ACC Tournament Championship: Florida State Edges North Carolina in Thriller

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIMarch 11, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Tyler Zeller #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels fights for a rebound against Bernard James #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Florida State Seminoles captured their first ever ACC tournament championship against the North Carolina Tar Heels today. Leonard Hamilton said his team was tired of being third in the ACC, and by winning they become the fifth team in history to beat Duke and UNC twice each in the same season.

Deividas Dulkys knocked down two big free throws with less than four seconds left to clinch the game. Dulkys averages 5.8 points per game against every other team this season, but against Carolina he has scored 32 and 16 points in the two games.

Michael Snaer, Luke Loucks and Bernard James all stepped up as starters, and Ian Miller, Jon Kreft and Okaro White combined for 27 points off the bench.

The Seminoles were able to hold off North Carolina, who fought back from a 16-point-deficit to bring the game to one point with just over 30 seconds left.

North Carolina's frontcourt was without John Henson, and it was obvious that it needed him.

Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller combined for 42 points, but the third member of the frontcourt, James Michael-McAdoo, went 2-10 from the field for only four points.

The Tar Heels only recorded one block today, which is well below their average of six per game. This has to be attributed to Henson's absence, as he is the ACC's leading shot-blocker with almost three per game.

Florida State was able to defeat North Carolina despite being out-rebounded 26-38 for their first ACC championship.

The Seminoles were able to do this because of their shooters, as they team shot 33-of-57 (57.9 percent) from the floor, including 11-of-23 from three (47.8 percent).

The Seminoles were lights out, and its because of that that they are cutting down the nets.