GREENSBORO, N. C. -- Quick halftime thoughts from Florida State 28, North Carolina State 25:
The Seminoles are a formidable defensive team. Forward Chris Singleton has extremely quick hands and can guard players from the perimeter to the paint. And 7-foot-1 center Solomon Alabi provides a long deterrent to all who attack the rim. Alabi also gave FSU an offensive lift with 11 points, making 5 of 6 free throws. He's raised his free-throw percentage from 56 percent as a freshman to 68 percent as a sophomore to 80 percent as a junior.
But the third-seeded Seminoles don't have much in the way of firepower or solid ball handlers, which tends to keep opponents in the game. Eleven of their 16 ACC games were decided by single digits, and this one appears to be headed in the same direction.
NC State sharpshooter Scott Wood, a freshman appropriately from Indiana, knocked down three 3-point jumpers to keep the Wolfpack close. He missed a wide-open look at the buzzer that could have tied the game -- his only miss of the first half. Wood hit seven 3s and scored 31 points when the two teams met during the regular season.
The teams combined for 24 first-half turnovers and 43 shots. Sloppy.