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Blog: UNC routs UNC-G, 81-50, improves to 6-2

Posted December 7, 2013

FILE: Brice Johnson (11) drives to the basket during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

FINAL: UNC 81, UNCG 50: North Carolina went on a 25-1 run to end the first half Saturday and proceeded to rout Wes Miller’s UNC-Greensboro team 81-50. The Tar Heels were led with a game-high 14 points from Brice Johnson as they forced 21 Spartans turnovers.

3:49 2nd: UNC 72, UNCG 41: At the final media timeout, all that is left in this contest is the final buzzer. UNC has five players in double figures including a game-high 13 from James Michael McAdoo.

7:01 2nd: UNC 67, UNCG 33: Another 10-0 run by UNC has them up by 34 points and this game is well in hand for the Tar Heels.

11:56 2nd: UNC 57, UNCG 33: This game has moved into cruise control as UNC still leads by 24 points at the under-12. The Tar Heels are starting to go deep as they have now played 10 guys.

15:52 2nd: UNC 52, UNCG 27: UNC-G poured in a 10-2 run to open the second half, but UNC has regained traction and leads by 25 early in the second half.

HALF: UNC 44, UNCG 14: UNC ended the first half on a 25-1 run and takes a commanding 44-14 lead into the break. Marcus Paige leads all scorers with 12 points and has 5 assists and 4 rebounds to go along.

UNCG did not make a field goal over the last 8:22 of the half and only make six total in the first 20 minutes.

3:39 1st: UNC 33, UNCG 14: North Carolina is on a 12-1 run and has opened up a 19-point lead on UNC-G as they have seized complete control in the Dean Dome.

7:56 1st: UNC 19, UNCG 13: Kennedy Meeks has come off the bench for UNC to lead all scorers with seven points and UNCG has turned the ball over eight times as the Tar Heels lead by six at the under-8. 

11:47 1st: UNC 13, UNCG 9: The Tar Heels are shooting just 35 percent from the floor in the early going but have five offensive boards and lead UNC-G 13-9 at the under-12 timeout.

15:02 1st: UNC 6, UNCG 6: At the first media stoppage, six different players have scored and the game is tied at 6.

20:00 1st: UNC vs. UNCG: The Tar Heels look to get back into the top 25 with a win against UNCG and will march out their regular starters: Paige, Britt, James, Tokoto and McAdoo.


PREGAME

Coming off a double-digit road victory over the top-ranked team in the land, the North Carolina Tar Heels turn their attention to the UNC Greensboro Spartans for a non-league clash at the Smith Center.

North Carolina notched an impressive 79-65 victory at No. 1 Michigan State on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, its NCAA-best 13th win over teams ranked No. 1. The Tar Heels have been a tough team to gauge in the season's early going, as they also beat then third-ranked Louisville on Nov. 24, but have suffered losses to the likes of Belmont and UAB. Tonight's contest kicks off the Tar Heels' six-game homestand leading into ACC play on Jan. 5, although they'll take a one-week break for final exams following this tilt.

UNCG head coach Wes Miller makes his return to Chapel Hill, where he was a letterwinner on the Tar Heels' 2005 national title team. His Spartans dropped two of three games last week in Estero, Florida as part of the Gulf Coast Showcase before returning home Tuesday night and suffering an 87-66 setback to Presbyterian. Tonight's contest marks the first true road game of the season for UNCG.

This is the first-ever meeting between these two schools.

The Spartans were simply dominated from wire to wire against Presbyterian, as they trailed by 15 at the break and watched the deficit swell to as many as 22 midway through the second half. UNCG shot just 35.3 percent for the game while Presbyterian shot a blazing 63 percent en route to 87 points. PC also knocked down 8-of-14 3-pointers (.571) and held a 21-8 scoring edge at the foul line. Nicholas Paulos paced the Spartans with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Kayel Locke (nine rebounds), Kyle Cain (11 rebounds) and Tevon Saddler (six turnovers) each scored 10 in the loss. Cain is averaging a team- best 16.9 points per game on the season behind 54-percent shooting from the floor, and he ranks second in the Southern Conference with 8.0 rebounds. Saddler is next in line with 14.1 ppg.

Surprisingly, UNC never trailed Michigan State despite playing on the road in a hostile environment against the nation's top-ranked team. Five players scored in double figures, led by freshman Kennedy Meeks, who tallied a season- high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench. Brice Johnson was next in line with 14 points, Nate Britt and Marcus Paige each scored 13, and J.P. Tokoto recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. After being dominated on the boards in last Sunday's loss at UAB (52-37), the Tar Heels managed a 49-38 rebounding advantage over the Spartans. They also held MSU to 35.9-percent shooting. Paige leads the team with 19.7 ppg on the season.

Barring a colossal letdown on its home floor, UNC should be able to notch a win over another Spartans team in this matchup.

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  • YouGotThatRight Dec 7, 9:26 p.m.

    I didn't even know UNCG had a basketball team until the press kept bragging about a former tar heel player becoming their coach. Same goes for App. State, ECU and UNCW. Just additional free, positive press for UNC tar heel basketball.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 7, 8:30 p.m.

    Nothing like a good cupcake win to boost the confidence.... but only up by 25? are you kiddin' me?

  • Smokin Dec 7, 7:53 p.m.

    I keep hearing this is the first meeting, but I don't think it is. I think I remember a game in Greensboro at the Coliseum while my daughter was at UNC-G. About 10 years ago!

  • ncstateforever Dec 7, 7:19 p.m.

    I like Meeks and Johnson in the line up together

  • ncstateforever Dec 7, 7:00 p.m.

    I'm rooting for the Heels but I'm not making anymore predictions for any of their... View More

    — Posted by Dreamchaser

    This team seems to play to the competition. I'm hoping the team that beat Mich. State shows up.

  • Dreamchaser Dec 7, 6:54 p.m.

    I'm rooting for the Heels but I'm not making anymore predictions for any of their games this year. They are too unpredictable.

  • Dreamchaser Dec 7, 6:49 p.m.

    Hell would certainly freeze over if the Tar Holes lost to UNCG!!!

    — Posted by RD28327

    Hell is already frozen over, Duke is going to the championship game.

  • RD28327 Dec 7, 6:28 p.m.

    Hell would certainly freeze over if the Tar Holes lost to UNCG!!!

  • HEELSrocknU Dec 7, 5:53 p.m.

    Let's GO HEELS!!!!!!

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Local
3rd
PHI 66
CHA 85
 
3rd
PHI 66
CHA 85
 
3rd
ORL 66
UTA 81
 
Half
CLE 54
BRK 49
 
3rd
BOS 57
MIN 52
 
Half
DET 52
TOR 52
 
Half
MIA 55
WAS 54
 
2nd
MEM 30
CHI 32
 
2nd
SAN 32
POR 25
 
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LAC
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OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
2nd
LIB 90
CPNC 65
 
2nd
SCAR 64
CLEM 39
 
2nd
CMICH 88
CONC 58
 
2nd
MIAMI 38
EKENT 60
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
2nd
ODU 60
MDES 42
 
2nd
BUF 65
NIAG 47
 
2nd
KSU 51
NCAT 45
 
2nd
FAM 55
UNF 73
 
2nd
NORST 77
NARZ 50
 
2nd
DART 44
NILL 43
 
2nd
MORE 56
NKENTUCKY 76
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
2nd
STJ 45
GAELS 41
 
2nd
ALA 56
STILL 39
 
2nd
HAMP 55
TENST 49
 
2nd
TENN 58
TENT 51
 
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WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
2nd
MERC 40
COOK 26
 
Half
FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
2nd
CALST 40
SDKST 36
 
1st
MTST 29
CHAT 18
 
1st
NDAK 29
DICKINSON 11
 
Half
LAMON 31
LSUALEX 27
 
Half
PRIN 44
LIP 27
 
Half
LAM 48
MLGN 24
 
1st
MINN 33
SEAT 15
 
1st
LOYC 35
SUTAH 20
 
Half
SELA 44
WINT 32
 
1st
SILL 29
NO 21
 
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ALAAM
 
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HAW
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
2nd
DET 1
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
WIN 1
BOS 0
 
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