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We all knew this one had high potential for turning ugly, and when the favored team makes 60% of their 3s, including at least five from NBA distance, then you get on the plane and head home. UNC put on a shooting clinic, never leading by less than 12 in the second half, and rolled the Noles 79-58.
It stared with a 7-0 run by UNC, but FSU battled back and the game went back and forth until the under-8 in the first half. From there, PJ Hairston, James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock made 128% of their shots down the stretch and FSU couldn't keep pace.
Oddly, this wasn't a particularly bad game for FSU. They weren't great on defense (but when have they been?), and the difference is just that UNC hit everything they looked at (including two shots deflected in by FSU), contested or not. Offensively, FSU got what they were looking for, but the shots just didn't fall. It was one of those games.
Michael Snaer led the way with 17 points (but it took him 17 shots to get there), and Devon Bookert had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Terrance Shannon also saw his first action in 6 weeks, though the layoff showed. It was good to see him back on the court.
FSU is now 7-9 in conference and is almost locked into the No. 7 seed in the ACC Tournament. It's too early to tell who their opponent might be for the ACC Tourney opener, as the bottom portion of the ACC is a cluster.
The Noles have two more home games - Thursday against Virginia, and then Michael Snaer's finale on Saturday against NC State.