TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Wake Forest had made an NCAA-record number of free throws, but it was the one it missed that cost it dearly.
Von Wafer, Al Thornton and Todd Galloway had career highs in points as Florida State got out to a big lead and held on for a 91-83 overtime victory over No. 3 Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference thriller.
Trailing, 76-73, Wake's Taron Downey drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4.3 seconds left in regulation and was fouled by Ralph Mims.
However, Downey missed the free throw - the first after the Demon Deacons had set an NCAA record of 50 straight made free throws over two games.
A 40-foot desperation shot by Thornton at the buzzer was short.
The Seminoles (10-8, 2-3 ACC), who had lost their three conference games by a combined five points, took control early in the overtime on two baskets by Thornton and three by Galloway for an 87-80 lead with 53 seconds left.
The win was the eighth for Florida State over a ranked team at home in the last three years.
Wake was 32-of-32 from the line in Saturday's win against North Carolina and made its first 18 shots in this one to set the record.
Thornton scored 18 of his 24 points and Galloway tallied 11 of his 19 after intermission. Wafer scored 25 of his 30 in the first half to help the Seminoles take a 46-32 advantage into the break.
Wafer made 9-of-13 shots, including 6-of-8 from the arc, in the first half for the Seminoles, who connected on 60 percent in the opening 20 minutes (18-of-30). He sank three 3-pointers in the first four minutes and scored Florida State's last 11 points heading into the break.
Thornton finished 10-of-20 from the floor and added 10 rebounds. Galloway shot 8-of-11 for Florida State, which shot 50 percent (33-of-66) for the game.
Chris Paul led the Demon Deacons (15-2, 4-1) with 29 points, one shy of his career high, and added nine rebounds and six assists. He was 9-of-14 from the floor and made all 10 of his shots from the line. Downey scored 21 points and Eric Williams added 18.
Downey, who was 5-of-7 from the arc in his highest scoring game of the season, picked up the slack for Justin Gray, who shot 3-of-16. Gray, who came into the game shooting 17-of-32 from the arc in conference play, missed 11-of-12 in this one.
Trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Demon Deacons chipped away and drew even at 69-69 with 6:16 left on a 6-0 run that included two free throws off a technical foul and a fast-break layup by Chris Paul.
But the Seminoles responded when point guard Galloway made two layups and Thornton split a pair of free throws for a 74-69 lead with 2:45 remaining.