The ACC is largely regarded as the most tradition-rich conference in all of college basketball. One of its signature events is the ACC Tournament.
On this day 30 years, new member Florida State had the opportunity to play in its first ACC Tournament. The Seminoles made good on that opportunity with a 93-80 victory over NC State.
Setting the Stage
In its first season as a member of the ACC, FSU had captured the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Seminoles finished 11-5 in ACC play, were 19-8 and ranked No. 18 nationally as they arrived in Greensboro on March 13, 1992.
NC State was 12-17 and the No. 7 seed. For the Wolfpack to continue their season, they had no choice but to win. NC State had finished 6-10 in ACC play and was looking to avoid its third loss to FSU that season.
For a half, NC State stood toe-to-toe with FSU. The Wolfpack actually enjoyed a 37-30 lead with less than five minutes to play in the first half, but the Seminoles closed the frame on a 13-3 run.
Up 43-40 at halftime, the second half was less than six minutes old when FSU pushed the lead to double digits. The Seminoles led by as many as 20 in the second half and never by less than 13 over the final 13 minutes.
As a team, FSU shot a blistering-hot 64% from the field. NC State shot a respectable 46%, but turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.
Doug Edwards led six Seminoles in double figures with 21 points. Rodney Dobard added 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the win. Chuck Graham, Charlie Ward, Sam Cassell and Bob Sura tallied 14, 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Curtis Marshall led NC State with 20 points. Mark Davis and Tom Gugliotta each added 15 points for the Wolfpack in the loss.
FSU would go on to lose to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals, but went on to reach the Sweet 16 before falling to Indiana. NC State finished with a record of 12-18.
Since that contest, the Seminoles and Wolfpack have met five times in the ACC Tournament with NC State winning each of those matchups. FSU’s lone ACC Tournament win over NC State came in its first-ever ACC Tournament game and on this day three decades ago.