Jan. 24, 1998
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Bill Guthridge had some poignant words of advice
for his No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels following the program’s most lopsided
Atlantic Coast Conference win.
“I hope it’s not the highlight of our season,” the North Carolina coach
said Saturday night following a 103-55 whipping of Florida State that gave the
Tar Heels their 28th straight 20-win season. “I hope we just won’t remember
that night we beat Florida State. I hope we have other highlights.
“This is one of those games you dream about having,” he added. “We were
unbelievable and we were playing against a really good team. It was pretty to
Unless you’re the Seminoles, who were handed the seventh worst loss in ACC
“It’s one of those games that Florida State has to throw out the window,
like Duke beating Maryland (by 32), sometimes those things happen to really
good teams,” Guthridge said. “Everything went right for us and not much went
right for them.”
Antawn Jamison scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half as the Tar Heels
(20-1, 6-1) made 20 of their first 24 shots to build a 58-28 halftime lead over
the Seminoles (14-6, 3-5).
Shammond Williams had 16 of his 22 points in the first half. Vince Carter
added 12 of 19 after halftime as North Carolina won its 20th game for the 31st
time in the last 32 seasons.
Guthridge made major substitutions with 7:50 left and North Carolina holding
a 45-point lead.
“I think we are too mentally strong for this to set us back,” said Florida
State’s LaMarr Greer, who helped the Seminoles beat top five teams Kansas and
Arizona earlier in the season. “I know everybody will be depressed on the
plane ride home but we have to come back and work harder.”
Corey Louis scored 14 points to lead the Seminoles, who sustained their
worst league loss since joining the ACC in 1992 and second worst in school
history. Florida State lost to West Virginia by 52 points in January 1958.
“We have to come back and play, they are not cancelling the season,”
Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “We have another game coming up this
week and you have to make sure you’re charged and hungry and ready to fight.
Yes, you should be angry at the way the game was played. But we have to get
back after it.”
North Carolina ended up 24-for-31 in the opening 20 minutes for 77.4 percent
shooting – the Tar Heels’ best shooting half since February 1994, also against
“From the start we just got it going, we started running the floor, we
started doing other things and it just took them out of their game,” Jamison
said. “Their confidence level just went from high all the way down to low real
The 58 points were high for a half this season as the Tar Heels outscored
the Seminoles 18-0 on points off turnovers. Jamison, who was coming off a
career-high 36-point game at N.C. State on Wednesday night, led the early
charge with nine points in North Carolina’s 16-4 run to start the game.
Florida State closed within nine points before North Carolina pushed the
advantage to 25 points 3:21 before halftime.
The Tar Heels came into the game with three starters banged up, but Jamison
(hip and elbow), Carter (ankle) and Makhtar Ndiaye (concussion) all played 10
or more minutes in the first half as the Tar Heels beat the Seminoles for the
12th time in the last 14 meetings.
The biggest upset of the half was that Jamison had five of North Carolina’s
seven missed shots considering he came into the game having made 44 of his last