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Hamilton, Williams keep chat private

CHARLOTTE -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton talked for a while after the post-game handshake following the Tar Heels' 82-70 win on Friday, which isn't a mystery.

What they talked about apparently is.

"Oh, it was between he and I," Hamilton said. "Coach's talk, like y'all have writer's talk."

During the closing seconds, UNC holding a 79-67 lead, the Tar Heels' Marcus Ginyard had the ball as the clock ticked toward zeroes. He had to shoot or throw the ball away, and since there was nobody guarding him, he could have just accepted the shot-clock violation.

Instead, as the shot clock rang, Ginyard launched from the arc. He swished it.

Williams turned to Hamilton after the shot, shrugged and mouthed, "Sorry." Florida State's Toney Douglas hit a 3-pointer at the other end and when UNC got the ball back and Danny Green could have walked in for a dunk, he elected to dribble the time off.

The two coaches shook hands and spoke before adjourning to the locker room. Neither would comment on it afterward.

• HONEYMOON OVER: N.C. State, the darling of last year's tournament after a surprising run to the finals, was quickly eliminated from the ACC tournament on Thursday, falling 63-50 to Miami. The output matched the lowest total all season, set in the Wolfpack's 50-43 win over Presbyterian on Jan. 5.

Coach Sidney Lowe, who posted a 20-16 season in his first year last season, saw his team finish 15-16 and likely out of a postseason bid.

The Wolfpack found a terrific surprise this year in center J.J. Hickson, who was unanimously voted to the all-freshman team. Hickson didn't start against the Hurricanes (violation of a team rule), but came off the bench to score 27 points with 14 rebounds.

The only problem was no one else joined him. Hickson outscored his teammates by four points and the Wolfpack's perimeter shooters only hit one of nine 3-pointers (.111), the third-worst tournament performance since the shot was created.

"We shot 34 percent, and that has hurt us more than anything this year," Lowe said. "Scoring has been our problem; that is something we had last year."

They also had standout performances from Ben McCauley and Brandon Costner last year. Those two combined for two points in the game.

• LONG FAREWELL: With less than a minute to go in Virginia's 94-76 loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday, guard Sean Singletary trudged to the bench. As he walked, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Singletary leaves the Cavaliers as one of only five players to hit the 2,000-point mark, joining Bryant Stith, Jeff Lamp, Buzzy Wilkinson and Ralph Sampson. Those four, along with Wally Walker and Barry Parkhill, had their numbers retired.

Singletary also had his No. 44 raised to the rafters in Charlottesville, but it didn't remove one bit of the sting of a 15-15 season.

"I was fairly aware that everyone was applauding, but at the same time, I hate to lose," he said. "Nobody wants to go out losing, and that is tough."

• STILL GIMPY: UNC guard Ty Lawson played 21 minutes against Florida State, but is still feeling the effects of a sprained left ankle, which kept him out of six games. Williams said he couldn't put a number on Lawson's health, but it wouldn't be 100.

"I still haven't seen him run past anybody and explode like he's done before," Williams said.

• SEPARATED AT HATCH?: Big Stuff, the silly mascot at Winthrop, ought to check out his family tree. He might find a branch leading to Boston College's Baldwin, who resembles Big Stuff, especially around the wings.

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