UNC’s home opening win over Chattanooga was an impressive team effort on both ends of the floor.
Kennedy Meeks put up a double-double. Kenny Williams had 11 points and six rebounds. Tony Bradley put up 12 and eight in just 15 minutes. Six different Tar Heels scored in double figures. The defense held a pretty good Chattanooga team to just 57 points on 35% shooting. The Mocs’ starting bigs combined for just eight points.
Almost everyone played well for UNC. However, if you had to pick out one standout player, it was probably Joel Berry.
Carolina’s starting point guard led the Tar Heels in scoring with 18 points on 5-8 shooting, going 2-4 from three. He also put up five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Six of his points came from the free throw line, as he showcased his ability to get into the lane and get to the line.
The Mocs kept it close for a lot of the first half. Berry’s three near the end of the first put the Heels’ lead to 11 points, and it never dipped below ten again. Eight of his points came in a second half where UNC opened up and blew away Chattanooga.
It’s hard to choose one person that really stood out above the others against the Mocs. The Heels didn’t need to rely on one person to score. However, if you did have to choose one standout, it would probably be UNC’s leading scorer after two games, Joel Berry.