Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 9 Florida State 96-83

No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 9 Florida State 96-83

Pinson ended the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, providing UNC with a spark it had been lacking for much of the campaign.

FSU received a great effort from Dwayne Bacon, who had a team-leading 18 points, but the Noles fell to 16-2.

Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:00 to play pushed the Tar Heels to an 87-81 edge.

Florida State, which is the only ACC team shooting better than 50 percent from the field, committed 11 of its 15 turnovers before halftime.

The dunk extended UNC's lead to six late in the second half and got the Dean Dome rocking.

North Carolina (16-3, 4-1 ACC) used big runs to close both halves and hand FSU its first ACC loss.

The Seminoles, who entered the game in the middle of the ACC making 70 percent of free throws, were woeful against the Tar Heels.

Florida State: The Seminoles finally lost in the middle of a stretch of six straight against ranked opponents, though they played right with the Tar Heels to prove their strong league start is no fluke. The Seminoles, who trailed by 11 points on three separate occasions during the second half, trailed by three with eight minutes to play, and by four with about 5½ minutes remaining.

His absence will leave UNC with just three players to man the two post positions, with 6-8 sophomore Luke Maye the only backup to senior starters Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks.

FSU shot 46 percent from the line, missing 14 of 26 free throws as seven players missed at least one free throw in the game.

Bryant Crawford paced Wake Forest with 22 points and went a flawless 4-for-4 from the field after the interval, while freshman Brandon Childress adding a season-high 16 points off the bench, which all came in the second half on 4-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers.

That's one way to score your first basket of the year.

"You need to win games in different ways", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

On a Saturday teeming with luscious matchups in the ACC, none looms larger than the North Carolina-Florida State throwdown at 2 p.m. ET.

UNC is also scheduled to play Syracuse at home on Monday.

Florida State: The Seminoles continue their gauntlet of ranked opponents Wednesday, hosting No. 20 Notre Dame.

However, a team that could challenge Florida State for the conference crown is the Duke Blue Devils.

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