Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 84, FLORIDA STATE 73 (OT); FSU Puts Up a Fight, but Falls Hansbrough's Eight Points in Extra Period Carry the Tar Heels

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 84, FLORIDA STATE 73 (OT); FSU Puts Up a Fight, but Falls Hansbrough's Eight Points in Extra Period Carry the Tar Heels

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE -- Good enough to push the nation's best basketball teams to the limit. Not quite good enough to finish the job.

That would be the epitaph on the Florida State basketball season if it ended with Sunday's 84-73 overtime loss to No. 4 North Carolina.

Unable to sustain the momentum provided by Ryan Reid's overtime-forcing 3-pointer, the Seminoles lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Tyler Hansbrough scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to go along with a career-high 21 rebounds as the Tar Heels (21-1, 6-1) overpowered FSU on the glass. UNC turned an overwhelming 54-26 rebounding advantage into 27 second-chance points to compensate for the loss of point guard Ty Lawson to a left ankle injury four minutes into the game.

"Hopefully it will mean a great deal to them, that they can realize that when things aren't pretty -- when we're not flying up and down the court, dunking and high-fiving and waving -- that you still can find a way to win," said North Carolina coach Roy Williams. "Florida State pushed us as far as we could be pushed."

Just as they did in a double-overtime loss at No. 18 Clemson and against No. 7 Duke, the Seminoles were flirting with a potential season-changing upset before fading at the end.

Instead, they make the turn at the midpoint in the ACC schedule needing nothing short of a miracle to end a nine-year string of seasons without a NCAA Tournament appearance.

"The fact that we've been right there against the better teams in our league I'm still holding out hope that we can make one of those runs at the end of the season to regain some respectability," said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton. "At the end of the season, when you look back, these close losses won't mean anything other than they'll be in the 'L' column. We have to be realistic. ...

"What we have to do is find a way now to get on a roll. …

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