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Louisville embarrasses Tar Heels, 83-61

North Carolina seemed discombobulated from the beginning as Louisville hit its first seven shots to roll to a big lead and eventually a 83-62 win in Chapel Hill. (1/12) The Tar Heels were in trouble by the first TV timeout – down by double digits at 18-8 and with their star freshman point guard out of the game with two early fouls. Still down by nine at the half, 43-34, Carolina turned the ball over nine times in the first eight minutes of the second half to thwart any chance to come back. Midway through the second half, UNC trailed […]

North Carolina seemed discombobulated from the beginning as Louisville hit its first seven shots to roll to a big lead and eventually a 83-62 win in Chapel Hill. (1/12)

The Tar Heels were in trouble by the first TV timeout – down by double digits at 18-8 and with their star freshman point guard out of the game with two early fouls.

Still down by nine at the half, 43-34, Carolina turned the ball over nine times in the first eight minutes of the second half to thwart any chance to come back. Midway through the second half, UNC trailed by 18 at 63-45. The lead got as high as 22.

“They hit us early,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We never really got in the game.”

Coach Williams said the poor effort followed two days of mediocre practices. “We had two nice road wins and then we come back home and don’t have the same kind of enthusiasm,” he said.

The Tar Heels hit just over a third of their shots while the Cardinals hit more than 50 percent. Carolina managed just three of 22 from beyond the three-point line while Louisville hit 11 of 26 threes, including six of the Cardinals’ first nine when running out to a lead.

Carolina was also outrebounded 36-26. “They have long, athletic guys,” Coach Williams said. “But I didn’t think they’d dominate everything inside like that.”

The 21-point loss was the worst home loss by a Roy Williams-coached Carolina team and the third worst defeat by UNC in the Smith Center.

Kenny Williams (12) and Cam Johnson (10) were the only Tar Heels in double figures. Luke Maye, who was a dismal three of 14 from the field, led the Heels in rebounding with 11.

Steven Enoch and Dwayne Sutton led four Cardinals in double figures with 17 points each.

North Carolina falls to 12-4 and 2-1 in the ACC while Louisville, coming off a disappointing loss at home to Pitt, moves to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.

The Tar Heels host Notre Dame Tuesday night.

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Carolina survives adversity to top State, 90-82

North Carolina had some adversity against N.C. State but managed to survive 23 turnovers, some foul trouble and much of the second half without a key starter to defeat N.C. State 90-82 in Raleigh. (1/8) Cam Johnson scored the Tar Heels’ first nine points of the second half to keep the Heels ahead but then he cramped up and didn’t play the rest of the game. Reserves Brandon Robinson and Leaky Black shared the position the rest of the game and made big plays to keep the Wolfpack at bay. The Wolfpack did tie the game at 53 with just […]

North Carolina had some adversity against N.C. State but managed to survive 23 turnovers, some foul trouble and much of the second half without a key starter to defeat N.C. State 90-82 in Raleigh. (1/8)

Cam Johnson scored the Tar Heels’ first nine points of the second half to keep the Heels ahead but then he cramped up and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Reserves Brandon Robinson and Leaky Black shared the position the rest of the game and made big plays to keep the Wolfpack at bay.

The Wolfpack did tie the game at 53 with just under 17 minutes to play on a three by C.J. Bryce and cut a Carolina lead to one at 70-69 midway through the second half.

Robinson drained a three from the left corner to start an 8-0 run that gave Carolina a nine-point advantage. Later, Black popped in a jumper from the free throw line to start a 9-0 run that put the Heels in command by 10 at 79-69.

Black got loose for a dunk in the last minute after State had cut the margin to four to all but wrap it up.

“Our guys answered every challenge,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “Every time they’d make a run, we’d answer it.”

When you look at the final differential, an argument can be made that the Tar Heels won the game in the first three plus minutes of the game as they raced out to a 12-0 lead. The Heels got the lead to 14 before going into the halftime locker room up just 47-42.

“I’m proud of the way my team fought when you think of how we started the game,” Wolfpack coach Kevin Keats said. “I told the guys that when you score 82 points, that should be enough to win a game. But we got beat on 50-50 balls and they outrebounded us.”

They certainly did. Carolina held a commanding 51-33 edge on the boards with Johnson, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams combining for 32 of them.

“In some ways it was one of our better defensive games,” Williams said. “We rebounded the heck out of it.”

Five Tar Heels scored in double figures with Maye’s 21 and Coby White’s 19 leading the way. Johnson and Kenny Williams added 15 each while Garrison Brooks chipped in 11.

Braxton Beverly came off the bench for a career-high 21 points to lead the Pack.

North Carolina moves to 12-3 and 2-0 in the ACC while N.C. State falls to 13-2 and 1-1 in the league.

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Tar Heels, Johnson roll over Pitt, 85-60

UNC’s Cam Johnson, who transferred a couple of years ago from Pittsburgh, withstood the boos and schooled Pitt by scoring 15 points and hauling in nine rebounds en route to an 85-60 romp in the teams’ ACC opener. (1/5) “I know I got a couple of boos but that’s ok,” Johnson said. “I understand.” He said he loved playing in front of “the zoo” and that there are no hard feelings. Johnson stroked three triples in the first part of the game as the boos lessened over time, presumably because it wasn’t working to rattle him. “It’s good to see […]

UNC’s Cam Johnson, who transferred a couple of years ago from Pittsburgh, withstood the boos and schooled Pitt by scoring 15 points and hauling in nine rebounds en route to an 85-60 romp in the teams’ ACC opener. (1/5)

“I know I got a couple of boos but that’s ok,” Johnson said. “I understand.” He said he loved playing in front of “the zoo” and that there are no hard feelings.

Johnson stroked three triples in the first part of the game as the boos lessened over time, presumably because it wasn’t working to rattle him.

“It’s good to see the arena lively,” Johnson said.

UNC coach Roy Williams he liked his team’s poise and composure in light of the fact that the “crowd really did get into it early.”

With the score tied in the first half, a 19-2 UNC run over a six-minute period opened the game up. During that run, Johnson and Coby White, who led the Heels with 22 points, hit threes from the top of the key while senior Luke Maye, who scored 17, drilled one from the right corner in front of the Pitt bench.

Carolina took a commanding 45-23 lead into the half after leading by as many as 24 points.

It never got closer than 22 points in the second half as the Heels worked the lead up to 33 with less than five minutes to play before settling for a 25-point win.

The Tar Heels swarming defense bothered the Panthers as they limited the home team to outside shots, the vast majority of which were missed. Pitt shot only 30.5 percent from the field while the Heels shot 43 percent. Pitt was able to get to the foul line quite a bit but only hit 20 of 32.

North Carolina moves to 11-3 and 1-0 in the ACC while Pitt, coached by former Duke player Jeff Capel, falls to 10-4 and 0-1 in the league.

The Tar Heels travel to N.C. State Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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Heels ho-hum their way to 20-point win

Playing against an inferior Harvard team, the Tar Heels didn’t have to be at their best and they weren’t. Still, North Carolina put five players in double figures en route to a 77-57 win at home, ending non-conference play. (1/2) Carolina scored 21 points off 22 Crimson turnovers to break open a close game. The Tar Heels trailed 20-19 after the first 12 minutes of the game. After going on a 22-11 run over the last eight minutes of the first half, the Heels took control of the game. A 16-1 UNC run in the second half doused any hopes […]

Playing against an inferior Harvard team, the Tar Heels didn’t have to be at their best and they weren’t. Still, North Carolina put five players in double figures en route to a 77-57 win at home, ending non-conference play. (1/2)

Carolina scored 21 points off 22 Crimson turnovers to break open a close game. The Tar Heels trailed 20-19 after the first 12 minutes of the game. After going on a 22-11 run over the last eight minutes of the first half, the Heels took control of the game.

A 16-1 UNC run in the second half doused any hopes that Harvard, playing without two key players who are injured, had of coming back.

UNC coach Roy Williams said his team is nowhere near where he wants them to be. “Not in the same universe, ” he said.

“We have big-time basketball in front of us now,” Coach Williams said as his team starts ACC play at Pittsburgh Saturday. “We’ve got to play better.”

He wants his team to play smarter. At various times he benched Coby White, Garrison Brooks, Luke May and Seventh Woods for what Coach Williams might call “bone-head plays.”

On a positive note, Coach Williams said he liked having five players in double figures and he liked how his team got to the foul line, hitting 19 of 22.

Maye led the Tar Heels with 14 points while White and Cam Johnson scored 13 each. Nassir Little added 12 and Kenny Williams had 11.

North Carolina moves to 10-3 while Harvard, coached by former Duke player Tommy Amaker, fall to 6-6.

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Heels turn up the heat to burn Davidson

After falling behind Davidson by five points midway through the first half, North Carolina turned up the heat defensively and went on to easily defeat the Wildcats 82-60 in Chapel Hill. (12/29) Down 24-19, UNC went on a 20-4 run with four different Heels scoring to go into the half up 11 at 39-28. A 14-2 Carolina run early in the second half turned the game into a blowout. The largest lead was 26 at 61-35 after Carolina’s Nassir Little drove the lane, splitting defenders, for a layup. Almost half of Davidson’s shots are threes and the Wildcats shot three […]

Nassir Little reacts after a dunk. (UNC Sports Information Photo.)

Nassir Little reacts after a dunk. (UNC Sports Information Photo.)

After falling behind Davidson by five points midway through the first half, North Carolina turned up the heat defensively and went on to easily defeat the Wildcats 82-60 in Chapel Hill. (12/29)

Down 24-19, UNC went on a 20-4 run with four different Heels scoring to go into the half up 11 at 39-28. A 14-2 Carolina run early in the second half turned the game into a blowout.

The largest lead was 26 at 61-35 after Carolina’s Nassir Little drove the lane, splitting defenders, for a layup.

Almost half of Davidson’s shots are threes and the Wildcats shot three dozen in this one but they only hit 26 percent.

“They missed some open shots,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “At times we were good defensively – we closed out on their three-point shooters.”

The defensive intensity sparked the Heels on the offensive end. Carolina players started getting easy chances and drawing some fouls.

The Tar Heels finished with 27 free throw attempts (hitting 22), compared to just 11 (10 made) for Davidson – outscoring the Wildcats from the line by 12 points.

Carolina had five players in double figures with Cam Johnson leading the way with 17 points. Kenny Williams had 12 points and five assists. Luke Maye had 11 points and 14 rebounds while Garrison Brooks had 11 points in just 16 minutes of play. Little closed out the double figure scoring with 10 points.

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Tar Heels shoot down Gonzaga, 103-90

North Carolina used hot shooting from outside and buckets inside after offensive rebounds to defeat No. 4 Gonzaga 103-90 in Chapel Hill as the Zags failed to avenge their national championship loss to the Heels. (12/15)

“We are lethal from inside, outside, mid-range, fastbreaks,” said UNC senior Luke Maye, who led the way with 20 points and 16 rebounds. “We have a lot of guys that can knock down shots.”

UNC coach Roy Williams, who has indicated in the past that this could be one of his best shooting teams, said he has been waiting for the Tar Heels to shoot like they should. “I tell them that they shoot the ball very well – why don’t you do it in the games?” he said.

“We took some weird shots but if the ball goes in the basket it makes things look better,” he added.

“We made shots and we rebounded the ball really well.”

Carolina had 27 points off offensive rebounds whereas Gonzaga had none.

But it was the outside shot that dazzled the boisterous crowd. Cam Johnson led the way with 25 points by hitting six of eight three-pointers, several from way out and a couple in key moments.

In the first half, Johnson popped in a three from the right side that gave Carolina its largest lead of the game at 39-22. In the second half, after Gonzaga had cut the deficit to under double digits, Johnson hit a stop and pop three in front of the Carolina bench to push the lead back up to 12 at 81-69.

Johnson all but wrapped up the win with his longest shot of the evening to make it 92-75 as the shot clock was running out with 5:41 left.

As a team the Tar Heels were 13 of 25 from behind the three-point line.

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Without White, Heels still make UNCW blue

North Carolina, playing without injured starting point guard Coby White, played with more intensity than it did in a loss to Michigan and wore down UNC-Wilmington for a 97-69 home victory. (12/5) Former UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath’s Seahawks team hung tough for a while, even leading midway through the first half, but a Tar Heel 17-4 lead later in the first half and a 30-3 run in the second half ended any hopes of an upset. North Carolina, which led by nine at the half despite nine turnovers, cranked up the defense, coming up with 13 steals and forcing […]

North Carolina, playing without injured starting point guard Coby White, played with more intensity than it did in a loss to Michigan and wore down UNC-Wilmington for a 97-69 home victory. (12/5)

Former UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath’s Seahawks team hung tough for a while, even leading midway through the first half, but a Tar Heel 17-4 lead later in the first half and a 30-3 run in the second half ended any hopes of an upset.

North Carolina, which led by nine at the half despite nine turnovers, cranked up the defense, coming up with 13 steals and forcing 25 turnovers. UNC coach Roy Williams said his team played with better effort. “Our guys were more active, sweated more,” he said. “We were better defensively in the second half. Our traps helped us a little bit.”

Seventh Woods, playing point in place of White, scored all seven of his points during the 30-3 clinching run. Carolina was only up by seven when Woods scored seven of the Heels’ next nine points.

Cam Johnson, who scored eight during the run, led the Tar Heels with 21 points. Freshman Nassir Little scored 14 while Luke Maye and Kenny Williams each added 11.

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Cam Johnson scored 21 for the Tar Heels.  (UNC Sports Information photo.)

Cam Johnson scored 21 for the Tar Heels. (UNC Sports Information photo.)

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Coach has “nothing positive to say” after Heels loss at Michigan

UNC coach Roy Williams said he had “nothing positive to say” about his Tar Heels after an 84-67 defeat at Michigan as part of ACC/Big Ten challenge. North Carolina, which led by as many as 10 in the first half, still held a 35-33 lead with a minute left in the half before the Wolverines drained a pair of threes to take a 39-35 lead. Carolina would never lead again. Michigan, which hit 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point line, worked the lead up to 12 at 51-39 by the first TV timeout of the second half. Upset at […]

UNC coach Roy Williams said he had “nothing positive to say” about his Tar Heels after an 84-67 defeat at Michigan as part of ACC/Big Ten challenge.

North Carolina, which led by as many as 10 in the first half, still held a 35-33 lead with a minute left in the half before the Wolverines drained a pair of threes to take a 39-35 lead. Carolina would never lead again.

Michigan, which hit 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point line, worked the lead up to 12 at 51-39 by the first TV timeout of the second half. Upset at his starters, Coach Williams put reserves in for more than four minutes of game action. By the time the starters were put back in, Carolina trailed by 18 at 63-45.

“They (the starters) stunk it up and so did I,” Coach Williams said. “I’ve coached for 31 years – right now my coaching sucks.”

Down 73-51, the Tar Heels did have a little life left as they outscored Michigan 11-0 to cut the lead to 73-62 with 5:27 left. Kenny Williams hit a pair of threes during the run but the Wolverines came right back on a 7-0 run to end any thoughts Carolina had for a comeback.

“This is the most frustrated I’ve ever been,” Coach Williams said, pointing to numerous defensive failures by his team.

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Tar Heels bounce back over No. 17 UCLA

North Carolina bounced back from its first lost and bounced back from an 11-point deficit to defeat No. 17 UCLA going away, 94-78, in the Las Vegas Invitational. (11/23) The Tar Heels had lost to unranked Texas on Thanksgiving and midway through the first half of their game Friday, it looked as if the losing might continue. Carolina trailed 32-21 but cut the margin to five at the half, 46-41, after a Nassir Little dunk and Cam Johnson three from the top of the key. Johnson kept the momentum going in the second half by scoring seven in a row, […]

North Carolina bounced back from its first lost and bounced back from an 11-point deficit to defeat No. 17 UCLA going away, 94-78, in the Las Vegas Invitational. (11/23)

The Tar Heels had lost to unranked Texas on Thanksgiving and midway through the first half of their game Friday, it looked as if the losing might continue.

Carolina trailed 32-21 but cut the margin to five at the half, 46-41, after a Nassir Little dunk and Cam Johnson three from the top of the key.

Johnson kept the momentum going in the second half by scoring seven in a row, the last two coming after a steal and layup that tied the score at 48-all.

A Luke Maye rebound and follow shot gave the Heels their first lead at 52-51 but the lead went back and forth until Little started an 11-0 run that put Carolina in control midway through the second half.

Little drove the lane and slammed down a contested dunk to put the Heels up for good at 63-62. By the time the run ended, UNC led 71-62. A back breaker for the Bruins came when Maye missed the second of two free throws, Johnson punched the rebound out and freshman Coby White drained a three from the left sideline.

It never got closer than seven the rest of the way with the final 16-point margin being the Tar Heels’ largest lead of the game.

Five Carolina players, led by White’s 19, scored in double figures. Maye contributed 16, Kenny Williams added 15 while Johnson and Little got 14 each.

UNC coach Roy Williams said his team’s defensive intensity was much better against UCLA. “It was a big game for us,” he said. “We’ve got three teams coming up in the next five games that could be in the top five or six in the country.”

Between now and Dec. 22, the Heels play powerhouses Michigan, Gonzaga and Kentucky. “It wouldn’t have been nice to lose both games – to come out of here without a win,” he said of the Las Vegas Invitational.

UCLA falls to 4-2 while North Carolina, which travels to Michigan next Wednesday, improves to 6-1.

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Aggressive Texas offsets White’s 33 for UNC

UNC blew a early lead by committing a slew of turnovers and chased Texas the second half before falling 92-89 in the Las Vegas Invitational. (11/22) North Carolina’s Coby White kept the Tar Heels in it with 33 points, the third highest total ever for a Carolina freshman. But when it came down to crunch time, with just over a minute to go and the Heels trailing 87-85, White badly missed a three-pointer that didn’t touch anything before going out of bounds. It never got closer than two points again. Carolina had a slim chance to tie it with a […]

UNC blew a early lead by committing a slew of turnovers and chased Texas the second half before falling 92-89 in the Las Vegas Invitational. (11/22)

North Carolina’s Coby White kept the Tar Heels in it with 33 points, the third highest total ever for a Carolina freshman. But when it came down to crunch time, with just over a minute to go and the Heels trailing 87-85, White badly missed a three-pointer that didn’t touch anything before going out of bounds.

It never got closer than two points again. Carolina had a slim chance to tie it with a second to go but the inbounds pass was deflected and time expired.

UNC coach Roy Williams said that the Longhorns were “much more aggressive” than the Tar Heels, particularly in the first half when the Heels committed 14 of their 17 turnovers. For the game, Texas scored 31 points after Carolina’s turnovers compared to 19 points that the Heels scored off Longhorn turnovers.

Uncharacteristically, Carolina managed just two points on fastbreak opportunities.

The Tar Heels went on an 11-0 run early in the game to go up 17-4 but the Longhorns, behind Kerwin Roach, caught up and took a 43-42 halftime lead.

Carolina never tied or took the lead as Texas led by as many as 11 points. White, who scored 20 in the first half and 13 in the second half, offensively “was our team tonight,” Coach Williams said.

While he said White was “fantastic,” Coach Williams also said he needs to improve defensively and that he shouldn’t have taken that wild three with a minute to go. “When you’re trying to come back, you’ve got to take more time to get a good shot,” he said.

White said after he took the shot, Coach Williams told him that the Heels could have gotten a better shot than that. He said he thinks Luke Maye was open when he took the ill-advised shot.

Maye didn’t have one of his best games offensively as he hit only five of 15 from the floor for his 11 points. He did have nine rebounds. Cam Johnson, who tallied 16, only hit one of six three-point attempts. Nassir Little, despite scoring in double figures with 11, also was cold from the floor, hitting only three of nine, including one of five from beyond the arc.

Roach led the Longhorns, now 5-0, with 32 points, a career high.

Carolina, 5-1, falls to the loser’s bracket and will have to play the loser of the UCLA-Michigan State powerhouse matchup Friday at 4 p.m.

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