Thursday, March 13, 2008

FLORIDA STATE 70, WAKE FOREST 60

Jason Rich scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half Thursday to lead Florida State past Wake Forest 70-60 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Ralph Mims added 16 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (19-13), who shot 45 percent to win their league tournament opener for the second straight year. Once again, their reward is a quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded North Carolina on Friday.

Jeff Teague scored 15 points to lead Wake Forest (17-13), which trailed almost the entire way after winning both regular-season meetings by an average of 12.5 points.

Rich almost single-handedly put the game away by scoring 15 of Florida State's 17 points -- including 10 straight -- during one 4 1/2 minute stretch midway through the second half.


Florida State guard Jason Rich (25) shoots over Wake Forest's David Weaver, bottom, and James Johnson, right, in the second half of their the ACC basketball tournament quarterfinal game at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 13, 2008. Rich scored 21 points as Florida State won 70-60. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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