North Carolina held off N.C. State’s late flurry on Saturday, 86-76, to run its unbeaten streak at home this season to six games. With the win, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams continued his streak of never being swept by the Wolfpack during the regular season over his tenure at the program.
North Carolina (10-5) has now won five of its last six games and improves to 5-3 in the ACC with the victory. The Tar Heels led by double figures most of the second half prior to a late charge from the Wolfpack in the final minutes.
Following a dunk on a busted coverage in the middle of the lane from Armando Bacot late in the second half, Williams rose from his seat and was shown the TV broadcast fired up on the sideline. North Carolina had six different leading scorers in its last six games coming into Saturday and against the Wolfpack, Bacot and Day’Ron Sharpe led the way with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
And the effort defensively was much-improved compared to the Tar Heels’ performance during a 79-76 setback to the Wolfpack earlier this season.
“Just a lack of attention to detail; just didn’t have it,” Garrison Brooks said this week, looking back at the loss. “It’s just something we didn’t have. I didn’t think we were all there at that game. I think that was one of the games we just did come prepared to play. Obviously, they played better than we did.”
Here’s some of the reaction following a near-complete performance out of the Tar Heels inside the Smith Center: