Five Tar Heels finished in double figures on UNC’s way to defeating the Wolfpack, 113-96, in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night. The game never felt in doubt for the home team with just one tie and one lead change all game. Carolina was paced by Luke Maye’s incredible 31-point performance, continuing his absolute dominance of the team down the road in Raleigh.
Joining Maye in double figures was Coby White with 21 points. The freshman point guard made two three-pointers and dished out four assists before he was pulled early due to the lopsided score. Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams finished the game with 17 points each, and Nassir Little rounded out the Heels in double figures with 12.
A late free throw by Little put UNC at 108 points, the most they’d ever scored against NC State. The previous high was 107, which came in the Heels’ 51-point beatdown against the Pack in Chapel Hill two years ago.
Although UNC was a little sloppy with the ball in the second half, committing 13 turnovers after turning it over just four times in the first half, they found a way to keep Kevin Keatts’ team at a safe distance for the remainder of the game. A huge discrepancy came on the boards where Carolina out-rebounded State 41-27. UNC was also very successful on fast breaks, out-scoring the Wolfpack 20-6 in that category.
Shots from the free throw line also heavily favored the Heels. State had a number of guys with two fouls before halftime, and UNC finished the game with 37 attempts from the charity stripe to State’s 24. UNC also converted on 84% of their shots from the stripe, making 31 of them. State made just 15 of theirs.
The final score ended up such as it was because UNC took their foot off the gas late. Playing with mainly reserves in, State went on a 10-0 run over the final two minutes. There is probably nothing to be taken from that because Roy had emptied his bench by that point. State’s 96 points was the most UNC has given up this season, so their defense definitely could have been better. However, it definitely wasn’t a game where they had to keep their foot on the pedal all game because of the big lead they had for almost the entire time.
Carolina will return to action on Saturday when they host the Hurricanes in hopes of picking up their seventh straight win.