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Saturday April 17th

Men's basketball

Men’s basketball coach Roy Williams laughs at a press conference on Wednesday in advance of UNC’s game vs. Virginia Tech on Thursday.

UNC seeks consistency in ACC play

In the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s ACC opener at Virginia, the Tar Heels showed off their toughness, using lockdown defense to make a second-half comeback and pull out a 62-56 victory. Tonight at home against Virginia Tech, UNC will have to prove its consistency.

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Tyler Zeller goes up for a close-range shot at UVa. His four clutch free throws tied the game late in the second half.

UNC forwards come up big

Go big or go home. It’s an aphorism repeated by UNC-Chapel Hill students on Franklin Street numerous times each weekend. And though the slogan has justified more than a few ill-advised decisions over the years, it was good advice for the UNC men’s basketball team during halftime of its 62-56 win at Virginia on Saturday afternoon.

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Tar Heels edge Virginia 62-56

CHARLOTTESVILLE — North Carolina fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Virginia 62-56 in the Tar Heels’ ACC opener. Junior forward Tyler Zeller hit two sets of clutch free-throws to tie the game at 50-50 and his team took it from there.

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UNC smokes St. Francis (Pa.), 103-54

The North Carolina men’s basketball team hasn’t had seven players score in double figures in the same game since it pounded Manhattan in 1985. Sunday night, this year’s Tar Heels did the 1985-86 squad one better, as eight double-digit scorers helped the Tar Heels trounce St. Francis (Pa.) at the Smith Center, 103-54.

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Tar Heels survive snowstorm, beat Rutgers, 78-55

NEW YORK — Inclement weather couldn’t stop the North Carolina men’s basketball team from showing up at its Tuesday-night game against Rutgers — and once the Tar Heels took the floor in New York City, the Scarlet Knights couldn’t do much to stop them, either. After waiting out two days of flight delays in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels found Madison Square Garden downright cozy, thumping the Scarlet Knights, 78-55.

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Dexter Strickland dunks over a William and Mary defender. Strickland led the Tar Heels with 19 points.

In win against Rutgers, a homecoming for Strickland

NEW YORK — Upon his arrival home for Christmas last week, Dexter Strickland breathed a deep sigh and had three words for family members waiting at home in Rahway, N.J. “It’s been awhile,” his mother Sherrone Helsey recounted her son saying, upon stepping through the door.

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Harrison Barnes dunks for two of his 13 points on Tuesday night

Tar Heels thump Tribe in NIT rematch

Three days after scoring a season-high 18 points against Texas, North Carolina junior Dexter Strickland set a new career mark with 19 points to lead the Tar Heels past William & Mary, 85-60, Tuesday night at the Smith Center.

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	Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds but missed a key left-handed hook shot in the final seconds of the game on Saturday.

Tar Heels miss key shots in loss

GREENSBORO — North Carolina did not make enough shots down the stretch against Texas, and it ultimately doomed them in their 78-76 loss to the Longhorns in Greensboro Coliseum. Nursing a five-point advantage with five and a half minutes left, a few well-timed baskets or defensive stops could have sent the Longhorns home with a loss, but the Tar Heels went three for their last eight down the stretch. “Texas made shots,” John Henson said.

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	Dexter Strickland scored a team-high 18 points and dished out three assists in UNC’s loss to Texas on Saturday in Greensboro.

UNC falls to Texas on last-second shot

GREENSBORO — Texas coach Rick Barnes admitted he had a “phobia of playing North Carolina in late-game situations.” But in the final seconds in a virtual home match for UNC, his freshman guard Cory Joseph had no fear, scoring the final bucket for Texas’ 78-76 win against UNC on Saturday.

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Dexter Strickland goes up for a layup on a fast break.

Advice pushes Drew, UNC past 49ers

As has become tradition over the last few years, Larry Drew II and his father, current Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, hold telephone chats after almost every one of the younger’s games. Recently, father has impressed one primary theme upon son: “Attack.” Employing what he dubs his “unfair advantage” — his father’s advice — Drew put together his finest performance of UNC’s young season to fuel the Tar Heels’ 96-91 victory against Long Beach State at the Smith Center on Saturday.

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Junior Tyler Zeller is fouled by Darius Miller in Saturday’s physical game. UNC went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the foul-heavy final 81 seconds of play.

Free throws propel UNC basketball past Kentucky

Dexter Strickland went to the line with six seconds remaining after his team made eight consecutive free throws in the previous 80 seconds. The sophomore guard made his first to put his team up by two while Kentucky had zero timeouts. He clanged the second shot off the rim.

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Tar Heels beat No. 10 Kentucky

Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while going 6-for-6 on free throws in the closing minutes of the game to help North Carolina beat Kentucky 75-73 on Saturday at the Smith Center. Zeller played 30 minutes and went 8-for-13 from the field, including 11-for-12 from the line. Fellow big man John Henson had 13 points and 12 rebounds but saw limited time in the second half because of his struggles at the free throw line.

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John Henson, seen here in UNC’s game against Lipscomb on Nov. 12, carried the load inside with Zeller’s foul trouble, scoring 16 points.

Illini hands UNC season's third loss

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — It took 43 seconds for the North Carolina Tar Heels’ night to unravel on them in a 79-67 loss to Illinois. That is how long it took for Tyler Zeller to pick up his second and third fouls, a little more than 10 minutes into the first half. The third foul was a cheap bump on a passing Demetri McCamey, sending Zeller to the bench.

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North Carolina’s John Henson goes up for a block against Charleston. The Tar Heels have won four consecutive ACC/Big Ten Challenge games.

Illinois poses challenge for UNC basketball

Just in time for fall semester finals, the North Carolina men’s basketball team is set to begin its own series of rigorous tests on the hardwood. The first one comes Tuesday night when the Tar Heels travel to Champaign, Ill., to face the No. 20 Illinois Fighting Illini as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Sophomore Dexter Strickland dunks to earn two of his nine points to cap a late UNC drive that sealed a win against College of Charleston.

Tar Heels put away Cougars, 74-69

The difference between this year’s men’s basketball team and last year’s was readily apparent in the last six minutes of North Carolina’s 74-69 win against College of Charleston on Sunday. Armed with a 62-56 lead, UNC got stops and continued scoring to put away the Cougars. Sometimes it is that simple. Last year, the Tar Heels would have allowed the Cougars back into the game by allowing just enough scores on defense and faltering offensively. This year’s team instead held College of Charleston to 4-for-13 shooting for the final six minutes as it pulled away.

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Sophomore forward John Henson goes up for a block against a Cougar. He was the first to score in a game-sealing 22-8 run for the Tar Heels.

Second-half run sparks UNC basketball

With the North Carolina basketball team facing a 50-45 College of Charleston lead with less than 13 minutes remaining, a sense of dismay set in among the Smith Center attendees. The game seemed on track for another College of Charleston upset, and panic set in across most of the arena, except for UNC’s players.

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