Sunday, March 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: UNC 79, Florida State 58
By Robbi Pickeral
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- You know you’re having a pretty good offensive outing when even “Team” makes a basket.
That rare stat occurred early in Sunday’s first half, when North Carolina reserve Joel James had a pass tipped into the bucket by a Florida State player. And it was a precursor of what was the come.
The Tar Heels shot 55.4 percent en route to their fifth straight victory, 79-58 over FSU.
A quick look back at the game at the Smith Center.
Turning point: The Tar Heels trailed 16-15 when sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo shot his team back on track, scoring 11 points during a 14-2 run that only grew from there. But halftime, that breakaway had grown to 46-27, as Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and Marcus Paige all made 3-pointers and McAdoo added two more baskets. UNC shot 58.1 percent for the half, and scored on its final 11 possessions before the break.
Player(s) of the game: McAdoo finished with 21 points, and Bullock (20 points, 10 rebounds) posted his third double-double of the year.
Number(s) to know: UNC coach Roy Williams now needs only four more victories to reach 700 for his career. … FSU shot 37.1 percent for the game, and committed 15 turnovers while recording 10 assists. ... The teams tied in rebounding, 31-31.
Etc.: FSU forward Terrance Shannon, who had been sidelined since January because of a neck injury, returned and scored three points in three minutes. ... UNC freshman J.P. Tokoto did not dress for the game because of a bruised right hand. … UNC football coach Larry Fedora, wearing a blue wig and light blue visor, cheered from the student section during the game. … The victory kept the Tar Heels in third place in the ACC standings; Virginia, tied with UNC entering Sunday, was scheduled to play at Boston College later in the day.
Next up: UNC plays at Maryland on Wednesday; Florida State faces Virginia on Thursday.