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UNC's Meeks not mild versus Florida State
North Carolina faced an unlikely 15-point deficit with one of its top players having an off night against Florida State on Monday. Maybe just as unlikely was Kennedy Meeks stepping up to save the day. Meeks, a freshman, scored a career-high 23 points as North Carolina rallied for its biggest comeback of the year with an 81-75 victory against the Seminoles.
Meeks, Paige lead comeback
Despite a very rocky start North Carolina showed tremendous poise and determination without one of its key contributors Monday night to pick up an important 81-75 victory at Florida State, giving UNC seven straight victories while improving the team's NCAA Tournament resume. Any talk of Carolina being on the NCAA Tournament bubble would seem to have evaporated.
Williams Postgame: UNC vs. FSU
Roy Williams opening statement: "“It was about as bizarre of a game that I’ve ever been involved with early because there was nothing that we did that was very good, and Ian Miller made all those threes early. One time, Marcus (Paige) was all over him, and he still made the shot. But, our guys just sort of hung in there.Brice (Johnson) gave us a lot in the first half off the bench."
Lucas: 23 Minutes
Luke Davis is talking, but it's very hard to hear him. Davis played four minutes in Carolina's hard-nosed 81-75 win at Florida State on Monday night. You would like to ask him about his defense in those four minutes, because when he entered the game with 3:57 left in the first half, he was immediately assigned to guard high-scoring Ian Miller.
Hustle Plays in Crunch Time
While North Carolina’s 67.9 percent shooting in the second half secured its 81-75 victory at Florida State on Monday, a handful of 50-50 plays kept possessions alive at critical junctures. Jackson Simmons entered the game with 2:03 to play before halftime, subbing in for Brice Johnson. Twenty-four seconds later, the junior forward was diving on the floor to save a loose ball.
Video: Vince Carter 2000 NBA Dunk Contest
Due to the poor reviews of the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest, let's look back to the year 2000 when former Tar Heel Vince Carter showed everyone how it's supposed to be done:
According to some, North Carolina was due a letdown game following a six-game winning streak and a date with No. 3 Duke on the horizon. The Tar Heels considered that option briefly on Monday, falling behind by 15 points at Florida State, before rallying for an 81-75 victory.
Video: UNC-Florida State Game Highlights
Watch complete game highlights from North Carolina's 81-75 win over Florida State in Tallahassee on Monday.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 81 FSU 75
Gutsy, gritty, tough, resilient. Whatever word you want to use, that's what this game was for UNC and despite getting off to one of the worst starts of the season. UNC shot the ball poorly and also dealt with an epidemic of foul trouble resulting in an early 21-6 deficit. Despite the sizable hole the Heels turned that into an 81-75 win at Florida State.
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FSU squanders 15-point lead to UNC, falls 81-75
For a while, everything was clicking for Florida State. There was life and hope inside the Donald L. Tucker Center for the first time in months. But the good will the Seminoles built up against North Carolina slowly dissolved. FSU's defense fell apart in the second half and the Seminoles could not hold on to a 15-point first-half lead against the red-hot Tar Heels as UNC beat FSU 81-75.
Video: Kennedy Meeks' Career Day vs. Florida State
UNC center Kennedy Meeks missed just once from the field on his way to a career-high 23 points. Meeks also pulled down seven rebounds in the team's 81-75 win against Florida State on February 17, 2014.
Video: Desmond Hubert's Putback Dunk vs. FSU
North Carolina center Desmond Hubert grabs the board and slams home the put-back against Florida State on February 17, 2014.
North Carolina beats Florida State 81-75
Roy Williams earned his 300th win at North Carolina with an 81-75 win against Florida State as the Tar Heels rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to record its seventh consecutive victory. North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC) freshman Kennedy Meeks scored a career-high 23 points while Marcus Paige chipped in 20.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Florida State
Combined with the win over Pitt, that's two straight hard-nosed wins over physical, athletic opponents. Those are games Carolina would have had no chance at winning a month ago. No one knows how this particular season will end up, but the Tar Heels have come a long way over the last 30 days.