Florida State handed N.C. State a ticket for a bye in the ACC tournament and then the Seminoles took it away.
Freshman guard Devon Bookert scored eight of his 18 points in the final 3 minutes to carry Florida State to a 71-67 home win over the Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.
N.C. State (22-9, 11-7 ACC) only needed a win to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament and avoid having to play on Thursday. The Wolfpack beat FSU by 18 points in Raleigh two and half weeks ago and led by as many as eight points in the second half on Saturday.
It was FSU's home win over Virginia on Thursday which put the Wolfpack in control of its ACC tournament seed. After Saturday's loss, the Pack is back to being a helpless spectator.
If Virginia, 10-7 in the ACC, beats Maryland (8-9 ACC) at home on Sunday, the Cavaliers will be the No. 4 seed and N.C. State will be the fifth seed. If Maryland beats Virginia, which is 8-0 at home in ACC play, N.C. State will get Thursday off.
Virginia, by virtue of its 58-55 home win over N.C. State on Jan. 29, owns the tiebreaker over the Wolfpack.
"We're probably going to have to play on Thursday," a dejected Mark Gottfried said in his post-game radio interview. "We get that."
N.C. State had multiple chances in the final 2 minutes to escape Tallahassee with a win but couldn't convert. Junior forward C.J. Leslie, who spent most of the game in foul trouble, turned the ball over twice in the final 63 seconds with the Pack trailing by two points (65-63).
Leslie, who finished with five points in 18 minutes, also went 1 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final minutes.
Leslie traveled with 1:03 left in the game and then lost then ball out of bounds with 34.6 seconds left after a T.J. Warren steal started a fastbreak.
After Leslie's second turnover, Michael Snaer broke loose on the fullcourt inbounds play for a dunk and a 67-63 lead with 33.1 seconds left.
Senior forward Richard Howell gave the Pack one last hope with a three-point play with 21.4 seconds left to cut FSU's lead to 67-66 but Aaron Thomas made one of his free throws and Okaro White tipped back the miss on the second free throw to keep the ball in FSU's possession.
Bookert was fouled with 13.1 seconds left and he iced the game with a pair of free throws.