A trio of Tar Heels made sure that the team’s seniors could be honored with a win in Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons scored the game’s first two points, but their 2-0 lead was the last one they’d have in a 93-83 win for UNC.
Cole Anthony led the way for Carolina with 28 points and seven assists followed closely by Garrison Brooks’ 25 points and seven rebounds. Both were hugely instrumental in bringing home the win for the seniors, but senior Brandon Robinson had a very big hand in the win as well. He hit four of his five shots from long distance and dished out three assists on his way to 18 points. So much of this season has been fraught with injuries for Robinson, and seeing him go off on his senior night was a very welcome sight.
The Tar Heels shot 64% from the field in the second half after a 38% first half effort. Shooting 59% from beyond the arc, sinking 10 of their 17 shots, kept Wake Forest at bay when they got hot from distance as well. The Demon Deacons hit six of their nine threes after halftime.
Christian Keeling and Leaky Black both had nine points in the game. Black stuffed the stat sheet in a way that was reminiscent of Theo Pinson with with eight rebounds and five assists to just one turnover. The team as a whole were able to limit their giveaways to just seven in the game. Where they were able to feast was off of Wake’s 13 turnovers, converting those into 21 points.
As Shea Rush mentioned in his Senior Night speech, the team does have a bit of momentum going at exactly the right time. They will undoubtedly have a tough road ahead of them having to start the ACC Tournament on Tuesday, but the Heels’ offense has looked quite impressive over their three-game win streak. It would take a miracle run to the tournament championship to get them into the NCAA Tournament. What is more realistic, however, is making enough noise to end this year on slightly less of a bitter note.
Hopefully Carolina can keep it rolling and make it four in a row when they head to Durham to take on Duke this Saturday.