TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Freshman J.J. Hickson sank two free throws with 9.6 seconds left and then blocked a Toney Douglas layup try at the other end of the floor Saturday to boost North Carolina State to a 69-66 victory over Florida State.
Courtney Fells' 3-point shot had tied the game at 66 with 40 seconds left before Hickson's two free throws make it 68-66 and Javier Gonzalez added a free throw with 2.2 seconds left after Hickson's game-saving block.
North Carolina State (13-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 46.5 percent while Florida State (13-8, 2-4) hit just 36.8 percent of its shots.
Douglas had put the Seminoles ahead 62-59 with a 3-point basket with 2:50 to go but failed on his last two attempts in the final 10 seconds.
Fells led the winners with 16 points, Gavin Grant added 14 and Hickson coupled a dozen points with a game-high 10 rebounds.
The big difference came in the first half when the visiting Wolfpack scored the final 17 points to erase a 12-point deficit.
Grant hit a 3-pointer and added a layup 23 seconds later to ignite the run in the final 4:31 of the half that gave the Wolfpack a 36-31 halftime lead.
Florida State had built a 31-19 advantage before going scoreless the final 5:08 of the half.
The Seminoles regained the lead 43-42 with 12:24 left when Jason Rich slipped free along the baseline for an uncontested dunk that setup a seesaw finish.