Feb. 22, 2001
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Joseph Forte scored 36 points as No. 2 North
Carolina rebounded from its first loss in 2 1/2 months with a 95-67 victory over
Florida State on Thursday night.
The Tar Heels (22-3, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) saw their 18-game
winning streak broken at Clemson on Sunday, but led by 10 at halftime this time
around and shot 57 percent to win going away.
The victory kept North Carolina one game ahead of No. 4 Duke in the race for
the ACC regular season title with three games left. The two teams meet at the
Smith Center on March 4.
Kris Lang added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels, while Brendan
Haywood’s five blocks tied him with Rasheed Wallace’s 93 in 1994-95 for the
most in a single-season at North Carolina.
The Seminoles (7-19, 2-11) beat No. 20 Maryland and played No. 9 Virginia to
a three-point game last week, but fell to 1-10 this season against ranked teams
after shooting 39 percent and turning it over 17 times.
The loss moved Florida State within one of its most defeats since going 5-20
in 1951-52 and back into a last-place tie in the ACC with Clemson.
Forte was coming off a 6-for-19 shooting game against the Tigers, but the
ACC’s top scorer was 15-for-24 against the Seminoles, getting four baskets over
the final 5:13 of the opening half as North Carolina’s 16-3 run opened up a
The sophomore guard added seven points in the opening 3:40 of the second
half before the Seminoles closed within six twice, the last time with 14:35
Adam Boone then sank a 3-pointer and Forte made three of North Carolina’s
next four baskets as North Carolina pushed its lead to 19 with 8:09 left.
It was Forte’s third 30-point game this season – all in the Smith Center. He
had a career-high 38 points against Tulsa in the second game of the season,
then had 33 against Virginia on Jan. 24.
The Tar Heels started out sluggish after coming off one of their worst
outings of the season at Clemson, managing just 17 points in the opening 12
minutes before going on their first-half run behind Forte.
Kansas coach Roy Williams, who turned down the North Carolina last summer,
was in attendance to watch former Jayhawks’ assistants Steve Robinson and Matt