Don’t let the score fool you…this game was a nail biter until the closing minutes of the game believe it or not. The embrassing loss definiately has shaken up the #14 Tar Heels as they played host to former assistant coach Jerod Haase and former player Bobby Frasor of UAB tonight. What Carolina thought would be a breather…was one of the toughest games they’ve had to play in all season long.
Leslie McDonald had a career night tonight leading his Tar Heels to a 102-84 point victory with twenty-four points and five assists. Reggie Bullock put up seventeen points tonight. James Michael McAdoo had twelve rebounds and fifteen points.
PJ Hairston was questionable, but did get to play tonight and didn’t score or have much influence in the first half, but he came alive in the second half scoring all sixteen of his points in the closing half of the game.
Carolina played without their freshman point guard Marcus Paige who sat out the game after injuring his shoulder during practice. Carolina is playing with several physical injuries in addition to their emotional injury after an embarrassing defeat to Indiana.
Jordan Swing of UAB scored twenty-one points and was solid from beyond the arc and was the Blazer’s key player tonight.
Going back to Carolina, turnovers were again their major flaw tonight. Coach Roy Williams got so irritated by his players not transitioning to defense sufficient enough and their turnovers that he slammed his clipboard down and snapped it in half.
With 100+ points scored, all Tar Heels know what that means for the Triangle area of North Carolina…Biscuits at Bojangles!
Carolina improves to 6-2 and will play host to East Tennessee State next Saturday as they will get a week off to prepare for the game.