Vassell helps ‘Noles survive fouls, Wake

Florida State picked up its second ACC road victory in five days. And now the well-traveled Seminoles get a break.

Devin Vassell scored 17 points and had five assists while Trent Forrest had 12 points and 10 assists as Florida State held off Wake Forest 78-68 on Wednesday night.

No. 10 FSU (14-2, 4-1 ACC) knocked off Louisville on Saturday and then traveled to Wake Forest to fight through for a victory in a foul-plagued game. Wake Forest has made teams pay by getting to the free-throw line, and the Demon Deacons shot 24 of 32 to keep the game close.

FSU was in a pinch early as the fouls racked up and freshman center Balsa Koprivica was out due to injury. Coach Leonard Hamilton looked down the bench to walk-on forward Harrison Prieto to play 10 minutes, and he delivered with four points and two rebounds.

The Seminoles were still able to use their trademark defense to help them. FSU had 10 steals, with four by Forrest and three by Malik Osborne, while Vassell had three blocks.

After opening the season with a road loss to Pittsburgh, the Seminoles have now won four straight in the ACC – picking up home wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech along with the road wins over Louisville and Wake.

And FSU has now won its 10th game of the year by 10 or more points.

Brandon Childress had 20 points and five assists for Wake Forest (8-6, 1-3). Childress was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Now the Seminoles can rest up without a game this weekend. FSU next plays at home against No. 18 Virginia on Jan. 15.


  1. Dan

    Great win…these are the type of games that are traps. Get rested, healed and soldier on. Looks like the ACC is up for grabs this year. UVA is very beatable. UNC is a hot mess. FSU, Louisville and Duke are the top three. That being said all the ACC teams can beat anyone on any given night. Road wins are huge. Go Noles.

  2. Bob Ferrante

    I agree. Ariya and I mentioned this on the podcast – it felt like a trap game. Especially with Balsa out, foul trouble inflicted by Wake and some (ahem) questionable whistles from the crew. And I had to smile at a walk-on forward getting 10 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble for Dominik and Malik. Harrison Prieto is a big reason why they got that win. Love seeing walk-on contributions.

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