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Florida State Seminoles fall to N.C. State in ACC tournament

C.J. Williams tries to shoot over Florida State’s Xavier Gibson during N.C. State’s 58-52 win. With Miami also advancing, this is the first time the bottom two seeds have reached the ACC semis.

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C.J. Williams tries to shoot over Florida State’s Xavier Gibson during N.C. State’s 58-52 win. With Miami also advancing, this is the first time the bottom two seeds have reached the ACC semis.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Freshman Scott Wood scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to help N.C. State beat Florida State 58-52 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

Tracy Smith added 13 points for the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (19-14), including a critical jumper to beat the shot clock with about a minute left that helped protect a slim lead. It was the second upset in as many nights for N.C. State, which has won five of six games and is back in the semifinals for the first time since its unexpected run to the final three years ago.

N.C. State next faces seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, which upset No. 19 Maryland earlier Friday.

Solomon Alabi scored 13 for the third-seeded Seminoles (22-9), who did not recover after falling behind by nine midway through the second half.

N.C. State's win continued a wild week of upsets in Greensboro, where only No. 4 and top-seeded Duke is left among the high seeds:

• This is the first time in 17 season that three of the top four seeds were eliminated before the semifinals.

• This is first time ever that five of the top six are gone before the semifinals.

• This is the first time the bottom two seeds — 12th-seeded Miami also is still alive — have reached the semifinals.

Much of the credit for the Wolfpack's win goes to Wood, who torched the Seminoles in the first meeting and followed up with another hot-shooting performance against a team that featured the top two vote-getters on the league's all-defensive team. His six 3-pointers Friday were the most by an N.C. State player in the tournament.

Wood scored a season-high 31 and hit made 3s in the teams' first meeting, an 88-81 road win. That was one of three wins against ranked teams for the Wolfpack that hinted at how competitive it could be when things were going well (though its seven-game league losing streak sunk it near the bottom of the standings).

But N.C. State finished the regular season strong then upset sixth-seeded Clemson 59-57.

Now coach Sidney Lowe — yes, he wore that famous red blazer again — and his players are celebrating an even bigger win.

N.C. St. 58

FSU 52

Florida State Seminoles fall to N.C. State in ACC tournament 03/12/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 1:48am]

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