The bread and butter of the Seminoles is their defense. In the first half they had 8 steals and forced 11 turnovers which led to 14 points. That same defense held All-American Tyler Hansbrough to 3 first half points on 0-4 shooting from the field.
"We did a great job of just slowing them down in transition. They usually score what, 92 points a game. I mean, we held them at the end of regulation at 67. So I mean, if that's not getting after it defensively, I don't know what is," said FSU Senior Guard Isaiah Swann.
"Part of their defensive scheme was to push me outside. Be real physical with me. You know, you saw it. They picked up some fouls and if they're going to play that way, I think it showed at the end of the game that they were in foul trouble," said UNC Junior Forward Tyler Hansbrough.
"Three big guys having like four fouls, five fouls, we can't afford to have that kind of fouls during like crucial times," said FSU Junior Forward Uche Echefu.
Jason Rich put the Noles on his shoulders in the second half scoring 14 points. But it was an unlikely hero, Ryan Reid who nailed a 3 pointer with seconds left to send the game into overtime. In the extra period it would be too much Hansbrough and too much Tar Heels as they claim the victory by 11 points.
North Carolina Tar Heels 84
Florida State Seminoles 73