Tar Heels crush Seminoles, 83-62
North Carolina goes into today’s ACC semifinal game facing one big question: Will P.J. Hairston play?
The third-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) advanced out of Friday’s quarterfinal by shredding Florida State 83-62 and will face Maryland today. Thanks to a 13-0 run that resulted in a 17-point lead with 14:15 to play, the Tar Heels were firmly in control when Hairston went to the locker room after leaving a trail of blood almost the length of the court at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Hairston, who led the Tar Heels with 21 points and hit 7 of 11 shots from the floor, was injured when the ball ripped open the skin in the webbing between the middle and ring finger of his left hand. North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner said that Hairston received eight stitches, four in the front and four in the back to close the tear.
His inability to play would disrupt the chemistry that the Tar Heels have developed in going 6-1 since Williams went to smaller starting lineup with Hairston.
“Needless to say, we’ll probably have to go big because we can’t teach everything to stay small between now and (Saturday) at 3 o’clock,” Williams said.
Reggie Bullock also went 7 of 11 and scored 17 points while James Michael McAdooo went 6 of 9 and scored 12 points before fouling out with 5:10 to play.
The Tar Heels shot 61 percent from the floor including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Florida State managed to shoot 54 percent after intermission but committed 18 turnovers for the game that led to 27 UNC points. Michael Snaer led Florida State with 20 points.
UNC went on its decisive run at the beginning of the second half shortly after McAdoo went to the bench with his third foul.
“We had great movement and got some easy shots during that time period,” Williams said.