Dec 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Kevin Martin scored eight of his game-high 19
points in the final 4:19 to lead a 26-9 finish Saturday that carried Western
Carolina to a 79-69 upset win at Florida State.
It was the first Western Carolina victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference
team in 21 seasons and just its second in 36 tries. The win also ended an
18-game road losing streak.
“We were due,” said Western Carolina’s Willie Freeman, who chipped in with
11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds that helped the Catamounts to a 43-40
advantage against the Seminoles. “It proved we can win on the road and beat an
Martin had 10 rebounds while Cory Largent added 13 points and Kori Hatcher a
dozen for the Catamounts (4-3), who have their other victories this year over
Emmanuel, Toccoa Falls and Tennessee Wesleyan.
A dunk by Florida State’s Monte Cummings with 7:55 left gave the Seminoles
(3-3) a 60-53 lead, but their frigid shooting caught up with them.
A pair of free throws by Kelvin Wylie gave West Carolina the lead for good
at 66-65 with 1:50 left in the game.
The Catamounts shot 45.5 percent for the game and hit 9 of 17 shots from
beyond the 3-point arc.
Florida State, which was shooting just 42.8 percent going into the game,
made just 36 percent of its shots, and only 23.3 percent from 3-point range.
Delvon Arrington led the Seminoles with 12 points and Trevor Harvey added 10
off the bench. Arrington, however, was only 5 of 14 from the floor and 2 of 9
from 3-point range.
The Seminoles step into league play in their next game, Dec. 19, at Wake