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UNC 85, William & Mary 60

Tribe vs Tar Heels boxscore

It turns out William & Mary has even less luck in the Dean Dome then they do in Carmichael. Down three starters from last year's NIT team, the Tribe were stymied by their own poor shooting, missing all twelve three point attempts in the first half. Meanwhile, UNC took care of the ball, had some good shooting of their own, and won handily despite keeping John Henson on the bench for all but four minutes after he re-injured his thumb. (X-rays should not be required, and he was sat more as a precaution than anything else.)

Dexter Strickland has his third straight game of hot shooting, finishing with 19 points, another season high. Leslie McDonald, Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock also had good shooting nights, also all inside the arc – the three were a combined 4 for 14 in three-point attempts. Everything else is what you would expect in Carolina playing a smaller team. They pushed the tempo, controlled the boards, and although they were sloppy in the second half, a lot of that seemed to be from experimentation rather than the mental mistakes that's been a problem for a while now. The team was loose, won easily, and appeared to have fun doing it. It's a decent start to the slow stretch before the conference season begins.