March 16, 2013 - by
FSU’s Title Defense Comes to End in Loss to UNC

March 16, 2013

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Greensboro Coliseum // Greensboro, N.C.
Florida State
North Carolina
23-51 (.451)
31-63 (.492)
3-12 (.250)
10-22 (.455)
13-18 (.722)
11-12 (.971)
Florida State
North Carolina
P.J. Hairston, 21
Reggie Bullock, 9
Marcus Paige, 10

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State’s defense of its Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title came to a halt Saturday night in the quarterfinal round as the Seminoles fell to North Carolina, 83-62

FSU (18-15), which had won three straight prior to its exit from the Greensboro Coliseum, had entered the annual league tournament as defending champions for the first time in program history.

Against a UNC (23-9) team that has now won seven of its last eight games, the Seminoles’ defense — a facet of its game that had seen a resurgence in recent games — simply had no answer. The Tar Heels finished the game shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (31-of-63) and from from 3-point range (10-of-22).

North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston led that charge with a game-high 21 points behind a 5-of-6 mark from behind the arc.

The ‘Noles shot 45.1 percent from the field themselves but were just 3-of-12 from long distance and had 18 turnovers to the ‘Heels’ seven.

Senior Michael Snaer capped off his ACC career with a team-high 20 points for Florida State as the only player on the team to score in double figures. He also led the team in assists (five) and rebounds (seven).

Devon Bookert added nine points, Kiel Turpin and Aaron Thomas had eight points apiece and Okaro White posted six points one night after his 24 led the Seminoles to a victory over Clemson.

FSU trailed just 35-27 at the break and was within a 35-30 score with 19:32 left in the second half on a Snaer 3-pointer. But a 13-0 North Carolina run shortly thereafter proved to be too much to overcome with Hairston hitting nearly all of his shots and Reggie Bullock adding 17 points.

The Tar Heels scored 27 points off the Seminoles’ 18 turnovers.

Florida State is not headed to the NCAA Tournament but could potentially earn a spot in the 32-team NIT field or receive an opportunity to compete in the 16-team CBI.

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