Seminoles' rally tops UNC
Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 12:04 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Tim Pickett scored six of his 30 points in overtime, and Florida State rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat No. 7 North Carolina 90-81 on Thursday night.
Todd Galloway sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer from the corner with 7.2 seconds remaining, tying the game for the first time since the opening tip. Galloway's clutch shot was set up when Florida State's Alexander Johnson blocked a shot by Sean May.
Riding the momentum of a stunning comeback, the Seminoles scored the first 11 points of overtime to take control. When the final buzzer sounded, fans poured onto the court in celebration.
Pickett, who had just eight points at halftime, made 11 of 13 free throws and led Florida State with nine rebounds. Johnson added 15 points.
Rashad McCants and Melvin Scott each had four 3-pointers in the first half and keyed a 21-0 run that gave the Tar Heels the big lead.
Florida State (13-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled to 49-35 at halftime on a contested basket by Galloway. He raced the length of the court and was going up for a layup when the red light came on the backboard, but officials ruled the shot good.
North Carolina (11-4, 1-3) shot 10-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half, but just 1-of-9 in overtime.
McCants led five Tar Heels in double figures with 26 points.
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