GREENSBORO — In the last game of the ACC Tournament played in front of fans, the North Carolina men's basketball team (14-19, 6-14 ACC) fell to Syracuse (18-14, 10-10 ACC) on Wednesday night, spelling the end for the 2019-20 Tar Heels and putting a finishing touch on the worst season of the Roy Williams era.
UNC shot just 33.3 percent in the second-round matchup and allowed the Orange's Elijah Hughes to post 27 points, while Cole Anthony recorded five points on 2-10 shooting to go along with six turnovers.
The Tar Heels fell into a quick 7-0 hole in the first two minutes before a Garrison Brooks tip-in got UNC on the board, and were thus forced to play catch-up for the rest of the first half.
It didn't help matters that both Brandon Robinson and Leaky Black picked up two fouls before the first media timeout, forcing Christian Keeling and Andrew Platek to play extended time early. A little over five minutes in, the Orange held a 17-6 advantage.
By the eight-minute mark, that lead sat at 10, with UNC shooting just 5-20 from the floor and Syracuse sinking three of its first seven 3-point attempts.