FINAL: Noles notch 19th straight win, beat UNC, 65-59

North Carolina's Coby White tries to shoot as Florida State's Devin Vassell (24) and Raiquan Gray (1) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
February 3, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center after a two-game swing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, going 1-1 last week against Virginia and Virginia Tech, to take on North Carolina in the first matchup against the Tar Heels this season.

The Noles have won 18 consecutive games at the Tucker Center and look to beat UNC at home in consecutive matchups for the second time in school history. The last time the two programs met in Tallahassee, the Noles eked out an 81-80 win on January 3, 2018.

It's been a rough start to the season for the Tar Heels, who currently sit with a 10-11 overall record and have lost six of their last eight games; most recently, UNC fell at home to Boston College, 71-70.

Despite all of their shortcomings in results this year, UNC is the fifth-best rebounding team in the country, averaging 43.5 boards per contest (for comparison, the Seminoles are averaging 33.3 boards a night).

Below will be a running live blog of the game, with play-by-play updates and analysis. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow myself on Twitter as well as WCTV Sports.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.


FINAL: FSU 65 - UNC 59


Devin Vassell didn't light up the scoreboard, but he did just about everything else as Trent and Williams led the way. It wasn't the flashiest win, but then again, when does FSU ever log those?

Anyway, here's our recap. I won't be available Saturday but we'll speak again soon.

As always, thanks for joining me.

2nd Half, 1:59 57-51, FSU


Timeout, UNC, with just under two to play.

Noles lead by two possessions.

2nd Half, 3:30 55-47, FSU


It's the home stretch and this one is going to go down to the end.

The streak reached 18 for UNC; they missed 18 consecutive buckets before a Christian Keeling layup with 5:23 to play.

Here's the foul situation; Williams has three for FSU, Garrison Brooks is playing with four for the Tar Heels.

The Heels are in the double bonus and FSU is getting fouled twice times away from reaching that mark.

2nd Half, 7:02 47-42, FSU


The drought is ongoing for UNC, who has missed their last 15 shots from the floor, have made just one of their last 17 shots all together and are 9:21 without a made shot from the floor.

But, they find themselves in the bonus and are a foul away from the double bonus.

FSU also finds itself in the bonus and the points are starting to accumulate; RaiQuan Gray, Patrick Williams (10) and Trent Forrest (11) each have double digit point totals.

Forrest nearly brought the house down with a corenr three, but couldn't conenct on it.

2nd Half, 11:18: 39-37, FSU


It was the Noles who started the half cold and now it's the Tar Heels' turn; they've missed their last 12 shots and are just 1 for their last 14, which is a 5:04 scoring drought.

In the last 4:31, FSU is on a 6-0 run (yeah, it's been that kind of night) to re-take a lead, 39-37.

2nd Half, 15:55: 37-33, UNC


Not a great start to the second half for Florida State, who are in the midst of a 2:40 scoring drought and haven't had a ton of great looks at the basket in the early stages of this final frame, either.

It was also a rough start for Devin Vassell, who picked up his first two fouls of the game inside of the opening minute. He has only two points so far tonight and is in danger of not finishing with 10 or more in an ACC game for the first time this season.

HALFTIME: FSU 29 - UNC 28


Didn't realize I hadn't updated since the nine minute mark. Sorry about that folks.

Anyway, things didn't look great for the Noles for a while, but the tides turned really quickly. Inside of the final 2:43, the Heels were held scoreless, including missing their last four shots, while the Noles rattled off a 9-0 run and made their final three field goals of the half.

If FSU stays that hot, the opening to this second half should be a fun one.


1st half, 9:05 - 18-12, UNC


FSU fans, look away because it ain't pretty right now - UNC is in the midst of an 8-0 run in the last 1:42 (4-of-5 in that span) while forcing four turnovers out of the Noles as FSU is in the midst of a 3:23 scoreless drought.

1st half, 11:56 - 12-10, FSU


Neither team is shooting better, per se (technically, both teams are shooting worse than at the last break) but Patrick Williams is starting to feel it; he's got five off the bench, including FSU's first three pointer.

Long way to go in this one, but so far it's shaping up to be a bit of a slog.

1st Half, 14:47: 7-7


No, a football game hasn't broken out. Or...has it?

It's been a slow start for both teams this evening; the Noles have been tenacious on defense, forcing two early shot clock violations, but missed each of their first five shots from the floor.

UNC is barely shooting better, 33.3% (2-6) as opposed to the Noles' 30% (3-10).

Patrick Williams has checked in, though, which was good to see after battling a bit of a toe injury.

LINEUPS

Howdy, folks. Here's how the teams will set up for this one.



 
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