Florida St. rallies past Wake Forest 67-60

The Associated Press
Florida St. rallies past Wake Forest 67-60
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Wake Forest's Tyler Cavanaugh, right, knocks the ball from Florida State's Aaron Thomas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Ian Miller came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, and Florida State overcame a 16-point first half deficit to defeat Wake Forest 67-60 on Saturday night.

Aaron Thomas added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Seminoles (15-10, 6-7 ACC), who registered their first road win since posting a 63-53 victory at Miami on Jan. 15.

Despite Thomas' efforts, it was Miller who made timely plays to lead FSU. His 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining gave Florida State a 61-55 advantage and sent the fans toward the exits.

The Seminoles needed every bit of Miller's heroics. Florida State had lost five of its previous six games before today's game and badly needed a victory to keep its fledgling NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

In the opening stages, it appeared FSU's recent struggles were only going to continue.

Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8 ACC) took control with a 12-0 run, as guard Coron Williams scored seven quick points to push the Deacons to a 21-6 lead. The advantage grew to as many as 16 points at 24-8 on a Tyler Cavanaugh 3-pointer.

Florida State responded, getting back to within six points at 29-23 by halftime, thanks to a 12-2 run sandwiched around a momentum-altering technical foul called on the Deacons' Devin Thomas. The Seminoles took their first lead at 39-37 on a Devon Bookert jumper and held on down the stretch.

Williams led Wake Forest with 18 points and three assists. Cavanaugh and forward Travis McKie added 14 points each for the Demon Deacons, who lost their fifth-consecutive game and third in a row at home.