The No. 10 North Carolina men’s basketball team leads N.C. State, 51-37, at halftime in PNC Arena. Here are some things you missed from the first 20 minutes of action.
Another Fast Start
Before head coach Mark Gottfried could even call his first timeout to stop the bleeding, the Tar Heels had already jumped out to a 19-7 lead. Benefiting from a leaking N.C. State defense, UNC scored at will to start the contest.
North Carolina continued to pile up points offensively, benefiting from a strong showing from virtually every Tar Heel who stepped on the floor. Just minutes later, UNC had quietly built a 17-point lead.
But thanks to the hot hand of first-year guard Dennis Smith Jr., who scored 17 of his team’s 37 points, the Wolfpack battled back to within six with 3:24 to play. The Tar Heels responded in the final minutes of the half, extending the lead back to double digits.
Too Big to Handle
After being outrebounded in their last outing, the Tar Heels made an early effort to establish themselves in the paint. And that they did, racking up eight points in the paint in the first 3:12 of the contest.