(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Roy Williams had to rally his troops as North Carolina came back from down 15 to defeat Florida State 81-75 on Monday night. It was the 300th win at UNC for Williams.
The Tarheels (18-7, 8-4 ACC) fell behind as Florida State went up 21-6 in the first half. North Carolina shot just 2 for 13 to begin the game, but closed the first half on a 27-15 run to trail by just three at the break.
The Seminoles (15-11, 6-8 ACC) did not want to let the lead go, extending the advantage to as many as seven. However, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige led the charge for UNC who took their first lead of the night on a Nate Britte jumper with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
Meeks finished with a game high 23 points while Paige poured in another 20 for North Carolina, who got no points from leading scorer James Michael MacAdoo in 13 minutes of action. It was the largest comeback of the season for the Tarheels.
For Williams, he becomes the fastest coach in ACC history to reach the 300 win plateau, surpassing former UNC head coach Dean Smith and current Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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