February 24, 1999
By CHRIS DUNCAN
Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – This was just the way N.C. State wanted to close
Adam Harrington broke out of a five-game slump with 22 points and North
Carolina State kept its NCAA hopes alive with a 71-63 win over Florida State
Wednesday night in the final regular-season men’s game played at the
Ron Hale scored 20 points to lead Florida State (12-15, 5-10 Atlantic Coast
Conference), which lost for the eighth time in nine games.
The Wolfpack (17-11, 6-9) led by 12 at halftime and pushed the lead to 18 in
the opening six minutes of the second half. But Florida State employed a
swarming full-court pressure to climb back into the game.
The Seminoles held N.C. State without a field goal for four minutes and Hale
hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line to cut the Wolfpack’s lead to
52-45 with 9:31 left.
Ron Anderson sank a 12-foot jumper 20 seconds later but Justin Mott hit two
free throws and Terrell Baker scored twice to draw Florida State within four at
The Wolfpack pushed the lead to eight over the next three minutes, sending
the raucous capacity crowd into a frenzy.
But Baker calmly made two free throws with 2:25 remaining to cut N.C.
State’s lead to six.
Kenny Inge, playing in his second game back from a one-game suspension,
missed an uncontested two-handed dunk that would’ve given the Pack an
eight-point lead with less than two minutes to play. But Ron Anderson scored on
a short jumper with 1:34 left to put the Pack up 65-57.
Damous Anderson scored inside with a minute left and Delvon Arrington sank
two free throws with 49.4 seconds left to trim the deficit to four.
But Florida State got no closer as Tim Wells, Harrington and Inge went 6 of
10 from the free-throw line in the final minute to keep the Seminoles at bay.
The Seminoles outrebounded N.C. State 34-22 in a 71-59 win on Jan. 23. But
the Wolfpack, inspired by the thunderous crowd, dominated the glass in the
first half Wednesday, posting a 32-14 edge on the boards by halftime.
N.C. State led for most of the first half but Oliver Simmons split two free
throws with 11:15 left to trim the lead to 17-14. But a short jumper by Anthony
Grundy a minute later started a 13-4 Wolfpack spurt.
Harrington had hit a combined 9-of-39 shots (23 percent) in N.C. State’s
last five games. But he scored eight points during the run, capping it with a
3-pointer from the right wing with 3:52 left in the half.
Hale sank a 3-pointer to draw Florida State within nine but Ron Kelley had
two baskets in the final 1:26 to restore the Wolfpack’s double-digit lead by
The Wolfpack finished with a 588-173 record at Reynolds, including a 189-134
mark against ACC foes.
After the game, Gov. Jim Hunt presented the game’s ball to former N.C. State
player Vic Bubas, who scored the first basket in Reynolds Coliseum 50 years
ago. The arena’s lights were then dimmed except for a lone spotlight and former
Wolfpack All-Americans David Thompson and Tom Burleson; Pam Valvano, the wife
of former N.C. State coach Jim Valvano, athletic director Les Robinson, current
Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek and former N.C. State coach Norm Sloan passed a ball
among them to loud cheers. Sloan banked in a lay-up amid a barrage of flashing
The Wolfpack will move into a $158 million arena about four miles from
Reynolds Coliseum next season. The Wolfpack men’s team will share the still
unfinished arena with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes next season.
The N.C State women’s basketball team will continue to play its home games