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Seminoles Edged By NC State, 58-53

Jan. 11, 2004


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By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Levi Watkins hit a 3-pointer with just over a
minute to go to put North Carolina State ahead to stay and help the Wolfpack
beat Florida State 58-53 on Sunday.

Al Thornton’s 3-pointer from the corner with 1:34 left capped a 9-0 run that
gave Florida State a 53-52 lead, its only advantage of the second half.
Watkins, who scored 13 points off the bench, gave the Wolfpack the lead back 25
seconds later.

After Watkins’ basket, Engin Atsur took the ball away from Florida State’s
Alexander Johnson – one of two Seminoles’ turnovers in the final 52 seconds.
Florida State then fouled Julius Hodge, who hit two free throws for a 57-53
lead with 27 seconds left.

Atsur hit another free throw with 13 seconds left to complete the scoring as
the Wolfpack won their 10th straight over Florida State dating back to Jan. 23,
1999.

N.C. State (9-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 30-25 at the half. Hodge
led the Wolfpack with 15 points, while Atsur had 11.

Anthony Richardson had 12 points and Tim Pickett had 10 on just 3-for-10
shooting for Florida State (12-3, 1-1), which was trying for only its second
2-0 ACC start in 13 years. The Seminoles have lost three of their last five
games, following a 10-0 start to the season.

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