Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 6

Feb. 6, 2011

No. 23 Heels Knock Off Florida State, 89-69

Freshman Kendall Marshall had nine points and a season-high 16 assists to help No. 23 North Carolina beat Florida State 89-69 on Sunday.

Fellow rookie Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-5, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led almost the entire way and ripped through the Seminoles' stingy defense to win for the 10th time in 11 games.

North Carolina's 89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season, as the Tar Heels led by nine points at halftime and by double figures almost the entire second half.

Tyler Zeller and John Henson both scored 16 points for the Tar Heels, while Strickland had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in a season-high 35 minutes.

Chris Singleton scored 15 points to lead Florida State, which shot 47 percent but struggled to contain Marshall's penetration. Florida State had won the past two meetings - edging the Tar Heels in the 2009 ACC tournament semifinals then winning by 10 here last March - but has never won three straight in the series.