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Feb. 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Seventeen days after a lopsided loss at Wake Forest, the Florida State men's basketball team returned the favor Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
In a 76-62 win over the Demon Deacons (12-15, 5-10 Atlantic Coast Conference), FSU (15-13, 7-8) looked nothing like the team that dropped a 71-46 game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Feb. 9.
The 'Noles lost that game earlier this month because they couldn't rebound, couldn't consistently defend and couldn't hit their shots. This time around, that trio of negatives turned into a trio of positives.
After experiencing a minus-20 rebound margin in the loss, FSU grabbed 44 boards compared to Wake Forest's 21in the rematch. Just eight combined blocks and steals on the road last time; 16 combined blocks and steals at home this time. A 32.6-percent shooting clip didn't help in the first meeting; 48.9 percent shooting got the job done in the second matchup.
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