After the winning the first-ever game on an aircraft carrier just two days prior to its matchup with UNC-Asheville, the No. 1 North Carolina men’s basketball team christened the Bulldogs’ brand-new Kimmel Arena with a 91-75 victory.
Back indoors and on dry land, the Tar Heels found themselves down early as UNC-Asheville rode the momentum of an amped-up crowd.
After a 3-pointer from Big South preseason player of the year Matt Dickey, UNC-Asheville was up 5-2. North Carolina responded by utilizing its clearest advantage — height.
“We’re just bigger,” coach Roy Williams said. “And we’ve got to use that to our advantage. Their shooters can really shoot so we made sure we got out and bothered them but all in all it’s been a weird four or five days.”
Asheville’s senior guard J.P. Primm was the leading scorer for UNC-Asheville on Sunday with 23 while going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Jaron Lane, the only non-senior in the Bulldogs’ starting lineup, added 21 points. As a team, UNC-Asheville sank 8 of 28 3-pointers.