MONMOUTH WRAPS UP NON-CONFERENCE SLATE WITH SETBACK AT NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina (12-2), ranked ninth in the most recent AP Top-25, used a strong start to the second half to pull away from Monmouth University (10-3) 102-74 on Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center.
The teams were back and forth over the opening minutes with Justin Robinson’s layup at the 16:55 mark giving the Hawks their first lead of the game, 9-7 over the Tar Heels. UNC took the lead on a Meeks lay in with 16:21 left and then launched a 19-5 run over the next four minutes. The Hawks outscored UNC 19-9 over the final six minutes of the half, including a forty-foot buzzer beater from Micah Seaborn to cut the deficit at the break to nine.
Trailing by nine out of the break, Monmouth came out and held the deficit at 10 at the 17:57 mark before UNC went on an 11-0 run into the under-16 media timeout and didn’t look back. The lead went up to 25 only after the 2:00 mark of the second half as MU and North Carolina played even from the 16:37 mark to the 2:46 point of the stanza. UNC netted late foul shots to win 102-74.
NOTES AND QUOTES
· “Roy Williams treats me like I’m one of his sons, he has taken care of me since I was a little kid and I’m the luckiest guy that in 1987, Coach Smith gave me a scholarship and it’s made me have a great, great, great life.” –head coach King Rice
· “We have to be ready to go… we know we have a big game against Rider in three days and we will be ready to play.” –head coach King Rice
· Rice starred at North Carolina from 1987-91, leading the Heels to the 1991 NCAA Final Four.
· He currently ranks sixth in UNC history in assists and fifth in assist to turnover ratio.
· Chris Brady notched his 600th career point with a second-half three pointer from the corner.
· Monmouth had a nine-game winning streak snapped.
· MU finishes the non-conference slate 8-3, matching last season’s eight victories out of league.
· King Rice is now 0-2 against his alma mater.
· Monmouth falls to 0-2 against ACC opponents this year, and 10-1 against everyone else.
· Justin Robinson notched his 400th career assist.
· Monmouth had 14 fast break points, compared to four for UNC.
· The Hawks also forced 17 Tar Heel turnovers, while committing 13.
· Monmouth was 9-28 from three point range, while UNC was 7-20.
· There were 56 combined fouls called in the game, including 37 after halftime.
· The Hawks held UNC to 1-7 from deep in the second half.
· Four Hawks went into double digits, including Austin Tilghman for the second game in a row.
· Justin Robinson scored all 16 of his points in the first half.
· Eight Hawks totaled at least four rebounds.
· North Carolina’s Justin Jackson led all scorers with 28 points and a career-best six threes.
· Kennedy Meeks notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards.