Carolina thumps FSU to end string of ACC upsets
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Wayne Ellington scored 18 points, as the eighth-
ranked North Carolina Tar Heels downed the Florida State Seminoles, 73-58, in
the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
The top-seeded Tar Heels (26-6) got only six points and four rebounds from
Tyler Hansbrough, but received 14 points from Ty Lawson, 11 points from
Brandan Wright, and 10 points and nine boards from Reyshawn Terry.
Hansbrough sported a facemask to protect a broken nose. He suffered the injury
when Duke’s Gerald Henderson delivered an elbow to his face in the final
seconds of UNC’s 86-72 win over the Blue Devils on March 4.
Florida State’s Al Thornton was in foul trouble for much of the second half,
and only scored 12 points and grabbed six boards before fouling out with 6:48
left in the game. Toney Douglas and Jerel Allen scored 10 points each for the
ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-12).
The Tar Heels will play the winner of the Boston College/Miami game Saturday
for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. The Seminoles, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped with the loss, will anxiously await the release of the
brackets for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, but most likely are again destined
for a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.
North Carolina opened the second half with a 12-2 run, with back-to-back
layups by Lawson pushing the lead to 48-28, and the Seminoles never made a
game of it, trailing by double figures for the rest of the contest.
A Casaan Breeden three cut the FSU deficit to 12 points, at 52-40 with 11:34
left, and it looked as if the ‘Noles would make things interesting. Terry
followed a Marcus Ginyard basket with a trey, though, and a Wright layup
boosted the Tar Heels’ lead to 59-40 with 8:10 to play.
An Allen three for Florida State tied the game at 13 at the 12:30 mark of the
first half, but UNC answered with eight straight. A Wes Miller three capped
the run, giving the Tar Heels a 21-13 lead with 10:19 left in the half.
The Seminoles pulled to within 30-26 late in the half, but the Tar Heels
scored six straight to close the half, including a Deon Thompson lay-in with
one-tenth of a second left, for a 36-26 edge at the break.
North Carolina made only 6-of-14 free throws in the first half, but rebounded
to make 7-of-11 in the second half…UNC shot 53 percent from the field, while
FSU struggled, shooting 31 percent…The Tar Heels became the first higher-
seeded team to advance in the ACC Tournament, as all four lower-seeded teams
scored upsets on Thursday.