Florida State hammers No. 3 North Carolina | College basketball
Florida State routed North Carolina 90-57, the worst defeat for Tar Heels coach Roy Williams since he took the job in April 2003.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It is back to the drawing board for North Carolina after an embarrassing performance at Florida State.
The third-ranked Tar Heels trailed from the opening seconds and lost to the Seminoles 90-57 Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference mismatch.
It was the worst defeat for Roy Williams since he took the job as coach of the Tar Heels in April 2003.
"There is no facet of the game that we don't need to work on, from free throws to box outs to guarding the ball to help-side defense to not turning it over," Williams said. "Florida State made us look like a bunch of little junior-high guys."
It was a dramatic turnaround for a Florida State team that suffered a 79-59 defeat at Clemson last weekend and came into Saturday's game with the poorest three-point shooting mark in the ACC at 30.2 percent.
Seminoles senior Deividas Dulkys scored a career-high 32 points and made 8 of 10 three-point attempts.
Harrison Barnes scored 15 points for the Tar Heels, who made 4 of 21 three-point shots.
North Carolina (15-3 overall, 2-1 ACC) had reeled off nine straight victories during a 35-day homestand, improving its defense and rebounding — elements that were lacking in early season losses to UNLV and Kentucky. But those deficiencies returned to haunt North Carolina in a big way against the Seminoles (11-6, 2-1).
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said, "Today we were exceptional.
"This team has the potential to play with this level of focus and execution."
The Seminoles started the second half on a 30-8 run to take a 66-36 lead en route to handing North Carolina its worst conference loss since a 96-56 setback to Maryland in February 2003.
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