RALEIGH, NC — Florida State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) is turning Tobacco Road into its own personal driveway.
The Seminoles beat North Carolina State 76-62 on Saturday, and that gave them victories against all four of the state’s Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the same season for the first time.
Ian Miller scored 17 points, Bernard James had 12 and Okaro White and Michael Snaer each finished with 10 to help Florida State (19-7, 10-2) improve to 4-0 against North Carolina’s four highest-profile programs.
The Seminoles will go for the sweep next Thursday when Duke (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) makes a return trip to Tallahassee.
“We’re not from Tobacco Road where everyone pays attention to basketball,” Snaer said. “There’s an added emotion. You’re up here, and you want to win every single game. All of the North Carolina teams are very strong, so talented, and we want to take the challenge.”
They never trailed, shot 49 percent, led by double figures for the entire second half, held NC State to 29 percent shooting — its worst of the season, by far — and forced 17 turnovers. That helped Florida State win its third straight and remain atop the league standings.