North Carolina’s dazzling start to ACC play continues but not without some serious sweating on the road.

During Saturday’s trip to Tallahassee, Florida State put up a heck of a fight against the No. 3 Tar Heels. A late surge put things away as North Carolina flexed its muscle in a hostile environment.

The Seminoles came out swinging out of the gate and actually built a 41-36 lead at halftime. However, the second half was an entirely different story with the Tar Heels surging back to build a 10-point lead with 8 minutes left to play.

Florida State would slowly chip away and was able to cut the lead to 70-68 with a Primo Spears layup with 2:30 remaining. The score would stay locked there until inside a minute left to play when RJ Davis delivered for the Tar Heels with a bucket.

After that, the pressure was on FSU but the Seminoles were unable to get back on the scoreboard. Davis would ice the game away by going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line as UNC pulled off the 75-68 win.

Davis would lead all scorers with 24 points while Harrison Ingram chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds including 7 offensive rebounds. The Seminole bench came up big throughout the game with Primo Spears leading FSU with 15 points and Chandler Jackson also delivering 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting off the bench.

With the win, UNC pushed its winning streak to 10 games since back-to-back losses in nonconference play to UConn and Kentucky. The Tar Heels also completed a season sweep of FSU after a 78-70 win in Chapel Hill.

The win also gives UNC a 9-0 start to ACC play. That is the best start for the program in league play in over 20 years (2000-01).