Feb. 18, 2012
Miller led the Seminoles in scoring with 17 points — 11 of which came in the second half. The Charlotte, N.C. native hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to propel the ‘Noles into intermission.
Florida State maintained its first-place tie in the ACC with the win.
The Seminoles have four wins in four tries this season against NC State, UNC, Wake Forest and Duke. Prior to this year, FSU had never beaten all four in the same season.
FSU has now won 10 ACC games in a school-record four consecutive seasons.
The ‘Noles fourth-year seniors now have 89 wins to their credit — a total that is the most in school history. Luke Loucks has played in every one of those games.
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. — As far as basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference goes, the state of North Carolina is typically king.
But in an anything-but-common, record-breaking 2011-12 season for the Florida State men’s basketball team, the No. 20 Seminoles used their trip to Raleigh, N.C. to flip that logic — at least from a regular-season standpoint — on its ear Saturday against NC State.
In its impressive 76-62 win over the Wolfpack (18-9, 7-5 ACC) at the RBC Center, FSU (19-7, 10-2) has now defeated the four conference teams in the ACC — NC State, Duke, Wake Forest and UNC — in the same season for the first time in program history.
The ‘Noles had beaten three of those four programs in the same season in five separate years before this current campaign.
“We’re not from Tobacco Road where everyone pays attention to basketball,” FSU junior Michael Snaer said. “There’s an added emotion. You’re up here, and you want to win every single game. All of the North Carolina teams are very strong, so talented, and we want to take the challenge.”
FSU now hosts No. 5 Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center Feb. 23 with sole possession of first place in the ACC on the line (assuming Duke beats Boston College Sunday). The game is already sold out, helping set up and hype what will be one of the biggest college basketball contests in Tallahassee in FSU’s history.
Florida State propelled itself into the showdown with the Blue Devils and accomplished its record-breaking task Saturday by controlling the ballgame at NC State from start to finish. The ‘Noles never trailed and led by double figures the entire second half while holding the Wolfpack to a season-low 29.3 percent shooting.
NC State was just 25 percent from 3-point range, too, and had 18 turnovers. Leading scorer Scott Wood was held to just eight points on 1-of-11 shooting.
On the offensive end, North Carolina native Ian Miller’s 17 points guided an FSU team that turned the ball over just 14 times and shot 50 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.
“Being from North Carolina, it’s a big thing” to beat the four North Carolina schools, Miller said. “Not a lot of teams have done that. I’m loving it.”
Snaer and Okaro White scored 10 points apiece and Bernard James added 12 points. James was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and also registered four blocks and six rebounds. As a team, the Seminoles out-rebounded the Wolfpack 32-31 and their bench outscored NC State’s reserves, 37-8.
Both teams had played two nights earlier — the quickest non-tournament turnaround for the two this season.
Florida State struggled with fouls in the first half as Snaer, Deividas Dulkys, White, James and Xavier Gibson all picked up a pair of infractions in the first 20 points. As a result, NC State went to the line 18 times and made 13 of those shots — a total that was enough for half its points — in the opening frame.
Despite the Wolfpack’s large number of chances at the line, they were held to just 20 percent shooting in the opening frame by the ‘Noles and Miller hit a 3-pointer just a few minutes before the break as FSU took a 37-26 lead into halftime.
The Seminoles have now won at least 10 ACC games in a school-record four consecutive seasons. The win also gives FSU’s fourth-year seniors 89 victories to their credit — the most of any four-year players in school history.
Florida State’s game against Duke is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.