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Roy Williams, North Carolina Players Leave Court with Time on Clock to Avoid Fans

There was a big upset in the ACC Saturday when Florida State drubbed 3rd-ranked North Carolina 90-57. Had it not been for the last few, meaningless seconds of a lopsided game and what happened afterward, Seminoles guard Deividas Dulkys would have received the spotlight for scoring a career-high 32 points, hitting a remarkable 8 of 10 3-point shots. Instead, it was UNC coach Roy Williams’ hasty retreat from the court with time on the clock that many fans in attendance will remember.

With 14.2 seconds remaining in the game, Seminole fans were gearing up to rush the court. FSU coach Leonard Hamilton met with Williams and a referee to discuss matters. Then, Williams had his team and coaching staff promptly shake the Seminole players’ hands as they quickly hustled to the safety of the locker room.

Those 14.2 seconds still remained, however. Williams left five walk-ons to stay on the floor until time ran out, leaving them to run off as FSU fans rushed the court. The scene in Tallahassee was pretty incredible with all the fans storming the floor:

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Florida State Screwed in Loss to Virginia Tech (Video)

We’ve been through this issue several times before and we’ll continue to hammer the point until people recognizes the sense it makes. Florida State got screwed over when a shot by Derwin Kitchen at the buzzer was overturned by the referees, giving the ACC tournament game to Virginia Tech. Check out the video:

Erick Green had just hit the go-ahead jumper for Virginia Tech giving them a 52-51 lead, so Virginia Tech went from elation to heart break and then back to elation in the span of two minutes. What concerns me is that a shot that clearly was taken at the buzzer and went in was waved off. Why is that the case? Look how close things were. In the pic below, the ball was out of Kitchen’s hand when time expired:

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