North Carolina 81, Florida State 75
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[February 18, 2014]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —
North Carolina 81, Florida State 75: Kennedy Meeks scored a career-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting and
grabbed seven rebounds as the surging Tar Heels rallied past the host
Marcus Paige added 20 points, seven assists and four steals for
North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC), which won its seventh straight game
despite James Michael McAdoo being held scoreless. Brice Johnson
chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds while J.P. Tokoto netted
10 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 51.6 percent from the field.
Ian Miller scored 22 points for Florida State (15-11, 6-8), which
led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Montay Brandon
tallied 18 points while Aaron Thomas poured in 16 for the Seminoles,
who finished 20-of-28 from the free-throw line.
North Carolina missed 10 of its first 11 shots and Miller scored
eight early points as Florida State sped out to a 17-3 lead. Johnson
later keyed a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to five and Meeks' layup
just before the end of the first half pulled the Tar Heels within
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Nate Britt's jumper gave North Carolina its first lead of the game
at 57-55 and Paige knocked down a 3-pointer to stretch the Tar
Heels' advantage to eight with just over six minutes remaining.
Thomas made a pair of free throws to trim the margin to one before
Meeks forced his way inside to put the Tar Heels on top 74-69 and
North Carolina held on to win its fourth straight against the
GAME NOTEBOOK: Roy Williams recorded his 300th win at North
Carolina. … The Tar Heels started off 0-of-7 from 3-point range
before finishing 3-of-13. … North Carolina improved to 46-12
all-time against Florida State.
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