Florida St 62

(18-15, 9-9 ACC)

North Carolina 83

(23-9, 12-6 ACC)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    9:42 PM ET, March 15, 2013

    Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    FSU 27 3562
    UNC 35 4883

    Top Performers

    Florida St: M. Snaer 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    North Carolina: P. Hairston 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl

    North Carolina 83, Florida St. 62

    Associated Press

    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- P.J. Hairston scored 21 points to help North Carolina beat Florida State 83-62 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament

    Hairston hit five 3-pointers before leaving late in the game with a cut on his left hand, while Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the third-seeded Tar Heels (23-9). They took control with a 13-0 run early in the second half, hit 10 3s and also scored 27 points off 18 turnovers to beat the reigning champion Seminoles in a rematch of last season's championship game.

    The Tar Heels reached Saturday's semifinals to face seventh-seeded Maryland, which upset second-ranked Duke earlier Friday. UNC has reached the past two finals and is trying for its first title since 2008.

    Michael Snaer scored 20 for sixth-seeded Florida State (18-15), which lost all three meetings with the Tar Heels this season with the last two coming by 21 points each.

    Hairston, playing in his hometown, hit his first four 3-pointers and finished 7-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-6 from behind the arc. But he suffered a cut to the webbing between his middle and ring fingers and left a trail of blood droplets as he checked out of the game. Hairston left the bench area in obvious pain with 4:13 left.

    Hairston needed eight stitches for the cut to his non-shooting hand. Coach Roy Williams said afterward he didn't know whether Hairston would be able to play in the semifinals.

    The Seminoles advanced to the quarterfinals by holding off 11th-seeded Clemson in the first round Thursday night. But they struggled to slow Hairston early and then Bullock after halftime, as the Tar Heels' four-guard lineup returned to the form it displayed in a six-game winning streak before losing to Duke at home last weekend.

    Two of Hairston's first-half 3s fueled an 8-0 burst that gave UNC a 10-point lead, then Bullock sparked the 13-0 second-half run that helped the Tar Heels blow the game open.

    After FSU closed to within 39-35, Hairston started the run with a 3, while Bullock followed two possessions later with his own 3 over Devon Bookert. Bullock also had a driving layup while drawing a foul for a three-point play, then Hairston closed the run with two free throws to make it 52-35 with 14:15 left.

    Florida State never managed to get that deficit back to single digits.

    Bullock went 7-for-11 and scored 13 of his points after halftime. James Michael McAdoo added 12 points for UNC despite foul trouble, while Dexter Strickland added 10.

    Snaer -- the senior with six buzzer-beating winners in the past two seasons -- fouled out with 1:40 left and headed to the bench to a standing ovation from his teammates. He finished 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from behind the arc to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 62 83
    FG Made-Attempted 23-51 (.451) 31-63 (.492)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-12 (.250) 10-22 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 11-12 (.917)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 22

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