UNC men's basketball leads Florida State, 50-41, at halftime

Bradley was hurt with 3:39 left in the first half against Wake Forest, when he was fouled by Dinos Mitoglou in the lane, falling to the court after a collision and appearing to smack the back of his head on the court. "Wake Forest made us play poorly at times".

Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks each added 22 points for the Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who played from in front almost all day but didn't put the Seminoles away until a 14-2 run in the final 5 1/2 minutes finally gave them a comfortable lead. Forwards Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks each chipped in with 22 points for North Carolina.

While some of the wins for FSU have been special - an overtime win at home in 2004 along with two ACC Tournament wins, including the 2012 championship game - they have been few and far between. "A lot of that goes to the guys screening for me".

While three players average in double figures in scoring, Dwayne Bacon undoubtedly serves as the offensive catalyst in Tallahassee.

While they have won the first three games of their six straight against ranked teams - including road win over Virginia and a win over top 10 ranked Duke - the team in baby blue has become a road block for the 'Noles over the last dozen seasons. 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.

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Florida State Seminoles are locked in a tight battle in Chapel Hill.

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.

Perhaps making Childress' performance even more unexpected than his pedestrian season averages was the fact that the Winston-Salem native played just two minutes in the first half.

North Carolina set the tone early, punching early and taking a 9-2 lead before Jonathan Isaac banked in a three to settle Florida State down.

Improving from the charity stripe and limiting turnovers should be the focus moving forward, and FSU must improve quickly on those fronts with games against No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 14 Louisville on the horizon.

And then there was Wednesday night.

  • Jon Douglas