Florida State cruises past Wake Forest
By BRENT KALLESTAD
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Deividas Dulkys snapped out of a month-and-a-half long shooting slump to score 16 points and Florida State rebounded from its worst loss of the season with a 85-61 victory over hapless Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
Florida State (16-6, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) twice had leads of 32 points in the second half.
Dulkys keyed a 12-0 run midway through the opening half that helped the Seminoles into a 31-19 lead at the break despite shooting just 31.9 percent.
Bernard James made 5 of 6 field goals and finished with 13 points while freshman Ian Miller and Michael Snaer added 11 points each and Derwin Kitchen 10 for the Seminoles, who were defeated by 18 points Saturday at Clemson.
Gary Clark's 16 points led Wake Forest (8-14, 1-6), which has lost 10 of its last 14 games, including four of its last five by 20 points or more. Clark hit 4 of 6 from 3-point distance.
Florida State had a 17-5 advantage on the offensive boards that translated to a 21-3 difference in second-chance points.
Dulkys, who had scored only 33 points in the last 10 games and lost his starting job, scored a pair of layups off steals during a 12-0 run that gave the Seminoles a 26-14 lead.
Wake Forest had tied the game at 14 on Gary Clark's 3-point basket with 9:40 left in the half. The Demon Deacons committed 15 turnovers and shot just 29.2 percent in the opening half.
Although Dulkys enjoyed his best night since mid-December, teammate Chris Singleton continued to struggle offensively. Singleton had a pair of field goals in 11 attempts against the Deacons and is now 9 of 42 in the last four games, scoring only 25 points.
Florida State's Terrance Shannon, who had replaced Dulkys in the starting lineup, missed Tuesday's game with a bone bruise on his left knee. Freshman Okaro White scored eight points and had a game-high four of Florida State's 16 steals.
Updated February 01, 2011