Graves hitting five 3-pointers during the second half couldn’t bring UNC a victory. DTH/Margaret Cheatham Williams

Graves hits groove, but UNC can’t in loss to Ga. Tech

Will Graves fell one shot short of having the game of his life on Saturday.

He had a career-high 24 points — the most he’d scored since winning the 3A N.C. high school state title four years ago, also in the Smith Center.

But his long miss from near midcourt at the buzzer left North Carolina just shy of a win.

Men's basketball

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UNC drops second straight

A 19-point second-half deficit proved to be too much for No. 12 North Carolina to overcome against No. 20 Georgia Tech.Though Tar Heels did catch all the way up to the Yellow Jackets - and even notched a two-point lead in the game's final minutes - a key runner by Zach Peacock doomed UNC (12-6, 1-2 ACC) to its second straight conference loss 73-71.

UNC’s Dexter Strickland committed three turnovers against Clemson. DTH/Phong Dinh

Turnovers doom Tar Heels against Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. — In the hours leading up to No. 12 North Carolina’s first ACC road game against No. 24 Clemson, the Tar Heels’ bus was involved in a car accident on its way to a shootaround at Littlejohn Coliseum.It wasn’t the only wreck Wednesday night.


Prediction: UNC's odds against Clemson

Deon Thompson goes up for a rebound in North Carolina’s 94-70 blowout win at home last season against Clemson. Thompson scored 15 points in the win, which kept UNC perfect all-time in home games against the Tigers (54 games). Tonight’s game is on the road.Backcourt

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Drew’s turnaround secures ?rst conference victory

For once, North Carolina was able to close out a game strong. The Tar Heels had allowed late leads to evaporate in their last two outings, blowing double-digit leads in a loss to College of Charleston and letting Albany finish on a 23-2 run the game before — but not this time. “I told ’em, we’re not gonna let that happen again,” Larry Drew II said.

Ed Davis led North Carolina in three offensive categories Sunday night. DTH/Will Cooper

Heels bounce back against Va. Tech

In Marcus Ginyard’s first action in three games, the senior managed only two points, two rebounds and one assist during No. 9 North Carolina’s 78-64 win against Virginia Tech. Not exactly numbers that jump out of a box score. But to UNC point guard Larry Drew II, Ginyard’s return to the floor couldn’t have been better timed.

Tar Heels shorthanded leading up to ACC opener

Roy Williams will finally get out of his shoulder sling for North Carolina's ACC opener against Virginia Tech. His team is heading in the opposite direction. No. 9 North Carolina could be into its fourth option for a starter at the No. 3 spot Sunday.

Heels fall to College of Charleston in OT

Charleston, S.C. — The circus was in Charleston on Monday night.  Andrew Goudelock and the College of Charleston Cougars put on a shotmaking exhibition at the expense of No. 9 North Carolina, and the Cougars came away with the overtime win, 82-79.

College of Charleston leading at half

Charleston, S.C. — Andrew Goudelock and the College of Charleston Cougars opened Monday night's game with 20 minutes toe-to-toe with the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels — and so far, the Cougars are the ones on top.Adrew Goudelock and Donovan Monroe are both in double figures at the break as UNC trails, 37-36. Ed Davis leads UNC with nine points at the break.

No. 9 UNC faces College of Charleston next

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Monday against College of Charleston, No. 9 North Carolina will finally have a road game it is expected to win.The Cougars of College of Charleston provide yet another small-team challenge to UNC, which is fresh off wins against Marshall, Rutgers and Albany in Chapel Hill.

Williams questions defense as Tar Heels win

Rutgers' Michael Rosario could do nothing else. As Dexter Strickland streaked past him, Rosario recognized he couldn't catch North Carolina's speedy freshman. So he latched on to the back of Strickland's No. 10 jersey and hung on. Rosario accepted the intentional foul, and 13 minutes later had to accept defeat to the Tar Heels Monday night at the Smith Center, 81-67.

Tar Heels roll Thundering Herd 98-61

No. 10 North Carolina used a freshman in the starting lineup for the first time all season, but the result against unranked competition was the same as usual for UNC.The Tar Heels ran away from Marshall 98-61 Tuesday night, using a decisive 18-0 run near the beginning of the second half to deliver the knockout blow to the Thundering Herd.