Wake misses win when free throw streak ends


Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:36 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- What a time to miss.

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After making an NCAA-record 50 consecutive free throws, Wake Forest's top free throw shooter missed -- with the game tied at 76 and 4 seconds left.

And Florida State didn't give the third-ranked Demon Deacons another chance -- winning 91-83 in overtime.

"That was a moment where I was probably a little concerned," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They had hit what, 50 straight free throws."

But Taron Downey missed after being fouled while making a desperation 3-pointer.

Downey was surprised that Florida State's Ralph Mims was whistled for the foul.

"It felt good when it left my hand," Downey said. "But you know, it happens like that sometimes."

Wake Forest (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) made 32 straight Saturday in a 95-82 win over North Carolina and its first 18 Tuesday night before Downey's miss.

Wake Forest's 50 straight free throws eclipsed the mark of 49 set in 1991 by Indiana State.

"They'd already set a record," Hamilton mused. "It was time to start another one."

Todd Galloway scored nine straight points in overtime and finished with a career-high 21 to help Florida State snap Wake Forest's 10-game winning streak with a 91-83 victory Tuesday night.

Von Wafer scored 25 of his career-high 30 points in the first half as Florida State (10-8, 2-3) twice opened 19-point leads on its way to a 46-32 lead at halftime.

"We've talked about him for two days," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "He's a time bomb. Our players were cognizant of that."

Prosser wanted his team to keep Wafer from getting the ball.

"I haven't seen a guy yet score without the ball," Prosser said.

Wafer was 6-of-8 from 3-point range and 9-of-13 overall in the first half. He was one of three Seminoles who had career highs in the game.

"You've got to stop somebody and we couldn't stop anybody," Prosser said.

Al Thornton and Galloway took up the slack after Wafer cooled.

Galloway scored nine points in just over 2 minutes to give the Seminoles an 89-80 lead with 37 seconds left.

Thornton scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, including Florida State's first four of the overtime, and finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.

"We needed that type of effort from them and they all came through," Hamilton said.

Chris Paul scored 29 points, just one shy of his career high, Downey added 21 and Eric Williams had 18 for Wake Forest.

Paul was 9-of-14 from the field, made 10 straight free throws and led his team with nine rebounds.

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