For the first time under Leonard Hamilton, the Florida State Seminoles finished with sole possession of third place in the ACC, thanks to a 72-62 road win over the N.C. State Wolfpack. The win also guaranteed the 'Noles trip to the big dance for the third consecutive season. Florida State held the lead for almost the entire game, only briefly relinquishing it in the second half before taking it back for good.
Senior Guard Derwin Kitchen paced the Seminoles with 17 points and added 13 rebounds, once again showing his prowess on the glass. FSU still had more turnovers than assists, but had an extremely efficient night shooting from inside the arc. The 'Noles were an incredible 24-43 from inside the arc, but just 4 of 16 from three. Even without star Chris Singleton (sidelined with a foot injury), it was enough to beat a listless Wolfpack squad.
Despite the third-place finish, this FSU team isn't considerably better than any recent 'Nole team. But in a down year for the conference, FSU was not down and its consistent effort and tenacious defense was good enough for the third-place finish and an 11-5 ACC record. That finish gives Florida State a well-earned bye in the ACC tournament and more time for Chris Singleton to heal.
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