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HALFTIME: North Carolina leads No. 9 Washington, 41-33, in NCAA second round

UNC defeated Iona 88-73 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on Friday, March 22, 2019. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At halftime in Columbus, Oh., the No. 1 seed North Carolina men’s basketball team leads No. 9 seed Washington, 41-33, with a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on the line.

UNC opened the game by grabbing a quick 6-2 advantage. Graduate guard Cameron Johnson scored the game’s first points, following up a Garrison Brooks missed layup to put the Tar Heels on the board. Luke Maye followed that up with a layup thanks to a nice Brooks pass, and Brooks made a jumper inside after a Washington score.

Later, a Coby White 3-pointer over the top of Washington’s zone defense gave the Tar Heels a 15-8 lead. Another White trey on the next possession made that 18-8. Maye led North Carolina in the first half with 13 points on 5-9 shooting, while White pitched in with 12 points, sinking four of five 3-point attempts.

All told, seven Tar Heels got on the board in the first ten minutes of the game: all five starters, plus first-year wing Nassir Little and junior guard Brandon Robinson. At the 7:52 mark, a Nassir Little and-one layup put UNC ahead, 34-20.

The Huskies’ zone defense frustrated the Tar Heels into 10 first half turnovers, leading to 16 points for Washington. Luke Maye’s fadeaway jumper ended a 4:19 cold stretch for the Tar Heels, then Johnson added a 3-pointer to give UNC a 39-29 lead with 2:17 left in the period.

The Huskies scored two more buckets to UNC's one, giving North Carolina an eight-point advantage with 20 minutes of basketball still to play.


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