UNC outlasts Florida State 77-72 for first ACC win
Posted January 12, 2013
FINAL: UNC 77, Florida State 72
North Carolina got their first ACC win by edging Florida State in a back-and-forth game in Tallahassee Saturday, 77-72.
2:10 2nd: UNC 75, FSU 72
UNC has eight offensive rebounds in the second half alone to help them in challenging Florida State down the stretch. Jackson Simmons had contributed eight points with four rebounds - all offensive.
7:59 2nd: FSU 60, UNC 59
The game has been close since the opening tip and, as the clock moves under eight minutes, the finish in Tallahassee promises to be much of the same between UNC and Florida State.
15:22 2nd: UNC 46, FSU 43
Both teams came out of the break scoring with UNC adding a point to their slim lead at the first media timeout. Heels ahead 46-43.
HALF: UNC 33, Florida State 31
Despite nine first-half turnovers, UNC holds a 17-9 rebounding advantage, has made six 3-pointers and holds a 33-31 lead on the Seminoles at halftime in Tallahassee.
PJ Hairston leads the heels in scoring with 11 off the bench. James Michael McAdoo has 7 points and 5 rebounds at half.
3:40 1st: FSU 26, UNC 25
Florida State jumped in front with a three-pointer as the teams have already combined for 10 long balls. UNC hols a big rebounding edge, but has also turned the ball over eight times.
7:43 1st: UNC 19, FSU 17
The game remains close at the under-8 timeout. UNC is holding a 10-5 advantage in rebounds.
9:06 1st: UNC 19, FSU 15
UNC has turned the ball over five times, but four 3-pointers have helped the offense get out to a 19-15 lead midway through the first half.
PJ Hairston leads all scorers with eight points off the bench.
15:33 1st: UNC 6, FSU 6
UNC jumped out to a 6-0 lead bolstered by a three from Marcus Paige, but the Noles have stormed back to tie it at the first media timeout.
20:00 1st: UNC vs. Florida State
UNC will trot out their standard staring lineup of Desmond Hubert, James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock, Dexter Strickland and Marcus Paige for the tip in Talahassee.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be out for revenge Saturday at 2 p.m. when they head to the Donald L. Tucker Center to face the Florida State Seminoles in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Although UNC holds a 42-12 all-time series lead over the Seminoles, it lost to Florida State by 33 points in Tallahassee last season before falling to FSU, 85-82, in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles have never defeated UNC three times in a row.
The makeup for that Tar Heels unit was much different, as they were ranked third in the nation entering last season's regular season matchup. North Carolina has a long way to go to return to the upper echelon. Roy Williams and his squad built some momentum prior to league play as they downed UNLV (79-73) in Chapel Hill, but they lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after their encounters at Virginia (61-52) and versus Miami- Florida (68-59).
A loss in this one will give the Tar Heels an 0-3 conference record, which would equal the program's worst ACC start.
Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles took care of business in the early stages of their league slate by notching road wins over Clemson (71-66) and Maryland (65-62) to raise their overall record to 10-5. Florida State has clearly gained steam since its mediocre 4-4 start. The Seminoles are in the middle of the road in the ACC in most statistical categories, but they are averaging a conference-best 5.2 blocks per game after rejecting 13 of the Terrapins' attempts in their last outing.
UNC was limited to a season-low 52 points in its conference opener by a Virginia squad that leads the nation in scoring defense. But it continued to suffer offensive woes its next time out, producing only 59 points on 40 percent shooting from the field versus the Hurricanes. The scoring drought for the Tar Heels is somewhat confusing, as they come into this contest averaging 79.9 ppg, good for ninth nationally.
The team has benefited from good ball movement as well, ranking fourth nationally in assists per game (18.5). Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo was expected to be one of the top players in the NCAA this season after showing flashes of brilliance during his freshman campaign. While McAdoo is producing 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest to pace UNC, he still has a ways to go to be considered one of the elite. Reggie Bullock is next in the scoring column (13.6 ppg), shooting an impressive .480 from 3-point range. P.J. Hairston rounds out the double-figure scorers (11.6 ppg).
FSU used a balanced attack to fend off the Terps on Wednesday. Okaro White scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field while adding nine rebounds and six blocks to spearhead the effort. Michael Snaer was 5-of-8 from the floor, adding 15 points, while Ian Miller scored 12, hitting on 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Seminoles turned defense into offense as Maryland's 18 turnovers were converted into 13 points. Snaer has been the go-to-guy for Florida State, as he is averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting .404 from the field and .408 from the 3-point line. White is a superb second option with 13.3 points and 6.3 boards per contest.
The Tar Heels will need a huge effort to take down this feisty FSU squad. The 3-point arc may play a vital role as neither side is shy from long distance. UNC seems to be missing a necessary link, which could hurt as Hamilton's Seminoles are clicking as a group at the perfect time.