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Hurricanes blow the roof off Carolina

The Miami Hurricanes had lost five in a row to North Carolina but they hit the Tar Heels early and often, winning in a blowout at home, 85-57. (1/18) Three Hurricanes – Isiah Wong, Sam Waardenburg, Kameron McGusty – outscored the entire Carolina team with 20 or more points each. Waardenburg set the tone in the first half, going four of four from three with 16 points at the break. By that time, the game was over. Carolina led 5-2 early but after a Waardenburg three, the Heels never led again. Miami went on a 14-0 run to go up […]

The Miami Hurricanes had lost five in a row to North Carolina but they hit the Tar Heels early and often, winning in a blowout at home, 85-57. (1/18)

Three Hurricanes – Isiah Wong, Sam Waardenburg, Kameron McGusty – outscored the entire Carolina team with 20 or more points each.

Waardenburg set the tone in the first half, going four of four from three with 16 points at the break. By that time, the game was over.

Carolina led 5-2 early but after a Waardenburg three, the Heels never led again. Miami went on a 14-0 run to go up 16-5.

The Hurricanes increased the lead to 30-11 on a Wong three midway through the first half before the Heels could break a scoring drought of almost five minutes.

The Tar Heels, trailing 49-22 at the half, never got closer than 24 points the rest of the way.

Armando Bacot, who had scored 29 points in each of the last two games, managed only three points in the first half and finished as Carolina’s only player in double figures with 15 points.

R.J. Davis, who scored 21 points against Georgia Tech three days earlier, didn’t score until three minutes into the second half against Miami. He finished with nine points, missing all three of his three-point attempts.

Miami had 13 threes compared to just six for Carolina while the Tar Heels turned the ball over 14 times compared to just five for the Hurricanes.

It was the fewest points Carolina has scored in a game this year. The Heels 34 percent field goal percentage was their worst of the year. The final deficit was the 11th worse in UNC conference games ever.

“I’m shocked and disappointed,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “First place was on the line. This had meaning and for us to come out a lack of energy and toughness is very shocking.”

North Carolina, now 12-5 and 4-2 in the ACC, plays at Wake Forest Saturday. Miami, led by Wong’s 25 points, improves to 14-4 overall with a league-best 6-1 record.

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Bacot, Davis pace Heels to rout of GT

UNC’s Armando Bacot continued his hot streak while R.J. Davis got hot again as the pair led North Carolina to an 88-65 drubbing of Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill. (1/15) It had been a week since the Tar Heels played. In their blowout win over Virginia, Bacot scored 29 while Davis was zero of 10 from the field. This time out, Bacot scored 29 again, leaving with more than six minutes to go in the game. Davis erased the ofer memory with his first shot – a three – swishing in. He finished with 21 points. Davis scored 16 in […]

UNC’s Armando Bacot continued his hot streak while R.J. Davis got hot again as the pair led North Carolina to an 88-65 drubbing of Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill. (1/15)

It had been a week since the Tar Heels played. In their blowout win over Virginia, Bacot scored 29 while Davis was zero of 10 from the field. This time out, Bacot scored 29 again, leaving with more than six minutes to go in the game. Davis erased the ofer memory with his first shot – a three – swishing in. He finished with 21 points.

Davis scored 16 in the first half as the Heels got out to a 16-point lead at the half, 42-26.

Carolina led just 26-21 at the 7:41 mark after a five-point Georgia Tech possession in which UNC’s Caleb Love picked up a flagrant foul.

The Tar Heels held the Yellow Jackets to just five more points the rest of the first half. During that stretch, Carolina scored 16 which included a Brady Manek three and two Davis threes.

In the second half, Georgia Tech never got closer than 14 points as the Tar Heels extended the lead throughout much of the half. A Manek three from the right corner put Carolina in total control at 62-38 with 12:28 to go.

Midway through the half, Bacot scored eight points in less than a minute with two old-fashioned three-point plays to give Carolina its biggest lead of the game at 74-42.

“He did a really good job of getting low position and holding,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said of Bacot. “His energy, effort and toughness allowed him to get good positioning around the basket.”

Coach Davis noted that the Tar Heels were unselfish as they dished out 20 assists. “Our guys gave up good shots to get great shots,” Coach Davis said.

The Tar Heels – primarily due to Leaky Black’s defense – also held Michael Devoe, one of the top scorers in the league, to just one of five from the floor to go along with no assists and six turnovers.

Joining Bacot and Davis in double figures were Love with 14 and Manek with 11. UNC’s Dawson Garcia hauled in 11 rebounds.

North Carolina, now 12-4 and 4-1 in the ACC, plays at Miami Tuesday night. Georgia Tech, led by Jordan Usher’s 22 points, falls to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the league.

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Historic Bacot effort leads UNC past Virginia

UNC’s Armando Bacot had a history-making performance with 29 points and 21 rebounds at home in a 74-58 blowout of Virginia. (1/8) “He was fantastic – the best game he’s played in his college career,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said of Bacot. “I didn’t really how fantastic he was until I saw the stat sheet. We needed him to be big for us.” How big was he? Only five players in Tar Heel history had scored more than 20 points and hauled in more than 20 rebounds in a game. Now Bacot’s name is among the likes of Lennie Rosenbluth, […]

UNC’s Armando Bacot had a history-making performance with 29 points and 21 rebounds at home in a 74-58 blowout of Virginia. (1/8)

“He was fantastic – the best game he’s played in his college career,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said of Bacot. “I didn’t really how fantastic he was until I saw the stat sheet. We needed him to be big for us.”

How big was he? Only five players in Tar Heel history had scored more than 20 points and hauled in more than 20 rebounds in a game. Now Bacot’s name is among the likes of Lennie Rosenbluth, Billy Cunningham, Pete Brennan, Mitch Kupchak and mostly recently Brice Johnson.

Carolina had lost seven straight games to the Cavaliers dating back to 2017. But this time the only time the Cavaliers led at 7-6 in the first five minutes of the game.

It was tight throughout the first half with the Heels up 31-25 at the half behind Bacot’s 12 points and Caleb Love’s 10 points.

Carolina came out with great ball movement that led to a Brady Manek three, a Bacot dunk and a Virginia timeout with the Heels up by double figures for the first time at 36-25.

With just under 15 minutes left, Love swished a three to put UNC up 45-33. Three minutes later, Love banged in another three, this one from the right side, to put Carolina in total control at 54-38.

Manek, who had 19 points, threw up a three at the end of the shot clock to put Carolina up by 18 and a little over a minute later he hit a three from the right corner to give the Heels a commanding 70-47 lead with 4:15 to go.

A pair of free throws by Bacot gave Carolina its biggest lead of the day at 72-47. With mostly subs on the court, Virginia outscored UNC 11-2 to make the final score look a little better for the Cavs.

The Tar Heels were playing without starter Dawson Garcia and key shooter off the bench Kerwin Walton. Justin McKoy, the Virginia transfer, was back after COVID protocols and scored three points over eight minutes.

North Carolina, now 11-4 and 3-1 in the ACC, hosts Georgia Tech Saturday, Jan 15. Virginia, led by Reece Beekman’s 13 points, falls to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the league.

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Shorthanded Heels can’t overcome Irish 3s

North Carolina, down three players – two of them to COVID protocols, missed opportunities and couldn’t overcome 13 three-pointers by Notre Dame as the Irish defeated the Tar Heels 78-73 in South Bend. (1/5) “We gave them too many open threes,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said “Just too many open looks. We didn’t get up on their shooters, which was opposite what we practiced.” Notre Dame started to pull away in the first half with a 12-2 run (half of the points came from three) that broke a 17-all tie. But the Tar Heels, behind Armando Bacot’s 13 first-half points, […]

North Carolina, down three players – two of them to COVID protocols, missed opportunities and couldn’t overcome 13 three-pointers by Notre Dame as the Irish defeated the Tar Heels 78-73 in South Bend. (1/5)

“We gave them too many open threes,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said “Just too many open looks. We didn’t get up on their shooters, which was opposite what we practiced.”

Notre Dame started to pull away in the first half with a 12-2 run (half of the points came from three) that broke a 17-all tie. But the Tar Heels, behind Armando Bacot’s 13 first-half points, pulled to within four at 39-35.

In the second half, it was more of the same from Notre Dame as Ryan and Wesley hit back-to-back threes 25 seconds apart to give the Irish their biggest lead at 56-43.

After UNC’s Anthony Harris hit a three from the left corner, the Tar Heels trailed by just five at 56-51 but they went four minutes without a basket and fell behind 64-56 with less than eight minutes to go.

But Carolina turned it around with an 11-2 run which ended with a Caleb Love running scoop shot and a Bacot a backing layup to go up 67-66 with 3:28 to go.

Nate Laszewski, who led four Notre Dame players in double figures with 20, hit his fifth and sixth three-pointers in seven attempts to put the Irish right back up to five with less than two minutes left.

Carolina had some chances down the stretch but put up a forced shot, fouled, missed a layup and missed a pair of threes as the Irish were able to hold on.

“Frustrating,” Coach Davis said. “We came from 13 own and were able to take the lead but then we didn’t executive. We weren’t consistent throughout the game.”

Bacot led the Heels with 21 points while R.J. Davis added 19 and Love contributed 15 points, including 13 in the second half.

The Tar Heels were playing without starter Dawson Garcia, key shooter off the bench Kerwin Walton and Justin McKoy. Carolina suited only eight scholarship players and primarily played only six of them.

North Carolina, now 10-4 and 2-1 in the ACC, hosts Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m. Notre Dame improves to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.

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UNC rolls early, crushes Boston College 91-65

North Carolina, paced my Caleb Love outside and Armando Bacot inside, crushed Boston College 91-65 in Chestnut Hills. (1/2) Love led all scorers with 22 including nine points on three three pointers over a two minute, 30-second span early in the second half. Meanwhile, Bacot had yet another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. After getting down 4-0, the Tar Heels outscored Boston College 21-4 over the next seven minutes to get out to a 21-8 lead that only increased with the Heels up 29 points, 49-20, at the half. COVID protocols for BC moved the game from Saturday […]

North Carolina, paced my Caleb Love outside and Armando Bacot inside, crushed Boston College 91-65 in Chestnut Hills. (1/2)

Love led all scorers with 22 including nine points on three three pointers over a two minute, 30-second span early in the second half. Meanwhile, Bacot had yet another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

After getting down 4-0, the Tar Heels outscored Boston College 21-4 over the next seven minutes to get out to a 21-8 lead that only increased with the Heels up 29 points, 49-20, at the half.

COVID protocols for BC moved the game from Saturday to Sunday while North Carolina hadn’t played since Dec. 21 after a game with Virginia Tech was postponed due to the pandemic. “We were off 11 days,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “We played intersquad scrimmages but it’s not like game action. The only way you get in game shape is to play in a game. Still, the energy, effort and toughness was there.”

Coach Davis said the defense succeeded in keeping the Eagles out of the paint and the offense was able to get out and run after gettings stops.

The Tar Heels led by more than 30 most of the second half with their largest margin being 36 at 84-48 after a Love driving layup with 6:45 left.

Carolina substituted freely after that, with every player suited up getting game time. As a result, BC outscored the Tar Heels the rest of the way by 10 points.

Coach Davis said that with a grueling ACC schedule coming up, Carolina is going to need Anthony Harris, Dontrez Styles and D’Marco Dunn to give the Heels some minutes.

Dunn said he believes Coach Davis is getting more confidence in him due to his better decision making and his attention to the little things. “Everybody wants to play,” Dunn said. “When everybody gets to play like today, it boosts morale.”

Interestingly, however, Coach Davis handcuffed the reserves over the last 25 seconds as he commanded them to dribble the clock out.

Joining Love and Bacot in double-figure scoring were R.J. Davis and Brady Manek who each scored 17 points.

North Carolina, now 10-3 and 2-0 in the ACC, play at Notre Dame Wednesday at 9 p.m. Boston College, which defeated Notre Dame in December, falls to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.

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Carolina finds its 3-point stroke vs. ASU

North Carolina, which managed just one three pointer in an epic fail against Kentucky, bounced back against Appalachian State with seven in 16 attempts while holding the visitors to just four of 30 on the way to a 70-50 victory. (12/11) The Tar Heels, who led 35-27 at the half, started pulling away in the second half. A 12-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by Kerwin Walton, put the Heels in control at 58-35. It never got closer than 19 while the lead stretched briefly to 25 late in the game. “Kervin gave life to our team,” UNC coach Hubert […]

North Carolina, which managed just one three pointer in an epic fail against Kentucky, bounced back against Appalachian State with seven in 16 attempts while holding the visitors to just four of 30 on the way to a 70-50 victory. (12/11)

The Tar Heels, who led 35-27 at the half, started pulling away in the second half. A 12-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by Kerwin Walton, put the Heels in control at 58-35. It never got closer than 19 while the lead stretched briefly to 25 late in the game.

“Kervin gave life to our team,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “The whole team lit up when he hit that first shot. I felt like he lifted the whole building.”

Walton, who was a key shooter for Carolina last year, has struggled most of the season so far. He’s lost playing time and didn’t even get into this game until the second half.

Armando Bacot, who led Carolina’s scoring with 16 points – mostly dunks or follow shots, said Walton can be a key to the Tar Heels as they get into the meat of the ACC schedule Dec. 29 at home against Virginia Tech.

“If Kerwin can get rolling, we can be a scary team,” Bacot said. “You’ll see a lot more of Kerwin in the new year.”

We didn’t see quite as much of Caleb Love as we usually do as he was saddled with foul trouble in the second half and committed six turnovers. He did score 11 however and led the team in assists with five.

Backcourt mate R.J. Davis picked up some of the slack with 15 points while Brady Manek had the first double-double as a Tar Heel with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Davis pointed to defense in the second half as the catalyst for getting the Tar Heels moving on offense. “I’m happy as far as the defensive standpoint, particularly in the second half,” he said. “We did a better job boxing out and rebounding.”

North Carolina, now 9-3, host Virginia Tech Wednesday, Dec. 29.

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Lawrence Taylor charged with failing to report new address

NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is facing felony charges in South Florida after failing to report an address change as required because of his status as a registered sex offender, authorities said. …read more Source:: WRAL
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NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is facing felony charges in South Florida after failing to report an address change as required because of his status as a registered sex offender, authorities said. …read more

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Tar Heels break open close game with Furman

North Carolina scored on nine of its first 10 possessions of the second half to take control of a tie game as the the Tar Heels went on to defeat Furman 74-61. (12/14) While it was close throughout the first half and tied 39-all at the half, North Carolina led by as many as 22 points in the second half as the Heels got hot while the Paladins went cold. Furman shot more than 50 percent in the first half but were held to just 28 percent in the second half with just two threes after canning eight in the […]

North Carolina scored on nine of its first 10 possessions of the second half to take control of a tie game as the the Tar Heels went on to defeat Furman 74-61. (12/14)

While it was close throughout the first half and tied 39-all at the half, North Carolina led by as many as 22 points in the second half as the Heels got hot while the Paladins went cold.

Furman shot more than 50 percent in the first half but were held to just 28 percent in the second half with just two threes after canning eight in the first half.

“The effort on the defensive end in the second half was fantastic,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “Our guys were locked in defensively. Furman has a bunch of guys that can shoot. We contested their threes better in the second half.”

North Carolina didn’t play poorly in the first half though as Furman was just hot, hitting eight straight shots at one point – most of which were contested. Furman’s Alex Hunter, who played at Raleigh’s Leesville Road in high school, hit 17 of his game-high 21 points in the first half.

On the Carolina side, Dawson Garcia scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the first half to keep the Heels even with the Paladins. “Dawson started off hot and got us going,” Coach Davis said. “His start put us in a good position.”

The taller Tar Heels dominated inside outscoring Furman 19-0 in second-chance points while outrebounding the Paladins 44-25.

During the game-changing 15-4 run at the start of the second half, Armando Bacot scored eight while Leaky Black scored five, including a rare three pointer.

Bacot finished with 14 points while Brady Manek, coming off a poor shooting performance against Elon, hit six of nine shots for 13 points. Caleb Love was the fourth Tar Heel in double figures with 10 points.

North Carolina, now 8-2 and winners of five straight, plays favored and highly ranked UCLA Saturday afternoon.

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Love, Garcia pace Tar Heels over Elon

North Carolina’s Caleb Love and Dawson Garcia each scored 22 points to lead the Tar Heels to a plodding 80-63 over Elon in Chapel Hill. (12/5) The Tar Heels suffered through their worst shooting half of the season at 29 percent but improved on that in the second half to finish with just 39 percent from the floor. “Maybe it was a week of finals that made us dull as far as execution,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said adding that practices have been sloppy after two good performances against Michigan and Georgia Tech. “I’m very frustrated,” he added. “I wasn’t […]

North Carolina’s Caleb Love and Dawson Garcia each scored 22 points to lead the Tar Heels to a plodding 80-63 over Elon in Chapel Hill. (12/5)

The Tar Heels suffered through their worst shooting half of the season at 29 percent but improved on that in the second half to finish with just 39 percent from the floor.

“Maybe it was a week of finals that made us dull as far as execution,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said adding that practices have been sloppy after two good performances against Michigan and Georgia Tech.

“I’m very frustrated,” he added. “I wasn’t happy with the energy or the effort.”

There were six lead changes and three ties in the first half before Carolina went on an 11-3 run, highlighted by a Garcia three, on the way to a 37-29 halftime lead.

Love hit a fade away jumper in the first seconds of the second half to give the Heels their first double-digit lead at 39-29. Back-to-back threes by Love opened it up at 52-37 with just over 13 minutes to go.

It never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way while the Heels led by as many as 19 points before settling for the 17-point victory.

In addition to Love and Garcia’s efforts on both the offensive and defensive ends, Coach Davis praised the Tar Heels for getting to the free throw line more and for hitting them as Carolina went 27 of 35 from the line.

The Tar Heels also came up with 12 steals and doubled up the Phoenix on the boards, 48-24.

Armando Bacot, saddled with foul trouble in the first half, came on to score nine, pull down seven rebounds and steal the ball four times in the second half.

North Carolina, now 7-2, hosts Furman Tuesday night. Elon falls to 2-8.

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Dominate second half propels Tar Heels

Four Tar Heels, led by R.J. Davis, scored in double figures as North Carolina broke a 31-all halftime tie to win going away 79-62 at Georgia Tech. (12/5) Carolina trailed by nine in the first half after the Yellow Jackets drilled five straight three-point shots over the scan of less than two minutes. The Tar Heels chipped away and tied it at 31-31 late in the half on a runner in the lane by Anthony Harris. Georgia Tech scored the first four points of the second half before Carolina exploded. After Armando Bacot drove to the hoop to put the […]

Four Tar Heels, led by R.J. Davis, scored in double figures as North Carolina broke a 31-all halftime tie to win going away 79-62 at Georgia Tech. (12/5)

Carolina trailed by nine in the first half after the Yellow Jackets drilled five straight three-point shots over the scan of less than two minutes.

The Tar Heels chipped away and tied it at 31-31 late in the half on a runner in the lane by Anthony Harris.

Georgia Tech scored the first four points of the second half before Carolina exploded. After Armando Bacot drove to the hoop to put the Heels up 40-39 with 15:43 to go, they never trailed again.

Bacot’s bucket started 12-0 run from which Georgia Tech never recovered. During the run, Davis drained a three and Manek swished one. The highlight reel play however was probably when Davis penetrated the defense and dished off to Bacot for a bucket.

The margin never got closer than 11 the rest of the way as the Heels ran the lead up to 18 on a three from Manek from the left corner that put Carolina up 70-52 with 4:30 to go. The largest lead came late when Manek hit a three from the right wing to give the Heels a 79-60 lead.

“Brady (Manek) off the bench knocked down some jumpers,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said. “Armando was big down low in the paint.”

Bacot and Manek each scored 15 points while Bacot also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, including 10 in the first half. But it was Davis who led the way offensively with 23 points on eight of 11 shots to go along with five assists.

Caleb Love had a number of highlight reel plays on his way to 17 points, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

All that being said, Coach Davis said that Anthony Harris’ defense on Michael Devoe, who came into the game as the nation’s leading scorer and top three-point shooter. Devoe, who hit fewer than half of his shots, managed just one of five three pointers and was not a big factor in the game.

“The MVP of the game was Ant Harris,” Coach Davis said, noting his defense on Devoe.

“It (the win) was all about defense,” he added. “We played with grit and toughness, especially in the second half.”

North Carolina, now 6-2 and 1-0 in the ACC, hosts Elon Saturday. Georgia Tech falls to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

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