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UNC 108, Tennessee Tech 58: Tar Heels rout Golden Eagles with six players in double figures

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A group effort.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee Tech at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

In what might have been UNC’s most dominant performance of the season, start to finish, the Tar Heels had six players score in double figures on their way to a 50-point victory at the Dean Dome. The home crowd went home happy as a Brandon Huffman dunk ensured Bojangles biscuits for all. Carolina has now scored 50 or more points in five out of their last six halves of basketball.

On a night when UNC really couldn’t get the three-ball to fall with any consistency, the team showed that they are still very much capable of putting up a boatload of points. The Tar Heels shot just 22% from long distance, making only five of their 23 shots from downtown. They made up for it by holding Tennessee Tech to 36% shooting from the field with their own woes from beyond the arc at 16%.

Luke Maye led the way in points and rebounds with 15 and eight, respectively. Carolina assisted on 29 of their 41 baskets, showing their ability to share the basketball. That showed up on the scoresheet for sure. Coby White, Cam Johnson, Kenny Williams, Nassir Little, and Sterling Manley rounded out the scorers in double figures.

The point guard position continues to be a timeshare between White and Seventh Woods, but Woods continues to make the most of his minutes off the bench. He had a career-high in assists with eight assists and zero turnovers. The game felt similar to the Stanford game with the halftime score of 50-28, but the difference this time around was that the Tar Heels played much, much better in the second half than they did on Monday night against the Cardinal.

There was a brief moment of fear when Kenny Williams ended up down on the court in obvious pain. He needed some assistance to get up but eventually managed to walk to the locker room under his own power, but he did not return. Roy Williams said after the game that Kenny stepped on someone’s foot and rolled his ankle. That’s best case scenario with the fairly quick turnaround before the next game Monday night.

UNC was dominant on the glass, out-rebounding the Golden Eagles 54-24. They also bested Tennessee Tech in fast break points, 29-8. Carolina had eight blocks and 16 steals, and also got 55 points from the bench.

It was a complete game effort from all involved and it showed some great resiliency in being able to overcome the frosty long distance shooting. Hopefully that effort carries over into their next game against Saint Francis on Monday as the home portion of the Las Vegas Invitational.