banner
North Carolina

North Carolina defeats East Tennessee State, 78-55

Posted December 8, 2012

FINAL: North Carolina takes a 78-55 win over East Tennessee State. Leslie McDonald and Brice Johnson combined for 26 points off the bench to carry the Heels to the victory.


FACTS & STATS: Site: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: ETSU 1-1, UNC 3-0. Away Record: ETSU 1-3, UNC 1-1. Neutral Record: ETSU 0-0, UNC 2-1. Conference Record: ETSU 0-0, UNC 0-0. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 5-0.

GAME NOTES: The 20th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels continue a three-game homestand on Saturday, as they play host to the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at the Smith Center.

Roy Williams' squad has had a week off for final exams and hasn't played since last weekend's 102-84 victory over UAB. With the win, North Carolina moved to 3-0 at home and 6-2 overall on the year. The victory also put some distance between the Tar Heels and a humbling loss at top-ranked Indiana (83-59) prior to that.

Murry Bartow's Buccaneers have struggled out of the gate in 2012-13, sporting a mere 2-4 record overall. Playing out of the Atlantic Sun Conference, East Tennessee State comes into this contest with a mere 1-3 road record, including a 70-45 pasting at the hands of James Madison in Harrisonburg on Wednesday.

North Carolina has won all five previous meetings between the two teams, although the last matchup took place back in 1987.

The Buccaneers were not a full strength and it showed against James Madison this week, as without starting point guard Petey McClain, ETSU had very little continuity on the offensive end, resulting in a mere 45 points. East Tennessee State shot a mere .288 from the floor in the game and was guilty of 18 turnovers. Lester Wilson led the way for ETSU with 21 points, but took 23 shots to get there. Rashawn Rembert was the only other Buccaneer to reach double digits, adding 12 points in the losing effort.

McClain isn't much of a scorer (4.0 ppg), but he is a solid distributor (3.4 apg) and is missed in the lineup. McClain is listed as questionable for this contest (ankle). The team's lone offensive threat is Wilson with the arrests of Marcus Dubose (15.5 ppg) and Sheldon Cooley (9.5 ppg) a couple of weeks ago. The 6-foot-4 Wilson has now had to carry the scoring load and has done his best in that regard, shooting .453 from the floor, including a better .476 from behind the arc (20-of-42) en route to 19.7 ppg. Unfortunately, there is little else in terms of proven offensive commodities, with Hunter Harris (7.3 ppg) and Rembert (6.8 ppg) representing the best of the rest.

Leslie McDonald had a career game against UAB last time out, as he netted 24 points and dished out five assists (both career-highs) in an offensive shootout with the Blazers. McDonald, who converted 7-of-11 from the floor, drained five 3-pointers in the win. Reggie Bullock finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, followed by P.J. Hairston's 16 points. James Michael McAdoo recorded a double-double, his fourth of the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Dexter Strickland just missed a double-double of his own with 11 points and nine assists. Brice Johnson finished off the top scorers with 11 points of his own.

North Carolina is obviously a dangerous offensive team and comes into this contest averaging 84.1 ppg (eighth nationally), on a solid .466 shooting. McAdoo has been the most impressive Tar Heel this season, averaging team-highs of 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Bullock adds 12.3 ppg and has been lights out from long range, knocking down almost half of his 3-point attempts (19-of-39). Hairston (11.6 ppg) and McDonald (9.9 ppg) are also capable snipers, combining with Bullock to account for 50 of the team's 63 3-pointers to date. Further offensive depth comes in the form of Johnson (9.1 ppg) and Strickland (8.9 ppg).

The Buccaneers were out-gunned prior to the losses of key personnel. Without being at full strength, ETSU is likely to be overwhelmed by North Carolina's arsenal. This one should be well in hand for the home team by the intermission.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 85, East Tennessee State 41

25 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 9, 9:09 a.m.

    It's so easy to see right through you transparent Carolina fans! Your team lost a lot from last year, your team blows, and has done nothing except beat the creampuffs you've faced. The good teams beat the pants off your team, and you know this is about to get ugly.

    Enjoy the cupcakes. That's about all you'll get to enjoy this year. LOL

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 9, 9:08 a.m.

    Another cupcake win. Temple is a weak team.

    — Posted by DooksucksV3

    A Carolina fan had the audacity to say Temple (who was previously unbeaten, actually...) was a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Cleveland State? Cupcake city this year.

    — Posted by Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer

    Nope. They've made the NIT or NCAA tournament in four of the last five years.

    How about ETSU?

    THAT is the only cupcake here. Cleveland State is a solid team. Not a force, but no cupcake, either. State just made them LOOK like one. :)

  • fouroaksboys Dec 8, 10:04 p.m.

    ONLY ONE WORD SPELLS THE ACC IN FOOTBALL AND IN SOME BBALL THAT IS THAT IT IS AWFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! FIRE SWATFORD AND YES I SAID SWATFORD AND WE WILL HAVE A BETTER ACC!

  • fouroaksboys Dec 8, 10:01 p.m.

    well i know im diehardt unc fan but unc fans we ARE NOT GOOD! we are learning but as for being anywhere near the top tear of a weak acc we are in the middle of the pack at best we are awful shooting the ball awful free throw shooting, awful on defense but learning is whats its all about ill give this unc team 11 L'S this year the least ill take the nit this year if it means duke losing it all next year!

  • RD n NC Dec 8, 9:48 p.m.

    East TN by 2.

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    you want to bet your mobile home on it?

    — Posted by weakened back

    If I had something as worthless as a mobile home, yes I would. Unfortunately as it stands, I'm... View More

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    Dont sell yourself short, you`re more than proof mobile homes have
    nothing to do with it.

  • heelsforever Dec 8, 9:38 p.m.

    East TN by 2.

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    you want to bet your mobile home on it?

    — Posted by weakened back

    If I had something as worthless as a mobile home, yes I would. Unfortunately as it stands, I'm... View More

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    Mr. FST, i'm no UNC fan however, your comment is disgusting and arrogant. I'm a Duke fan through... View More

    — Posted by Rollin Like PDoobie

    Thumbs up to you db.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Dec 8, 9:35 p.m.

    unc fans need to go to the charlotte observer article today on the no show classes in the afro... View More

    — Posted by early exit Roy

    Yawn!!

  • heelsforever Dec 8, 9:33 p.m.

    unc fans need to go to the charlotte observer article today on the no show classes in the afro... View More

    — Posted by early exit Roy

    You look ridiculous. Find new elfin tune to play.

  • Sassie Licks Penis Dec 8, 9:22 p.m.

    East TN by 2.

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    you want to bet your mobile home on it?

    — Posted by weakened back

    If I had something as worthless as a mobile home, yes I would. Unfortunately as it stands, I'm... View More

    — Posted by Sassie Licks Penis

    Mr. FST, i'm no UNC fan however, your comment is disgusting and arrogant. I'm a Duke fan through... View More

    — Posted by Rollin Like PDoobie

    Dear sir,

    You have responded to a troll post of which you were not the intended target. Lurk more before posting again.

    Thx,

    Mgmt.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Dec 8, 9:22 p.m.

    Another cupcake win. Temple is a weak team.

    — Posted by DooksucksV3

    A Carolina fan had the audacity to say Temple (who was previously unbeaten, actually...) was a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Cleveland State? Cupcake city this year.

More...

 

 

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
Final
SFG 11
KAN 4
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
Final
PSU 24
OSU 31
 
4th
UTAH 17
USC 21
 
3rd
WASH 0
ARST 10
 
2nd
HAW 7
NEV 0
 
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
Final
ARI 2
FLA 1
Final
CAL 1
WAS 3
3:00pm Today
WIN
COL
 
4:00pm Today
LOS
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
OTT
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
WAS
 
9:30am Today
ATL
DET
1:00pm Today
CIN
BAL
1:00pm Today
NYJ
BUF
1:00pm Today
NEP
CHI
1:00pm Today
TEN
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
MIA
1:00pm Today
TAM
MIN
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
1:00pm Today
KAN
STL
4:05pm Today
ARI
PHI
4:25pm Today
PIT
IND
4:25pm Today
CLE
OAK
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
GBP
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14