Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Florida State Seminoles shock No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels 90-57

TALLAHASSEE — The previous two times North Carolina traveled to Florida State, the Tar Heels needed buzzer-beating 3-pointers to escape with victories.

That might have been the only type of shot Seminoles guard Deividas Dulkys didn't hit Saturday.

Dulkys hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession after a long series of perimeter passes. He hit another one from the left corner. He hit another from above the right elbow. Add another five to arrive at his final stat line: 12-of-14 from the floor, 8-of-10 from 3-point range, en route to a career-high 32 points. The UNC starters headed to the locker room early to avoid the impending student rush, and FSU celebrated its stunning 90-57 victory over the No. 3-ranked team in the country.

"It was awesome," said Dulkys, who foreshadowed his shooting prowess in morning practice when he made a personal-best 28 3-pointers in a row. "If I wake up tomorrow morning, it was awesome. If not, it was a dream."

The Seminoles (11-6, 2-1 ACC), in front of the season's first sell-out at the Tucker Center, showed no signs of the offensive woes that limited them to 10 points in the first half against Princeton 15 days ago or the defensive lapses that caused them to lose by 20 at Clemson a week ago.

Dulkys' shooting performance was mesmerizing, but FSU coach Leonard Hamilton also pointed to the more subtle elements of the game.

"I just thought that our guys did the little things we've been asking them to do in relation to spacing, ball reversals and penetrating," said Hamilton, whose team entered shooting an ACC-worst 30.2 percent from 3-point range but was 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) Saturday. "We didn't change our offense, and we didn't come up with any other terms to use and motivate our players other than the ones we've been using. The nature of the game, the respect we have for Carolina, the pain of the loss at Clemson all kind of brought our team back in focus."

UNC (15-3, 2-1), which entered leading all of Division I in points and rebounds per game, was held to a season-low scoring output and suffered its worst loss in Roy Williams' nine seasons as coach.

"Florida State made us look like a bunch of little junior high guys," he said.

Center Tyler Zeller had a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 14 points. Former Sickles High standout John Henson added 10 points for UNC, but he missed on all seven of his free throws.

FSU's largest margin of victory ever over UNC and first home win against the Heels since Jan. 22, 2004, had Hamilton looking forward to both Tuesday's game against Maryland and the bigger picture.

"When you're trying to become a program of significance and move into that upper echelon of the ACC, you've got to be successful against two of the top four winningest programs in the history of college basketball, Duke and North Carolina," he said. "We have to now take this momentum, come back to practice and get a game plan together."

Dulkys, too, talked about getting back to the grind. As for how long he lets his mind linger on his career performance, he couldn't exactly say.

"I have no idea," he said with a smile. "It's never happened before, so we'll see."

Comments
Any deadline move wonít be cure-all for Lightning

Any deadline move wonít be cure-all for Lightning

The Lightning could very well add another defenseman by Monday's trade deadline, whether it's one of the bigger fish, such as Erik Karlsson and Ryan McDonagh, or a depth piece, such as Mike Green.Either way, one addition won't automatically cure some...
Updated: 28 minutes ago

Mondayís sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingMets at Astros1 p.m.MLBAngels at Padres4 p.m.MLBBasketballWorld Cup Americas qualifier: Puerto Rico vs. United States11 p.m.ESPN2College basketballWomen: USF at Connecticut7 p.m.ESPN2; 1040-AMDuke at Virginia Tech7 p.m.E...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The artist within

The artist within

Rays utility fielder Micah Johnson sold this painting of Jackie Robinson to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Photo provided by Micah JohnsonRays utility fielder Micah Johnson painted this picture of his nephew, Elijah. Photo provided by Micah Johns...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Winter Olympics: Russians loud, proud over menís hockey gold

Winter Olympics: Russians loud, proud over menís hockey gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea ó The Olympic anthem was merely background noise, the doping scandal the furthest thing from their minds. As the white flag with the five Olympic rings rose toward the rafters Sunday after the gold-medal game in menís hockey, t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tom Jonesí Two Cents: Praise for NBCís Olympics coverage

Tom Jonesí Two Cents: Praise for NBCís Olympics coverage

Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend – and in the just-concluded Olympics case, almost three weeks –  of televised sports.Best coverageThe length of the Olympics is just about perfect.It's 19 days...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Twins sign ex-Rays slugger Logan Morrison

Twins sign ex-Rays slugger Logan Morrison

The Twins are adding some pop to their playoff team from last year, landing former Rays slugger Logan Morrison.Morrison and the Twins have agreed to a $6.5 million, one-year contract, the Associated Press reported. The Twins would have an option for ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Captainís Corner: For next few months, trout is a great target

It is prime time for catching quality trout, our most abundant fish, pretty cooperative and easy to catch most of the time. Make long casts and move lures slowly to connect with big Tampa Bay trout. Lures work just as well as bait for trout. Go with ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Itís all about that pace for Gasparilla 8K champs

Itís all about that pace for Gasparilla 8K champs

TAMPA — Brandon's Jake Turner and Orlando's Erica Weitz said they were not thinking too much about winning Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K.They said they were thinking more about "pacing."But at 9:15 a.m. when the horn sounded an...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sara Hall sets course record in womenís Gasparilla half-marathon

Sara Hall sets course record in womenís Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Stephanie Bruce returned Sunday to defend her title at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon. She ran a blistering pace, shaving 50 seconds off her time from last year to finish well under the course record.Still, it was ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Gasparilla Distance Classic journal: 36 years and counting for announcer Phil Stewart

Gasparilla Distance Classic journal: 36 years and counting for announcer Phil Stewart

TAMPA — Like many others who travel from far and wide for the Gasparilla Distance Classic, Phil Stewart hops on a plane bound for Tampa every February. Usually, Stewart says, it's a welcome reprieve from the frigid D.C. weather."It's ...
Updated: 6 hours ago