ATLANTA – Florida State held off a late North Carolina rally on Sunday to capture the school’s first ever ACC Championship. FSU was in control for much of the day and led by as many as 16 late in the first half. The Tar Heels finished the half on a 9-2 run to close the gap to 49-40 at the break.
Florida State twice saw its lead cut to three in the second half, but always had an answer. Kendall Marshall hit a three for North Carolina with 30.9 seconds to play to cut the lead to 83-82. Florida State’s Okaro White proceeded to miss the front end of a 1-and-1 and Marshall had another look from downtown, but it went long. Deividas Dulkys grabbed the rebound for Florida State and hit two free throws on the other end. With 3.3 seconds to play, P.J. Hairston missed a long three-point-attempt that would have tied the game, but it was wide and FSU escaped.
For the first time in school history, Florida State not only wins the ACC, but beats Duke and North Carolina each twice in the same season. Michael Snaer led the Seminoles with 18 points while Dulkys added 16. Ian Miller scored 10 and Luke Loucks also finished with 10 to go with a career-high 13 assists. North Carolina was led by Harrison Barnes, who scored 21. Tyler Zeller added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels while Marshall and Hairston each scored 15.