No. 20 Florida State 76, NC State 62

Feb. 18, 2012

The Noles’ won their third straight and remain No.1 in the ACC standings.

Just two nights after picking up a remarkable win against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles were back on the court against NC State, who were defeated by No.5 Duke after leading by as much as 20 points.

Florida State has now beating Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina making this the first time in program history that FSU defeated all four of the ACC’s North Carolina teams in the same season. The Seminoles now move to (19-7, 10-2), while the Wolfpack falls to (18-9, 7-5).

The Noles’ took a 10 point lead over the Wolfpack, and never looked back. FSU’s largest lead was 20 points at the 10:08 mark of the second half. They also kept a lead of 10 points throughout the second half.

FSU was led by North Carolina native Ian Miller in scoring with 17 points. He also finished one point shy of a career high.

Senior forward Bernard James grabbed a total of six rebounds for FSU.

C.J. Leslie led the Wolfpack in scoring with 21 points and nine rebounds. NC State shot 29.3 from the field, off of 17-of-58 shooting, compared to Florida State’s 49.1 percent.

“I’m disappointed,” said NC State head coach Mark Gootfried. “We all go to work sometimes and nothing goes your way, we were having one of those days. I didn’t think we were as mentally tough as we could have been.”

FSU will host No. 5 Duke in a sold out house, at the Donald L. Tucker Center Feb. 23. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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