Walker, Gray show fight as Noles hold off UNC

Florida State had plenty of scoring punch, even with Scottie Barnes watching from the sideline. And the Seminoles were more than up for the fight on the boards, too.

M.J. Walker scored 21 points, drilling 4 of 5 three-pointers, and RaiQuan Gray added a career-high 19 points as the Seminoles won their 20th straight ACC home game, knocking off North Carolina 82-75 on Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles (7-2, 3-1 ACC) found production from familiar veterans while enjoying a near-perfect game from the free-throw line and holding their own on the boards against the Tar Heels, who have been dominant in that area.

Balsa Koprivica again was close to a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Malik Osborne added a season-best 10 points.

“We were able to hold our own with the No. 1 rebounding team in the country,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We needed Balsa to have the energy he had tonight.”

Florida State drilled 26 of 27 free-throw attempts (96.3 percent) and just snuck out the rebounding edge, 30-29. The Tar Heels had 13 offensive rebounds but managed just 14 second-half points.

Gray shot 6 of 10 from the floor and added four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in one of his best games at FSU.

“His motor is huge,” Walker said. “I think he still has another level to tap into to. It’s showing, all the work he’s been putting in. He’s getting the job done.”

RJ Davis scored 16 points for UNC (8-5, 3-3). The Tar Heels made 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) three-pointers.

The Seminoles made 24 of 50 (48 percent) of shots from the floor and 8 of 16 (50 percent) from beyond the arc.

For the box score from Saturday’s game, click here.

Next up for FSU is a short turnaround with a road game at Louisville on Monday (7 p.m. on ESPN).

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