CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 10 North Carolina men's basketball team used an
all-around team effort Saturday evening in the 103-64 defeat of Presbyterian College.
The Blue Hose now stand at 2-8 on the season while the Tar Heels improve to 8-2.
Sophomore Chase Holmes posted a career-high 29 points, tying a PC Division I school record that was established by Al'Lonzo Coleman. Holmes netted 22 of his 29 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Holmes also grabbed a team-high six boards while chipping in a steal and an assist.
Walt Allen was the only other double figure scorer for the Blue Hose, notching 10 in the contest.
Coming off the bench, Kevin Davis dished out a team-best three assists.
PC was extremely unselfish in the final half, making the extra pass when it counted. By doing so, the Blue Hose drained seven-of-12 shots from behind the arc for 58.3 percent in the second half.
For the game, PC drained 25-of-61 shots from the field for 41 percent. The team connected on nine-of-23 from behind the arc for 39.1 percent shooting.
UNC canned 54.1 percent of its shots for the game, knocking down 40-of-74.
In the first stanza, Ed Davis and Deon Thompson reached double figures, combining for 26 points, helping UNC to a 56-21 halftime lead.
Heels, coming off a short break for exams, rushed out to an 8-0 advantage just
1:55 into the contest as the visitors missed their first seven shots from the
floor before Allen canned a two-point bucket in the pain to trim the margin to
However, the Tar Heels went on a 20-2 run that spanned 7:15 as the home team took a commanding 36-7 lead.
Down 51-12 with 3:08 to play, Chase Holmes sliced through the defense for a lay-up. Allen then scored on a short basket a minute later before Holmes again dialed up his finishing touch on a fast break, helping the Blue Hose to a quick 6-0 run. UNC countered with three points of its own before Ryan Hargrave drilled a deep three-point shot off a pass from Kevin Davis with nine seconds remaining in the period. However, David Wear hit a 12-foot shot off the glass as time expired in the half for the 56-21 advantage.
The Blue Hose shot just 27.3 percent from the floor (9-33) in the opening half compared to 52.4 percent (22-42) for head coach Roy Williams' team.
Jake Troyli scored just four points, marking the first time in his brief career that he has not reached double figures.
The Blue Hose return to action Dec. 16 at top-25 Ohio State.