Jan. 29, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. (Seminoles.com) — The Florida State men’s basketball team fell to NC State, 74-70, Wednesday night in a tightly contested contested at RBC Arena.
FSU (13-7, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had trailed since the 4:27 mark of the first half but chipped away at the deficit before Ian Miller’s 3-pointer with 10:28 left in the game gave the visitors a 56-54 lead.
But the Wolfpack (14-7, 4-4) traded buckets the rest of the way and earned the win on a game-sealing put-back offensive rebound by Desmond Lee with nine second left.
Miller came off the bench to score 17 points for the `Noles, shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from long distance.
Okaro White led all FSU scorers with 20 points — three of which came on free throws in the final 2:37 — and seven rebounds. Aaron Thomas added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. True freshman Jarquez White finished with seven points.
For the game, FSU shot 42.9 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from long distance but once again were doomed from the free-throw line. A game after struggling from the charity stripe in a loss at Duke, the Seminoles were 15-of-26 from the free-throw line in Raleigh, N.C.
T.J. Warren paced NC State with 30 points on 21 shots. He added seven rebounds and three steals before fouling out in the second half.
Lee added 11 points, including that final critical basket in the final seconds.
The Wolfpack shot nearly 46 percent from the field while grabbing 37 rebounds compared to FSU’s 40.
FSU returns home to host Clemson Saturday at 3 p.m. FSU fans are encouraged to attend the FSU football team’s national championship celebration at noon inside Doak Campbell Stadium before making their way over to the Donald L. Tucker Center for the ACC showdown between the Seminoles and Tigers.