TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Deividas Dulkys’ childhood dream came true Saturday. And you couldn’t blame him if he might have believed it had been a dream.
The senior Florida State guard scored a career-high 32 points and was 8 of 10 from 3-point range to key the Seminoles’ 90-57 victory over No. 3 North Carolina that snapped a nine-game winning streak and was the Tar Heels’ worst loss under coach Roy Williams.
“Every little kid has a dream when you’re playing on a big stage like I did today,” Dulkys said. “I guess today was my day.”
And that was an understatement.
Dulkys, a native of Lithuania whose previous career-high was 22 points, was 12 of 14 from the field overall and added four steals and a blocked shot. His eight 3s were a Florida State record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
It was an unexpected turnabout for a Florida State team that lost 79-59 at Clemson just a week ago and came into Saturday’s game with the poorest 3-point shooting mark in the conference at 30.2 percent.
But behind Dulkys, the Seminoles hit 12 of 27 from long distance while the Tar Heels were simply off while playing on the road for the first time in six weeks.
North Carolina made only 9 of 20 free throws and were beaten 43-35 on the boards despite Tyler Zeller’s 14 rebounds.
North Carolina had not been beaten on the boards in its previous seven games.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 76,
WAKE FOREST 40
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Lorenzo Brown scored 20 points and North Carolina State embarrassed Wake Forest on its home floor once again, routing the Demon Deacons for its most lopsided ACC road victory in more than half a century.
C.J. Williams added 15 points and Richard Howell had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack (13-5, 2-1).
C.J. Harris had 10 points on 3 of 12 shooting for the Demon Deacons (10-7, 1-2), who were 2 of 20 from 3-point range and have lost three of four.
BOSTON COLLEGE 61, VIRGINIA TECH 59
In Boston, Dennis Clifford scored 15 points and Matt Humphrey added 14 to lead Boston College to its second consecutive conference win.
Ryan Anderson added 12 points for the Eagles (7-10, 2-1). Boston College beat Clemson, 59-57, for its first league win on Thursday.
Victor Davila had 14 points and Dorenzo Hudson 13 to pace the Hokies (11-6, 0-3).