In the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 79-58 win against Florida State Sunday, the Tar Heels put on one of their best shooting showcases of the season.
In fact, it was their best night from the floor against a Division I opponent this year. Their only showing better than Sunday’s came against Chaminade in Maui.
“I liked our intensity,” coach Roy Williams said. “I liked the way we were pushing the ball and needless to say I liked the way we were shooting it.
“In the first half we were six-for-11 for three, that always helps you as well.”
For the game North Carolina (21-8, 11-5 ACC) shot 55 percent from the floor and 60 percent from behind the 3-point line. Big man James Michael McAdoo led the way with 21 points but he was supported by 20 points from Reggie Bullock and 16 from P.J. Hairston.
Those two guards combined to make eight of 13 attempts from deep against the Seminoles (15-14, 7-9 ACC).
“When I hit the first one, we knew we were in that rhythm as a team,” Hairston said. “Because Reggie had hit one and then I come down and hit one and from then on it was like the basket got even bigger for us.”
Hairston has now made at least one 3-pointer in the last 26 games he’s played in — the longest such streak in the ACC.
The Tar Heels were able to find open looks from the outside as a result of the defensive efforts that turned into transition offense. UNC scored 23 points off of the Seminoles’ 15 turnovers.