Tar Heels rout Florida State, 79-58
Posted March 3, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — FINAL: UNC 79, Florida State 58
UNC notched their fifth consecutive win and 11th in their last 14 games with a convincing 79-58 win over Florida State Sunday at Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were led by 21 points from James Michael McAdoo and a 20-and-10 double-double from Reggie Bullock.
PJ Hairston scored 16 points and Marcus Paige doled out nine assists.
2:02 2nd UNC 75, FSU 54
Reggie Bullock has notched his third double-double of the season and is at 20 points with 10 rebounds and four assists as UNC is up comfortably in the final minutes.
James Michael McAdoo has 21 points to go along with four rebounds and three turnovers.
7:20 2nd: UNC 64, Florida State 48
The UNC starters have almost as many field goals (23) as the Florida State starters have points (25) and the Tar Heels are in complete control with seven minutes to play, up 16 points.
UNC field goal percentage has increased to 55 percent while FSU is still below 40.
11:15 2nd: UNC 56, Florida State 41
UNC continues to shoot better than 53 percent from the floor and is winning the turnover margin as the Tar Heels lead Florida State by 15 midway through the second half.
Reggie Bullock, with 13 points, is just two assists from a double double.
15:58 2nd: UNC 50, Florida State 35
At the first media break of the second half, UNC's lead on Florida State sits at 15 points, although neither coach can be pleased with two early turnovers apiece.
Reggie Bullock has jouned Hairston and McAdoo in double figures with 10 points.
HALFTIME: UNC 46, Florida State 27
James Michael McAdoo hit a runner as time expired in the first half and the Tar Heels take a 19-point lead into halftime on Florida State.
McAdoo has a game-high 17 points at half but just two rebounds. Hairston has scored 11 for the Tar Heels. Reggis Bullock has contributed a complete game with eight points, six rebounds, two assists and a block.
For Florida State, Michael Snaer leads the team with nine points.
UNC leads the turnover battle 7-4 and leads on the glass 17-16. The Tar Heels are also shooting 58 percent to the Seminoles' 34 percent.
2:35 1st: UNC 37, Florida State 21
UNC is on a 22-5 run bolstered by 13 points from James Michael McAdoo and have opened up a 16-point lead late in the first half.
PJ Hairston is 4-for-6 from the floor and has 11 points. Dexter Strickand has chipped in eight.
UNC is now shooting over 50 percent from the floor while FSU is shooting just 31 percent with seven turnovers.
7:49 1st: UNC 19, FSU 16
James Michael McAdoo turned a steal into a dunk and the Tar Heels lead the Seminoles by three with less than eight minutes to play in the first half.
Florida State has gone deep to their bench early as they have already played 12 players. They also hole a rebounding edge 12-10.
UNC has turned the ball over four times but are holding FSU to 35 percent shooting from the floor.
11:31 1st: UNC 15, Florida State 10
Joel James is playing and is getting the benefit of the bounce as he had a pass tipped in and got a friendly roll. The Tar Heels lead the Seminoles by five at the under-12.
PJ Hairston has hit a pair of threes to lead UNC with six points.
Snaer and Bookert each have five for FSU.
Turnovers are even at three. UNC has taken an 8-7 edge on the boards.
15:40 1st: UNC 8, Florida State 8
UNC came out hot from the floor as PJ Hairston hit a three, and McAdoo and Bullock each got on the board, but Florida State has maintained pace and takes the game into the first break tied at 8.
Florida State holds an early 4-1 rebounding advantage and has five points from Devon Bookert.
20:00 1st: UNC vs. Florida State
JP Tokoto will not play today for UNC after bruising his right hand in practice.
The Tar Heels starters will be a familiar lineup with Marcus Paige, Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, PJ Hairston and James Michael McAdoo.
Joel James has not been listed as out for today's game.
UNC head football coach Larry Fedora is standing in the student section with moments before the opening tip.
The Florida State Seminoles hope to cool off the red hot North Carolina Tar Heels when the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals meet at the Smith Center.
Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles will be playing their final true road game of the season on Sunday. Florida State had lost four of five games before defeating Wake Forest, 76-62, at home on Sunday. The victory improved the Seminoles to 15-13 on the season and put them just one game below the .500 mark in the ACC standings. Florida State will return home to host Virginia and NC State before entering postseason action.
UNC was expected to take a step backwards after winning the ACC regular season title in 2011-12 and sending four first round picks to the NBA. Roy Williams's team has quietly submitted a strong performance this season as it comes into this one tied for third in the league standings with Virginia and on a four- game winning streak that was extended on Thursday with a 68-59 victory in Clemson's unfriendly Littlejohn Coliseum. UNC's only home loss came to the ACC-leading Miami-Florida Hurricanes on Jan. 10.
UNC is 43-12 in history versus FSU after its 77-72 victory over the Seminoles on Jan. 12 in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels shot 48.3 percent from the field and never led by more than six points in the first bout. FSU lost despite knocking down 11-of-22 from beyond the arc as it was outrebounded, 41-19.
Michael Snaer erupted for 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for FSU when it took down the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. The Seminoles. who had lost to Wake Forest by 25 points just 17 days earlier, came into the second matchup of the season series on a mission. They held the Demon Deacons to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor and drained 48.9 percent of their own field goal tries.
Okaro White added 13 points and 7-3 freshman Boris Bojanovsky matched his career best with 10. Snaer has been on fire as of late with at least 20 points in three of the last four games. He is considered the best two-way player in the conference. FSU is currently seventh in the ACC in both scoring offense (67.7) and scoring defense (68.2). It leads the league in free-throw percentage (.725) and blocks per game (5.0), but ranks last in rebounding margin (-2.6).
UNC is one of the top offensive teams in the nation with averages of 78.1 points and 17.7 assists per game, but it is ninth in the ACC defensively with an allowed average of 69.3 ppg. The Tar Heels are becoming one of the toughest teams in the NCAA to prepare for due to their tremendous balance. Dexter Strickland scored 16 points to push the team past Clemson on Thursday. Strickland was the fourth different player to lead the Tar Heels in scoring in as many games. Talented sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo is pacing the squad with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per tilt, while Reggie Bullock (14.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and P.J. Hairston (13.2 ppg) also own double-digit scoring averages.
The Seminoles were able to avenge a loss to Wake Forest their last time out, but completing the same task against UNC will be much more difficult to do. The Tar Heels are gaining momentum at the perfect time due to their deep array of scorers. Williams rarely sees his team fall at the Smith Center, making it very unlikely that FSU will be able to pull off the upset.