25th double-double of the season.
Florida State’s win also gave idle Duke the regular-season championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke (23-6, 12-3) takes a two-game lead into its regular-season finale Sunday at North Carolina.
Thompson’s driving layup with 5:28 left gave the Seminoles the lead for good at 46-45. The junior college transfer from New York finished 8-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
Randell Jackson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Seminoles, who have defeated three conference opponents this season when they were ranked in the Top 10. Kirk Luchman added 11 rebounds as the Seminoles managed a 38-37 rebound advantage.
Duncan scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to record the 82nd double-double in his career. Duncan has 2,013 points and 1,505 rebounds _ becoming just the fourth player in the last 25 years to surpass 1,500 rebounds. However, he missed four straight free throws down the stretch that hampered the Demon Deacons’ comeback bid.
Florida State (16-10, 6-10) took a 21-8 lead in the first half as Wake Forest (22-5, 11-5) managed only three field goals in the first 11:15 of the game. The teams will meet again Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Florida State’s six conference wins is its most since the 1993-94 season.
Wake Forest took its first lead of the game midway through the second half at 37-36 on a 3-pointer by Joe Amonett. The Demon Deacons led on just two other occasions, the last time at 45-44.
Tony Rutland had 12 points for the Demon Deacons, who shot just 37.9 percent.