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Florida State Seminoles beat N.C. State Wolfpack 76-62

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florida State is turning North Carolina into its personal driveway.

The No. 20 Seminoles beat N.C. State 76-62 on Saturday, giving them wins against all four of the state's ACC schools in the same season for the first time.

Ian Miller scored 17 and Bernard James 12 for FSU (19-7, 10-2), which goes for the sweep Thursday at home against No. 5 Duke.

"We're not from Tobacco Road, where everyone pays attention to basketball," said Michael Snaer, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer beat Duke on Jan. 21 and who scored 10 on Saturday. "There's an added emotion."

Miller, a native of Charlotte, N.C., finished one point shy of a career high.

"Being from North Carolina, it's a big thing (to sweep) Tobacco Road," he said. "I'm loving it."

The Seminoles held the Wolfpack (18-9, 7-5) to 29 percent shooting, forced 17 turnovers and led by double digits for the entire second half. They remain tied with North Carolina atop the ACC and a half-game ahead of Duke, which plays Boston College tonight.

"We have to accept the fact that if you want to play in the greatest show on Earth, then you better toughen up and you better man up, pal," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "Teams that get to play in March are mentally tough enough to withstand most things. We're not there."

Wolfpack legends tossed: Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani, whose numbers are retired by N.C. State, were ejected from their seats behind the scorer's table with about 6½ minutes left. Corchiani tweeted that the official, Karl Hess, "didn't like fact Googs and I told him he was having a bad day, inconsistent, and telling the truth." Hess declined comment.

No. 20 FSU 76

N.C. State 62

Florida State Seminoles beat N.C. State Wolfpack 76-62 02/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:22pm]
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