COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Florida State Upsets North Carolina, 86-74
It didn’t take long for Florida State to show it will be a force in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Seminoles, with two players sitting out suspensions, got 22 points from Sam Cassell and surprised fifth-ranked North Carolina, 86-74, Sunday in their first ACC game.
“We said we had a game plan we felt could really work,” Florida State Coach Pat Kennedy said. “And it did. We just tried to make the kids believe it.”
Florida State (4-1) snapped North Carolina’s six-game winning streak by running up a big lead, holding it through much of the second half and then staving off a final run by the Tar Heels (6-1).
Smith’s father, Alfred, 93, died in a Raleigh, N.C., hospital before the game of pneumonia and a heart attack. Dean Smith was told of his father’s attack and was advised by his wife after the game that his father was dead.
Jordy Lyden scored 31 points as Oregon (3-2) beat East Tennessee State, 98-83, in the NCAA Ball Tournament at Tokyo. . . . Phil Lott and Bert Woodard sparked a 20-4 spurt late in the first half and Hawaii (4-2) scored an 85-65 victory over McNeese State (3-3) in the championship game of the Early Season Tournament at Honolulu. . . . St. Mary’s beat Texas Pan American, 67-62, for third place. . . . Billy Curley scored 24 points as Boston College (7-0) defeated Holy Cross, 94-84, at Newton, Mass. . . . Woody Austin scored 19 points as Purdue (4-2) edged Georgia, 65-62, at West Lafayette, Ind. . . . Damon Key scored 18 points as Marquette (4-1) defeated Cal State Sacramento, 79-35, at Milwaukee.