Feb. 2, 2000
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Damien Wilkins scored 19 points, Anthony Grundy added
17 and North Carolina State held Florida State to 33 percent shooting en route
to a 68-58 victory Wednesday night.
The Wolfpack (15-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 14-0 at home
– its longest streak since winning 17 in a row in Reynolds Coliseum from
The Seminoles (8-11, 3-5) have now lost five of their last six after getting
off to a 2-0 ACC start. Ron Hale, fourth in the ACC in scoring at 17.4 points a
game, scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
Wilkins came into the game shooting 27.8 percent from the field in seven ACC
games, but the freshman was 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from the foul
The Seminoles trailed by 11 at the half, but closed to six early in the
second period before a 16-footer and baseline drive by Grundy gave N.C. State a
47-34 lead with eight minutes left.
N.C. State closed out the game 2 1/2 minutes later by forcing two turnovers
that resulted in a Wilkins layup and a 3-pointer by Justin Gainey for a
17-point lead. The Wolfpack also made 10 of 12 free throws over the final 1:33.
The Wolfpack made four 3-pointers during a 19-3 first-half run that turned a
two-point deficit into a 27-13 lead 3:34 before intermission. Reserve Archie
Miller started and ended the run with long-range shots while Damon Thornton
came up with three blocks on defense.
Florida State’s worst first half of the season ended with 2-for-13 shooting
with five turnovers over the final 13 minutes as Hale managed just four points.
At one point, the Seminoles had one field goal in an 11-minute span.
The previous first-half low point total for the Seminoles was 21 against
Seton Hall in the seventh game of the season.