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UNC holds on to edge ECU, 93-87

Posted December 15, 2012

FINAL: UNC 93, ECU 87

ECU cut the margin to four with 26 seconds to play but were unable to foul, giving up an easy bucket and inevitably falling to the Tar Heels Friday by six.

2nd: UNC 75, ECU 65; 3:56

ECU deserves a ton of credit for hanging in this one. They are moving well on both ends of the floor and are down just 10 at the final media timeout.

2nd UNC 67, ECU 52; 7:33

A tip-back, an alley-oop and a little defense and the Tar Heels lead is back to 15 points at the under-8.

2nd: UNC 56, ECU 44; 11:16

UNC is staked to a 12 point lead but you would never know it by Roy Williams on the bench. Sloppy play, poor rebounding and turnovers are allowing ECU to hang around.

Marcus Paige appears to be in the dog house as Luke Davis is in the game. Williams has also shaken his head at multiple forced shots..

2nd: UNC 47, ECU 35; 15:38

ECU came out of the half with fire and trimmed the lead to 11. At the under-16, UNC continues to lead by 12.

HALF: UNC 42, ECU 26

UNC shooting percentage hovering close to 55 while ECU is below 30 and the result is a 16-point Tar Heel lead at the break.

1st: UNC 36, ECU 20; 3:27

UNC reinserted Dexter Strickland who quickly had a steal and lay- in and UNC continues to lead ECU by 16.

1st: UNC 28, ECU 15; 7:44

An early lead allowed James Michael McAdoo to sit for four minutes and Dexter Strickland over five to this point as the Heels are holding a double-digit advantage.

A JP Tokoto block has also brought the fans to their feet as he denied a dunk.

1st: UNC 24, ECU 13; 10:40

UNC is strong on the offensive boards and hitting shots as their lead has grown to 24-13.

 

 1st: UNC 17, ECU 10; 14:15

UNC got a quick two off the tip, two threes from Reggie Bullock, and earned a shot clock violation on the defensive end as they built an early lead. ECU has all five scores on the board though and are hanging close.

At the first media timeout, James Michael McAdoo leads all scores with eight points.

 

The 21st-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels get back to work on Saturday, when they play host to the surging East Carolina Pirates in non- conference action at the Smith Center.

Roy Williams' squad is 7-2 on the season, with the two losses coming to Butler in Maui (82-71) and at top-ranked Indiana (83-59) a week later. The Tar Heels have rallied however, with a pair of home wins since then, routing both UAB (102-84) and most recently, East Tennessee State (78-55).

Former Tar Heel Jeff Lebo has his Pirates playing at a high level thus far. East Carolina has won six of its first seven games, with the lone loss coming at Charlotte (76-64) to open December action. The Pirates have put some distance between themselves and that loss, getting back in the win column with last week's 111-59 whipping of St. Andrew's.

This is just the third time that these two instate foes have met on the hardwood. North Carolina has won both prior matchups, including an 85-65 decision in the last meeting that took place in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates made light work of winless St. Andrew's recording their best offensive showing of the season. ECU emptied the bench, with 16 players seeing the court in the game and shot a solid 50.7 percent from the floor, thanks to a scorching 56.4 percent in the first half. The Pirates made good on 18-of-36 3-point attempts in the game, outrebounded St. Andrew's 51-35 and forced their overmatched opponent into 16 turnovers. Akeem Richmond and Shamarr Bowden led the way with 15 points apiece off the bench. Paris Campbell added 11 points in the lopsided victory.

The Pirates have been effective at both ends of the floor this season and come into this contest boasting of a +17.1 scoring margin. Offensively, the team is netting a steady 79.1 ppg, shooting a solid .457 from the floor overall. Maurice Kemp has been the team's top option. The 6-foot-8 senior has been a strong frontcourt presence, averaging 16.7 ppg, while grabbing 8.1 rpg. Kemp is joined up front by fellow forward Robert Sampson, who averages 9.6 ppg, while leading ECU in rebounding at 8.9 rpg. Miguel Paul provides backcourt balance, netting 12.6 ppg, while pacing the team in assists (4.2 apg).

The Tar Heels have been a streaky offensive team this season and the 20- point win over the Buccaneers last time out was certainly evidence of that. UNC posted a 20-point win despite shooting just .425 from the field. Leslie McDonald led the way in the win with 14 points. Brice Johnson added 12 points, while Reggie Bullock finished with 10. Star forward James Michael McAdoo had a quiet outing, finishing with just nine points and two rebounds in 23 minutes of work.

McAdoo has been far more dominant on the season, as the 6-foot-9 sophomore is converting almost half of his shots and is averaging team-highs of 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The team as a whole is netting 83.4 ppg, ranking seventh nationally in scoring, so there is plenty of depth behind McAdoo. Reggie Bullock is second in the scoring column at 12.0 ppg. P.J. Hairston and McDonald are also in double figures at 10.9 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. Bullock, Hairston and McDonald have the green light to launch it up from long range, combining for 58 of the team's 75 3-pointers to date.

East Carolina is off to a fast start and it would be a huge boost to the team's confidence to get a win in Chapel Hill. However, the Tar Heels have taken care of business at home this season and should be able to win this one over an instate rival.

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  • kornfan2448 Dec 15, 3:02 p.m.

    Favorite part of the game, aside from the win, was hearing Jay Williams say, when referring when... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Agree about James and Tokoto, and I like Paige at the point, and Strickland is a very good... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    ECU played until the final buzzer and the Heels seemed to forget that the game is 40 minutes long. The struggles against 3-point shooting teams continues and is seriously becoming a major concern. I just can not understand why they can't guard the three better. It's always easy to point out mistakes and weaknesses and the majority of Carolina fans knew there would be plenty to point out, especially early on. The main thing is that they continue to improve. Now, if they can just put together that complete game, they could be geared to go on a nice run at this point of the season.

  • Gunnstigator Dec 15, 2:44 p.m.

    Favorite part of the game, aside from the win, was hearing Jay Williams say, when referring when... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Agree about James and Tokoto, and I like Paige at the point, and Strickland is a very good second option to run the point and provide senior leadership. I'm disappointed that they let ECU stick around. Game was a little too "interesting" for me. COngrats to ECU - they played well, and I'm glad Roy gave Lebo this opportunity to showcase his team. I like the way this team is progressing. It's going to take time, but they are good guys and they will improve. Go Heels!

  • Gunnstigator Dec 15, 2:43 p.m.

    Thats the game UNC by 6, 93-87. Our boys played a helluva game. Down by as much as 18 on... View More

    — Posted by Pirates of the East

    Yes, your team did open some eyes (hopefully the Heels' eyes as well!) You have every right to be proud of your team.

  • Gunnstigator Dec 15, 2:41 p.m.

    Love my Pirates, but wonder why they would have scheduled this game.

    — Posted by LovemyPirates

    . To create more visibility for the program. Unfortunately, they wanted to have a little better... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    I think ECU played very well in the second half. Kudos to them for keeping it interesting.

  • ugottabkiddinme Dec 15, 2:33 p.m.

    Unfortunately I couldn't watch this game but the score says it all for me. 6 point win over ECU?... View More

    — Posted by larrys080 .v1

    You sound like a real joy to be around...your comment reminds me of that skit SNL use to do ..Debbie downer.LOL

    Seriously!!! Do you remember that the Heels lost 4 starter to the NBA early? Any win win this year is a good win for the most part. The guys haven't even played 10 games together...give'em a break!

  • echaze Dec 15, 2:31 p.m.

    61 points in the second half-very impressive. Give it some time and Lebo will get this team winning.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Dec 15, 2:25 p.m.

    Comments about being weak and bubble team are truly lame. You are obviously and ABC fan,or you do not have realistic expectations for this particular team. The season is not even half way over and you are already casting judgement. Be a true sports fan, and watch more than 9 games before you think you know everything!

    GO HEELS!!

  • larrys080 .v1 Dec 15, 2:19 p.m.

    Unfortunately I couldn't watch this game but the score says it all for me. 6 point win over ECU? Truly sad! ! Roy needs to figure out how to win with all of this talent. No more defending him at least by me! I know they aren't a power or a contender for the national championship but a sweet 16, top 2 in the ACC shouldn't be a stretch at all! As of right now, I see them as a bubble team at best!

  • kornfan2448 Dec 15, 2:15 p.m.

    Favorite part of the game, aside from the win, was hearing Jay Williams say, when referring when he played: "...maybe flop and try to get to the free throw line." Good stuff!

    Aside from a let-down on defense at the end, a good game by the Heels. REALLY glad to see the FT % greatly improved today. James looks better with each game and Tokoto seems more and more confident and is asserting his athletic ability. Nice win boys!

  • Pirates of the East Dec 15, 2:11 p.m.

    Thats the game UNC by 6, 93-87. Our boys played a helluva game. Down by as much as 18 on separate occasions and can bring it all the way down to 6 points in the Dean Dome. The whole point of playing a top 25 team on ESPN is to get your name out there, that happened, if you listened to the commentators. At the beginning of the game they wouldn't even mention us, it was Carolina this Carolina that, when they did they trashed us, one of the commentators didn't even know our colors are Purple and Gold, then listen to how they talked about us the last 5 minutes of the game. We definitely opened some eyes today. Good job boys! GO PIRATES!

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