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UNC vs. Virginia - Player of the Game: Garrison Brooks

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Either of the two in the picture could’ve gotten this, but the big man just gets the edge.

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It was another game and another painful loss for UNC against Virginia. This time, they held a one-point lead with 10 seconds left only to allow a three that left not enough time on the clock to get a credible shot. Somehow, this team continues to find new ways to lose games. It’s honestly kind of impressive.

UNC had the lead to begin with thanks mainly to the plate of three Tar Heels.

Leading the way, and our choice for Player of the Game is Garrison Brooks. He led all scorers with 20 points, doing so on 9-14 shooting. He struggled at the free throw line again, but at least knocked down one of them. He also made a three.

His rebound numbers weren’t great with just five, but he was tasked with guarding Mamadi Diakite much of the night and held him to just four points. The Tar Heels also won the rebounding battle overall, so it’s not as if it was a matter of him and the team being out-muscled.

As for the other two, there was Cole Anthony. The freshman went for 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds. He also did all that despite missing game time after getting busted up and requiring stitches.

The third, and a distant one at that, was Christian Keeling, who finished with 11 points on 4-6 shooting. He made all of his free throws on a three-point attempt, which is what game the Tar Heels their late lead to begin with. After our valid complaints all season about free throws being missed at crucial times, he did exactly what we all wanted.

Anyway, that sucked.