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FSU loses Mills to injury, flat in loss at UNC

Florida State lost another star to injury in what was one of the season’s most lopsided losses.

Cam’Ron Fletcher had his first FSU double-double — 16 points and 10 rebounds — in FSU’s 94-74 loss at North Carolina. But the Seminoles lost leading scorer Caleb Mills, who suffered an ankle/foot injury with about 12 minutes to halftime.

FSU (13-11, 6-8 ACC) essentially played without Malike Osborne, Anthony Polite, Naheem McLeod and Mills. The Seminoles dropped their sixth straight game, the longest in the Leonard Hamilton era since the 2004-05 season (when they lost nine straight games). 

Hamilton said Mills had an X-ray postgame.

“He didn’t appear to have a fracture,” Hamilton said. “It was a real bad sprain. I doubt that we’ll have him available on Tuesday. That’s kind of the way it’s gone for us the last few weeks. This is another opportunity for someone else to step up and fill that void.”

Fletcher shot 7 of 14 from the floor. RayQuan Evans had 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting. Matthew Cleveland had 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting. John Butler Jr. scored nine points (on 3 of 11 shooting) and pulled down seven rebounds.

FSU shot 26 of 67 (38.8 percent) from the floor and 9 of 19 (47.4 percent) from 3-point range.

Armando Bacot had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Caleb Love scored 18 points, making 6 of 8 3-pointers. The Tar Heels shot 12 of 28 (43 percent) from 3-point range, and they finished 55 percent from the floor.

UNC (18-7, 10-4 ACC) scored the game’s first 18 points. FSU opened 0 for 10 from the floor and trailed 22-1, with Tanor Ngom making a free-throw attempt to get the Seminoles on the board. FSU trailed by 25+ points for the majority of the afternoon.

FSU shot 9 of 30 (30 percent) early but trailed 62-24 at the half. 

FSU – North Carolina box score

The FSU-UNC box score can be viewed here.

Up next: Clemson at FSU

FSU plays host to Clemson on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Bally Sports regional networks).