By Adam Lucas
1. After a much improved second half, Carolina won a game very similar to last year against College of Charleston, 102-86.
2. After recording a one-point and one-rebound first half, Armand Bacot was a different player in the last 20 minutes. He finished with 28 points and six rebounds. Hubert Davis opened the second half by going straight for Bacot in the post. That seemed to put him on the right track and he was a dominant force in the second half. Carolina outshot Charleston 59-36 in the second half and shot 19-for-21 from two runs.
3. Carolina shot almost 70% in the second half as they did almost everything better than in the first half. Carolina dished out eight assists on 17 field goals in the second half, as the offense looked more in sync than at any time this season.
4. Some big contributions from the bench on Friday night. This was highlighted by a groundbreaking defense of Seth Trimble, which was part of a key streak midway through the second half when he fouled offensively and frustrated Charleston’s Jaylon Scott. As remarkable as Trimble’s defense is Tyler Nickel’s offense; the freshman is almost always looking to score points and has a scoring knack expected of Virginia State’s all-time leading scorer. This bench entry was necessary, as the Cougars bench scored 53 of their points.
5. Charleston’s Dalton Bolon got hot in the first half, scoring 12 points and celebrating by holstered an imaginary gun. Unfortunately for him, it also caught the attention of the Tar Heel defense. With leaky black passed to Bolon in the fifth minute of the first half, he scored four points the rest of the game. Black also provided an offensive spark, hitting a pair of three-pointers and going six-for-six from the field en route to 15 points.
6. A scorching near first half for the Cougars left the Heels dropping seven halftime points. Charleston has made 17 of its last 24 field goal attempts, a nearly 71% clip. They also dominated the points in the paint in this half, holding a 24-16 advantage. This was partly due to Armand Bacot and Pete Nance go a combined 1 for 4 on the court, as the Tar Heels struggled to advance anything inside.
7. It was part of a first half in which the visitors made ten more field goal attempts than Carolina, had 50 points and Carolina shot 50% from the field but trailed by seven points. You’re not going to see this very often.
9. The game marked the first instance of a rule change this year. Instead of the first example flop being a warning, the first example is a technical foul this season. Charleston was hit with one in the first half, which allowed the Tar Heels to even the score.
10. At halftime, the program paid tribute to Lennie Rosenbluth, who died this summer. Most of Rosenbluth’s family were in attendance, along with fellow starters, 1957 national champions Tom Kearns and Joe Quigg. Also in the crowd: women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm.
11. The Tar Heels have played without Johnson puffwho is recovering from a knee injury.
12. A second consecutive large Smith Center crowd against an out-of-the-tent opponent. The crowd was constantly boisterous and in the game, led by a rowdy student section that arrived early and made an impact. They were rewarded by Bacot slamming the cookie shot with 25 seconds remaining to put Carolina over the century mark.
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