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Deacons let it get away in final minute

1/26/2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Pickett's second strong finish made
some history for Florida State.

The Seminoles, with Pickett again having a big second half, beat
No. 10 Wake Forest 75-70 on Sunday, giving them consecutive wins
over Top Ten teams for the first time in school history.

He scored all of his 18 points after halftime Sunday and Florida
State made six straight free throws over the final 45 seconds to
hand the Demon Deacons' their fourth straight loss.

Last Thursday, Pickett scored 22 points after halftime to spark
the Seminoles to a 90-81 overtime victory over No. 7 North
Carolina.

Up next is No. 1 Duke on Thursday.

"In all my years of coaching I've never been part of a scenario
where your team is on the rise and you play the 10th, the seventh,
then have a chance to go play the No. 1-ranked team," Florida
State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "You have to be realistic where
we are. We're still a team that's developing, that's trying to move
our program to a program of significance in the ACC as well as on a
national basis."

Wake Forest (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), has reached
those levels, but the Demon Deacons added a loss to the list that
included Texas, Duke and Georgia Tech.

"What we're doing ... works for 39 minutes," Wake Forest coach
Skip Prosser said. "It would be nice if it worked for 40.

"We've had a good two months and a bad two weeks," Prosser
said. "We can't languish in it."

Pickett's 3-pointer with 1:17 left pulled Florida State (14-5,
3-3) within 70-69 and his two free throws with 2 seconds left
clinched it.

"One of our goals was not to let Pickett beat us," Prosser
said. "He obviously made several big shots."

Todd Galloway's first points of the game, two free throws with
45 seconds remaining, gave the Seminoles their first lead of the
second half at 71-70.

In a game similar to Thursday's win, the Seminoles scored the
final eight points Sunday with Pickett doing much of the damage.

"I don't get down on myself," said Pickett, who sat most of
the first half after picking up an early second foul. "I just
cheered my teammates on."

Nate Johnson and Adam Waleskowski kept Florida State in the game
during the first half, combining for 26 of the team's 36 points as
Pickett went scoreless. Johnson hit all four of his 3-point
attempts while Waleskowski contributed 12 points and five rebounds.

"Everything was falling," Waleskowski said. "I was picking up
some garbage baskets."

Johnson led all scorers with 19 points while Waleskowski
finished with a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

"It was one of those games when the first couple go down and
you feel like you can't miss," Johnson said.

Freshman Chris Paul led Wake Forest with 17 points, while Eric
Williams added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kyle Visser, who
fouled out in the final minute with 12 points, had scored Wake
Forest's final basket with on a tip-in with 4:23 left.

"We had to put two guys on him to slow him up a little bit,"
Hamilton said of Paul. "I'm not real sure any one guy could
contain a guy with that kind of speed and quickness."

The Demon Deacons led by as many as eight points on three
occasions in the second half, the last time at 63-55 with 9:16 left
on a Williams' free throw.

Waleskowski and Pickett each added two free throws in the final
18 seconds to seal the win.