By Bret Strelow
Assistant Sports Editor
After the final buzzer sounded, Jason Parker walked to midcourt and stared into the Smith Center crowd.
Parker quickly spotted his father, Jesse, standing in the front row near the Kentucky bench. The Wildcats had just beaten North Carolina 93-76, and Jesse extended his right arm and gave his son a congratulatory thumbs up.
"We're just glad we got the win," Jesse Parker said. "They were 1-3, so this really was a big win for them."
Jason Parker had a hand in stopping the Wildcats' slide. Parker scored six points and corralled three rebounds in the victory. He picked up two fouls in each half and was limited to 12 minutes of playing time.
"He doesn't like to sit too long," Jason's mother, Mable, said at halftime.
The Parker family - Jesse, Mable, Jesse Jr. and Stephen - arrived in Chapel Hill approximately two hours before tip-off of Saturday's game, which was Jason's first as a college player at the Smith Center.
Parker had signed with UNC while at West Charlotte High School, but he failed to qualify and spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va.