WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Wake Forest added to Florida State's road woes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Justin Gray scored a career-high 31 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining, as the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons staged a huge rally to claim a 90-87 overtime victory over the Seminoles.
"Florida State brought out the best in us," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "But it felt like we were a salmon trying to swim upstream. Florida State is an NCAA team. It's obvious."
Wake Forest (18-6, 8-5 ACC) was down by as many as 17 points in the first half and trailed, 60-45, midway through the second half. But the Demon Deacons scored the final nine points of regulation, tying the game, 75-75, on Gray's free throw with 1:19 to go.
The Seminoles (18-10, 6-8) led virtually the entire game before suffering their 23rd straight ACC road loss.
Wake Forest went to a fullcourt press in the final minutes, forcing turnovers on Florida State's final six possessions of regulation.
"We haven't pressed a lot recently, so they may not have been ready for it," Gray said. "We pressed early in the season and went back to it tonight."
Wake Forest took the lead for good, 86-83, on Gray's 3-pointer. Nate Johnson's two free throws pulled Florida State within 88-87 with 4.9 seconds left but freshman Chris Paul, who added 21 points, hit a pair from the line four-tenths of a second later.
The Demon Deacons, who committed 20 turnovers, escaped with the victory when Seminoles freshman Von Wafer's 30-footer caromed off the rim at the buzzer.
"In the middle of the second half, we had too many empty possessions," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "The significant thing that made the difference was their defensive intensity."
Wake Forest posted its fifth straight victory and avenged a 75-70 loss at Florida State on January 25.
"Our crowd would not die tonight," Prosser said. "They were like Brucey Willis in 'Die Hard.' They kept fighting and kept the game going. The crowd has changed a lot since my first year. There used to not be enough people to start a fight, and look at them now. They are electric."
The Seminoles built a 47-34 halftime lead, hitting 7-of-14 3-pointers in the first half, including 4-of-6 by Tim Pickett, who scored 16 points in the opening half.
But the Demon Deacons shut down Florida State's leading scorer in the second half, holding him to just seven points after the intermission.