Jan. 26, 2005
By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Von Wafer scored 23 points Wednesday and Florida State
earned its first conference road win in nearly four years by beating North
Carolina State 70-64.
Al Thornton scored 12 points for the Seminoles (11-9, 3-4 Atlantic Coast
Conference), who had lost 26 straight road games in the league. Alexander
Johnson added 11 to give Florida State its first ACC road win since beating
Clemson 75-63 on March 3, 2001.
Julius Hodge scored 14 points for the Wolfpack (12-7, 2-4), which continued
its up-and-down ways in conference play. The Wolfpack has beaten Georgia Tech
and won at Maryland, but lost to league newcomers Virginia Tech and Miami.
Florida State shot 49 percent for the game and went 8-for-16 from 3-point
range. The Seminoles also hit 18 of 22 free throws.
The Seminoles trailed by eight with about 6 minutes left in the first half,
but used a 20-4 run before the break to take a 33-25 lead at halftime. Wafer
then scored eight quick points, hitting two 3-pointers and throwing down a slam
off a turnover to push that lead to 45-31 with 17:03 left.
The Wolfpack kept fighting, inching closer to the Seminoles as the clock
wound down into the final minutes. Trailing 65-57, Jordan Collins hit his only
3-pointer of the game, and Engin Atsur scored off a feed from Gavin Grant on
consecutive possessions to close the gap to three.
But the Wolfpack got no closer. Trailing 66-63 in the final seconds, Collins
airballed a 3 from the right wing, and Adam Waleskowski hit two free throws to
essentially seal it with 8.7 seconds left.
N.C. State didn’t help itself from the free-throw line. The Wolfpack hit 13
of 23 free throws, while Grant, Collins and Hodge combined to go 2-for-6 in the
Florida State controlled the first half, shooting 54 percent and holding the
Wolfpack to 8-for-26 shooting. Wafer scored 11 on 4-for-5 shooting, and
Waleskowski hit a long 3 just before the buzzer for the eight-point lead at the
N.C. State shot 54 percent in the second half, but couldn’t overcome that