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Recap: Wake Forest crushes Florida state 76-54

The Wake Forest men’s basketball team finally got to play an ACC game in front of the fans at home, and it looks like they enjoyed it quite a bit. The Deacs hit the Florida State Seminoles in the Joel, easily picking up their second conference victory of the season by a score of 76-54. The 22-point win is Wake’s first 20-point conference win since the Deacs defeated NC state 30 points in 2017 and their fifth ACC victory of more than 20 points in the last decade.

The big story of this game was the defense of Wake Forest. After allowing 92 points on 60% shots in the loss to Miami, it was pretty obvious Steve Forbes wasn’t happy with the Deacs’ defensive performance. It looks like the team got the memo, as against the Noles, Wake Forest gave up just 54 points and held on. Florida State at 15-62 shots from the ground (24%!) and 4-25 from beyond the arc (16%!). It’s quite a turnaround in just a few days. The defense was so good that Wake Forest missed a key starter, shot 45% from the ground and 26% from 3, and turned the ball over 22 times at Florida State 10, and ALWAYS won the game with 22 points. . It is quite impressive.

The Deacs were once again led by the dynamic duo of Alondes Williams and Jake LaRavia. Williams had another solid game with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He also had the most electric game of the night with this ridiculous dunk that knocked Eric Collins out of his mind.

LaRavia finished with a high 22 points on 6-9 shots from the ground and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He also played for the first 38 and a half minutes of that game without ever being substituted, which is really impressive for a player of his size. His ability to give the ball away at the break has been incredible so far this season.

The Deacs also received a significant contribution from Ole Miss transfer Khadim Sy, who finished with his first career double-double, scoring 16 points and capturing 10 rebounds. Sy provided a nice spark on the Wake Forest bench in the first half. When he entered the game the Deacs were down 3-9, when he retired they were leading 20-11.

The Deacs certainly didn’t play a perfect game in this one (I might have mentioned the 22 turnovers), but as long as they keep defending at a high level, they can win games where they’ve had to. hard to score or spin the ball too much. This is an encouraging sign for the future of the program. Wake Forest will return to Joel on Saturday to face the Syracuse Orange. Go the Deacs!