It has been quite a while since we have seen UNC win a game so definitively, regardless of who is on the other side of them on the court. This is a young team, and there are a lot of things they are still trying to figure out. Today however, we finally saw them show some dominance in their 97-73 win against Tulane.
UNC came out of the gate swinging, and swinging hard. Luke Maye and Theo Pinson led the charge shooting 2-2 and 3-3 respectively sparking a 21-4 run. Maye and Williams finished the first half with 13 each, with Berry not too far behind them with 8 pionts. Maye also finished the half with 4 blocks, which is a career high.
On the defensive side of the ball, UNC suffocated the Green Wave only allowing them to shoot 30 FG% while only making 3 of their 10 three-point attempts. It is a really good sign that the Heels, especially given the fact that Tulane came into the game shooting around 40% from three. Tulane finished the game shooting 38% from the field and made 37% from three.
UNC finished the game shooting 65.5% from the field and 41.7% from three. They finished the first half out shooting 68%, which carried over into the second half getting as high as 71%. Luke Maye continued to be dominant, ending the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The constant question on a night-to-night basis is which freshman big man will step up for UNC and give valuable minutes. The answer to that question today was Brandon Huffman, who finished the game with 9 points and 6 rebounds. He was a strong contributor on both sides of the ball after Garrison Brooks found himself in foul trouble early. Sterling Manley also had a solid game, finishing with 7 points and 3 rebounds.
The one blemish on what was otherwise a stellar game was at the free-throw line. UNC finished the game shooting 55% from the free-throw line, making 16 of their 29 shots. They will have to figure out a way to become more efficient, as this will be a big problem in some of the tougher games once ACC play begins.
Wednesday UNC will host Western Carolina at 7:00pm in the Dean Smith Center.