Garrison Brooks (Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina) CHAPEL HILL, N.C.– Armando Bacot scored a pair of pivotal post baskets in the last 1:22 to assist North Carolina protect an 81-75 success over Syracuse at the Smith Center on Tuesday night.
In a video game of runs, UNC (8-4, 3-2) punched last with a 10-2 spurt in the final 3 minutes to retake the lead. The Tar Heels made 8-of-9 complimentary throws to close the game and win their 3rd successive ACC contest.
UNC opened the second half on a 9-0 run, just to be countered by Syracuses 13-0 reaction. The Tar Heels matched the Orange with a 13-0 spurt of their several and own minutes later the checking out team orchestrated an 8-0 go to take a 68-67 lead with 3:21 to play.
UNC shot 39.7 percent from the floor, marking the 3rd successive time it has actually failed to top the 40-percent limit. The Orange shot 46.7 percent in 13 fewer efforts. UNC averaged 1.17 points per belongings to Syracuses 1.09.
The Tar Heels outrebounded their challenger, 48-31. Their 18-10 assist-turnover differential was their biggest of the season.
Owning the PaintWith starting center Bourama Sidibe still sidelined after damaging his meniscus in November, Jim Boeheim relied on 6-foot-10, 201-pound Marek Dolezaj to when again man the middle of his zone. UNCs focus in pounding the ball down low yielded Garrison Brookss finest performance of the season as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year notched his very first double-double with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 10 rebounds.
Bacot (15 points, 12 rebounds) and DayRon Sharpe (8 points, 4 rebounds) were recipients too. The Tar Heels rebounded 53.3 percent of their misses out on and outscored the Orange, 24-4, in second-chance points.
Leaky Black Locks Down Buddy Boeheim lit UNC up in the first half, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (4-of-7 3FG). Leaky Black (5 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists) ramped up his protective effort after halftime and successfully shut Boeheim down, holding the Syracuse junior scoreless on 3 basket attempts in 20 minutes.
Harris Close to ReturningThe most intriguing development on Tuesday referred to a player who didnt really play. Sophomore guard Anthony Harris dressed out for the very first time this season, signifying a prospective return in the coming days. The Woodbridge, Va. native has actually not played since tearing his ACL versus Yale on Dec. 30, 2019.
Tweet of Note
UNCs 24 offending rebounds were its most against an ACC team because pulling down 24 against Pittsburgh on Feb. 25, 2017. https://t.co/PMXwBuRxFR
— Pat James (@patjames24) January 13, 2021
UNC shot 39.7 percent from the flooring, marking the third successive time it has actually failed to top the 40-percent limit. The Orange shot 46.7 percent in 13 less efforts. UNC averaged 1.17 points per belongings to Syracuses 1.09.
Harris Close to ReturningThe most interesting advancement on Tuesday pertained to a player who didnt really play. Sophomore guard Anthony Harris dressed out for the first time this season, indicating a possible return in the coming days.
Late Half Collapse The Tar Heels led 36-26 with 3:51 staying in the first half when Williams carried out a four-man replacement, replacing Black-Davis-Sharpe-Brooks with Love-Platek-Bacot-Kessler alongside of Kerwin Walton. Syracuse capitalized with a 10-2 run over the next 2:05, scoring on four of its next five ownerships.
The Orange closed the half on 14-4 run by making six of their final seven field goal attempts.
Up NextUNC heads to Tallahassee to play Florida State on Saturday, marking its fourth roadway journey in 6 ACC games. The Seminoles (5-2, 1-1 ACC) have lost 2 of their last 3 after winning 4 straight to open the season.