CHARLOTTE — In the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, the No. 2 seed North Carolina men’s basketball team jumped out to a 45-35 halftime lead over No. 7 seed Louisville in front of a sea of Carolina blue at the Spectrum Center.
Graduate guard Cameron Johnson led the Tar Heels with 14 points on a blistering 6-8 shooting before the break, while first-year guard Coby White pitched in 12 points and senior forward Luke Maye added eight.
At the under-16 timeout, the Cardinals and Tar Heels were tied at eight, with Dwayne Sutton and Johnson leading the way early for their respective teams. Johnson scored four quick points on a free throw line jumper and a running scoop layup off the glass, while Sutton got his damage done with a wide open layup and a 3-pointer.
Coming out of the timeout, a Kenny Williams steal led to a layup for Coby White, then a Williams offensive rebound led to a Cameron Johnson 3-pointer. A White and-one layup put the Tar Heels up 19-10 with 13:17 to go, just minutes after the teams were tied at eight. White and Johnson combined for 17 of UNC’s first 21 points, shooting 7-9 in that stretch.
Midway through the first half, the Tar Heels led, 28-21. A Garrison Brooks layup stretched UNC’s lead to 10 points before Louisville answered with a 3-pointer.