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North Carolina beats Florida State 79-58

AP Basketball Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- James Michael McAdoo scored 17 of his
21 points in the first half and sparked the run that gave North
Carolina a big lead on the way to beating Florida State 79-58 on

Reggie Bullock added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels
(21-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth
straight and continued their push for a first-round bye at the
league tournament in Greensboro. North Carolina shot 58 percent
in the opening half to build a 19-point lead at the break, then
never let it slip below double figures.

McAdoo scored 11 during the 20-3 first-half run that blew the
game open and helped the Tar Heels to a season sweep of the
Seminoles (15-14, 7-9). UNC finished the game shooting 55
percent and scored 23 points off turnovers.

Michael Snaer scored 17 to lead Florida State, which has lost
five of seven.

Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora watched from the front row
of the student risers behind the basket near the UNC bench.
Fedora wore a blue visor with a wig of fake blue hair. His team
opens spring practice Wednesday

The Tar Heels have lost just once since coach Roy Williams went
to a smaller lineup and shortened his rotation. It's been a big
reason why they've regrouped from an 0-2 ACC start as well as a
26-point beating at Miami on Feb. 9. And that's put UNC in a
race with Virginia and North Carolina State for the two
remaining first-round byes at the ACC tournament behind Miami
and Duke.

Trailing 16-15, UNC started its run with a basket from McAdoo
followed by his dunk off a steal near midcourt for a three-point
play. Then, after a 3-pointer from Bullock, McAdoo scored on
three straight possessions - including when he dunked home a
missed drive by Marcus Paige - before Bullock and P.J. Hairston
closed the spurt with consecutive 3s to make it 35-19 with 3 1/2
minutes left before halftime.

In a sign of Florida State's struggles, the Seminoles even
managed to leave McAdoo unguarded on the Tar Heels' final
possession of the half. Paige raced upcourt and found McAdoo
alone near the foul line for a layup that barely beat the
halftime horn to give UNC a 46-27 lead.

The Seminoles showed no sign of being able to seriously cut into
that deficit, either. They got as close as 12 on Ian Miller's
3-pointer at the 10:20 mark, but McAdoo answered with a tip-in
of a missed free throw, then Hairston knocked down a jumper
followed by another 3 to push the lead back up to 64-46 with
about 8 minutes left.

Hairston finished with 16 points with four 3s, while the
Seminoles shot 37 percent for the afternoon.

Florida State got some good news with the return of Terrance
Shannon. The forward had been out since January when he was
carried off the court with a neck injury suffered against
Virginia. Coach Leonard Hamilton had said last month that the
6-foot-8 redshirt junior could miss the rest of the year, but he
returned at the 8:35 mark of the opening half after missing 11
straight games. He finished with three points in 3 minutes.

North Carolina played without freshman guard J.P. Tokoto, who
didn't dress out after bruising his right hand in Saturday's

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