National Basketball Association
Florida State 89, NC State 76
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 5, 2022
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida
Officials: # Ron Groover, # Tommy Morrissey, # Jemel Spearman
Attendance: 8845

Caleb Mills scored 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting to lead host Florida State to an 89-76 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Tallahassee, Fla.

Mills led a signature balanced scoring effort for the Seminoles (17-13, 10-10 ACC), who won their third consecutive game and will be the No. 8 seed in next week's ACC tournament.

Terquavion Smith led NC State (11-20, 4-16) with a game-high 30 points as the Wolfpack are now in the midst of their first 20-loss season in program history. The loss meant NC State finished in last place in the ACC standings.

With Matthew Cleveland back from a non-COVID illness after missing Wednesday's win against Notre Dame, and Anthony Polite (wrist) also back in its lineup for the second consecutive game, a suddenly much healthier Florida State squad is picking up some momentum as it approaches the postseason.

It showed Saturday as the Seminoles led by as many as 17 points and never trailed.

Five Seminoles scored in double figures and seven players scored at least seven points. Florida State shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 8 for 22 from 3-point range, and had its reserves outscore NC State's bench 53-4.

Polite finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Cleveland and John Butler each had 11 points. Tanor Ngom had 10 points and seven rebounds and RayQuan Evans had 10 a career-best assists.

Jericole Hellems finished with 21 points and seven rebounds for the Wolfpack and Dereon Seabron had 17 points despite struggling from the field with 3-of-12 shooting).

NC State kept itself in the game by shooting 11 for 25 from 3-point range, led by five triples apiece from Hellems and Smith. But the Seminoles dominated in the paint outscoring the Wolfpack 42-22.

Florida State will next play No. 9 seed Syracuse on Wednesday in the second round of the ACC tournament. NC State enters the tournament as the No. 15 seed and will play 10th-seeded Clemson on Tuesday in the first round.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NC State   Florida State
Terquavion Smith 30 Scoring Caleb Mills 19
Dereon Seabron 5 Assists Rayquan Evans 10
Jaylon Gibson 8 Rebounds Anthony Polite 10
Dereon Seabron 10 Free Throws Made Tanor Ngom 6
Casey Morsell 2 Steals Anthony Polite 2
Jericole Hellems 2 Blocks John Butler 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
NC State 76 39.0 11-25 19-26 6 28 3 3 8
Florida State 89 51.6 8-22 17-21 21 38 9 6 8