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Game Blog: UNC takes down Yellow Jackets, 78-65

Posted January 29

Leslie McDonald (2) brings the ball up the court during action at the Dean E. Smith Center between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Clemson Tigers on January 26, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC. UNC won the contest over Clemson 80-61. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

Despite wintry conditions North Carolina and Georgia Tech tipped at 7 p.m. in Atlanta. The Tar Heels and Yellow Jackets kept it close in the first half but UNC pulled ahead in the second for the 78-65 win.

1:37 second half; UNC 65, GT 57: Trae Golden hits back-to-back threes and North Carolina calls a timeout with under two minutes to play.

James Michael McAdoo has re-entered the game to close out the final minutes of play. 

4:41 second half; UNC 58, GT 48: Georgia Tech is facing their largest deficit of the game with just under five minutes to play. McAdoo is still sitting on the bench as the Heels are faring well enough without him.

7:59 second half; UNC 48, GT 40: Leslie McDonald knocks down another three-pointer to extend their lead to 10 points over Georgia Tech. A couple free throws brought the Yellow Jackets back to an eight point deficit. 

13:22 second half; UNC 41, GT 34: Trae Golden and Marcus Paige traded three-pointers to keep the Tar Heel lead at five. Joel James added a jumpshot to extend the lead UNC lead to seven. McAdoo and Tokoto are on the bench with four fouls a piece.

15:49 second half; UNC 36, GT 31: James Michael McAdoo picked up back-to-back fouls for his fourth of the game but at the break in action North Carolina leads by five. 

18:59 second half; UNC 30, GT 26: North Carolina scored two straight baskets out of the break to force another Georgia Tech timeout. 

Halftime; UNC 26, GT 25: Georgia Tech went on a 5-0 run after their timeout to bring them within four points with three minutes to go. J.P. Tokoto broke the run with a jumper for the 26-20 score. A three-pointer by Trae Golden makes it 26-23 with a minute and a half to go. Golden put up a desperation shot with 0.2 seconds to go in the game but was fouled by Tokoto. Golden went to the line for three shots making two of three for the 26-25 halftime score.

4:57 first half; UNC 24, GT 15: Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory is forced to call a timeout after a Carolina run puts them up nine points. 

7:47 first half; UNC 17, GT 14: A Daniel Miller layup gave Georgia Tech their first and only lead of the game at 14-13. But the lead would only last for just over a minute as North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo made back-to-back baskets for the 17-14 score.

11:57 first half; UNC 13, GT 10: The Yellow Jackets tied it twice at eight and ten before UNC's Leslie McDonald sank a three-pointer for the three-point lead.

Seven two point field goals have been made and by seven different players. No fouls have been committed so far. 

15:19 first half; UNC 8, GT 6: North Carolina scores the first four points of the game before Georgia Tech grabbed their first basket to make it 4-2. Each scored another basket to keep the two points distance. Geogia Tech missed on their end and Marcus Paige fired up a three but it missed. He followed it with a jumper for the four point lead. The Yellow Jackets scored on a layup to bring it back within two.  

Finding much success in their starting five from their last game, the Tar Heels again will start Marcus Paige, Leslie McDonald, J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Kennedy Meeks.


Pregame: After a long night of travel due to wintry conditions in Atlanta, the Carolina Tar Heels (12-7, 2-4) are set to take on Georgia Tech (11-9, 2-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McCamish Pavilion.

Due to the weather, ESPN cancelled their broadcast of the game. A broadcast of the Georgia Tech arena feed will be available on ESPN3 and fans can listen to the UNC radio broadcast on Tar Heel Sports Network. 

After defeating Clemson by 19 points Sunday, the Tar Heels are seeking their first back-to-back wins in a month. The Yellow Jackets are coming off an overtime loss to NC State and have lost three of their last four games.

The game at Georgia Tech will be North Carolina's Roy Williams' 900th as a head coach. Williams is 712-187 overall with a 119-49 ACC regular-season record.

 

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 30, 6:17 a.m.

    WOW - Just saw a shot of the PNC. There's NO ONE there. They should have moved the game to... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    For that tiny snow Raleigh had?

    — Posted by dooksucks4

    The roads were so icy, I'm surprised that anyone was able to make it to the PNC. Would have been better off changing the venue to Reynolds, but it would have been hard to get the word out to everyone, I'm guessing.

  • JamesRamBond Jan 29, 9:25 p.m.

    WOW - Just saw a shot of the PNC. There's NO ONE there. They should have moved the game to... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    For that tiny snow Raleigh had?

    — Posted by dooksucks4

    KatY will have a breakdown over that...

  • vt94hokies Jan 29, 9:23 p.m.

    Talent showed up again. UNC has always had great talent. Practice teaches players how to perform in a game. It's all about teaching.

  • dooksucks4 Jan 29, 9:10 p.m.

    WOW - Just saw a shot of the PNC. There's NO ONE there. They should have moved the game to... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    For that tiny snow Raleigh had?

  • dooksucks4 Jan 29, 9:08 p.m.

    It's going to be tough to win this game with JMM and Tokoto sitting with four fouls each.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    the way gatech is shooting ft's, fouling them is the best strategy

    — Posted by sweet D

    You mean the Heels are playing a team worse at the line than they are? Still, UNC can't play... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    We were hoping Tokoto would foul out. They had efforts in short spurts, and when they did the lead grew, then they grew disinterested.
    It is like they have mass ADD.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 9:04 p.m.

    Ugly win, but I'll take it.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 9:03 p.m.

    WOW - Just saw a shot of the PNC. There's NO ONE there. They should have moved the game to Reynolds so the students could have walked there to see the game.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 9:01 p.m.

    its pretty bad when you don't want your team to be at the line

    — Posted by sweet D

    Believe me, I know!

  • sweet D Jan 29, 8:59 p.m.

    its pretty bad when you don't want your team to be at the line

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 8:58 p.m.

    Well, next up is Syracuse at Wake - don't see Wake beating the 'Cuse, even though they're good at home. FSU at State, I think State wins that one.

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