Sunday, February 6, 2011

THE KENDALL MARSHALL SHOW

Kendall Marshall
#23 NORTH CAROLINA 89, FLORIDA STATE 69 – It is February and all those freshmen who were playing like freshman are now looking like fully-functioning cogs in the Tar Heels high octane offense.

The latest to shine is Kendall Marshall, who inherited the starting point guard after North Carolina’s debacle and Georgia Tech and then found himself in the spotlight on Friday after fellow point guard Larry Drew II abruptly up and quit the team.

All Marshall did in his soloist debut, which was sure to mean many more minutes than usual, was set the all-time records for assists by a Tar Heel in a regular season ACC game.

Marshall was one point away from a double/double scoring 9 points to go along with his 16 assists (the most since Raymond Felton had 18 against George Mason in December 2003).  Marshall, while playing a season-high 36 minutes, had an assist to turnover ratio of 16 to 3.

Fellow rookie Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-5, 7-1 ACC) who led almost the entire way ripping through a stingy Seminole defense to win for the 10th time in 11 games.

Dexter Strickland
UNC’s  89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season.

Marshall had taken over the starting job from Drew after an ugly 20-point loss at Georgia Tech, and the Tar Heels hadn’t lost since. Then Drew walked out, issuing a statement without even a word to his teammates while relying on his father—Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew—to tell coach Roy Williams in a phone call.

Tyler Zeller and John Henson both scored 16 points for the Tar Heels, while Dexter Strickland had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in a season-high 35 minutes.

Chris Singleton scored 15 points to lead Florida State, which shot 47 percent but struggled to contain Marshall and his teammates.

(Photos by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

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