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Wolfpack deals FSU 20th loss

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Anthony Grundy scored 20 and North Carolina State used an early second-half run to crush Florida State 71-46 Sunday, sending the Seminoles to their first 20-loss season in 49 years.

The win came on the heels of a 95-66 loss to Maryland, the Wolfpack's worst game of the season.

"There is as much fight in us right now as there was at the beginning of the season," said Archie Miller, who made 4 of 7 three-pointers for 12 points. "We have stuck to our guns all year.

"If we keep coming back and coming back something good is bound to happen for us. We're very persistent."

The Wolfpack avoided slipping two games under .500 for the first time since 1996-97, Herb Sendek's first season.

N.C. State made 9 of 20 three-pointers, its most in an ACC game this season.

"Guys were unselfish," Sendek said of his offense. "I really liked the ball movement and Archie was able to open some things up for us with his outside shooting."

The Seminoles lost 20 for the second time in 54 years. Florida State went 5-20 in 1951-52.

Coach Steve Robinson nearly broke down when asked about losing 20.

"People want to put themselves in position where they get 20 wins, certainly not this," said Robinson, his voice tailing off.

Delvon Arrington and Monte Cummings led FSU with 11 points each. Arrington had eight turnovers.

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