GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Florida State 69, North Carolina 66


By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the second time in less than two weeks, Florida State had squandered a double-digit lead and found itself down in the second half against North Carolina.

This time, the 15th-ranked Seminoles pushed their way back in front, this time to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.

Anthony Polite hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:06 left, and the Seminoles held off the Tar Heels 69-66.

Balsa Koprivica had career highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead the second-seeded Seminoles (16-5), who blew a 13-point lead, then rallied from five down midway through the second half to grind out a tough win that came down to the final seconds.

It was nearly two weeks earlier that the Tar Heels rallied from 16 down to beat the Seminoles, with FSU faltering with a cold-shooting and mistake-filled performance after halftime. But the Seminoles clamped down defensively late Friday, holding the Tar Heels to one field goal over the final 4 minutes.

"I would just say we knew we knew we needed to make big key stops, and we're all just motivated and committed to just making those stops as a team," said freshman Scottie Barnes, who had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

"We knew what happened last time, so we just knew we just couldn't give that up and this opportunity we have this time."

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (18-10) had a chance for a desperation play to tie it with 1 second left, but Anthony Harris couldn't catch Leaky Black's half-court pass to get up a tying 3-pointer.

That set up Florida State's matchup with Georgia Tech, which advanced when its semifinal game against No. 16 Virginia was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test, quarantining and contact tracing within the Cavaliers program.

Caleb Love scored 13 points to lead the Tar Heels, who shot 34% for the game and made just 1 of 8 shots as this one slipped away. Fellow freshman Kerwin Walton scored all 11 of his points after halftime.

UNC led 64-62 on three free throws by RJ Davis with 3:14 left, but didn't score again until trailing by four in the final 5 seconds.

"Bottom line is their defense late in the game was much stronger than our offense was," UNC coach Roy Williams said, adding: "We never got another good shot after (Davis' free throws) the whole time."

March 13, 2021


North Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
G. Brooks F 27 1-2 3-4 0-0 5-8 1 0 0 1 4 5
A. Bacot F 26 5-10 2-3 0-0 4-6 1 2 2 0 2 12
K. Walton G 28 4-10 0-0 3-7 0-5 1 0 2 2 0 11
C. Love G 26 4-14 2-2 3-5 1-2 1 0 2 4 5 13
L. Black G 24 3-9 1-2 0-2 3-4 1 1 1 1 2 7
R. Davis   24 2-10 3-3 0-3 0-1 2 0 1 2 2 7
D. Sharpe   17 2-6 1-5 0-0 2-6 0 1 0 1 0 5
A. Harris   14 2-6 0-2 0-1 1-3 2 0 0 0 1 4
W. Kessler   9 0-1 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 2 2
A. Platek   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 23-68
(.338)
14-25
(.560)
6-18
(.333)
21-42 9 4 8 12 18 66


Florida State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Gray F 27 2-8 4-4 0-2 0-5 2 0 0 0 3 8
B. Koprivica C 28 7-11 3-5 0-0 4-11 2 4 0 2 3 17
M. Walker G 28 3-8 3-5 0-1 0-1 2 0 0 6 2 9
A. Polite G 24 2-7 0-1 1-3 3-7 0 0 2 4 0 5
R. Evans G 13 0-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 1
S. Barnes   25 4-7 3-3 0-1 1-5 4 0 2 3 1 11
S. Calhoun   20 3-6 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 2 2 0 3 7
M. Osborne   20 3-4 0-0 3-4 0-2 0 0 1 0 2 9
W. Wilkes   6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Ngom   5 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 1 2 2
N. Jack   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Ballard   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   201 24-53
(.453)
16-22
(.727)
5-13
(.385)
10-39 11 7 8 18 19 69

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