It was a homecoming of sorts for Alabama-Birmingham head coach Jerod Haase and his director of basketball operations Bobby Frasor. But after a warm pre-game welcome from the Tar Heel crowd, the North Carolina men’s basketball team was not the most accommodating host.
With the help of a 67-point second half that included seven made 3-pointers, the Tar Heels handled the Blazers 102-84.
“The weird thing is, I had been the head coach of the JV team for five years, so being out on the Smith Center and coached and calling plays was not foreign to me,” Haase said. “But being on the other bench certainly was. The evening and afternoon, it just a little bit odd.”
The Tar Heel lineup too looked a little bit odd.
With Marcus Paige out with a shoulder injury, Williams moved Dexter Strickland to the point and inserted Leslie McDonald into the starting back court. But McDonald was more than game as he set new career highs in points and assists with a 24 and five night.