Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Experience Counts for FSU; Waleskowski and Wilson Help Seminoles Turn Back Virginia Tech

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Experience Counts for FSU; Waleskowski and Wilson Help Seminoles Turn Back Virginia Tech

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

TALLAHASSEE -- There's no substitute for experience.

That's a lesson Virginia Tech -- with just one senior on its roster -- will learn the hard way in its first season of Atlantic Coast Conference play.

It's been 12 seasons since Florida State last had a winning record in the ACC, but the Seminoles' decided experience edge paid off against the Hokies in Saturday's 77-70 win.

On a night when the Seminoles graciously contributed 28 turnovers, senior Adam Waleskowski and fifth-year junior Andrew Wilson quietly turned back the Hokies in their first league road game.

"To have seniors like [Waleskowski] and Wilson, those guys obviously don't jump as high or run as fast, but they enable those other guys to run and jump and make plays," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. "Coming into the game, I thought Waleskowski was their best player, and he did nothing to change that."

Waleskowski scored seven of his 13 points in the final 5:35, beginning with a 3-pointer that wiped out the Hokies' last lead and tied the game at 64-64.

Wilson, who finished with a season-high 10 points, put the Seminoles (9-6, 1-1 ACC) on top to stay with a driving layup to make it 66-64.

The duo was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

More importantly, they settled FSU down when junior point guard Todd Galloway was forced to sit out most of the second half with leg cramps.

"Throughout the start of the season in some of those losses, we let those teams hang around and they came back to bite us," Waleskowski said. "We had some points in the second half there where we got a little anxious on offense and were turning the ball over. I just wanted to calm the team down and let them know [the need] to stay under control and everything would work itself out."

The Seminoles needed all the calming the veterans could contribute as the Hokies turned the FSU turnovers into 25 points.

"If somebody would have told me we'd have forced 28 turnovers and outrebounded them, I thought we'd be in pretty good position to win the game," Greenberg said. …

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