No. 24 UNC escapes Spiders' web; to face No. 3 Louisville Sunday

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 07:14 PM

North Carolina’s Roy Williams was looking for somebody to step up after the Tar Heels first loss of the season a week ago.

Sophomores Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson answered the challenge on Saturday.

Paige scored a career-high 26 points and Johnson had another with 24 pointsas the Tar Heels bounced back with an 82-72 win over Richmond (3-2) in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

“Marcus and Brice certainly gave something we needed offensively because we’ve been struggling scoring wise,” Williams said. “We still made mistakes that gave me a lot of more gray hairs down the stretch. But hopefully we’ll learn some things and take those kind of plays and not make them anymore.”

North Carolina will play No. 3 Louisville, which beat Fairfield in Saturday’s other semifinal, today at 1 p.m. (ESPN) for the tournament championship.

North Carolina has been playing this season without P.J. Hairston, who was the Tar Heels’ leading scorer a year ago, and senior guard Leslie McDonald didn’t travel to the tournament because NCAA eligibility concerns.

Authorities twice cited Hairston during the offseason while he drove rental cars linked to a felon. The school hasn’t specified McDonald’s issue, though it sent a letter ordering a company making designer mouth guards to stop using McDonald on its web site over the summer.

Without the pair, North Carolina (3-1) lost a jaw-dropper to Belmont a week ago, 83-80.

The Tar Heels also trailed for much of the first half against Richmond, and were up 66-62 with just under 4 minutes to play when the Spiders’ Terry Allen picked up his fourth foul.

But Johnson hit a put-back that started the run that gave the Tar Heels control of the game.

A 3-pointer by Paige made it 71-62 and North Carolina held on down the stretch.

“The coaches keep telling me I’ve got to be more aggressive and attack from the perimeter,” he said. “It’s just something I have to do. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with it.”

Cedrick Lindsay scored 29 points for Richmond. Kendall Anthony added 13.

“There was a couple loose balls and a couple of offensive rebounds that they went up and got them, and that was the difference,” Lindsay said.

Paige scored 16 of his points in the second half and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. The rest of the Tar Heels were 0 for 4.

Johnson added 12 rebounds, giving the sophomore his first career double-double.

Richmond jumped out quickly scoring 10 of the games’ first 12 points.

The Tar Heels chipped away, tying the game on a jumper by Johnson midway through the first half, but they didn’t take their first lead until just before intermission.

Johnson’s emphatic block, and two-handed dunk at the other end sparked an 8-0 that gave UNC a 38-33 advantage early in the second half.

“I’ve been doing that all season,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to do it. If that’s what they need me to do, I’m going to come off the bench and I’m going to bring it.”

They stretched that lead to seven early in the second half before Richmond came back. Lindsay’s runner in the lane tied the game at 51, and the teams were tied again at 56 on a 3-pointer by Anthony.

But another 3-pointer by Paige stopped the Spiders’ momentum.

North Carolina dropped from 12th to 24th in the AP Poll after falling 83-80 to Belmont, the first loss by the Tar Heels to an unranked non-conference opponent at home since February, 2002. The Tar Heels missed 26 free throws in that game.

They were 26 of 37 against Richmond. The teams combined for 50 fouls.

Richmond was coming off a 74-63 overtime win against Hofstra. The Spiders beat Belmont 69-61 on Nov. 11 in Richmond.

Carolina has now beaten Richmond in 15 of their 17 meetings. But the two teams hadn’t played since 1997.

No. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 82, RICHMOND 72
  FG FT Reb
RICHMOND Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Lindsay 37 7-14 12-15 0-4 2 4 29
Sparrow 16 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 2
Allen 20 3-5 3-4 2-6 0 5 9
Nelson-Ododa 29 3-6 0-1 0-3 1 3 6
Williams 20 2-3 0-0 0-3 2 2 5
Anthony 30 4-12 3-4 0-2 2 1 13
J Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Davis 22 1-3 2-2 2-4 1 4 5
Taylor 24 1-4 1-3 0-2 0 2 3
Totals 200 22-49 21-29 8-31 9 26 72

Percentages: FG .449, FT .724.

3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Lindsay 3-6, Anthony 2-8, Davis 1-1, Williams 1-1, Sparrow 0-1, Nelson-Ododa 0-1, Allen 0-1, Taylor 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Nelson-Ododa 3, Taylor, Allen, Williams).

Turnovers: 17 (Nelson-Ododa 6, Allen 4, Lindsay 2, Anthony 2, Davis, Williams, Sparrow).

Steals: 5 (Anthony 2, Nelson-Ododa, Williams, Sparrow).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
NORTH CAROLINA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Britt 20 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 4 4
Paige 38 6-13 8-9 2-5 3 1 26
Tokoto 32 4-8 2-2 1-2 1 4 10
James 12 1-4 1-2 2-3 2 0 3
McAdoo 32 3-6 3-4 2-4 2 4 9
Meeks 5 0-2 1-2 1-3 0 0 1
Davis 10 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 1 0
Johnson 22 8-16 8-12 2-12 1 4 24
Hubert 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Simmons 10 0-0 3-5 0-3 2 1 3
Hicks 12 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2
Moody 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 200 25-54 26-37 13-36 13 24 82

Percentages: FG .463, FT .703.

3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Paige 6-9, Johnson 0-1, Davis 0-1, Tokoto 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Johnson 2, Hicks 2, Tokoto, Paige).

Turnovers: 14 (Britt 3, McAdoo 2, Paige 2, Johnson 2, Hicks 2, Davis, James).

Steals: 9 (Britt 3, Tokoto 2, McAdoo 2, Davis, Paige).

Technical Fouls: None.

Richmond 33 39—72
North Carolina 36 46—82

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LOUSIVILLE STOPS FAIRFIELD IN OTHER SEMIFINAL

BY PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn.  — Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 71-57 victory over Fairfield on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 21 games, including last season’s run to the NCAA championship.

Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (1-4) with 14 points and Marcus Gilbert chipped in with 11.

Louisville, which has three national titles, will be looking for its 27th title in a regular-season tournament when it faces No. 24 North Carolina in Sunday’s championship game. The Tar Heels beat Richmond, 82-72 in Saturday’s first semifinal.

The Stags stayed with the Cardinals for much of the first half and led 11-9 midway through it. But Louisville went on a 28-12 run to close the half and led by as many as 21 after the break.

Louisville, which was playing its first game away from home this season, got a balanced scoring effort. Wayne Blackshear had 11 points and Russ Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds. Luke Hancock, who has been recovering from a strained left Achilles, had nine points in 17 minutes, and was 7 of 7 from the foul line.

The teams combined for 53 fouls in what was far from a crisp contest.

Louisville, which came in averaging just six turnovers, the best in the nation, had eight before halftime and 14 in the game. Fairfield used a full-court press to rattle the Cardinals’ vaunted guards. Jones and Smith each gave the ball away four times.

But Rick Pitino’s press was also effective, forcing Fairfield into 19 turnovers.

Neither team shot well. Louisville, which came in making almost 50 percent of its attempts from the field, hit just 38 percent and the Cardinals were just 2 of 14 from 3-point range.

Fairfield fared just as poorly, hitting on just 34 percent, while going 5 of 15 from behind the arc.

The Stags led 9-4 early. A jumper by Harrell tied the game at 11 and started the run that put the Cardinals in control. Hancock’s layup off a Fairfield miss gave Louisville a 37-23 halftime lead.

Another shot by Harrell gave Louisville its first 20-point lead at 49-28, with 12 minutes left. Fairfield cut the deficit back to 51-36, but could not get closer than 14.

It was 59-40 when Harrell picked up his fourth foul and 62-43 when Smith picked up his fourth. But by then, the game had been decided.

Chris Jones took charge down the stretch. He had all but two of his points in the second half.

The Cardinals’ 21-game winning streak is the longest in school history.

Fairfield (1-4) has lost four in a row. The Stags were picked to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

This was the first meeting between the two programs.

Louisville is now 156-37 in non-conference games under Pitino.

Fairfield fell to 0-50 all-time against ranked opponents, dating back to the 1949-50 season.
 

 

 

No. 3 LOUISVILLE 71, FAIRFIELD 57
  FG FT Reb
LOUISVILLE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Harrell 25 6-13 2-2 6-12 1 4 14
Van Treese 22 0-1 0-0 3-6 0 1 0
Smith 24 3-9 4-6 1-7 2 4 10
Jones 32 6-13 2-2 0-4 1 2 15
Blackshear 24 3-9 4-4 0-5 0 3 11
Rozier 18 1-7 1-2 1-4 3 0 3
Gill 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Ware 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Hancock 16 1-3 7-7 0-0 0 4 9
Mathiang 8 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Henderson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Behanan 19 3-5 2-6 2-5 1 4 8
Agau 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Levitch 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-60 23-31 17-47 9 26 71

Percentages: FG .383, FT .742.

3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Jones 1-3, Blackshear 1-4, Rozier 0-1, Hancock 0-2, Smith 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 7 (Van Treese 4, Harrell, Mathiang, Behanan).

Turnovers: 14 (Smith 4, Jones 4, Behanan 2, Van Treese 2, Harrell, Hancock).

Steals: 11 (Jones 4, Behanan 2, Harrell, Rozier, Blackshear, Smith, Ware).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
FAIRFIELD Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Sidibe 19 2-5 2-2 2-6 0 3 6
Johnson 30 3-6 0-1 2-6 0 3 6
Mar Gilbert 20 3-8 4-6 2-4 0 4 11
Rose 28 0-1 5-9 0-0 1 3 5
Chappell 20 0-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 0
Jenkins 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Davis 24 2-5 2-3 0-1 0 1 6
Barrow 19 3-9 6-7 0-2 1 4 14
Johnston 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Smith 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 6
Mal Gilbert 15 1-2 0-0 0-8 2 5 2
Grennan 10 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 1
Totals 200 16-47 20-30 8-33 6 27 57

Percentages: FG .340, FT .667.

3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Barrow 2-4, Smith 2-4, Mar. Gilbert 1-3, Chappell 0-1, Grennan 0-1, Davis 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Mal. Gilbert 3, Johnson).

Turnovers: 19 (Rose 8, Mar. Gilbert 3, Chappell 3, Johnson 2, Sidibe, Davis).

Steals: 7 (Rose 3, Grennan, Chappell, Barrow, Davis).

Technical Fouls: None.

Louisville 37 34—71
Fairfield 23 34—57

A_8,113.

Officials_Wally Rutecki, Brian O'Connell, Bob Adams.