It was a familiar scene Sunday: Florida State was in position to get a much-needed Atlantic Coast Conference win but faltered down the stretch.
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough scored eight of his 22 in overtime, and the No.4 Tar Heels toughed out an 84-73 win over Florida State.
It was the Seminoles sixth loss in their past seven games.
"I sound like a broken record, but they made the plays down the stretch," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "When we had opportunities, we didn't make ours."
FSU (13-10, 2-6 ACC) trailed by eight with just more than two minutes left in regulation. Isaiah Swann's 3-pointer and three points from Toney Douglas put the Seminoles down three. North Carolina's Danny Green missed a jumper, giving the Seminoles the ball with 25 seconds left. Swann's 3-pointer was short, but 6-foot-8 Ryan Reid rebounded the miss then buried his first career 3-pointer to tie. UNC frantically pushed the ball to the other end but was not able to get off a shot.
Reid, a sophomore, hadn't attempted a 3-pointer in his career. "I was able to knock it down, and I was happy about that," he said.
Hansbrough asserted himself in overtime, which proved problematic for FSU's frontcourt. Uche Echefu, Julian Vaughn, and Reid, who held Hansbrough to three field goals in regulation, all fouled out in the overtime. The Tar Heels capitalized, making 11 of 13 free throws, and the Seminoles never threatened.
"Not having (the post players) in there really hurt us," said Jason Rich, who lead the Seminoles with 22 points.
Rich was at his best Sunday, getting into the lane and hitting tough shot after tough shot to keep North Carolina from pulling away. But Hansbrough was too much. His 21 rebounds were five fewer than Florida State had. The Tar Heels had 54 as a team and scored 27 second-chance points off 18 offensive rebounds.
"Our inability to match them on the glass was probably the most significant difference in the game," Hamilton said.
North Carolina (21-1, 6-1) lost starting point guard Ty Lawson to an ankle injury four minutes in and tied a season high with 21 turnovers, but the Seminoles weren't able to take advantage.
"Florida State pushed us as far as we could have been pushed today," UNC coach Roy Williams said.
Douglas, the Seminoles' leading scorer, was only 3-for-20 from the field and missed several point-blank layups in the second half. Florida State made only 1 of 7 shots in overtime.
"We missed a lot of easy opportunities," Hamilton said. "We had good looks, today just wasn't one of our better shooting days."
The Seminoles head to Miami on Wednesday, looking to rescue any hopes of an NCAA berth.
"We have to find a way to get on a roll," Hamilton said.