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One Shining ACC Moment

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G10

The Seminoles have had very modest success in the ACC tournament since joining the conference in 1992. Florida State is 5-13 in the event, beating Clemson three times.

So the Seminoles' greatest moment in the ACC tournament might well be their first, when Charlie Ward and Doug Edwards led them to a 93-80 victory over North Carolina State in the 1992 tournament at Charlotte Coliseum.

In 1992, Chuck Graham and the Seminoles shot down Tom Gugliotta and N.C. State in Florida State's first ACC tournament appearance. (Gary O'brien -- Charlotte Observer)

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Ward, who won the 1993 Heisman Trophy as Florida State's quarterback, had 6 steals, 8 assists and 13 points. Edwards scored 21 points and Rodney Dobard had 20, and in the second half the Seminoles shot 70 percent and scored 50 points. Six Seminoles scored in double figures, tying a tournament record.

Florida State outscored the Wolfpack 41-16 over a stretch that spanned both halves. Many of the Seminoles' points came in transition off their season-high 16 steals.

"That's our nickel defense," FSU coach Pat Kennedy joked to the Orlando Sentinel, playing off Ward's role as a football player.

Florida State lost to North Carolina, 80-76, in the second round, but beat Montana and Georgetown before losing to Indiana in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The Seminoles waited seven years to win another game in the ACC tournament, beating Clemson, 87-85 in overtime, in the first round in Charlotte in 1999. Florida State blew a 16-point lead in the second half of that game, and nearly lost after leading 84-76 with 54 seconds left in overtime, but Clemson's Terrell McIntyre missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

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