Tar Heels Ring In New Year In Style, Deliver Seahawk Smackdown
CHAPEL HILL–The No.19 North Carolina men’s basketball team downed UNC-Wilmington 84-51 in the ‘Happy Blue Year’ event in the Dean Smith Center.
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With the win, Carolina improved to 10-3 on the season while UNC-W dropped to 6-9.
The Tar Heels came into this contest with a little more motivation and determination, getting its offense going and delighting the Tar Heel faithful with some electrifying baskets around the rim against the defenseless Seahawks.
The leading scorer for UNC was James Michael McAdoo with 23 points, but J.P. Tokoto thrilled the crowd with stunning aerial assaults on the basket. Tokoto finished with 5 points while Brice Johnson provided a nice offensive boost with 15 points.
The Tar Heels won the opening tip-off, but a J.P. Tokoto jumper fell just short. But he earned a trip to the free throw line on an ensuing possession and netted one of two to score the first points of the game.
Carolina was playing some aggressive defense early on to bog down the Seahawk offense. Nate Britt knocked down a floater to stake UNC to a 3-0 lead with 16:30 on the first half clock.
A foul on McAdoo sent Cedrick Williams to the charity stripe with 15:22 left in the half. And Williams made both.
McAdoo responded with a pair of quick buckets highlighted by an explosive dunk to give UNC a 7-2 lead. Isaiah Hicks joined the scoring fray with a make of his own soon after.
The shared scoring continued as Brice Johnson nailed a solid jumper to extend Carolina’s lead to 12-5 with 11:03 left in the half.
Leslie McDonald slashed one through the nets to give UNC the 14-9 lead with under nine minutes to go in the half. And the Carolina defense continued to play hard, although aided by some poor shooting from UNC-W.
A timeout was called with 7:23 left to go in the half. Carolina was cruising along with a double-up score, 18-9.
McAdoo ran the distance of the floor on a breakway layup that pumped up the quieter than normal Dean Dome crowd. Paige followed that up with a long-range three that found nothing but net to give the Tar Heels a 23-13 lead with 3:40 left in the half.
Williams pummeled his way back to the line for UNCW and made the point after attempt. UNC’s Johnson answered right back with a quick score though, and McDonald drew a foul to put up another point on the scoreboard that then read 26-16 in favor of Carolina.
At the 1:52 timeout, the Tar Heels maintained a 28-16 advantage. UNC was beginning to pick up the offensive pace. Johnson scored inside out of the timeout and drew a foul, converting on the free throw to extend his team’s lead to 15.
At the half, UNC went into the locker room up 31-23. UNC was shooting 40 percent from the floor while UNCW was shooting at a mere 25 percent clip.
James Michael McAdoo was the leading scorer for Carolina at the half with eight points while Cedrick Williams led the way for UNCW with 12 points.
The second half saw UNC increase its intensity level and click on all cylinders offensively with varied plays and a distribution of points throughout the team. Tokoto’s explosive dunk fired up the Dean Dome.
With 12:20 to play in the game, Carolina held a 49-32 lead over Buzz Peterson’s team.
Paige knocked down a shot to stake Carolina out to a wide 51-32 advantage. The lone bright spot for the Seahawks was Williams, who continually forced the action inside.
McAdoo was proving to be a dominant force in this contest as he scored again to give UNC a 57-37 lead. But the loudest roars were reserved for Tokoto with his high-flying, acrobatic slams.
McDonald popped his trademark three to extend the UNC lead out to 64-37 with 7:06 left on the clock.
McAdoo continued his strong play down the stretch, getting to the free throw line and exerting himself inside. Johnson continued to add some offensive support of his own, pushing the Tar Heel lead out to 76-43 with 4:30 remaining in the game.
In the end, Carolina was far too much for the overmatched Seahawks. UNC played like the ACC season was upon them. Carolina faces Wake Forest Sunday.
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‘Happy Blue Year’ in Smith Center for Tar Heels-Seahawks
CHAPEL HILL– The 9-3 North Carolina basketball team will be looking to polish up its play Tuesday in a 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve match-up with 6-8 UNC-Wilmington.
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No. 19 UNC will be welcoming back one of its own in the form of Buzz Peterson, the head coach for the Seahawks. Peterson was a member of the 1982 national championship squad under Dean Smith and then assistant coach Roy Williams.
But Head Coach Roy Williams will not be in the mood to do any favors for Peterson in Carolina’s final non-conference game of the season. He says he was disappointed in the defense and the lack of attacking mentality in the win against Northern Kentucky on Friday.
“I was not pleased defensively, on the backboards or attacking the basket. We had a tremendous size advantage, and one of our goals was to attack the basket. We didn’t get a single low-post up or taking the ball to the basket the entire first half. I was pretty frustrated with that,” Coach Williams says.
Coach Williams says he hopes the cause for the erratic play is immaturity because he knows it can be corrected.
“I hope it is because maturity means that we can get there. Lack of maturity now means that we can get there eventually, so I hope that’s what it is. We are an extremely young club, but also we’ve played 12 games. We’ve got to be able to bring it,” Coach Williams says.
Senior guard Leslie McDonald’s return to the lineup has been a welcome boost to UNC’s outside shooting. Coach Williams says McDonald’s ability to knock down shots will come in handy later in the season.
“Leslie does have an ability to shoot the ball. That really helps us, and it’s hopefully going to help us even more down the line,” Coach Williams says.
Junior forward Desmond Hubert says the Tar Heels need to start playing with the same effort and intensity against the lower-ranked teams in order to establish a consistent identity on the squad.
“We’ve won big games, and then we’ve had a few letdowns. I think our biggest thing is just trying to get our effort. We’re just trying to sustain the same effort that we have in the big games. […] Just because they’re not a top-25 team doesn’t mean that it should be less important. We’re just trying to establish more effort in those games,” Hubert says.
Tuesday’s ‘Happy Blue Year’ game in Chapel Hill will be the third overall contest between Carolina and UNC-W. The Tar Heels lead the series 2-0.
UNC-W Pulls Off Tar Heel Upset
CHAPEL HILL–No. 11 North Carolina dropped a 1-0 decision to UNC-Wilmington Tuesday night at Fetzer Field.
A scoring strike in the 36th minute by UNC-W’s Jordan Cordero proved to be the only goal necessary in the match.
Carolina controlled possession throughout the contest, holding a 16-4 advantage in shots. Missed opportunities became the trend of the night for the Tar Heels – a recurring theme for Carolina all season.
UNC-W only had one shot in the entire second half, but UNC failed to convert on any of their scoring looks.
The loss drops Carolina to 5-3-5 overall and 2-1-5 in the ACC. Next up for the Tar Heels is a trip to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
No. 11 Men’s Soccer Set for Seahawks
CHAPEL HILL– No.11 Carolina men’s soccer moves out of conference to take on UNC-Wilmington Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. on Fetzer Field.
Carolina is coming off a 1-0 win over Syracuse last Friday night. The Tar Heels currently reside at 5-2-5 overall and 2-1-5 in the ACC.
The Seahawks claimed an impressive 2-1 road win over Duke on Oct. 1, so the Tar Heels should expect a tough contest.
Tuesday night will serve as Chapel Hill and Carrboro Schools Night. So bring the kids along as local elementary and middle school students can purchase tickets for just $2.
And if you can’t make it over to the match, it will be broadcast live on GoHeelsTV.
No. 1 UNC Baseball Drops First Contest In Last 15
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team’s second longest winning streak of the season was snapped by a team it blanked earlier in the season Tuesday night.
No. 21 UNC Wilmington was 9-2 since the two teams last met in late March and showed that hot streak was no fluke with a 9-8 win over the best team in the country.
The Tar Heels scored two runs in each of the first three innings and looked to be well in control. But then the Seahawks put up six in the top of the fourth with the help from a few walks by the Tar Heel pitching staff and a few hits that found their way into the outfield.
Carolina took the lead back with two more in the bottom of the fourth, but the home team’s scoring would stop there. Wilmington added one in the seventh and two in the eighth to take the lead. Seahawk junior Kelly Secrest was sent to the mound for the last out of the fourth inning and only gave up one hit in the final five and two thirds innings for the win.
With the loss, UNC fell to 39-3; UNCW improved to 31-11. The Tar Heels host Charlotte Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. You can hear the broadcast in its entirety on WCHL and here immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck.
No. 1 UNC Baseball Shuts Out UNC Wilmington On The Road
WILMINGTON – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team remained undefeated on the road with a shutout win over UNC Wilmington Wednesday night.
Despite leaving eight runners stranded, the Tar Heels took down the Seahawks 10-0 thanks in part to the talented bats of junior third-baseman Colin Moran, junior first-baseman Cody Stubbs, and sophomore second-baseman Mike Zolk. The three Tar Heels each tallied two RBIs and freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt hit his fifth homerun of the season.
Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly took the game for seven innings throwing eight strikeouts and only giving up two hits. Three Tar Heel pitchers saw action Wednesday night and no Seahawks saw a free pass in the shutout.
With the win, Carolina improved to 26-2; Wilmington fell to 21-9. This weekend, the Tar Heels bring their league-leading 9-2 conference record back to this Hill to host the Maryland Terrapins who are 4-8 in league play and are coming off a 6-3 win over the Towson Tigers 6-3 on Wednesday.
First pitch for the Friday-night series opener is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. You can hear all the action on WCHL immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck.
No. 1 UNC Baseball Looks To Begin Another Winning Streak
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team steps out of conference play on Wednesday with the hopes of bouncing back from its second loss of the season when it travels to UNC Wilmington.
The Tar Heels dropped the third game of the series against the Clemson Tigers in a 5-4 11-inning decision Monday after taking the first two wins. Monday was a marathon day after UNC and Clemson had to make up the remainder of Sunday’s rain-out. The Tar Heels took the first game of the day 6-2 after starting in the top of the third with a 2-0 lead.
The polls came out Monday morning before Carolina dropped just its second game of the season—the Tar Heels are tied with LSU with the best record in the country. The Tar Heels held a unanimous No. 1 spot across the four polls.
UNC Wilmington could provide a good challenge for Carolina on Wednesday. The Seahawks hold the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association at 7-1 and are 21-8 overall. They’re currently on a four-game winning streak, including a sweep over conference-opponent Old Dominion and a win Tuesday over the Southern Conference’s College of Charleston.
Senior right-hander Chris Munnelly will get the start. In 15.1 innings, he’s 1-0 on the season with a 1.17 earned run average (ERA). He’s thrown 22 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. The UNC pitching staff has inched two marks closer to the top squad in the land as Arkansas is just 0.02 better in its team ERA at 1.68.
Wednesday’s game between UNC and UNCW is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. You can hear all the action live on WCHL immediately following an abbreviated version of the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck.