Every bucket converted by College of Charleston's Dalton Bolon in Friday's matchup against UNC was followed by a display of antics.
On the first play of the night, the graduate guard muscled his way baseline for a layup and talked his way down the court. Later in the half, he flashed a trio fingers in the air and tucked them into an imaginary holster after canning a pair of 3-pointers.
Every bucket. Every point scored. For Bolon, there was always a show.
But he had good reason. Despite North Carolina eventually pulling away from College of Charleston 102-86 on Friday night, Bolon’s first-half explosion helped the Cougars take a seven-point lead into the break, and with it, raise questions about the Tar Heels' defensive efforts.
Nearly all of the Division II transfer's points came against one defender — Caleb Love.
“That was unacceptable of me in the first half for (Bolon) to get those bully-ball points,” Love said. “Coach (Davis) told me I was being soft and I had to change it in the second half. I took it personally to do that.”
Out of the break, North Carolina’s streaky guard seemed to take the challenge from his coach well.
On the first Charleston possession, Bolon posted up Love on the high baseline. But instead of guarding from behind, Love fronted the graduate transfer and snuck around to intercept the ensuing entry pass. With the ball in his hand, Love took the Cougar turnover coast-to-coast and finished a floater over the top of Bolon.
“(Love) can literally be the best player in the country," graduate wing Leaky Black said. “I feel like with him, it’s all mental — if he wants to (play defense).”