Marshall leads No. 23 UNC past FSU 89-69

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- 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.
Everything started with Marshall, who was thrust into a leading role with the abrupt departure of junior point guard Larry Drew II from the program on Friday. Marshall's 16 assists were the most by a UNC player in any ACC game and the most since Raymond Felton had 18 against George Mason in December 2003.