Jan. 18, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – North Carolina State needed someone to step up against conference rival Florida State to earn its first road win of the season.
On Saturday, it was junior forward Marcus Melvin, who scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack to a 70-63 win over the Seminoles.
N.C. State (9-4 overall, 2-1) needed Melvin’s contribution after sophomore standout Julius Hodge, who came in tied for the ACC scoring lead at 17.5 points per game, recorded only 3 points in the first half. Hodge broke out after the break, however, and even eventually eclipsed Melvin, scoring a team-high 22.
Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said he’s been hoping to get more production from Melvin, who entered the game averaging 12.5 points and six rebounds.
“We need Marcus to play well (because) our frontcourt is a little depleted now,” Sendek said. “He just went out and played tremendous tonight.”
Hodge hit 1-of-5 shots from the field and added a free throw in the first half. But he shot 6-of-13 from the field and was 9-of-10 from the line after the break.
It was the Wolfpack’s eighth straight win over the Seminoles, who suffered from miscues on offense. They committed 12 turnovers and N.C. State took advantage, scoring 21 of its points off those giveaways.
Florida State also was doomed by poor shooting in the second half. Though they trailed only 32-30 at the break, the Seminoles never were able to tie the score, much less take the lead. In the second half, they hit just 10-of-26 shots from the field – 4-of-14 from three-point range – and were 9-of-17 from the line.
“In the second half, we just couldn’t seem to make shots,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. “When plays needed to be made, N.C. State made more plays than we did … They made shots at critical times.”
Florida State’s last win in the series was in January 1999. No current Wolfpack player has ever lost to Florida State.