UNC Beats Va. Tech 78-64


Last night was a fantastic one for Tar Heels fans everywhere. Conference play began, Marcus Ginyard returned, Roy Williams was his sharply dressed self again – sans sling – and, oh yeah, the Heels pulled out a W.

From the onset of the game it appeared it would be more of the same we’ve come to expect from this young team. Some poor decisions and ummmm, we’ll call it “inefficient layup production,” had Carolina trailing by four at the half.

Then the impostors who we’ve been developing a certain familiarity with left and the real, full-potential UNC team came back out for the second half. The 3’s fell quickly and were ultimately the difference in the game. Five 3-pointers in the second half and a 14-point win, you do the math.

Maybe it was their obnoxious football fans who showed up at Kenan the first year Va. Tech joined the ACC, but for some reason I really dislike that team, and especially losing to them. Nice job, boys.

Last night was a good, character-building win. UNC built a lead, and kept it for the first time against a power-conference foe.

Takeaways


  • WILL GRAVES! – Thirteen points on 5-10 shooting including trey, treys would have been enough, but Graves decided to add six boards and two blocks just for good measure. If UNC can get that kind of production from Graves it would cause opponents to have to guard the perimeter more honestly and not crash down on our bigs, opening up the offense a bit. Last night can only be a good sign.
  • John Henson – Henson is starting to understand his role a bit better. He had as many blocks last night as points (2) and notched one of every other statistical category (Rebs, Asts, Stls — and TOs). He only played 10 minutes, so to me that shows he’s getting after the ball and making better decisions based on what situation he’s in. Now if only he could add 20 pounds, that’d be great. Love ya, John, but sometimes I worry you might break.
  • Holding the lead – As I said above, Carolina built a lead in the second half — like they have in many games — but this time they held on to it. Tech never got back in the game after going down 15, and the win was never in doubt after that point.

Superlatives

  • Not as “Fierce” as Roy Award – To Seth Greenberg for his failed attempt at lookin’ sharp.

  • Mr. Consistency – Mr. “Easy” Ed Davis had another double double (20 pts, 11 rebs) and chipped in four blocks, including a couple of monster pins to the backboard. Now if he’d only cut down on those four TOs…..
  • Perpetually Most-Improved Player – Dexter Strickland might not be a consistent, go-to scorer yet, but his decision making is constantly getting better. Dex had one TO in 21 minutes last night.

(Photos by Robert Willet of the N & O)