GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Marcus Melvin and No. 20 North Carolina State likely ended Florida State's hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Melvin, who scored 16 points, nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 97 seconds left to lift the Wolfpack to a 78-71 triumph in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Julius Hodge had 19 points and Cameron Bennerman and Ilian Evtimov added 17 apiece for North Carolina State (20-8), which trailed by 51-40 with just over 13 minutes to play.
"It was a great win to come back from behind by 11," Hodge said. "We continued to play hard. We showed grit and determination, especially in the second half. It was a great game and I gave it my all. My gas tank is on empty."
After Hodge forged a 67-67 tie on a pair of free throws with 2:18 remaining, Melvin put the Wolfpack ahead for good with a shot from near the top of the arc.
NC State held a 74-71 edge after a 3-pointer by Florida State's Von Wafer with 25 seconds left, but Evtimov sank two free throws two seconds later and the Seminoles were blanked thereafter.
"That was the hardest-fought game we've been in all year," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said. "I thought the intensity level was unbelievable. Florida State played as hard as anyone could play. I was certainly proud of our guys' effort in the second half when we came back from double digits down. It showed a lot of great determination."
The Wolfpack will play Maryland in the semifinals on Saturday.
Playing with two sprained ankles, Tim Pickett scored 23 points to pace the Seminoles (18-13), who lost their fifth straight game. They went 0-8 on the road in ACC play this season.
"It came down to crunch time and execution," Pickett said. "Our defense was great tonight, but it just came down to one or two miscues. We played a great game. It came down to the very end. For them to be heavyweights in our division, we had them shivering for a couple of moments. They hit some big shots and made some big plays."
Each team made 11 3-pointers but the Wolfpack went 19-of-22 from the line while the Seminoles sank only 10-of-17.
"Our players realize the progress we're making," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They're proud of the fact that we're getting better but we're not accepting moral victories."
NC State has won 12 straight games over Florida State since a 71-59 loss on January 23, 1999.
After Florida State's Adam Waleskowski was whistled for a technical free throw for intentionally throwing the basketball at Bennerman following the halftime buzzer, Evtimov sank two free throws before the start of the second half to give the Wolfpack a 34-31 lead.
Pickett, who was questionable entering the game with a sprained right ankle, countered with three straight 3-pointers to give the Seminoles a 40-34 lead 95 seconds into the half. He rolled his left ankle over a defender's ankle a minute later, however, and sat out the next several minutes.
"When he gets going like that he is going to be unstoppable," Sendek said. "Those were incredible shots. They weren't wide-open shots. They were shots that were fairly well-defended. He's an amazing player. I don't know what I could say to the defense in a couple of those instances."
The Seminoles took their biggest advantage, 51-40, on a jumper by Anthony Richardson with 13:14 left before the Wolfpack stormed back to take a 63-62 lead on a 3-pointer by Melvin with 4:08 remaining.
The Wolfpack were without guard Scooter Sherill for a second straight game due to a left ankle injury.