Kessler, Tar Heels rally from 16 down to upset No. 11 FSU

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Freshman Walker Kessler scored a season-high 20 points to help UNC-Chapel Hill upset No. 11 Florida State 78-70 on Saturday.

It gave the Tar Heels a needed win to boost their NCAA Tournament chances while giving coach Roy Williams his 900th career victory.

The 7-foot-1 freshman had 14 of his points after halftime in an huge performance off the bench.

He provided a game-changing spark for a team that was down 16 with 2 1/2 minutes before halftime.

Three other UNC freshmen also scored in double figures, marking the first time four freshmen scored in double figures in a UNC game, the school said.

The other three freshmen who scored in double figures were Kerwin Walton with 13 and RJ Davis and Caleb Love, who each had 12 points.

RaiQuan Gray scored 17 points to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference-leading Seminoles. Florida State shot 32% and committed 12 turnovers after halftime.

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