Jan. 8, 2002
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. – The euphoria over beating Duke lasted 48 hours for
Florida State. Then it was back to reality for the Seminoles.
Florida State missed 12 of its first 14 shots and committed 21 turnovers as
North Carolina State built a big early lead en route to a 77-62 victory Tuesday
Anthony Grundy led the Wolfpack (12-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) with
15 of 18 points in the second half, while Marcus Melvin and Julius Hodge added
12 each as N.C. State beat Florida State for the sixth straight time.
Monte Cummings led the Seminoles (8-6, 1-2) with 23 points, while Anthony
Richardson added a season-high 19. Antwuan Dixon, who had scored in double
figures 10 times this season, was held to a season-low two points while
battling foul trouble.
Both teams were coming off surprising wins over top 5 clubs. The Wolfpack
won Saturday at then-No. 4 Virginia, while the 17-point underdog Seminoles
edged top-ranked Duke 77-76 at home Sunday night.
But the Seminoles fell behind by 16 points with 3:52 left in the first
period and never could recover, failing to win their fifth straight for the
first time since the 1996-97 season.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack improved to 2-1 in the ACC for just the second time
in Herb Sendek’s six seasons, using a 3-point barrage over a span of 4:11 in
the first half to build its working margin.
Archie Miller made three straight 3-pointers during N.C. State’s 17-6 run
that turned the game, including two in a span of eight seconds at the end of
the spurt as the Wolfpack went up 32-16. Hodge and Melvin also made shots from
behind the arc in the run.
The Seminoles closed a 10-point halftime lead to eight three times, the last
with 1:01 left on a Richardson 3-pointer, but Grundy made two free throws and a
fastbreak layup after a steal to help seal it.
Florida State made a combined 27-of-60 3-pointers during its four-game
winning streak, but was 3-for-12 behind the arc against the ACC’s best