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UNC hits free throws late to beat UNLV 79-73

Posted December 29, 2012

FINAL- UNC beats UNLV 79-73 for its first win over a ranked team this season.  Dexter Strickland scored 16 points to lead the Heels, who were without Reggie Bullock due to a mild concussion.  P.J. Hairston also had 15 points and 4 steals for UNC.  The Tar Heels held a nine point lead at the half and lead by as many as 15 points in the first half.  UNLV took a one point lead at the 14:00 minute mark but UNC seized control with a 6-0 run and never relinquished the lead again.  Five Tar Heels scored in double figures.

 

Site: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Television: ESPN2.

Home Record: UNLV 8-1, UNC 6-0.

Away Record: UNLV 3-0, UNC 1-2.

Neutral Record: UNLV 0-0, UNC 2-1.

Conference Record: UNLV 0-0, UNC 0-0.

Series Record: North Carolina leads, 3-1.

GAME NOTES: An intriguing matchup is on tap in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon, as the 20th-ranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels put a nine-game win streak on the line as they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Smith Center.

Dave Rice's second season in Sin City has gotten off to a strong start. The Rebels have won 11 of their first 12 games, with the lone loss coming on Nov. 23 against Oregon, 83-79. UNLV was most recently in action a week ago against Canisius, topping the Golden Griffins, 89-74.

Roy Williams' Tar Heels are a flawless 6-0 at home this year, thanks to a 97-63 rout of McNeese State last time out. With the win, North Carolina moved to 9-3 overall. This contest will close out UNC's 2012 calendar year. The team will open up ACC play after the New Year at Virginia.

This is the fifth meeting between these two teams. UNC has won three of the previous four matchups, but UNLV finally found its way into the win column with last year's 90-80 victory in the Las Vegas Invitational.

UNLV really found its stroke offensively against Canisius, converting 59.6 percent from the field, including a scorching 64 percent in the first half, cruising to a 15-point win over the Golden Griffins. Five Rebels finished in double figures, led by Anthony Bennett's 21 points. Khem Birch was instrumental in the win, pouring in 20 points off the bench. Katin Reinhardt added 14 points, while Justin Hawkins and Bryce Dejean-Jones chipped in with 12 points each.

A potent team with plenty of scoring depth, UNLV is averaging 79.2 ppg this year, on a healthy .453 shooting. The team lost Mike Moser (10.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) to a dislocated elbow in early December, but others have been able to assuage the loss. Bennett has dominated up front despite being just a freshman. The youngster is shooting .557 from the floor and leads the team in both scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). Birch (11.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has played in just three games, but has also made an immediate impact. Anthony Marshall (10.3 ppg, 5.3 apg) is both a scorer and deft distributor, while Reinhardt (10.0 ppg) provides another offensive threat.

Behind 54.1 percent shooting in the first half, including eight 3-pointers, North Carolina jumped out to a huge lead over McNeese State at the break (54-23) and never looked back. Five Tar Heels notched double digits in a balanced outing, led by P.J. Hairston's 20 points. Reggie Bullock added 17 points to the cause, followed by James Michael McAdoo (12 pts), Leslie McDonald (11 pts) and Brice Johnson (10 pts).

Despite a modest record in Tar Heel country, UNC remains one of the nation's most dangerous offensive squads. The team ranks third nationally in scoring at 84.0 ppg. North Carolina has also played well defensively for the most part, limiting foes to 69.7 ppg and under 40 percent shooting (.381). James Michael McAdoo may become UNC's next star. The sophomore has had some consistency issues thus far, but still leads UNC in both scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Bullock (13.1 ppg) and Hairston (12.2 ppg) round out the top scoring threats on the roster. Depth is found in the form of McDonald (9.4 ppg), Dexter Strickland (8.8 ppg) and Johnson (8.7 ppg).

The Tar Heels have played much better at home than on the road this season, but will be taken to task by a UNLV squad with plenty of scoring power to match whatever McAdoo and company throw out there. 

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  • heelsforever Dec 30, 2012

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    I have no doubt that I know a lot more about everything than you do.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 29, 2012

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    you know all about those cupcakes don't ya?...*lol*

  • Goin2slo Dec 29, 2012

    Is WRAL a little bias? I was at the game and UNC held the lead the entire game. This title would make it appear that UNC won the game by free throws thrown at the end of the game. Report the truth, not the bent truth.

  • rherring23 Dec 29, 2012

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    Good win for the Heels. As far as the Martin report, I really don't think any ABCer thought the outcome would be any different from the start. Eventhough UNC called it an independant report, when the one being investigates picks the investigator, its hardly an independant investigation and you know from the start that the damage is going to be limited, thats why they picked who they picked. The more interesting report will be the one from the SBI. Don't get me wrong I'm not expecting much difference than what this report showed. It is an investigation called for by a UNC grad, by an agency headed by a UNC grad, UNC knows exactly what they are doing. The only difference and the thing that might backfire on them is that this is a criminal investigation and when all the blame is put on the professor and his department, there will probably be several members of state government calling for criminal charges against him. This is where it will get interesting, will the professor or his assistant except all the blame and take a chance on going to prison or will the make a deal and singing like a bird. I really think the professor is too intelligent to take a chance on going to prison. having his career tarnished for life, and being seperated from his family. Plus he doesn't seem like the kind of person that would want to spend one minute in prison. I think UNC may have miscalculated the human factor in this, but it is a very smart plan. Only time will tell.

  • rayraynral Dec 29, 2012

    The Holes get 12 more free throws than their opponents. And good ole KKKarl Hess is officiating.... again.

  • Cragsdale Dec 29, 2012

    throw a packer in after fudge. thx.

  • Cragsdale Dec 29, 2012

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    on the contrary. Your post makes you look like the crybaby. Or at the least a feminine wash product. But then what do you expect from a fudge fan.

  • ajenbk Dec 29, 2012

    quote=11925440]Post by JohnnyVoodoo[/quote] you haters make me laugh, hilarious I know I can get a good laugh just reading the hate post haha

  • mac240 Dec 29, 2012

    Nice win Tar Heels! Stupid substitution pattern Roy!

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 29, 2012

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    Dude...relax and take a chill pill. You sound like a little crybaby begging your mommy to take you to ToysRus. Wait a second, you're a turdhole fan...well now, that explains the crybaby attitude.

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