Johnson, Maye lead No.
AP No. In the process, the Tar Heels laid claim to that honor for themselves.
Cameron Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and North Carolina routed No. Luke Maye added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Nassir Little scored 18 points and Coby White finished with The Tar Heels , have won 10 of 11 to remain in a first-place tie.
They beat No. That was the longest such string in the ACC at the time, and Duke's loss left Florida State and its eight-game streak as the best in the league. That one's over, too, thanks to the Tar Heels - who shot 48 percent in the second half while holding Florida State to 25 percent shooting after halftime.
We did some good things. We got a win,'' coach Roy Williams said. We've had a couple of Ls in the Smith Center, so you've got to protect your home court.
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Maye followed that by sandwiching a pair of 3s - including one he banked in from about 25 feet - around a contested jumper by Little to give the Tar Heels all the breathing room they needed.
Florida State fell to here, with only one victory since North Carolina: The Tar Heels haven't exactly ducked anyone during their surge, either.
This was their 10th game of the season against an opponent ranked in the top 19 of the AP Top 25, and they improved to against them, with wins in five of six and the loss coming to a third-ranked Virginia team with which they share the ACC lead. The Tar Heels improved to under Williams in their games immediately following their matchups with the Blue Devils, who were without star Zion Williamson for virtually the entire game on Wednesday.
All three losses have come in ACC Tournament openers over the years after facing Duke in regular-season finales.
North Carolina outscored Florida State in the paint three nights after outscoring Duke there. UNC also held a rebounding advantage over the Seminoles.
He finished this one with six points and four rebounds in 14 minutes. After shooting 76 percent in his previous three games, he was 2 of 5. North Carolina: plays host to Syracuse on Tuesday night.
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