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Heels have chances but can’t put away Alabama in 4 OTs

North Carolina had plenty of opportunities to beat Alabama in regulation and at the end of each overtime but the Tide found a way to defeat the Tar Heels 103-101 in a controversial four-overtime game. (11/27) Carolina lost its second game in a row in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland in heartbreaking style in a game that will be remembered as the one where a goaltending call was reversed to the detriment of the Tar Heels. It appeared that the Tar Heels had taken a 103-102 with nine seconds left in the fourth overtime as Caleb Love scored on […]

North Carolina had plenty of opportunities to beat Alabama in regulation and at the end of each overtime but the Tide found a way to defeat the Tar Heels 103-101 in a controversial four-overtime game. (11/27)

Carolina lost its second game in a row in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland in heartbreaking style in a game that will be remembered as the one where a goaltending call was reversed to the detriment of the Tar Heels.

It appeared that the Tar Heels had taken a 103-102 with nine seconds left in the fourth overtime as Caleb Love scored on a goaltending call. But after several minutes of watching replays, the officials said there was no goaltending and that since neither team had possession when the “inadvertent whistle” came, it would go to the possession arrow. Guess which team had the arrow.

After UNC’s Seth Trimble bothered the inbounds pass, Bama lost the ball out of bounds and the Tar Heels still had a chance with eight seconds left. After a timeout, Carolina’s Pete Nance had trouble getting the ball in and finally turned it over on the inbounds pass.

After Alabama’s Jaden Bradley hit one of two free throws, the Tar Heels still had a chance to win as R.J. Davis had a long three-point shot go awry, much to the dismay of the Carolina bench which thought Davis was fouled on the shot.

“For whatever reason the ball didn’t bounce our way. That’s life,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “When things don’t go your way, I told the team, you have a choice. You can whine and complain and make excuses and stay down or you can get back up and compete and fight.”

Trailing 37-34 at the half, the Tar Heels went on an 8-0 midway through the second half to go up 63-55 after a Caleb Love floater with 9:29 to go.

Alabama, on the strength of four three pointers over four minutes, drew to a 71-71 tie. With it tied at 77, each team had a chance to win it in the last 30 seconds but a shot by each team failed.

Neither team did much in the first overtime as Love missed a three late that would have broken an 81-81 tie and won it for the Heels.

“Late clock execution is something that’s got to improve,” Coach Davis said. “A lot of it comes down to does the ball go in or not. We had a number of looks in those situations – mid-range jump shots and threes – that we normally make. We just didn’t make it.”

Pete Nance blocked a shot late in the second overtime and Love barely missed a three-quarters court shot at the buzzer to send it to a third overtime at 89-all.

Three drives to the basket by Love, Davis and Nance put the Heels up 95-89 in the third overtime but, once again, Carolina couldn’t close it out. UNC’s Davis won has hit more than 95 percent of his free throws missed one midway through this overtime that would ended up being the difference.

Alabama’s Brandon Miller hit a three and Jahvon Quinerly tied it with free throws at 96-96 with 28 seconds left. Once again, UNC’s Love got off a shot at the buzzer that fell short, setting up the game-deciding fourth overtime.

Love had a career-high 34 points to lead Carolina but he hit only 13 of 36 shots and managed only three of 11 from beyond the arc. Bacot, despite being in foul trouble most of the game and injuring his ankle in the second half, had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Davis missed two-thirds of his shots on the way to 19 points. Others in double figures were Leaky Black and Puff Johnson with 10 each.

Alabama, now 6-1, was led by Mark Sears’ 24 points. Sears, who had been shooting only 37.5 percent on the season, hit eight of 13 shots including seven of 11 three-point attempts.

Carolina, 5-2, travels to No. 11 Indiana Wednesday at 9:15 p.m.

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Cyclones’ Grill Tar Heels with late run

The North Carolina basketball team, up by seven with less than four minutes to go, seemed to be on its way to salvaging a Black Friday that saw its football team lose in overtime to rival N.C. State. But Iowa State’s Caleb Grill scored 10 points down the stretch, including two of his seven three-pointers on the day, to lead the Cyclones to a 70-65 victory over the No. Tar Heels. (11/25) Grill, who had been averaging just over seven points a game and was a mere four of 24 from beyond the three-point line, scored a career-high 31 points […]

The North Carolina basketball team, up by seven with less than four minutes to go, seemed to be on its way to salvaging a Black Friday that saw its football team lose in overtime to rival N.C. State. But Iowa State’s Caleb Grill scored 10 points down the stretch, including two of his seven three-pointers on the day, to lead the Cyclones to a 70-65 victory over the No. Tar Heels. (11/25)

Grill, who had been averaging just over seven points a game and was a mere four of 24 from beyond the three-point line, scored a career-high 31 points on a seven of 11 three-point shooting night.

“(Grill) played out of his mind. Credit to him,” UNC’s Caleb Love said. “He hit a lot of crazy shots – a lot of shots that were over our hands and a lot of deep ones. It was tough (to defend) obviously because he was hitting a lot of tough shots.”

UNC coach Hubert Davis said Grill was hot the whole game so it came down to Carolina errors at the end. “We turned the ball over a couple of times, and you just can’t do it in late game situations,” he said. “You have to be sound and disciplined and you have to do that on both ends of the floor. And we just didn’t do it against them tonight.”

With Carolina up 60-53, Grill tossed in a three with 3:28 to go and then hit another with 2:25 left to go to tie it at 61-all. After a pass from UNC’s Armando Bacot was stolen, Grill scored to put the Cyclones up for good at 63-61. Iowa State hit seven free throws to wrap it up.

Carolina led by as many as nine points in the first half. But threes by Grill and Jaren Holmes got Iowa State back in it as the Tar Heels led just 34-32 at the half.

The Tar Heels went on a 10-0 run midway through the second half to seemingly get control of the game at 55-47 with less than seven minutes to play. A Pete Nance three following a missed free throw made for a four-point possession for the Heels during the stretch.

But a 17-5 run by Iowa State over the last four minutes did in the Tar Heels just as the football team was failing to keep pace with N.C. State in overtime.

R.J. Davis led the Tar Heels with 15 points while Bacot had 13 and Love finished with 12.

Carolina, 5-1, plays Alabama at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for third place in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Iowa State (5-0) now plays No. 20 UConn for the tournament title.

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Nance, Tar Heels get by Portland late

North Carolina, despite all five starters scoring in double figures for the first time this season, could not pull away from a hot-shooting Portland team until hitting free throws late to get past the Pilots 89-81 in the Phil Knight Invitational. (11/24) Pete Nance’s 28 points led the way for Carolina, who took a lead with just over four minutes to go and didn’t relinquish it again as the Heels hit eight of their last 10 free throws. “In the second half when we need to respond, we did,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “Pete is an unbelievable player. I’m […]

North Carolina, despite all five starters scoring in double figures for the first time this season, could not pull away from a hot-shooting Portland team until hitting free throws late to get past the Pilots 89-81 in the Phil Knight Invitational. (11/24)

Pete Nance’s 28 points led the way for Carolina, who took a lead with just over four minutes to go and didn’t relinquish it again as the Heels hit eight of their last 10 free throws.

“In the second half when we need to respond, we did,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “Pete is an unbelievable player. I’m so thankful that he’s with us.”

Down 75-73, Leaky Black hit a three from the left corner to give the Heels a 76-75 lead with 4:15 to go. The lead had changed hands 13 times until that shot.

The lead seemed shaky since the Tar Heels had missed five free throws in a row until the late hot hand from the free throw line. Carolina, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, got its biggest lead of the second half at 83-76 on a pair of free throws by R.J. Davis.

Portland’s 12th three cut the margin to 84-81 with 51 seconds left but Davis came through at the end of the shot clock with a long two to put Crolina up 86-81 with 28 seconds left. That and three free throws wrapped up the scoring.

Carolina – or more precisely Caleb Love – started out hot as long scored 12 points in the first seven minutes to roll out to an 18-8 lead. But the Pilots went on a 10-0 run in less than three minutes and it stayed close the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels led 40-38 at the half but Portland came out of the lockerroom hot. Tyler Robertson, who UNC’s Black had contained in the first half, hit a pair of threes to put the Pilots up 53-48 for Portland’s biggest lead of the game.

The Tar Heels didn’t take the lead again until Nance stroked a three after Love penetrated and pushed it back out to him. That made it 66-64 with 9:51 left, setting up the tight finish.

“We made enough plays down the stretch,” said Nance, who scored 20 in the second half. “All credit goes to my teammates. They found me in my spots. I practice those shots and fortunately they were going in today.”

Joining Nance in double figures were Love with 23, including 16 in the first half, Davis with 13, Bacot with 13 and Black with 11. The Tar Heels only got three points off the bench.

Carolina, 5-0, plays Iowa State or Villanoca in the holiday tournament Friday at 5:30 p.m., which conflicts with the UNC-NC State football game.

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UNC collective Heels4Life plans to use NIL as “weapon for good”

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Graham Boone spent almost a decade as a NBA agent and is now bringing that experience to Carolina football’s collective Heels4Life as its executive director. He believes NIL has been misconstrued nationally and that it can be more than an ATM for players, it can be a weapon for good. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Bacot leads Heels to most complete win so far

In the first three games, North Carolina got out to slow starts. This time, Armando Bacot didn’t let that happen as the Tar Heels got out to a 21-point lead in the first half and eased to an 80-64 win at home over James Madison. (11/20) Bacot, who ended up with 19 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, already had a double-double at halftime with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Heels went into the break with a 45-26 halftime advantage. “Anything around him, he got it,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “He pursues the ball relentlessly and he’s […]

In the first three games, North Carolina got out to slow starts. This time, Armando Bacot didn’t let that happen as the Tar Heels got out to a 21-point lead in the first half and eased to an 80-64 win at home over James Madison. (11/20)

Bacot, who ended up with 19 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, already had a double-double at halftime with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Heels went into the break with a 45-26 halftime advantage.

“Anything around him, he got it,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “He pursues the ball relentlessly and he’s impossible to box out.”

Davis said this game was a step forward for his Tar Heels, who was playing an undefeated James Madison team that he called one of the hottest teams in the country. “Defensively we were fantastic,” he said. “We rebounded extremely well.”

It was by far the best rebounding effort so far this year as Carolina outrebounded James Madison 50-34. Leaky Black has his career high rebounding as well with 12.

The Dukes came into the game averaging 105 points a game and shooting 58 percent from the floor, including 54 percent from beyond the arc. The Tar Heels held James Madison to just 34.8 percent, including just 26 percent from three.

“JMU has a chance to go to the (NCAA) tournament,” Bacot said. “Beating them the way we did does a lot for our confidence.”

However, a sloppy second half, highlighted by an early 12-2 James Madison run, was evenly played by both teams.

The Dukes got the margin all the way down to eight at 57-49 midway through the second half but Carolina went on an 8-1 run to get the lead back up to 15 and the lead never got under double figures again.

During that run, R.J. Davis, who led the Heels in scoring with 21 points, hit a baseline a runner and went coast to coast for a driving layup to make it 65-50.

Pete Nance was the third Carolina player in double figures as he scored 11.

Puff Johnson, who has been injured, got his first action of the season as he scored six, including a three from the corner, in 13 minutes of play. “It was great to see Puff out on the floor,” Coach Davis said. “Puff brings us energy and effort. The ball just finds him.”

Carolina, 4-0, plays Portland in a holiday tournament Thursday at 1 p.m. to start a five-game stretch on the road against tough competition.

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Tar Heels Set Record Graduation Success Rate

Graduation Success Rates for University of North Carolina student-athletes over the past four years are the highest on record, climbing three points to 91 percent, the third straight year the Tar Heels equaled or established their highest-ever multi-year graduation rate. …read more

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Holliday: Drake, Downs and defense lift Heels to Coastal title

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The 2022 ACC Championship won’t be decided until UNC meets Clemson in Charlotte next month. But the Tar Heels showed Saturday night they just may have what it takes to compete with the Tigers. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Tar Heels blow big lead, hang on to win

North Carolina opened up a close game early in the second half, only to have to hang on for a hard-fought 72-66 victory over Gardner-Webb in Chapel Hill. (11/15) Powered by Pete Nance in the first half (16 points) and Caleb Love in the second half (17 points), Carolina was able to keep a fairly comfortable lead before giving up a couple of late baskets for the respectable final score for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. “I’m proud of the guys for persevering but I’m also frustrated in some areas,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. Coach Davis indicated that the Tar Heels, […]

North Carolina opened up a close game early in the second half, only to have to hang on for a hard-fought 72-66 victory over Gardner-Webb in Chapel Hill. (11/15)

Powered by Pete Nance in the first half (16 points) and Caleb Love in the second half (17 points), Carolina was able to keep a fairly comfortable lead before giving up a couple of late baskets for the respectable final score for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

“I’m proud of the guys for persevering but I’m also frustrated in some areas,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said.

Coach Davis indicated that the Tar Heels, with four returning starters, have not picked up where they left off last season. He has been disappointed with the effort and energy, saying he doesn’t remember his players coming up with a loose ball or hitting the offensive boards for instance.

“Heading into the season, I thought they would be hungry and thirsty,” Coach Davis said of his team. “But we’re going to have to do the little things better to be successful.”

Ahead just 26-22 at the half, Carolina got some breathing room with a 10-0 run in the first two and a half minutes of the second half.

Love led the way during the stretch with eight of those points and an assist on the other two to Bacot who dunked it home.

The Heels got out to their biggest lead of the game at 47-31 on a Leaky Black turn-around jumper in the lane at the 13:05 mark.

Carolina kept a double-digit lead until Gardner-Webb went on a 12-3 run over four minutes plus to pull to 61-56 with 2:40 to go.

The Heels pushed the lead back to double figures before a couple of late baskets, including a three at the final buzzer by the Bulldogs’ Anthony Selden, who scored a career-high 21 points.

Love led four Tar Heels in double figures with 20 while Nance added 18, Davis added 14 to go with a team-high 10 rebounds for the guard and Bacot finished with 10.

Carolina, 3-0, hosts James Madison Sunday afternoon.

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Bacot paces Heels to 2nd half comeback

North Carolina trailed by seven at the half and then All-America candidate Armando Bacot came alive, scoring 27 of his 28 points in the second half to pace the Tar Heels to a 102-86 victory over the College of Charleston at home. (11/11) UNC coach Hubert Davis said that his team’s physicality in the second half was the key. “We decided to compete,” he said. “I told them at the half if we would compete on both ends of the court that things would turn around quickly and it did.” The Tar Heels erased the halftime deficit in less than […]

North Carolina trailed by seven at the half and then All-America candidate Armando Bacot came alive, scoring 27 of his 28 points in the second half to pace the Tar Heels to a 102-86 victory over the College of Charleston at home. (11/11)

UNC coach Hubert Davis said that his team’s physicality in the second half was the key. “We decided to compete,” he said. “I told them at the half if we would compete on both ends of the court that things would turn around quickly and it did.”

The Tar Heels erased the halftime deficit in less than two minutes into the second half as Caleb Love drilled a three to tie it at 50-50.

The lead went back and forth nine times before Carolina went up 78-70 on a 10-2 run highlighted by a Bacot two-handed dunk and a Love steal and dish to Seth Trimble for a layup.

Charleston did cut it to five with eight minutes to go before the Heels wrapped it up with a 14-4 run to get out to a comfortable 94-70 lead with 2:24 to play.

Carolina’s largest lead of the game at 102-84 came near the end when Bacot took an alley oop pass from Love and Love picked up a loose ball and raced in for a dunk.

In the first half, Charleston, which led by as many as eight points, hit 53 percent of its shots including six threes while outrebounding the Heels 21-17.

In the second half, Carolina outscored Charleston by 23 points, 59-36.

“Our team has to understand that we’ve going to get everybody’s best effort,” Coach Davis said. “In order for us to be successful against anybody we have to compete with energy and poise.”

While Bacot’s 27 and Love’s 25, most of which came on drives to the hoop, led the scoring, Leaky Black gave Carolina a lift with 15 points including 10 in the first half to keep the Heels within striking distance.

Coach Davis praised freshmen Tyler Nickel, who scored eight, and Trimble, who scored four and gave Carolina starters 11 minutes of rest. But he wasn’t happy with rebounding as the Heels were outrebounded for the second game in a row, 35-32.

Charleston’s Dalton Bolon led four teammates in double figures with 16 points.

Carolina, 2-0, hosts Gardner-Webb Tuesday night.

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Tar Heels shake off rust to get by UNC-W

North Carolina certainly didn’t look like the No 1 team in the nation as UNC-Wilmington, fighting hard, turned the game into an ugly physical affair. But the Tar Heels shook off enough of the rust to get by the Seahawks 69-56 in the season opener in Chapel Hill. (11/7) “We’re getting the rust off,” UNC’s Caleb Love said. “It was our first real game together… We’re getting the chemistry back to where it was last year. I give credit to our fans – they led us to that win.” Tied at 17, UNC went on a late first-half 15-4 run […]

North Carolina certainly didn’t look like the No 1 team in the nation as UNC-Wilmington, fighting hard, turned the game into an ugly physical affair. But the Tar Heels shook off enough of the rust to get by the Seahawks 69-56 in the season opener in Chapel Hill. (11/7)

“We’re getting the rust off,” UNC’s Caleb Love said. “It was our first real game together… We’re getting the chemistry back to where it was last year. I give credit to our fans – they led us to that win.”

Tied at 17, UNC went on a late first-half 15-4 run to take a 32-21 halftime margin and it stayed close to that throughout the second half.

The Seahawks did get the lead down to eight briefly midway through the second half but Caleb Love helped the Heels to their biggest lead at 16.

Love came up with a steal and drained a 15 footer and then drove the lane and was fouled. After the free throw, Carolina led 61-45 with 4:30 to go.

“I felt like they were a little nervous and excited,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said of his team. “On the offensive end, we weren’t moving with pace. We couldn’t handle the basketball. But a win is a win over a quality UNC-W team.”

The Seahawks did go 27–9 last year but the Tar Heels have more talent, and that was ultimately the difference.

The Seahawks never really threatened to take a lead in the second half but they muddied the waters and made it difficult for the Tar Heels to get out on the break and pull away.

While All-America candidate Armando Bacot scored 16, he sat with four fouls for a long stretch in the second half, and was flustered inside by players collapsing on him whenever he got the ball.

Two other usual suspects scored in double figures as Love had 17 points as did R.J. Davis.

But the Seahawks kept the score down by taking their time on the offensive end and then getting after it on the boards on both ends of the court, outrebounding Carolina 36-29.

UNC-W’s Trazarien White led all scorers with 19 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

Carolina, 1-0, hosts the College of Charleston Friday night.

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