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UNC vs. Pitt - Player of the Game: Harrison Ingram

That was not the cleanest of games, Ingram included, but he did a ton all over the floor.

NCAA Basketball: Jumpman Invitational-North Carolina at Oklahoma Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

If you had to describe North Carolina’s 70-57 win over Pitt on Tuesday night in one word, its: ugly. After not scoring for the first six minutes of the game, UNC shot just 36.5% from the field and 29.4% from three and they were the more efficient team in both stats. There were 38 total fouls called, and frankly, the referees let some stuff go.

I say all that to preface this fact: there’s not a ton of obviously pretty stat lines to pick to be Carolina’s player of the game for yesterday’s win. In a game that ugly, why not go with someone who had a semi-ugly stat line, but did a bunch of little things to help the Tar Heels come away with a win: Harrison Ingram.

While he scored just seven points and went 2-14 from the field, Ingram played hard all night despite those struggles. He led all players with 15 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive end, helping UNC to their 15 second chance points. He also dished out three assists and recorded a block. Both of his made field goals came fairly late in the game, but they played a role in helping Carolina put the game to bed. His 15 rebounds were also the most by a non-Bacot UNC player in a couple seasons.

Yet, it feels a bit weird to pick a player who seemed to have a lid on the rim during most of the night, but UNC also very easily could’ve lost had he let that get to him. Instead, Ingram kept battling in other areas of the floor, and eventually he got some rewards near the end of the game, to go along with a good performance in other aspects.

As for others: as UNC eventually pulled away from the Panthers late, Bacot ended up finishing the game as the Tar Heels’ leading scorer and put up a double-double. He finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while also chipping in with three blocks, a steal, and an assist, finishing as UNC’s plus/minus leader at +17. His 5-10 performance from the field was the most efficient night of any Carolina player who took more than three shots, and 10 of his points came in the second half as the Heels put away Pitt.

It wasn’t his most efficient game of the season, but RJ Davis had another good night. He broke UNC’s cold streak to start the game with the team’s first points and finished just behind Bacot, having scored 15. He went 3-6 from three and 6-16 from the field in total, and also recorded four assists and a steal.

Seth Trimble was solid in his minutes and cracked double digits, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. Jae’Lyn also made a couple nice plays of the bench when they were needed.

Last season, a game this ugly might’ve led to a defeat, but thankfully this year’s team seems a bit more resilient.