Tar Heels build 19-point lead, hold on to top Blue Devils for second time this season
North Carolina fans may recall some memorable performances by seniors in their final home game. There was Phil Ford scoring 34 against Duke to clinch the ACC regular-season title in ’78 and Matt Doherty hitting a runner at the end of regulation to help preserve a perfect ACC record in ’84. More recently, Tyler Zeller made 21 of 24 free throws and posted 30 points two years ago.
NO. 19 ESCAPES POTENTIAL 'TRAP' GAME, EKES OUT 4-POINT WIN AT VIRGINIA TECH
After exhilarating rivalry wins against Duke and N.C. State sandwiched around a 105-point outburst against Wake Forest, No. 19 North Carolina may have been due for an ugly performance.
The Tar Heels had one on Saturday against Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14 ACC) but in a sign of how far this team has come, it didn’t stop UNC from extending its winning streak to 11 games.
The Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4 ACC) struggled against the Hokies’ slow-down pace and 2-3 zone but still came away with a 60-56 win at Cassell Coliseum.
“Obviously we’re not super pleased with the way we played,” sophomore point guard Marcus Paige said. “But at this stage of the season, when you’re on the road, you’ll take whatever you can get.”
The win ensures that after a 1-4 start in the league, UNC will be a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum and will get a bye into Friday’s quarterfinals.
Despite not playing for an ACC regular-season championship, rivals Duke and UNC seek good vibes entering the postseason as both have endured rocky seasons.
Having already faced every other ACC opponent — including two games against N.C. State — the Tar Heels will face last-place Virginia Tech Saturday, March 1 at Cassell Coliseum (2:30 p.m., WRAL).
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The Fighting Irish took the 14th-ranked Tar Heels out of their offense with a tough defense, holding them to 39 percent shooting en route to a 100-75 victory on Thursday night.
T.J. Warren’s actions on the court did the majority of his talking and yet they still weren’t enough to lift his Wolfpack to a much-needed victory that appeared so close to its grasp.
PAIGE'S BUCKET WITH 0.9 LEFT IN OT LIFTS UNC IN 85-84 COME-FROM-BEHIND THRILLER AT N.C. STATE
Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night and help No. 19 North Carolina beat N.C. State 85-84 in overtime on Wednesday.
Paige finished with 35 points — 31 after halftime — and seven 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their 10th straight. UNC needed every bit of that production to outlast the Wolfpack (17-11, 7-8) and league-leading scorer T.J. Warren, who had a career-high 36 points in a losing effort.
The Tar Heels were down 11 points in the first half and by six with 2 minutes left in overtime, but clawed back to win in a classic finish between nearby rivals.
After James Michael McAdoo scored with 30.5 seconds left to tie it, Warren had a chance to put the Wolfpack up two. But he went just 1 for 2 at the free throw line with 7.7 seconds left, setting the stage for Paige — whose team was out of timeouts — to drive the court and cut into the lane for a hanging layup over Warren for the lead.
N.C. State's final desperation heave wasn't close, sealing the Tar Heels' 16th win in 17 meetings.
Starters Leslie McDonald and Kennedy Meeks both suffered foot injuries over the weekend and may not be at full strength today when No. 19 UNC (20-7, 10-4 ACC) visits N.C. State at PNC Arena (8:06 p.m., WRAL)
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday, following his early morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the former North Carolina basketball star to a police precinct, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home, authorities said.
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday named 44 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award.
Tar Heels make only 2 of 33 shots outside the paint in stunning loss to last-place Hokies
UNC crushed Wake Forest 105-72, shooting 57 percent from the field, 73 percent from behind the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line en route to its ninth straight win and its first 100-point game of the season.
Almost 36 hours after students rushed the court to celebrate a 74-66 win over No. 5 Duke, UNC will be back at the Smith Center today to take on Wake Forest (12:07 p.m., WRAL).