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UNC vs. Ohio State - Player of the Game: Justin Pierce


NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no real good choice for player of the game in any performance where a team is held to 49 points at home.

UNC’s leading scorer was Cole Anthony, who had 15 points, but he also did that on a lot of shots, did not make a non three-pointer/foul shot, and had a 1:1 assist:turnover ratio on the game. He briefly appeared to be leading a rally attempt in the second half, but then didn’t score in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Garrison Brooks led the team in rebounds with seven, but Ohio State completely owned the board, especially after Brooks’ frontcourt mate Armando Bacot went out early with an ankle injury.

The highest plus/minus in the game belonged to Brandon Huffman with a +8. He played seven minutes, scored zero points, grabbed zero rebounds, and committed three fouls.

Continuing down the line, Leaky Black went 2-9 while being a -31, the worst of any Tar Heel. Brandon Robinson was UNC’s second leading scorer, but also wasn’t exactly efficient had had a couple turnovers. Andrew Platek pulled off the impressive feat of finishing with exactly one point. Most of the rest of the roster played fewer than 10 minutes. That leaves us with, by default, our player of the game for Carolina’s 74-49 loss to Ohio State.

Justin Pierce finished with seven points, while also grabbing three rebounds. His 3-8 shooting performance isn’t great, but is also the only non-Bacot person to even approach a 40% effort. He briefly provided somewhat of a spark off the bench in an otherwise poor game. So, he’s it. I guess?