Well, this wasn't exactly a game for the ages.
North Carolina (23-9, 12-6 ACC) and Florida State (18-15, 9-9 ACC) played it close in the first half, but the second was a completely different story.
FSU cut the lead to just four points early in the second half, but then lost all momentum after a pair of threes from P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock. Carolina ended up outscoring Florida State 48-35 in the final 20 minutes.
And that was through James Michael McAdoo fouling out and Hairston going down twice with injuries. He got a stinger in his shoulder the first time, and ended up coming back in just to have the webbing between his fingers sliced.
If it wasn't for his 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting (5-of-6 from three), this would have been a horrible night for the sophomore.
McAdoo and Bullock added 12 and 17 points, respectively, for the Tar Heels.
The Carolina point guards had stellar games, too. Marcus Paige pulled out of his freshman slump to dish out 10 dimes to just one turnover. Strickland dropped seven more, and only gave up one turnover.
That's 17 assists and two turnovers all together.
That transitions perfectly to the story of the night: turnovers. Carolina only lost seven, while the 'Noles gave up 18.
It's pretty hard to pick up a win like that.
Michael Snaer gave a valiant effort in his final ACC game, putting up 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks. Unfortunately for FSU, he was the only one that managed to reach double figures.
Couple that with the turnovers, and it's pretty easy to see where this game was lost.
Now the Tar Heels will move on and play Maryland—not Duke—in the semifinal match tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST.
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