UNC earned Payback vs. NC State

Armando Bakot blocks Manny Bates of NCSU (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Chapel Hill, NC – NC State has a chance to sweep the season series four times in its second meeting against North Carolina since Roy Williams returned to Chapel Hill in 2003. Every time the Tar Heels slapped the Wolfpack and back on Saturday. Dean E. Williams’ squad at the Smith Center scored their biggest halftime lead of the season in an 86–76 win.

The Tar Heels (10-5, 5-3 ACC) won for the fifth time in six games and in their toughest stretch of the ACC, before playing four road games in their next five. UNC converted its most efficient half of the season to take a 43–33 lead of the season and maintain a comfortable double-digit margin until late, when a 7–0 Wolfpack run reduced the score to 72–66 With 4:24 to play.

The Tar Heels responded with a 14-8 surge at 3:48 next to secure the win.

Armando Bacot (17 points, 8 rebounds) and De’Reon Sharp (16 points, 10 rebounds) dominated the post, while Caleb Love continued his solid game with 15 points, including 15 points. There were five players despite five turnovers. . Anthony Harris and RJ Davis also reached double figures, with scores of 10 points each. Devon Daniels led the Wolfpack with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

UNC shot 54.4 percent season-high from the floor, while NCSU shot 47.0 percent. The Tar Heels outscored the Wolfpack 44-30 to take a 17–12 lead in second-order points. NC State took a 17–10 advantage in points in turnovers.

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In the second half against Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Tar Heels set a season high with 54.8 percent of their shooting attempts (17-of-31). UNC ranked high during the first half against NC State shooting 56.8 percent. The Tar Heels scored 43 points on 43 first-half possessions, scoring their best points in the opening half of this season.

UNC shot 51.6 percent for the first time in the entire season after the scoreline, a better than 50 percent shot in both halves in a game (only eighth half shooting better than 50%).

Brooks continues to struggle
Senior forward Garrison Brooks played 2-of-5 shooting with 1:20 to go and four points on four rebounds. The ACC’s Presiden Player of the Year is 9.0 points on 36.8 percent shooting in eight ACC games this season.

A year ago, the Brooks led the ACC in scoring (18.8) and finished second in field goal percentage (53.5) in conference play.

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UNC has won 33 of its last 38 games and 50 of its last 62 games against NC State. Roy Williams improved to 38-5 against the Wolfpack.

The Ter Heels improved to 28-7 against Neck State at the Smith Center and won 16 of their last 18 at home in the series.

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Injury update
Puff Johnson did not play against the Wolfpack after suffering a leg injury during practice on Friday. Freshman Wing has worn a protective boot to his right leg.

Sterling Manley also appeared in street clothes for the 15th straight game this season. The junior center missed 48 consecutive matches due to an injury to the left knee.

UNC begins a three-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Tuesday (7 pm / ACCN). The Panthers (8-2, 4-1 ACC) have built their success on solid defense as they rank second in effective field goal percentage defense (44.2) in ACC games.

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