Drug Case Delayed For Ex-UNC Player Graves

HILLSBOROUGH — The misdemeanor drug case against former North Carolina basketball player Will Graves has been delayed until July.

Graves was scheduled to be in court Monday, but Orange County assistant district attorney Jeff Nieman said the case was continued until July 1 because Graves is playing professionally in Argentina.

Police in Chapel Hill cited Graves with simple marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia on Dec. 6 while he stayed at a residence owned by Tar Heels coach Roy Williams.

A team spokesman said at the time that Graves was paying rent to stay there while working toward his degree and as a part-time video coordinator for the team during the fall semester.

Graves, who wasn’t arrested, issued a statement apologizing to Williams, the school, family and friends.


UNC Men’s Basketball Avoids First 0-4 ACC Start, 82-71 vs. BC


CHAPEL HILL – Marcus Paige led the UNC men’s basketball team to an 82-71 win against Boston College Saturday for the Tar Heel’s first win in ACC play, avoiding the first 0-4 start in the ACC in Carolina history.

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Out of the first media timeout, Carolina went on an 8-2 run to set the tone and force a timeout from Boston College and head coach Steve Donahue.

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The run was extended to 15-4 before the less than 12-minute official timeout.


McAdoo with pressure (Todd Melet)

McAdoo goes up strong (Todd Melet)

James Michael McAdoo opened the game 3-3 from the field with eight points. After the game he said strong play early established a base on which the team could build.

“Just getting off to a quick start in the first half, I feel like we really got things in our momentum,” McAdoo said. “Whenever you’re able to do that, it builds a lot of confidence, especially throughout the rest of the game.”

The Eagles chipped their way back into the game with three consecutive threes before the eight-minute mark. The game remained close throughout the rest of the first half, but the Tar Heels never relinquished the lead.

Carolina took a 36-32 advantage into the locker room.

The margin remained between two and six points in favor of the Tar Heels for most of the second half.

Half of the Eagles shots came behind the three-point line, and they knocked down 48 percent from three.

Head Coach Roy Williams said the outside shooting kept BC in the game.

“Boston College is really a hard team to play,” Coach Williams said. “They’re really very well coached; their kids do the things that Steve asks them to do. (When they) make those threes, they’re hard to guard like that. (They’re) good ball handlers; they put the ball on the floor and break you down. And yet, I thought we were, at times, really good.”

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With 4:30 left in the game, Marcus Paige found Leslie McDonald to give Carolina its largest lead of the second half at ten.

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McDonald with pressure (Todd Melet)

UNC shot 4-12 from behind the arc. Coach Williams said that’s just about where he’d like to see the attempts.

“Four for 12, I’d like to make more,” Coach Williams said. “I don’t care if we shoot more than 12 threes, but I’d like to make more than four.”

Paige hit 6-9 from the field including 2-4 from three in the first half and hit his only attempt in the second for the team-leading 21 points. He also tallied four assists, two steals, and two rebounds.

With 1:31 left in the game, Coach Donahue couldn’t hold back his unrest with the officiating. The referees allowed him to continue yelling during a timeout after Olivier Hanlan was fouled out. After the timeout, Coach Donahue received his first-ever technical foul, and Paige knocked down both free throws. The coach found it hard to describe his emotions of that moment after the game.

An angry Donahue (Todd Melet)

An angry Donahue (Todd Melet)

“I think more frus…I was frustrated,” Coach Donahue said. “I didn’t even know it was Olivier’s fifth. First technical foul of my career. And I did not use any language.”

The Tar Heel defense held while Carolina went 6-6 from the free throw line from that point to take the 11-point win. As a team, UNC shot 20-30 from the charity stripe.

With the win, Carolina improved to 11-6, 1-3 in the ACC; BostonCollege fell to 5-13, 1-4.

UNC travels to Charlottesville, Virginia Monday night to take on the Cavaliers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and our pregame coverage on WCHL begins at 5:30 p.m.

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UNC vs. Boston College

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No. 19 UNC MBB Falls 73-67 In ACC Opener to Wake With Erratic Play

WINSTON-SALEM – The No. 19 North Carolina men’s basketball team dropped to 10-4 on the season with a 73-67 loss in its ACC opener at Wake Forest Sunday night.

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Continuing the theme of playing to the level of the competition, UNC surprised no one when it found itself in a tough battle with Wake Forest. Scoring droughts and turnovers doomed the Tar Heels on the road against a determined Demon Deacon squad hungry for a signature win.

Wake Forest’s Travis McKie finished his stellar evening with 16 points while Tyler Cavanaugh chipped in 11 points of his own.

UNC’s Marcus Paige fouled out for only the second time in his career and finished without scoring in double digits for the first time all season. James Michael McAdoo led the Tar Heels in scoring with 13 points on the night.

Carolina shot just 39 percent as a team from the floor and failed to take advantage of its 51-36 rebounding advantage.

With the loss, Head Coach Roy Williams is now 11-6 against Wake Forest as a head coach while with the victory, the Demon Deacons improved to 11-3 on the year.

The Tar Heels won the opening tipoff, but failed to score when a Kennedy Meeks shot bounced off the rim. The perimeter pressure on the defensive end for Carolina resulted in a Nate Britt steal, but UNC was unable to get on the scoreboard yet again.

The first points of the game went to Miller-McIntyre on the charity stripe. He staked the home team out to a 1-0 lead with 18:35 left on the first half clock. Paige responded right back with a beautiful floater to get the UNC lead.

McAdoo knocked down an open jumper and then followed that up with a nice athletic run to the basket to pick up a foul. The junior made both free throws.

Britt drove inside for a nice make as the Carolina offense was rolling early on the offensive side of the floor, shooting at 50 percent clip from the floor . And sloppy Wake Forest turnovers were aiding the Tar Heel cause.

Brice Johnson slammed one home off a Paige assist to give UNC the 15-12 lead with 14:20 to play in the first half.

Leslie McDonald scored on a long-range jumper as the versatile Tar Heel offense was proving a tough one to contain for the Demon Deacons.

Meeks fought himself to the free throw line by going up strong to the basket. Meeks missed the second foul shot, but an offensive rebound kept the ball in the hands of Carolina.

Wake Forest nailed a three-pointer to ignite the Joel Coliseum crowd and Arnaud-William Adala Moto scored inside to close the Demon Deacons to within a single point of UNC at 20-19 with 9:30 left in the half. And the home team got its first lead of the game at 21-20 soon after.

A McDonald three reclaimed the Tar Heel lead, 23-21, at the under-eight timeout.

The Demon Deacons kept battling for the home crowd. A bank shot fell through the nets to tie the contest at 25 points with 5:56 remaining in the first half.

Some solid work by Meeks around the basket coupled with a Johnson slam dunk staked Carolina to the 29-27 lead at the 4:12 mark.

Wake’s Tyler Cavanaugh earned his way to the foul line and made both charity throws to knot the game back up at 29 points.

The back-and-forth affair continued in the waning minutes of the first half with Wake Forest getting the 34-32 halftime lead against North Carolina.

Paige was struggling for the Tar Heels, only managing three points while Demon Deacon Cavanaugh was leading all scorers at the half with nine points.

As a team, UNC was shooting 32.5 percent from the floor. Wake Forest shot an impressive 48 percent. Carolina held a 34-16 edge in the rebounding department, but Wake Forest got the free throw line on ten more occasions than UNC.

Britt slashed inside to come up with a score for Carolina to open the second half, tying the game at 36 with 18:49 left in the game when timeout was called.

Wake Forest came out of the locker room with plenty of intensity, but the shots weren’t falling early on.

Turnovers continued to plague the sloppy Tar Heels, but a nice follow-up by J.P. Tokoto tied up the game at 38 all with 15:30 on the second half clock.

The tide had turned swiftly in favor of the Demon Deacons with some nice work on the offensive boards to give the home team its largest lead of the night at 48-40 with 12:30 remaining in the contest. Moto was making his presence known.

The Tar Heels went cold from the floor midway through the second half, and the crowd had come alive with the spirited play of the Demon Deacons. The score was 51-40 on a 13-2 run when Coach Williams took a timeout to attempt to rally the Tar Heels.

Tokoto added a spark to UNC’s offense with the nine minute mark to close Carolina to within ten points, but Wake Forest responded with a McIntyre make. With 7:49 to play, the Tar Heels trailed the Demon Deacons 56-46.

Meeks scored off a beautiful pass from Paige to cut the deficit to eight with 6:10 to play in the contest. UNC was gaining momentum with a 8-2 run.

A contact technical foul was called on McDonald to halt UNC’s momentum, and Wake Forest took full advantage to push the lead up to 59-50 with 5 minutes to play.

Cavanaugh made a clutch shot with just under four minutes remaining as the Wake Forest offense kept clicking in the crucial closing minutes. McDonald’s jumper was good to keep Carolina alive down 64-56 with 3:05 to go.

Paige’s first three-pointer on the night followed and trimmed the lead down to five points. The shooting suddenly went cold for Wake Forest, but with 1:03 to go, McKie stopped the skid with a three-point play that gave Wake Forest a 66-61 lead.

Paige exited the floor with his fifth foul. It was his first game all year not scoring in double figures. To the delight of the Wake Forest faithful, the Demon Deacons trotted off the court with the hard-fought victory.

Next up for the Tar Heels is a return to the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill for a Wednesday meeting with the 8-6 Miami Hurricanes.

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With ACC Approaching, Williams Not Happy With Heels’ Play

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Basketball scored a 15-point win over Northern Kentucky on Saturday, but head coach Roy Williams wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance—especially after a lackluster first half.

“My staff did a great job, because what I wanted to do was stay out at halftime and run sprints the entire frickin’ half,” he said after the game. “They thought it was not the right thing to do, but God, I wanted to do that so badly…

“I’m going to do that one of these days. I know, by God, we’ll make SportsCenter then.”

Williams changed 80 percent of his starting lineup between the first and second halves on Saturday in order to send his players a message. It paid off, as the second team pulled away in the first few minutes of the half—but Carolina still had to settle for an unimpressive victory over an unheralded opponent, with ACC play now just a week away.

At his postgame press conference Saturday, Williams singled out a few players—including Brice Johnson, who scored 9 points on 4-8 shooting against Northern Kentucky but has struggled since he led the Heels in scoring three weeks ago against UNC-G.

“I (was) just straightforward: I told him, you’ve got to get playing basketball again,” he said. “Brice is another one that’s going to be a really good player–he’s just got to get the mojo going.”

But with ACC opponents just around the corner, Williams is ready to move on. (And he’s also ready to move on from the PJ Hairston debacle, as evidenced by his response to a reporter who asked if Hairston would remain on the Carolina bench. “Guys, I’m trying to coach the guys I have,” he said. “Jesus Christ, he’s not on our team. I love him to death, but he’s not on our team.”)

ACC play begins for Carolina on January 5 at Wake Forest, but the Tar Heels have one more non-conference opponent to face before then, as UNC-Wilmington comes to town on New Year’s Eve. That game tips off at 5:00 in the Smith Center; coverage on WCHL begins with Countdown to Tipoff at 3:30.


UNC Men’s Basketball Sluggish After Holiday Break, Defeat No. Kentucky, 75-60

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 19 UNC men’s basketball team returned from the Christmas holiday break with a win against Northern Kentucky despite a sluggish middle 20 minutes of play.

“The biggest part of the game was we were not very sharp to say the least,” UNC Head Coach Roy Williams said after the game. “I probably gave them too much time at Christmas. We played Saturday, let them go, and didn’t bring them back until seven o’clock (Thursday) night.”

Carolina jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter of action.

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But the 24-10 lead slowly faded throughout the rest of the first half. UNC ended the first half shooting 44 percent compared to NKU’s 39 percent.

The game stayed flat in the first ten minutes of the second half as Carolina outscored Northern Kentucky 8-1 in the first six minutes. However, the action back up for the final quarter of play in which the Tar Heels outscored the Norse 22-20.

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That rebound by Marcus Paige was one of the nine the 6’1”, 175-pound point guard tallied Friday night, which led all Tar Heels. After the game, Coach Williams wasn’t too pleased with that stat line.

“Who was our lead rebounder without looking down at the sheet?” Coach Williams asked the media. “Marcus Paige, nine rebounds. My gosh, guys. Some other guys have got to rebound the basketball better.”

Paige said, though the long-range shooting style of the Norse lends to long rebounds, he’d like to see the big men show a little more aggression underneath.

“We’ve just got to do a better job of hitting the boards,” Paige said. “We’re too big and too athletic to allow someone like me to lead the team in rebounds.”

James Michael McAdoo led all scorers with 14 points; he also tallied six rebounds.

Paige and Leslie McDonald both tallied 11 points, including three makes each from behind the arc.

In the first nine games, players other than Paige were responsible for four Carolina three pointers. McDonald has made eight since being cleared to play by the NCAA, including the three against the Norse. McDonald led the Tar Heels in scoring through the first 20 minutes with nine.

Coach Williams says McDonald’s return still has more potential to get UNC’s shooting numbers up.

“Making shots, that makes everybody better,” Coach Williams said. “There’s not question about that. He made, I guess, three of them in the first half. Leslie does have the ability to shoot the ball, and that really helps us, and it’s, hopefully, going to help us even more down the line.”

McDonald only shot 4-11 in the game.

As a team, the three-point shooting fell off in the second half. After shooting 5-8 in the first 20, Paige hit the only three for the Tar Heels who went 1-6 in the second.

The fifteen blocked shots Carolina tallied tied the second-most in school history.

And, despite the non-conference opponent and a game between Christmas and New Years, nearly 19,000 fans saw the Carolina win inside the 21,750 seat arena.

With the win, Carolina improved to 9-3; Northern Kentucky fell to 4-8.

The Tar Heels return to the Dean Dome Tuesday to host UNC Wilmington for a 5:00 p.m. New Years Eve tipoff.

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UNC Men’s Basketball Dominates UNCG 81-50

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC men’s basketball team took a quarter of action to get rolling before pulling away for a for a 31-point lead, 81-50.

There was some question as to which Tar Heels team would show up for Saturday’s home game vs. UNC Greensboro.

Would it be the Tar Heels that toppled two of the top teams in the nation in Louisville and Michigan State or the unit that struggled in disappointing losses to UAB and Belmont?

The Tar Heels answered in the affirmative midway through the opening half, building a 19-11 lead on a Marcus Paige jumper.

The Tar Heels went on to remove any doubt about the outcome from there, closing the half on a scintillating 25-3 run en route to an 81-50 win over the Spartans to improve to 6-2 overall.

Things turned so sour for UNCG that it had more turnovers (15) than points in trailing 44-14 at the break.

Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson chipped in with eight points each, while the Tar Heels defense stifled the Spartans with a suffocating man-to-man defense.

Johnson led the Tar Heels with 14 points in all, while James Michael McAdoo added 13 and Paige added 12 . Kyle Cain and Kayel Locke led UNCG with 13 points each.

UNCG (4-5) played better to open the second half, getting three baskets in the first two minutes including a Cain short jumper, but the deficit was far too big to overcome.

Nate Britt saw to that, completing a three-point play four minutes in to put the Tar Heels up 51-27.

James Michael McAdoo later put the Heels up by 30, at 63-33, with a successful drive to the basket with 8:30 remaining.

It was all Tar Heels from there and there would be little drama on this night.


UNC Basketball Celebrates Win Over No. 1 Michigan St!

CHAPEL HILL – Check out this behind-the-scenes video of the UNC men’s basketball team celebrating Wednesday following the big win over No. 1 Michigan State!

The team also received a warm welcome home from East Lansing at the Smith Center in the early morning hours.

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Williams Still Steaming After James Hushes UAB Crowd

CHAPEL HILL – UNC men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams was not happy with the outcome of Sunday’s 63-59 loss to UAB, but his disgust started early in the contest.

Joel James knocked down a jumper 38 seconds into the game to tie it at two. He proceeded to turn to the crowd with a finger on his lips.

“I am not of their generation,” Coach Williams said. “And I am glad that I am not. I was very vicious when I (told them that), because when one of my players makes the first basket of the game and turns around and hushes the crowd, (pause) that is not a happy coach. Play the dadgum game and don’t give me all that junk. Don’t pound your damn chest and all that stuff. Play the freakin’ game.”

Carolina went up by two after that shot, but UAB followed that with a 10-2 run to take the 12-6 lead before the first media timeout.

The Blazers extended their lead to 15 with just more than two minutes left in the first half.

The rest is history, and the Head Coach was still steaming Monday night.

“I wish you hadn’t brought that up, Jones,” Coach Williams said during Roy Williams Live. “I am still mad at that. I mean, play the dadgum game. That’s what we have to do. He made a great shot, I was real happy, and then you tell everybody ‘shhh’. Then we get our butts kicked and they’re telling us to ‘shhh’ as we get on the dadgum bus taking our butt out of town.”

The Tar Heels will attempt to rebound from the second loss of the season Wednesday night against MichiganState in East Lansing. Tipoff is 9:00 p.m.; pregame coverage on WCHL begins at 7:30 p.m. with Countdown to Tipoff.


UNC Men’s Basketball Comeback Falls Short To UAB, 63-59

BIRMINGHAM, AL – One week after erupting for 93 points in an upset win over Louisville, UNC men’s basketball’s offense sputtered in a 63-59 non-conference loss to UAB Sunday at Bartow Arena.

The Tar Heels, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, tried in vain to come back in the second half as Marcus Paige missed a pair of trey attempts in the closing seconds. James Michael McAdoo missed another three-pointer at the buzzer, but needed to make the shot and draw a foul to push the game into overtime anyway.

UAB, 6-2, put a feather in its cap and that of C-USA with the win over the Tar Heels, who came into the game No. 16 in the nation but fell to 4-2.

The Tar Heels, as if weighed down after a holiday feast, turned to famine in the first half in which they hit just 2 of 8 free throws and missed 14 of their first 22 shots from the field. Things were even worse from behind the arc, where the Heels were 0-of-4 in trey attempts.

Forward J.P. Tokoto was a force for the Tar Heels, hitting 7 of 11 shots in finishing with a team-high 16 points. Paige added 13 points as Tokoto’s only teammate to reach double-figures, though he missed all six of his three-point attempts.

McAdoo was another poor-shooting culprit, knocking down just 3 of 13 shots while guard Nate Britt missed all three of his field goal attempts while getting saddled with five fouls.

UNC’s poor stats were about as welcome as a holiday fruit cake as they were outrebounded 52-37, including a 22-11 margin on the offensive glass. Center Fahri Alihodzic dominated in the middle with 13 rebounds for the victors.

The Tar Heels swatted 10 shots, including five in second half, forcing UAB into long scoreless spurts, but Chad Frazier poured in 25 points, including all three of the Blazers’ treys in the big win .

Frazier was terrific all over the court, scoring from long-distance, with shorter jumpers and at the charity stripe.

The Tar Heels suffered a miserable first-half in which they hit just 2 of 8 free throws and missed 14 of their first 22 shots from the field.


Which Gets Upgrades First, Soccer Or Basketball?

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says Fetzer Field is Carolina’s athletic facility most in need of upgrades, but money will likely be the deciding factor when it comes down to which programs see improvement first.

“Basketball is such a primary revenue driver for the department, it’s hard to not think about basketball as a way to potentially pay for additional projects,” Cunningham says. “We’re doing them in tandem, but the one I’d like to complete first would be soccer.”

Fetzer Field is the home of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, six track programs, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The facility was constructed in 1935 and saw renovations in 1988-90.

The women’s soccer team is by far the most successful Division I program as it has won 22 national titles in the sport’s 34-year history. The Tar Heels are one win away from going back to the College Cup in search of defending their national title.

The Dean E. Smith Center opened January 18, 1986 and has since seen two expansions—one in 1992 and another in 2000. Its current capacity is just less than 22,000.

Cunningham says there are still more questions than answers about what to do with the Smith Center: renovate or rebuild.

“When you begin the discussion of enhancing an existing facility—particularly a building that’s almost 30 years old—at some point, the efficiency of renovation is surpassed by a new building,” Cunningham says. “So, I think we need to look at both. It’s just too early to tell which of those potential options becomes more appealing over time.”

In March, Cunningham told WCHL that changes to the UNC basketball facility were years away and that the discussions were just beginning. Not much has changed in the eight months since word first broke that changes were coming. And, he says he wants to take the next 12 months to get the answers to what route UNC Athletics should take.

Many of the lower-level seats are reserved for season ticket holders and lifetime seat holders. Those lifetime seat holders are already major contributors to the athletic department financially and ones that could greatly benefit a new venue. But, are the Dean Dome lifetime seat holders guaranteed seats in a potential new facility?

“It’s a great question,” Cunningham says. “That is something that we have to take a look at: what are the obligations that the institution has to the donors, and what obligation do we have to new donors? So, that becomes a very significant question and challenge that we will hope to get some answers to over the next 12 months.”

If renovations are the plan of attack in the 27-year-old facility, Cunningham says one addition could be to add a type of luxury suite or club box much like the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.

“The suite rights for suites and club seats more than pays for the debt service,” Cunningham says. “In fact, it turns a little bit of revenue back to the general fund for the department. So, if we took that model and applied it to basketball, is there a way to create premium seating that would cover the cost of construction and then increase revenue for the department that would help us fund our other sports.”

Cunningham says that would take some revenue away from individual seats, but may offer the option to gain revenue from the space the seats took up by increased value that square footage would then have.

Cunningham says the bottom line is that no decisions are being made right now but that the athletic department is going to make sure that it can continue to recruit top players, coaches, and contributors.

“How do we preserve one of the best basketball programs in the country and put it in a facility that will continue to attract players and coaches,” Cunningham says. “That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to sort through what is appropriate right now.”