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Seminoles take down Tar Heels, extend ACC home win streak

M.J. Walker scores a game-high 20 to help Florida State win its 20th straight conference game at the Tucker Center.
In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Florida State forward RaiQuan Gray celebrates during a game. Gray scores a career high 19 points Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in a win over North Carolina.
In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Florida State forward RaiQuan Gray celebrates during a game. Gray scores a career high 19 points Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in a win over North Carolina. [ MARK WALLHEISER | AP ]
Published Jan. 17

TALLAHASSEE — M.J. Walker scored 20 points, Raiquan Gray added a career-high 19 and Florida State beat North Carolina 82-75 Saturday for the Seminoles’ 20th consecutive home conference victory.

Walker, who made 4 of 5 shots from the arc, missed three minutes of the second half after turning an ankle but returned to hit his final 3-pointer with 11 1/2 minutes left to give the Seminoles (7-2, 3-1 ACC) a 10-point lead at the Tucker Center.

The Tar Heels (8-5, 3-3) were within a point with just over two minutes remaining but missed their next three shots and had a turnover while Gray converted a three-point play and two free throws and the Seminoles went up seven with 16 seconds remaining.

RayQuan Evans, Balsa Koprivica and Malik Osborne added 10 points each for the Seminoles, who were 8 of 16 on 3-pointers and made 26 of 27 free throws. FSU was without third-leading scorer Scottie Barnes, who turned his ankle in Wednesday’s win over North Carolina State.

RJ Davis scored 16 points, Kerwin Walton 14, Garrison Brooks 12 and Caleb Love 11 for UNC, which made 10 of 24 from the arc but only got to the line 14 times, making 11. Guard Anthony Harris, out since December 2019 while recovering from a knee injury, played nine minutes in the second half and scored five points with three assists.

The Tar Heels had a three-game win streak snapped.