Brendan Haywood accomplished something Monday night that no North Carolina basketball player ever has.
The 7-foot center messed around and got a triple-double. Taking a cue from rapper Ice Cube, Haywood scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and swatted a school-record 10 shots.
"It's definitely an honor," Haywood said. "Triple-doubles don't happen every day."
Haywood recorded his 10th block with 10:04 remaining in the game to complete the feat. By that time, UNC led Miami (Fla.) 49-28 before cruising to a 67-45 victory.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the No. 14 Tar Heels (4-2), who dropped games to No. 2 Michigan State and unranked Kentucky.
"It gives me a lot of confidence," UNC coach Matt Doherty said. "I was a basket case the last few days."
Doherty's team earned the win largely because it kept the Hurricanes
(3-2) from putting the ball in the basket. UNC played more straight man-to-man defense instead of switching back and forth from man to zone as it had in the season's first five contests.
Doherty also played more with a smaller line-up, alternating Haywood and Kris Lang at times while using Jason Capel and Will Johnson at power forward.