FSU uses second-half push to down NC State

First half Florida State wasn’t aggressive.

Second half Florida State was attacking.

M.J. Walker scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Patrick Williams added 12 points as Florida State pulled away in the second half to defeat NC State 67-61 on Saturday.

Devin Vassell had 11 points and six rebounds and Malik Osborne added nine points and 12 rebounds for the Seminoles (23-4, 13-3 ACC), who have won three straight games.

“This time of year for our team, you’d like to think that you’re growing and maturing and adjusting to the things that are going on on the court,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought our guys responded very well in the locker room. We wanted to be more aggressive.”

NC State led 32-27 at the half. But FSU opened the half by making 10 of 17 shots.

The Seminoles have typically used their depth to wear out teams in the second half. It happened again as FSU used the full roster while NC State utilized seven players for most of the game.

Williams added six rebounds as FSU out rebounded the Wolfpack 39-34.

FSU shot just 10 of 27 (37 percent) in the first half as Trent Forrest and Walker were in foul trouble. But the Seminoles were red-hot coming out of the half and put away NC State, which had upset No. 6 Duke on Wednesday.

NC State’s Markell Johnson was held to seven points on 3 of 10 shooting. DJ Funderburk fouled out with nine points as the Wolfpack.

FSU has a short turnaround and will play No. 11 Louisville at home on Monday at 7 p.m. (ESPN).

ACC Tournament seed

The ACC stated that FSU has secured a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament and the double bye into the quarterfinals, a luxury that will keep the Seminoles rested.

Forrest honored

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced a list of 50 student-athletes who have been selected as 2020 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients. Among those were FSU guard Trent Forrest, swimming and diving standout Ayla Bonniwell and cross country/track star Shanice Love.


  1. Melanie McCullough Reply

    This is a fun team. Beat Louisville!

  2. Dan Densmore Reply

    That was a huge win….up next

  3. Jerry Kutz Reply

    There is an answer for a lot of questions on this team.

  4. Jason Franza Reply

    I continue to be impressed with our boys’ ability to respond to adversity, in the most hostile environments. Raleigh is not the easiest place to win a ball game, but this team just consistently believes that it will not be denied. We played together, and made some incredibly high-basketball IQ decisions late in the game.

    Locking up the double bye in the conference tourney is big. That extra rest has always proven to be beneficial, especially since the tournament expanded to Tuesday play.

    Can’t wait to be back in Tally for the BC finale and then cheering on our guys right here in Greensboro!

    Go Noles!

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