The game was ugly. The refs let both sides mug each other. The 'Noles normally average offensive attack couldn't do much against the Deacons, but FSU did do some things very well.
Despite being largely unable to set up its offense, FSU did a nice job scoring in the fast break game. I counted 10+ fast break points. The 'Noles made only 11 of its 36 non-fast break shots. But the 'Noles got to the line really often and while FSU didn't shoot lights out from the charity stripe, it made up for the lack of marksmanship by increasing its opportunities. FSU also did a nice job of not turning the ball over at an outrageous rate. And they took the ball from Wake really often. Throw in winning the battle of the boards despite a great defensive effort from Wake's Alfred Aminu, and a slightly better shooting night from the Deacons, and Florida State did enough to win in the end.
The 'Noles were led by freshmen Michael Snaer's fast break effort, Chris Singleton's superb defense, and a very efficient night by Xavier Gibson. And that defense. Just wow. Playing consistent defense helps teams win close games and FSU is now 7-2 in games decided by two shots or less (6 points).
FSU plays at Miami this Saturday and will have a shot to win 10 ACC games in back to back years, something it hadn't done in more than 10 years.