Florida State was dominated in the paint all game long, and North Carolina rode that to a 106-90 victory. Tar Heel forward Brice Johnson was unstoppable down low with 39 points and 23 rebounds. He wasn't the only North Carolina player to have success in the paint. The Tar Heels out rebounded the Seminoles 50-33 including 18 offensive boards. North Carolina scored 50 of their 106 points in the paint.
The Seminoles struggles started immediately as the Tar Heels ran out to a 19-5 lead in the first half. Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes carried the Seminoles all the way back with a 20 point first half performance, and the North Carolina lead was just 4 at the half. Both of Florida State's star freshmen, Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, struggled in the first half combining for just 2 points.
Both were able to get it going in the second half, but Johnson was just too much for the Florida State bigs. Jarquez Smith fouled out, and Boris Bojanovsky and Chris Koumadje played most of the second half in foul trouble. The Seminoles took a 56-55 lead with 15:49 left in the game, but Koumadje was called for a foul and a technical foul on the same play and North Carolina never looked back. The Tar Heels outscored the Seminoles 51-35 the rest of the way.
Rathan-Mayes finished the game with 30 points including 7 three pointers. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Beasley, and Benji Bell all finished in double digits as well. Bacon had 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Beasley led the Seminoles with 8 rebounds with 15 points.
North Carolina shot 50 percent from the field and 65.7 percent in the second half to run away with the game. Florida State shot just 41.2 percent in the game.
The Seminoles fall to 10-4 on the season and 0-2 in the ACC. They next travel to Coral Gables to take on Miami on January 9th at 5 PM.