Feb. 24, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Al Thornton put up 17 points in the final regular season home game of his college career as Florida State defeated North Carolina State 78-52 on Saturday.
Thornton, Florida State’s season scoring leader, also started the day as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s second-leading scorer with 19.3 points per game.
Gavin Grant had 15 and Brandon Costner 14 for N.C. State.
Florida State broke a five-game losing streak and breathed some life back into its flickering NCAA tournament hopes by improving to 18-11 (6-9 ACC). N.C. State (14-13, 4-10) lost its second straight game and fifth of its last six.
The Seminoles have one more ACC game left at Miami on March 3 before the conference tournament.
Thornton opened the game with a dunk as Florida State took a 10-2 lead. The Seminoles led 39-21 at the half.
Thornton’s last basket was a 3-pointer with less than two minutes left. Coach Leonard Hamilton then removed Thornton and Florida State’s only other senior, Jerel Allen, to rousing applause. Allen scored eight points in only his second start of the season.
The Seminoles again played without starting point guard and second-leading scorer Toney Douglas, who now has missed five games with a fractured hand.
North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe left the floor briefly in the second half but returned a few minutes later. He had been unable to coach the second half of the Wolfpack’s loss to North Carolina on Wednesday, going to a hospital to be treated for dehydration.