ACC Tournament Championship 2012, North Carolina Vs. Florida State: Noles Win Their First-Ever ACC Tournament

The Florida State Seminoles exited halftime with a 49-40 lead over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Championship Game and held that lead for much of the second half. The Tar Heels were able to go on a run and pull within four points, but the Seminoles were able to rally back and regain their nearly double-digit lead. Seminoles head coach Leondard Hamilton became a bit frustrated on the sideline late in the game and employed his team to play smart.

Within the final minutes of the game, North Carolina once again pulled back within four points and the two sides couldn't sink a bucket until UNC guard Kendall Marshall hit a late three-point shot that put North Carolina down by just one point. The closing seconds resulted in North Carolina fouling FSU and putting them on the line, hoping to get some rebounds. Okaro White missed his free throw for the Noles, but Marshall missed the three-point shot that would have put North Carolina up a point.

Deividas Dulkys grabbed the rebound for Florida State and was immediately fouled, putting him on the line. Dulkys sank both of his shots to push FSU's lead to three points. North Carolina pushed the ball to mid-court and called a timeout with 3.3 seconds left, but the ensuing inbound pass from Tyler Zeller to P.J. Hairston led to a long three-point attempt that clanked off the back of the rim as Florida State won the ACC Tournament 85-82.

For more on the two teams, check out Florida Seminoles blog Tomahawk Nation and North Carolina blog Carolina March. For more on college tournaments nationwide, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub. For more on the ACC tourney, make sure to follow this StoryStream.

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