The No. 17 North Carolina men's basketball team (6-4, 1-1 ACC) fell to Wofford (7-4), 68-64, in a rare home game in Carmichael Arena on Sunday.
The Tar Heels missed the talents of first-year guard Cole Anthony, who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury that was announced hours before tipoff.
Due to a scheduling conflict at the Smith Center, Sunday saw the Tar Heels play their first regular-season game in Carmichael since Jan. 4, 1986, a 90-79 win over N.C. State. In 2010, North Carolina hosted William & Mary in Carmichael in the first round of the NIT.
And in case that wasn't enough intrigue for one game, UNC announced an hour and a half before tipoff that Anthony and sophomore guard Leaky Black, who is game-to-game with a sprained right foot, would sit against the Terriers.
The undermanned Tar Heels began the day by looking inside, while Wofford kept up with a handful of three-pointers early. The Terriers sank a trio of triples in the first six minutes to grab an 11-9 lead, but a Garrison Brooks dunk off of an assist from K.J. Smith got the smaller-than-usual Chapel Hill crowd involved.
At the 12:05 mark, another Brooks slam gave the Tar Heels a 17-16 lead. Still, the road underdogs were keeping pace, having already made four triples on nine attempts.
Then it became North Carolina's turn to launch from deep. After an Andrew Platek three-pointer, Smith got on the board with a triple from the right wing, then came back down and found Christian Keeling in the corner for a long two.
UNC's seven-point lead to that point was its largest of the game; Wofford answered with a 9-2 run to knot the game at 28.