CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Roy Williams criticized his team’s toughness following a lackadaisical victory at Clemson last week. After a slow start on Saturday against Florida State, the Tar Heels showed some resolve took control before finishing with an easy 79-58 victory.
James Michael McAdoo led UNC with 21 points, 17 of which came during the first half. Reggie Bullock, meanwhile, scored 12 of his 20 points during the second half.
The Seminoles held a 16-15 lead with about eight minutes to play before halftime, but from there UNC outscored FSU 31-11 to close the half. The Seminoles, who trailed 46-27 at halftime, never got back into the game and the Tar Heels led by as many as 23.
UNC put on one of its better shooting performances of the season. The Tar Heels shot 58.1 percent during the first half, and shot 55.4 percent overall. The Heels made nine of their 15 3-point attempts.
The Seminoles, who have struggled offensively throughout a long season, shot just 37.1 percent. Florida State was especially cold during the first half, when it made just 11 of its 32 field goal attempts.
Michael Snaer led the Seminoles with 17 points, but he made just five of his 18 shots from the field.
The Tar Heels took advantage of Florida State’s sloppy play, and turned the Seminoles’ 15 turnovers into 23 points. UNC also outscored FSU 14-7 on second-chance points.