North Carolina has had a pretty decent season so far, as they are ranked 19th in the country and were 8-3 coming into Friday night’s match up against Northern Kentucky.
Believe it or not, NKU was hanging around in the first half, as they were only down by five–35-30–at the half. The game was played at a slow pace early, and the combined 75 points showed that. James Michael McAdoo struggled early, and had only two points at the break.
Coming out of the half, UNC coach Roy Williams changed his lineup, and put Marcus Paige out there with four players off the bench, and they immediately scored five straight to take a ten point lead. Northern Kentucky was hanging around in the second half, but they went on a 12-3 run to take control. McAdoo showed why he is a pro prospect, as he scored 12 of his 14 in the final stretch, and he helped put away the inferior opponent.
Overall, this was a win that the Tar Heels had to earn, and it it the kind of win they can learn from. Marcus Paige had 11 points and 9 rebounds for Carolina, and he paced the offense well in the second half. UNC had 15 assists on 24 made baskets, and they got to the line 31 times (21-31).
Tyler White led the Norse with 13 points, and they fell to 4-8. They also had their three-game winning streak snapped with this loss. North Carolina will hope to build off this win, and they are now 9-3 on the season.