Leonard Hamilton walked off the court with a net draped around his neck. Deividas Dulkys posed for pictures with a small flag from his native Lithuania stuck in his cap, holding a sign that said it all:
"2012 ACC Champions."
Not bad for a football school.
Striking a blow against Tobacco Road and carving their own niche at a place best known for its gridiron success, 17th-ranked Florida State won its first Atlantic Coast Conference basketball championship Sunday by holding off storied North Carolina 85-82 in the title game in Atlanta.
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"It means a lot to the program to be able to crack into the upper echelon of such a rich tradition," said Hamilton, a former assistant at Kentucky under coach Joe B. Hall. "We want to keep building the program so we can contend on a regular basis."
Tournament MVP Michael Snaer scored 18 points and Florida State (24-9) used a barrage of three-pointers to hold off No. 4 North Carolina.
The Seminoles, who joined the ACC in 1991, showed its 33-point blowout of the Tar Heels during the regular season was no fluke, though this one went to the wire. North Carolina (29-5) nearly came all the way back from a 16-point deficit in the first half. P.J. Hairston missed a tying three at the buzzer.
St. Bonaventure 67, Xavier 56: Conference Player of the Year Andrew Nicholson had 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots and St. Bonaventure (20-11) won its first Atlantic 10 title by holding off Xavier (21-12) in Atlantic City, N.J. The fourth-seeded Bonnies are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Eric Mosley, a junior from Moore, had seven points for the Bonnies.
No. 8 Michigan State 68, No. 7 Ohio State 64: Brandon Wood scored a season-high 21 points to help Michigan State (27-7) defeat Ohio State (27-7) in the Big Ten Tournament championship game in Indianapolis. Draymond Green, who had 12 points and nine rebounds, was named the most outstanding player of the tournament.
Kentucky Wesleyan 91, Indianapolis 77: Kentucky Wesleyan (23-7) overcame an 18-point deficit in the first half, then led by 18 on its way to a victory over Indianapolis (20-8) in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Brandon Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, who advanced to face Bellarmine on Tuesday.
Bellarmine 86, Findlay 63: Keisten Jones was 8-for-8 from the field with four three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Bellarmine (27-3) over Findlay (24-6).
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Tulsa: Doug Wojcik was fired as men's basketball coach Sunday after seven seasons during which he recorded the most wins in school history. Wojcik went 140-92 but was never able to take Tulsa to the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa was 1-14 against Conference USA powerhouse Memphis.