GREENSBORO, N.C. — As the game slipped further and further out of North Carolina’s hands last Saturday against No. 3 Duke in the Tar Heels’ regular-season finale, P.J. Hairston, who finished 1-for-6 from long range, took desperation three after desperation three as he tried, to no avail, to get his team back within reach.
“I told them, I want us to learn from that game, I want us to hurt from that game, I want us to never forget how bad it was,” coach Roy Williams said after UNC’s 83-62 victory against Florida State on Friday. “But we’ve got to move on.”
Until that point, Hairston had been North Carolina’s go-to sharp shooter, especially since snagging a spot in the starting lineup. It was a title the Tar Heels needed him to redeem.
In UNC’s postseason premiere against the Seminoles, Hairston did exactly that. The sophomore guard finished 5-for-6 from behind the arc, helping the Tar Heels cruise to their ACC tournament quarterfinal victory.
“Needless to say, P.J. was big early because he was all of our offense,” Williams said.