CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Kendall Marshall had nine
points and a season-high 16 assists to help No. 23 North Carolina
beat Florida State 89-69 on Sunday.
Fellow rookie Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Tar
Heels (17-5, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led almost the
entire way and ripped through the Seminoles' stingy defense to win
for the 10th time in 11 games.
North Carolina's 89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most
allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season, as the Tar Heels
led by nine points at halftime and by double figures almost the
entire second half.
Everything started with Marshall, who was thrust into a leading
role with the abrupt departure of junior point guard Larry Drew II
from the program on Friday. Marshall's 16 assists were the most by
a UNC player in any ACC game and the most since Raymond Felton had
18 against George Mason in December 2003.
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