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Jan 22, 1997

Seminoles Cruise to 84-71 Victory over UNC

James Collins scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack as Florida State upended 19th-ranked North Carolina, 84-71, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Kerry Thompson and Corey Louis added 15 apiece for the Seminoles (11-4, 2-4 ACC), who defeated North Carolina for just the fifth time in 24 all-time meetings between the schools. Florida State, which is 2-2 at home against ACC rivals, improved to 6-0 when scoring 80 or more points.

Shammond Williams scored 25 points and Vince Carter added 19 for North Carolina (11-5, 2-4), which is off to its worst conference start in school history.

The Seminoles, who trailed only at 2-0 and 4-2, led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but North Carolina used a 13-4 run to pull within 65-63 on two free throws by Antawn Jamison with 7:02 remaining.

The Tar Heels last made it a two-point game at 71-69 following a tip-in by Carter with 3:41 remaining, but Florida State closed the game with a 13-2 run.

Ron Hale hit a jumper and Randell Jackson added a dunk to make it 75-69 with 2:28 to go. The Tar Heels called a 20-second timeout, but Jackson had a layup at the 1:38 mark to make it 77-69.

Ed Cota had a jumper for North Carolina, but LaMarr Greer made a free throw and Collins had a steal and dunk to make it 80-71. Thompson and Louis made two free throws apiece in the final 26 seconds.

A jumper by Jamison pulled North Carolina within 25-22 with 9:31 remaining in the first half, but the Seminoles went on a 15-5 spurt, keyed by two three-pointers from Collins, who hit a three-pointer with 3:44 left to make it 40-27.

Florida State shot 50 percent (33-of-66) from the field and Thompson dished out 10 assists. Jackson added 10 points for the Seminoles, who outscored North Carolina from the foul line, 12-6.

Jamison, who is 17th in the nation in scoring at 21.7 points per game, was held to almost half his average at 11 points. The Tar Heels shot just 38 percent from the floor in the second half and 45 percent (29-of-65) overall. North Carolina's bench was outscored 19-6, with all of the Tar Heels bench points coming from Cota.

NORTH CAROLINA (71)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Okulaja         38  1-10   0-0  3-10  2  3    2
Jamison         34  4-10   3-4   4-7  0  4   11
Zwikker         30   4-9   0-0   3-6  0  4    8
Williams        37  9-16   1-2   1-3  1  2   25
Carter          31  8-14   2-2   3-7  3  5   19
Ndiaye           6   0-2   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Cota            20   3-3   0-0   0-0  5  0    6
Tyndall          0   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Mcnairy          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Frederick        0   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Evtimov          3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 29-65   6-8 14-34 11 19   71
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Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
7-14, .500 (Okulaja 0-2, Williams 6-8, Carter
1-3, Evtimov 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked
shots: 3 (Zwikker 3). Turnovers: 14 (Cota 5,
Williams 4, Carter 3, Okulaja 2). Steals: 5
(Carter 2, Cota 2, Okulaja).
FLORIDA ST (84)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Hale            17   1-2   1-2   1-5  1  2    3
Jackson         34   5-8   0-1   2-6  0  1   10
Louis           34  6-14   3-4   2-8  1  1   15
K Thompson      32   5-9   4-4   1-2 10  2   15
Collins         34  8-13   2-2   4-5  4  1   22
Greer           17   3-7   1-3   1-2  0  2    7
Deas             8   1-3   0-0   0-0  1  0    2
Luchman         12   3-5   1-2   5-6  0  4    7
Brower          12   1-5   0-0   0-1  3  0    3
Mulligan         0   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 33-66 12-18 16-35 20 13   84
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Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
6-18, .333 (Hale 0-1, K Thompson 1-3, Collins
4-6, Greer 0-4, Brower 1-4). Team rebounds: 1.
Blocked shots: 7 (Louis 4, Jackson 2, Hale).
Turnovers: 20 (Collins 2, Greer 2, Louis 2, Hale,
Jackson). Steals: 8 (Collins 2, K Thompson 2,
Brower, Greer, Jackson, Luchman).
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North Carolina     37   34  -   71
Florida St         46   38  -   84
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,265. Officials:
Rick Hartzell, Felton Steed, Duke Edsall.

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