UNC beat Gardner-Webb 93-72 on Monday.
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North Carolina is leading 53-38 at the end of the half, benefitting from 14 Gardner-Webb turnovers. The Tar Heels shot 54.8 percent in the first half, making 23 of 42 shots.UNC's free throw woes continue to haunt them, as the Tar Heels were seven of 13 from the charity stripe.
NEW YORK — In the second half of the 2K Sports Classic Championship game, Marcus Ginyard needed a moment.North Carolina’s senior wing took a hard shot to the side from a Syracuse player with about 16 minutes to play. During the next timeout, he crouched on the floor in pain and was subbed out.
NEW YORK — With five North Carolina players who stand at least 6 feet 10 inches, there are very few teams in the nation that can make the Tar Heels look as small as Syracuse did Friday night.But the Orange didn’t do so with length. They dominated the paint with brute force.
Behind a 20-1 run to start the second half, Syracuse beat North Carolina 87-71 to win the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden.Tournament MVP Wes Johnson scored 25 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Orange. Four of his teammates also reached double figures.
As the first half of No. 6 North Carolina's up-and-down contest with Syracuse drew to a close, the Tar Heels had a plan.With time ticking of the clock, Larry Drew lobbed a pass across the court for Ed Davis to lay in and the rim. The alley-oop play gave UNC the slight halftime edge, 39-37.
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NEW YORK — In North Carolina’s biggest challenge this year, its best player was limited to the role of spectator for long stretches of the game.But with forward Ed Davis in foul trouble all night, everybody else stepped up for No. 4 UNC in its 77-73 win against No. 15 Ohio State in the 2K Sports Classic.
NEW YORK — Roy Williams said he’s spent much of this season chewing out sophomore point Larry Drew II. Whatever he’s saying, it seems to be working.When Ohio State made a late-game run, Drew was put on the spot again and again — and he answered just enough times to push UNC to a win.
Thanks to an abysmal half of shooting from the floor by No. 15 Ohio State, No. 4 North Carolina has a 38-24 halftime lead in Madison Square Garden.OSU is just 9-for-31 for (29 percent) from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.
Deon Thompson, a senior and the team’s only returning starter, knew he had made a mistake more characteristic of a freshman.After being whistled for a technical foul for shoving a Valparaiso player, Thompson headed to the bench for the last few minutes of the first half.
North Carolina’s Will Graves had to think for a few seconds before assigning a grade to his team’s performance in its 88-77 victory against Valparaiso.His final verdict? The Tar Heels passed — but barely.“I’d say a D,” Graves said. “We showed intensity in spurts, but you can get a couple questions right on a test and still come out with a D.”
The second half of Wednesday’s game between North Carolina and N.C. Central started a lot like the first half ended. An NCCU airball. An Ed Davis block. Two Eagles turnovers. When the Tar Heels finally conceded a bucket almost three minutes into the second half, the game was a long time in the books.
It was close, but only for a couple of minutes.After a Vincent Davis basket brought North Carolina Central to within two points of North Carolina, the Tar Heels decided they had enough.UNC went on a 32-3 run to close the half, scoring in every which way - dunks, jumpers and old-fashioned lay-ups. UNC leads 51-20 at the half.
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